Why call it a French pakoda? Because it’s a perfect cross between French toast and desi Bread Pakoda. We start with a bread pakoda recipe and end with that of French toast. I love bread pakodas which are traditionally potato stuffed sandwiches coated in gram flour batter and deep fried. But I rarely make them because of the deep frying. This idea of using egg to coat and then pan fry the sandwich is the perfect alternative.
My personal favourite is the one with spicy potato stuffing. It’s a perfect cross of continental and Indian breakfast.
Stuffed French Toast a.k.a. French Pakoda
By Ashima Goyal Siraj
Preparation time: |Cooking Time: |Serves: 2
4 bread slices
~2 tbsp butter
Salt to taste
Paprika to taste
2 tsp dried oregano (or a mix of Italian herbs)
2 tbsp low fat milk
2 tbsp coriander and mint chutney
2 tbsp sweet tamarind chutney
2 cheese slices
for the cottage cheese stuffing
50 gms cottage cheese / paneer, crumbled
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green capsicum, finely chopped
½ tbsp olive oil
- Heat oil in frying pan. Sauté chopped green chilli, onion and capsicum in oil for 2 mins till the onion just starts to turn soft. (Keep aside just about 1 tbsp of chopped onion and green chilli aside for the batter) Add crumbled paneer, salt and pepper. Mix well and remove from heat. To make potato stuffing, simply grate boiled and peeled potatoes and season with salt, pepper and some chaat masala.
- For each stuffed French toast, take 2 slices of bread. Spread a tbsp each of green chutney and tamarind chutney on the slices.
- Add about 2-3 tbsp of paneer stuffing in the centre of one bread. Top with a cheese slice and press down the other bread slice. This is the basic preparation for bread pakoda, which is traditionally then coated with spicy gram flour batter and deep fried.
- To make the egg batter, beat together 2 eggs, 1 tbsp milk, a little finely chopped onion and green chilli, salt, paprika and 1 tsp of dried oregano; in a bowl. Empty in a flat bowl, big enough for the sandwich.
- Dip the prepared bread pakoda into the egg batter and let each side soak in the batter for about 20-30 secs.
- Heat a flat pan and add a knob of butter. When the butter starts to melt, put the soaked bread pakoda. If you have batter left, you can pour it on the bread pokoda in the pan. It will give you bits of omelette with the French pakoda. Cook each side for about a minute till it turns golden brown.
- Serve hot. With both spicy and sweet chutneys inside, the French pakoda doesn’t need any ketchup of chutneys on the side.
- Note: To make the basic sweet cheese filled French toast – beat together 2 tbsp of cream cheese with 1 tsp sugar and ½ tsp vanilla essence to make the stuffing. In the egg batter, instead of salt, paprika and oregano, use sugar to taste. Rest of the process is the same. You can also add berries and other fruits to the cheese.