Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Eggless French Toast | Besan Bread Toast

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This toast is a nice alternative to French toast for vegetarians as it does not include eggs.The usage of besan in the toast gives a similar texture of french toast to this and it hardly takes 15 mins to finish off the entire process.This can be made as a quick evening snack or as a healthy low fat breakfast.You can use any variety of bread like whole wheat,white or multi grain bread and it all tastes the same.
My husband is a big fan of bread pakoda and I rarely make it as it has to be deep fried,which is a rare thing at my place.This besan toast tastes very much similar to bread pakora and is a low fat version.I also use ajwain in the besan coating mixture which gives the unique taste of pakora to the toast.This tastes best when served hot with green chutney and tomato sauce.

I generally make bread upma or Tadka Bread Snack or this besan toast with stale bread and this is one of the best ways to convert stale bread into a simple and healthy snack with in no time.You can even pack these toasts with some tomato ketchup for your kids lunch boxes,reduce the amount of green chillies if you are planning to make for them.You can add grated vegetables like carrot,cabbage,capsicum to it for extra nutrition.
Ingredients:
6 Whole wheat bread slices
1 cup Besan/gram flour
1 medium Onion,finely chopped
3-4 Green chillies,finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp red chili powder)
3-4 tbsp chopped Coriander
1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
a pinch of Hing/asafoetida
1/4 tsp Ajwain
a pinch of Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Oil to roast bread
Method:
  • Cut bread slices in to triangles and keep them aside.
  • In a wide bowl mix in besan with enough water to make it like a dosa batter consistency.Use a wire whisk to do this which eases the process in removing all the lumps in it.
  • Add turmeric,hing,ginger-garlic paste and salt to it and mix well.
  • Add chopped onion,ajwain,coriander,green chillies to it and mix well.
  • Mean while heat tawa and smear oil over it.
  • Dip each bread slice on both sides and with the help of a spoon spread some onion mixture over it and place it on the oiled hot tawa with the onion mixture facing up.Keep some 4-5 slices in one batch.
  • Pour some oil all over and on top and cover it with a lid and let it roast on a medium flame until crisp on one side.Flip to the other side and add extra oil if necessary and roast until it is fried,do this process on medium flame and make sure the entire besan mixture is cooked and fried.
Serve it hot with green chutney,imli chutney or tomato ketchup.

Notes:
  • It is essential to add either hing or ajwain to besan batter as it helps in easy digestion.
  • Fry it on low-medium flame until one side is crisp and cook it covered and make sure besan is cooked properly.If it is not cooked it might create indigestion problems,so its always recommended to cook/fry besan items properly.
Variations:
  • You can avoid hing and add only ajwain in the above recipe for different flavor.This tastes very much similar to break pakoda and hence you can say that it is low fat break pakoda.
  • You can add grated carrot,finely shredded cabbage,finely chopped spring onion or finely chopped capsicum to the besan mixture.
  • Bread can be cut into squares or rectangles or smaller triangles or you can even use cutter for different shapes for fun.
LinkI am sending this along with Minapa Sunni Undalu to my dear friend Lubna's 'Joy from Fasting to Feasting-IV' event.Do check her space for more details and I am glad that I would be taking part of her event.

52 comments:

PJ said...

Looks so tempting and is so easy to make.I am going to prepare this for breakfast right now. Will be back to tell you how it was :). Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.And delicious clicks as usual :)

Chitra said...

i love this toast...i too make a similar version of it...ur dish looks very tempting...lovely presentation

Priya Sreeram said...

good one pratibha- this is my fav !

Spandana said...

Looks very tasty.. and healthy too...

Gopika Ram said...

Love your pictures. Mouth-watering .. really.. How do I control my appetite Prathibha, if you start putting up such aweosme pics :D

Sudha Sabarish said...

Its too tempting.Have bookmarked.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never tried this sofar,but always wanted to try :) Looks too good!

jeyashrisuresh said...

very new and interesting snack. nice evening snack for kids when they come back from school.nice clicks too

Kadhyaa... said...

This is perfect to toast for the breakfast

Chitra said...

Love it. its in my try list for a long time. Bookmarked !!

