>> February 07, 2013
If there can be cakelettes and tartlets, why not some pori-lettes. Pori is nothing but the shot form of porichathu. In Kerala, we have our own, famous pazham pori and undampori. Similarly in rustic tea shops and some city tea shops you can find bread porichathu - a Mildly Sweet, Batter fried bread. But the one you get in the tea shop is a whole slice of bread, which has very little crispy sides. What i like in a snack is the crisp and crunch. When i used to eat undampori served in our college hostel, i used to peel off that brown coat like crispy side and leave a table tennis sized inside of the undampori in my plate. I hate to waste food, but i just couldn't afford to eat the uninteresting inside. So, the undampori's i prepare is also small. Maybe i should start calling it undampori - lettes .....
The miniature sized bread pori's as you see in the picture is as a result of my fondness for that crispy edges and crunchy sound you get with every bite. Kids would just love to see these tiny snacks. It is easy for them to pop in one, run around and pick another one. You need not hold that one huge slice of bread pori and think when is this going to finish.
This recipe is good to use up left over bread slices, which are a day or two old.
Recipe for bread porichathu
Oil for frying
ingredients for the batter
5 tbsp flour / maida
1 1/2 tbsp rice flour (this gives the crisp & crunch) - its fine, even if u don't have rice flour - just add soda instead of water to prepare the batter or you can just skip this ingredient and add the same quantity maida
1/4 tsp or a little less salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 or 2 tbsp sesame seeds - Sesame seeds are healthy, so i have added a lot of it
Water - 12 tbsp or as much required to get a thick batter. If the batter is runny it wont coat the bread
Turmeric - 1 large pinch for colour (optional)
Place the water, turmeric salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir and gradually add the maida and rice flour until a batter is formed. Add the sesame seeds.
Cut the bread slices into small pieces. I sliced each bread slice into 12 pieces.
Heat oil in a pan. When hot, take each piece of bread, dip it in the batter and fry it in medium heat, turning sides. Remove from oil when the sides start to brown. Serve warm.
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