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Cheese Bread Pakora

Bread pakora is another interesting snack that goes well in the rains. It’s one of our favorite snack. And what better way to oomph the classic recipe up than by adding cheese in it. This Cheese Bread Pakora recipe is just that. Though, White Bread is a popular choice for making bread pakoras. However, even Brown Bread or Whole Wheat Bread can also be used. This recipe makes for a great breakfast option.

cheese bread pakora served on a white plate with a side of tomato ketchup and text layover.

About Cheese Bread Pakora

Imagine thick slices of bread, generously smeared with a creamy mixture of grated cheese and chilies. Each slice is then sandwiched together, creating a decadent cheese-filled center that promises a gooey, melty surprise with every bite.

This is exactly what the Cheese Bread Pakora, another variant of the classic North Indian bread pakora is.

In Mumbai, in some places, the bread pakora is made with pav which is stuffed with a potato filling, coated with gram flour (besan) batter and deep fried.

It is then served with green chutney and dry red chutney made from onion, garlic and red chilies. This recipe of Cheese Bread Pakora is more of the North Indian style.

Here, I have used grated processed cheese as a stuffing for the bread. You can also use the bread as it is without any filling, or have the combination of potatoes and cheese as the stuffing. In this case, you can also use cheese slices instead of grated cheese.

You can experiment with the filling inside the bread. For instance, using a filling of paneer (Indian cottage cheese), potato, grated cheese, green peas or combination of your favorite vegetables. I have also shared the recipes of a classic Bread Pakora and Bread Roll that you must try.

I have made this version with processed cheese. You could easily swap it with cheddar or mozzarella or an equal combination of both.

The magic of this Bread Cheese Pakora lies in the contrast of textures and flavors. The outer layer is delightfully crispy, providing a satisfying softness of the bread that gives way to the gooey, cheesy filling inside.

The spices in the batter add a burst of savory goodness, while the cheese melts into a creamy, indulgent center that’s hard to resist.

Served it hot and fresh with a tangy tamarind chutney or spicy green chutney or even tomato ketchup.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Cheese Bread Pakora

Make Batter

1. In a bowl, take 1¼ cups gram flour (besan), 1 pinch of baking soda, ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 1 teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and salt as required.

gram flour, baking powder, carom seeds, spice powders and salt added in a bowl.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients well.

ingredients mixed well.

3. Add water as required.

water added to gram flour mixture.

4. Make a not too thick, not too thin batter. Add a few drops of oil to it and mix.

You can also add ginger-garlic paste to the batter. I have not used it.

batter made for cheese bread pakora.

Make Cheese Filling

5. You will need 1 cup tightly packed grated processed cheese or 6 to 7 cheese slices.

grated cheese on a plate.

6. Add 1 to 2 finely chopped green chilies to the grated cheese and 1 teaspoon of grated or minced ginger.

You could also use 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger instead.

finely chopped green chilies added to grated cheese.

7. Mix very well.

chilies mixed well with the grated cheese.

Assemble

8. Cut 6 to 8 bread slices into 2 triangles.

You can use whole wheat bread or brown bread or white bread or whole wheat sandwich bread.

bread slices cut into triangles.

9. Spread the grated cheese filling evenly in one layer on the bread slice.

grated cheese spread on bread triangles.

10. Cover this slice of bread with another bread slice.

cheese bread triangle covered with another bread triangle.

11. Ensure that the cheese is evenly filled between the bread slices. Neither overstuff or understuff.

You can also add some mixed herbs or chili flakes or black pepper powder on the cheese filling.

I simply use the cheese filling with ginger and green chillies, without any addition of herbs or ground spices. Repeat the same with the rest of bread slices.

cheese sandwich made for cheese bread pakora.

Batter Coat & Fry

12. Now, take the cheese sandwich and coat it completely with the batter.

coating prepared cheese sandwich with batter.

13. The batter has to coat all the sides of the cheese sandwich evenly.

If not, then the cheese will melt while frying and the melted cheese will leak into the oil, causing the oil to splutter.

batter coated cheese sandwich.

14. Either shallow fry or deep fry Cheese Bread Pakora in hot oil. I have shallow fried but you can also deep fry the pakoras.

frying cheese bread pakora in hot oil.

15. Once crisp and golden on top, flip the pakora and fry till golden. Flip a few times if needed.

frying cheese bread pakora till golden in hot oil.

16. Place them on a kitchen paper towel to drain excess oil.

fried cheese bread pakora placed on kitchen paper towel.