Ambreen said...

These pics are so tempting, wonderful & delicious Toast :)

Chitra said...

Wow! Looks very delicious and colourful.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Wow nice and yummy....

Rinku Naveen said...

Loved this version of toast. Would love to taste how adding all those spices will be. Loved that blue background.

Pavithra said...

Absolutely lovely and tempting toast.. love this very very much.

aipi said...

This is one of my favorites ~ so apt for breakfast! Fab pics!
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Vimitha Anand said...

Nice way to usume stale bread looks y

Sharmilee! :) said...

This is my fav I do almost the same way...looks yum

Shireen Sequeira said...

What an interesting way to disguise the bread, works for fussy kids im sure, bookmarking this recipe! Thanks for sharing Pratibha

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely toast...superb clicks..please join us in Celebrate Sweets - Sweet buns event .

Prathima Rao said...

Just too tempting!!! Im trying this out for today eve..!!! Nice presentation too Prathiba :)
Prathima Rao
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Santosh Bangar said...

wow vegitarian french toast interesting recipe

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks delicous and colourful Prats, excellent clicks.

LG said...

Lovley clicks and fresh toast looks lipsmacking!

Radhika said...

wanted to try this out for some time now. have to try it out.


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Kaveri said...

This is new to me...and i just fell in love with this recipe...bookmarked it...like your presentation and clicks

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious looking one. This is one of my favorite savory toast and make it quite often. Beautiful clicks.

Now Serving said...

LOVE this eggless alternative to french toast, bookmarking to try!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Cooking Foodie said...

Your presentation is a million bucks and this dish is really yum and easy to make...

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

i do this too...better than the deep fried pakodas...though it is nice to indulge in the fried bread pakodas once in a while

Zareena said...

I make besan dosa, but never tried dipping a bread. It looks so yumm. and amazing clicks dear.

anthony stemke said...

Although I"m not a vegetarian this looks superb, I'm going to try it.

Vijitha said...

Looks like a perfect chaat dish. I think this will be great dish for parties or picnics.Nice pics

Sobha Shyam said...

lovely besan toast, have never tried these, beautiful presentation..

Shri said...

Looks fab...Superlike pics, Prathibha..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love this recipe.....that's like Indianising French toast......will try this soon as i never run out of bread.....

Sum said...

Nice idea to use besan instead of eggs... lovely...

Sanctified Spaces said...

Super idea for tea. Will try this weekend.

DEESHA said...

I have made this a few times n I loved this veggie version of French toast. I loved the pics too

Radhika@foodfor7stages said...

I have to bookmark this recipe. Looks super delicious.

SouthIndianHome said...

Wow.This sounds so delicious.Bookmarked it
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Deepti said...

loved the new way to enjoy pakoda in name of toast...Thanks for idea

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Surekha said...

I am not a Egg dipped French toast fan, but this looks YUMMY, I will definitely try it....Thanks for posting.

Padhu said...

Lovely pictures and looks so yummy

Uma said...

looks so delicious. Lovely pics.

Plateful said...

Sounds wonderful. I never thought of making an eggless version all this time. I usually make the sweet version as well as the savory version with onion, chili and curry leaves. I liked your idea of using asafetida too. Nice!

Priyanka Agrawal said...

dekhne mein bahut acha lag raha hai, plz mere neighbour ban jao :)

Jayasri said...

That's a lovely one, thanks for sharing! lovely presentation and clicks

Sush said...

Great for afternoon snack. Kids have demanded for lunch box too!

Planet69 said...

What an awesome idea/recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I will make it this weekend:) Nice photographs. Looks so yummmmm. I will add spinach maybe, to make it a little healthier. Thanks again!!

Jayanthi said...

Hi Prathibha,
I came across your blog just yesterday and tried this recipe to go along with soup. Usually I warm up some fresh chibatta rolls but tried this instead with whole wheat bread. And it came out really well. My whole family loved it! Perfect for tea time too :-) great job on the pictures as well, when I see detailed pictures, I know I am following the recipe correctly.
I will be trying some of the other recipes soon...

Anonymous said...

Came out really very well..It was awesome receive!!!

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