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Besan Toast 5 Ways - Gram Flour Toast

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Besan Toast is a popular and tasty quick 20 minutes breakfast or evening tea-time snack recipe where bread slices are coated with spicy besan (gram flour) batter and then toasted.  

a female is sprinkling coriander leaves over besan toast

This delicious, no-mess, vegan and gluten-free French Toast can be made in a jiffy with commonly available ingredients. 

This easy to make eggless besan toast makes a satisfying, and nutritious breakfast for any morning. It tastes best when paired with coriander chutney, garlic chutney, schezwan sauce, ketchup and a cup of dalgona coffee or a hot cup of masala chai

This page shows you 5 exotic ways to prepare crispy besan bread toast recipe on Tawa (pan). With these humble toasts, you can turn your simple breakfast into a show-stealer any day. This fuss-free recipe takes only 20 minutes to prepare toasts from start to finish. 

Making these toasts is remarkably simple. I have been making these toasts for many years now, so I can claim this is a fail-proof recipe.  

Besan toast recipe is similar to the egg toast recipe. It is made by replacing the egg with besan. It is a splendid recipe for those who do not eat eggs. 

besan bread pakora toast served in a white plate

What is Besan Toast? 

Besan toast or Besan Bread Toast is a flavorsome and scrumptious breakfast or snack dish that can be groomed in no time. Making this toast is amazingly easy, simple, and quick.  

In plain words, besan toast is a spicy, flavorful, vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian version of your favorite French toast.  

In this besan toast recipe, bread slice is dunked in a spicy and flavorful besan (chickpea flour) batter which is made with onion, tomatoes, green chilies, coriander leaves, and some basic spices. 

This Besan Toast: 

✓ is made with simple pantry ingredients. 

✓ healthy and wholesome. 

✓ is easy, quick, and fuss-free. 

✓ is vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian. 

✓ can be packed in a lunch box.  

✓ is filler, delicious and gratifying. 

✓ satisfies bread pakora cravings without the guilt. 

When to make Besan Toast? 

You can make this toast anytime you are craving for something delicious, quick, and fuss-free. These 5 types of toasts are perfect for such days when you want some exotic bread pakoras, yet you do not want to go overboard with the fried food. Or simply make it when you run out of vegetables for a sandwich filling.  

besan cheese toast served in a white plate

What are the ingredients you will need for making besan toast? 

Besan toast is prepared with besan (gram flour), bread slices, and some usual Indian herbs and spices. 

Here are the ingredients for besan batter:

  • Besan (Gram Flour) 
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain) 
  • Turmeric Powder (Haldi Powder) 
  • Red Chili Powder (Lal Mirch Powder) 
  • Salt 
  • Chopped Green Chilies 
  • Chopped Cilantro (Coriander) Leaves 

Ingredients for Toasts:

  • Bread Slices 
  • Oil Or Butter 

Addition Ingredients:

  • Green coriander or any other chutney 
  • Cheese slices 
  • Spicy potato masala  
5 types of besan toast served in a tray

What are the 5 types of besan toasts? 

Today I am sharing 5 diverse types of Besan Toast. Below are 5 versions of these besan toasts:

1. Besan Bread Toast 

This is a simple toast where a bread slice is dipped into a besan batter and then toasted in a pan with a few drops of oil till it is crispy and golden from all the sides. Afterward, the toast is then sliced into 2 pieces.  

2. Besan Chutney Toast

In this type of toast, chutney is smeared on a bread slice and then it is coated with besan batter. And then it is toasted from both sides in a non-stick pan.  

3. Besan Cheese Toast 

Here a cheese slice is placed over a slice of bread and then the bread is fully coated with the batter. After that, it is pan-cooked just like a French Toast. You cook it until golden from all the sides. Once toasted, it is cut into 2 or 4 pieces. 

4. Besan Bread Pakora Toast

This is a healthier version of stuffed bread pakora where you stuff spicy potato masala between the bread slices. The sandwich is then dipped in the besan batter and then it is toasted in the pan until it turns crispy and golden from all the sides. The toast is then cut into desired shapes and served along with chutney or ketchup. 

5. Besan Masala Toast

In this type of besan toast, aloo masala (spicy potato stuffing) is spread in a thick layer on a slice of bread. This masala smeared bread is then carefully coated with the besan batter. After that, the besan battered bread is toasted in a pan over medium heat until it is golden and cooked through. Once the toast is cooked, it is cut into pieces before serving.  

besan masala toast served in a white plate

How to serve Besan Toast? 

All 5 types of besan toasts shared on this page can simply be served without any side dish. Or they can be partnered with any dipping sauce such as green coriander chutney, mint coriander chutney, tomato garlic chutney, tamarind chutney or even with ketchup of your choice. It tastes great with all types of dips.  

