Have leftover bread and wondering what to do? Try this bread 65 they are so crispy, delicious and flavorful too. Makes a great party starter or snack, moreover it is so easy to make and looks so appetizing. Just mix in all the ingredients to make a batter, then dip the bread cubes in the batter and deep fry them. No one would ever say no to this addictive snack, kids and grown up will equally love this recipe and it will be all over in just few minutes. You can use any kind of bread I normally love using sweet bread, but if you prefer sweet-less fry then you can use wheat sweet-less bread, either way it tastes so good. In many homes, especially our home I have always seen some extra slices of bread always lying around the pantry or table left unnoticed, it might be the last two slices which will end up being thrown into the trash. I hate wasting food, and I love using leftovers when they are still fresh or usable. So I make this 65 very often with the leftover bread pieces and sometimes opt for making bread upma. The best part is, you can serve 2 people generously with just 2 slices of bread, so economical too. So try these next time for your guests or kids, am sure they will want more. And please do let me know how much you loved it!!
INGREDIENTSServes 2 people (makes approximately 25 pieces; depends on the size of the cubed bread pieces)
Total Preparation Time - 10 minutes
- Bread slices - 2 (Use sweet bread or wheat bread)
- Gram flour / Besan / Kadalai Maavu - 6 tablespoons
- Corn flour - 2½ tablespoons
- Rice flour - 1 spoon (Optional but makes the fry very crispy)
- Baking soda / Soda uppu - 2 pinches
- Ginger garlic paste - ½ tablespoon
- Curry leaves - Few (optional)
- Red chilli powder - 1 tablespoon
- Cumin powder - 1/2 tablespoon
- Garam masala - 1/4 tablespoon (optional)
- Fennel seeds - 1/2 tablespoon (crushed)
- Red / Orange red food color - 2 pinches (optional)
- Salt - As per taste
- Oil - For deep frying
- Chop bread slices into smaller cubes and set aside.
- Take a bowl and add all the above said ingredients (except oil and bread), then pour little water and make a thick batter out of it. The batter should not be watery nor too thick. Curry leaves are optional but they give a nice flavor when fried.
- Now heat a pan and pour oil into it, wait until it heats up well. (not smoky hot)
- Then add a few curry leaves (or a curry leaf strand) into it and let it splutter. (it gives a nice flavor to oil, but this step is purely optional).
- Now take a bread cube and dip it in the prepared batter and shake off excess batter. Then gently drop into the hot oil; do the same with some more cubes and fry until the pieces turn crisp and reddish. Do not over crowd the pan, also do not fry for longer time, the bread pieces are already cooked we only need the outer batter to get cooked so fry on medium flame until it turns crisp.
- Remove from flame and place on a tissue paper to absorb excess oil.
- Do the same with the rest of the bread cubes and serve!!
TIP 1: Do not soak the bread pieces in the batter, just dip and fry the pieces.
TIP 2: See that the batter is not too watery nor too thick, it should be slightly thinner than dosa batter. If it is too watery you wont get the perfect and crispy texture. Letting the batter aside for few minutes and beating the batter well with a spoon for a few minutes gives you a fluffier coating while frying.
TIP 3: The fry stays crispy for a longer time, but it may turn soggy if left open for a long time. So just before serving re-fry the pieces in hot oil for few seconds on medium flame and then serve, it will turn crispier again.
TIP 4: If suppose you have some leftover batter, mix some onions and make a thicker batter by adding some more besan flour and make onion pakodas with it.
TIP 5: You can use any bread, if you use sweet bread it will give a sweet taste while eating but if you prefer sweet-less fry you can chose a sweet-less wheat bread. Also you can increase or decrease the spicy level according to your wish.
Super crispy and delicious bread 65 is now ready!! Makes a good appetizer or snack!!