17. Serve Cheese Bread Pakora hot with green chutney or tomato kethcup.

The fun is in eating the pakoras hot as you feel on your palate, the melted cheese with the outer crispy layer. The pakoras are crisp from outside but soft from within.

Cheese Bread Pakora Recipe, Bread Pakora Recipe with Cheese Stuffing

Expert Tips

  1. Choice of Bread: You can use any variety of bread to make this recipe.
  2. Adding hot oil to batter: Adding a few drops of hot oil to the batter ensures that the bread does not absorb more oil at the time of frying. It also makes the pakoras crisp.
  3. Variations in the filling: You can customize the cheese filling by adding red chilli flakes, more herbs, spices and seasonings too. Other vegetables and paneer can also be included.
  4. Oil temperature: The oil should not be too hot nor too cold while frying. If it is not hot enough, the pakoras will absorb more oil than required. If very hot, then the pakoras will get burnt or cooked on the outside but not inside.
  5. Choice of Cheese: I have made these Bread Cheese Pakora with processed cheese, but even cheddar and mozzarella cheese can be included. You could even make them with an equal mix of cheddar and mozzarella.

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Cheese Bread Pakora Recipe, Bread Pakora Recipe with Cheese Stuffing

Cheese Bread Pakora

Cheese Bread Pakora is a delicious snack of bread filled with spiced grated cheese that are batter coated and later deep fried or shallow fried. These pakoras have a crispy and soft texture from outside with melty and savory cheese filling within.

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 29 minutes

For Batter

For Spiced Cheese Filling

More Ingredients

Making batter

  • First of all make a batter of besan, the ground spice powders, baking soda, carom seeds, salt with water.

  • Begin with stirring all the dry ingredients and mixing them well in a bowl.

  • Add water as required. Mix with a wired whisk to make a medium consistency batter without any lumps.

  • The batter consistency should not be too thick nor too thin. 

  • Add a few drops of oil to it and mix again. Set aside

Making cheese stuffing

  • Grate some cubes or a block of proceeded cheese to get 1 cup of it. 

  • Take the grated cheese in a bowl. Add the finely chopped green chilies and grated ginger to the grated cheese. Mix well and set aside.

Assemble

  • Now cut the bread slices into two rectangles or triangles. 

  • Evenly spread the grated cheese mixture on the bread slice.

  • Cover this cheese topped slice of bread with another bread slice.

  • Ensure that the cheese is evenly spread inside the bread slices. Repeat the same with the rest of bread slices.

  • Now take the cheese stuffed bread and dip it in the gram flour batter to coat it evenly with the batter.Make sure not to keep the bread in the batter for a long time as the bread becomes soggy and breaks.
  • The batter has to coat all the sides of the cheese stuffed bread. If not then the cheese will melt while frying and leak into the oil.

Making cheese bread pakora

  • Deep fry or shallow fry the bread cheese pakora in medium hot oil. 

  • Once crisp and golden on top, flip the pakoda and fry till golden. Flip a few times if needed for even frying of the pakora.

  • Drain pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

  • Serve Cheesy Bread Pakoda hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup. 

  • The fun is in eating the pakoras hot as you feel on your palate, the melted cheese with the outer crispy layer. The pakoras are crisp from outside but soft from within.

  • You can also add ginger garlic paste to the batter.
  • For the cheese filling, as an option, add some mixed herbs or chilli flakes or black pepper powder.
  • I have shallow fried but you can also deep fry the pakoras.
  • Make sure that the oil is moderately hot while frying. It should not have a warm temperature or be extremely hot. 
  • You could make the pakoras with cheddar or mozzarella or using equal portions of both. I have made them with processed cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Cheese Bread Pakora

Amount Per Serving

Calories 677 Calories from Fat 342

% Daily Value*

Fat 38g58%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Trans Fat 0.02g

Polyunsaturated Fat 4g

Monounsaturated Fat 20g

Cholesterol 38mg13%

Sodium 1085mg47%

Potassium 547mg16%

Carbohydrates 58g19%

Fiber 9g38%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 26g52%

Vitamin A 597IU12%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.5mg33%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.4mg24%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 4mg20%

Vitamin B6 0.4mg20%

Vitamin B12 0.4µg7%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Vitamin D 0.2µg1%

Vitamin E 9mg60%

Vitamin K 10µg10%

Calcium 362mg36%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 274µg69%

Iron 5mg28%

Magnesium 118mg30%

Phosphorus 406mg41%

Zinc 3mg20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Cheese Bread Pakoda from the archives was first published on August 2009. It has been updated and republished on May 2024.

Source: Dassana’s Veg Recipes
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