Plus, a cup of hot rose masala chai or spiced coffee is a cherry on the cake. 

This Besan Bread Toast makes a wonderful evening snack for kids when paired with a glass Banana Raspberry Coconut Smoothie.  

besan bread pakora toast served in a white plate

How to Make Besan Bread Toast? 

Besan bread toast is a similar but healthier version of bread pakora for those who are health conscious and want to consume less oil. This is how you can prepare besan toast:   

Step 1 - Make Batter: To prepare the besan toast recipe, you have to first make the batter. You can simply combine the batter ingredients and mix well to make a smooth batter. 

Step 2 - Dip and toast: Next, you dip a bread slice in the batter and pan fry the toast until golden. Cut into halves. Done! This is how you make a simple bread toast. 

You can get all the other variations of this besan toast on this page in the recipe box.

a female is holding besan toast plate

Tips and variations to make your best Besan Bread Toast Recipe 

  1. For additional flavoring, you can slightly dry roast besan before making the batter.
  2. You can also add 1 tablespoon of rice flour, semolina (suji), or cornflour to the batter to make the toasts crispier. 
  3. For a perfect cover, the batter should be neither too thick nor too thin. The consistency of the batter must be thick flowing. So while making the batter, always add water little by little. This way you prevent the batter from turning it watery. 
  4. Also, make certain there are no lumps in the batter. 
  5. While dipping the bread slices in the batter, make sure that you do not dip them for a long time or else the bread would turn soggy and break into pieces. You just need to coat the bread with the batter.
  6. I have only used onion and tomatoes in the besan batter. But you can add any other finely chopped vegetables of your choice. Finely chopped capsicums, shredded carrots, or shredded cabbage can be added. 
  7. In the besan batter, you can replace chopped onions with finely chopped spring onions.  
  8. For an added taste, you can add 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste. 
  9. Cook these toasts on medium to medium-low heat. If you cook them on high heat, then they would cook from the outside and the inner side would remain raw. 
  10. This can be packed in a lunch box as a quick snack. If you are packing them in a lunch box, then make sure you let them cool slightly before wrapping in a kitchen tissue first and then in a foil. This way the sweat from the toast won’t make them soggy. 
  11. I have used white bread slices for making these toasts here, but you can use any other sliced breads of your choice. My other favorites slices of bread for this recipe are oats, rye, barley, wholegrain and multigrain. 
  12. Besan toast tastes like a low-fat version of bread pakora.  
  13. I love to add aromatic carom seeds (ajwain) to the batter because it tastes good and aids in digestion. If you do not like carom seeds, then you can replace it with cumin seeds (jeera) or fennel seeds (saunf). Or simply omit any type of seeds.  
  14. I generally don’t add garam masala powder to the besan batter, but you can surely add some garam masala powder to the batter. 
  15. I love the added taste and texture of the tomatoes in this besan toast. However, you can omit the tomatoes. If you are planning to omit the tomatoes, then add a splash of lemon juice for a slight tang flavor. 
  16. You can also add a pinch of asafoetida to the besan batter. 
  17. Once the bread is toasted, make sure to serve these besan toasts immediately.  
  18. You can also make plain spiced toast by excluding any types of veggies in the batter. 
  19. Kids, in general, do not like chilies. So, if making these toasts for kids, then remember to reduce the amount of chopped chilies and red chili powder. You can also omit the chili part.  
  20. I have used a few drops of vegetable oil to toast the bread slices. For a rich taste, you can also use ghee or butter. 
  21. In Northern India, roadside kiosks sell besan toast sandwiches stuffed with paneer filling. If you want to use paneer filling you can replace potato filling with the paneer filling I used in Paneer Stuffed Naan
  22. Besan toast can be made either with halved bread slices or the whole slices. If you are cooking with the whole bread slices like I did, then simply cut them into desired shapes after toasting. This way you will save a lot of time. 
besan toast served in a white plate

Besan Toast 5 Ways - Gram Flour Toast [RECIPE]

Besan Toast is a popular and tasty quick 20 minutes breakfast or evening tea-time snack recipe where bread slices are coated with spicy besan (gram flour) batter and then toasted.
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INGREDIENTS

Ingredients For Potato Filling (Aloo Masala):

• 4 medium potatoes, peeled & boiled
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
• 1 teaspoon green chilies, chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoon amchoor powder (dried mango powder)
• 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
• 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
• 1 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf), optional
• 1 teaspoon black salt or regular salt to taste
• 1 tablespoons coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
• 2-3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

Ingredients For Besan (Gram Flour) Batter:

• 2 cups Gram flour(besan)
• 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi powder)
• 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
• salt, to taste
• 1 teaspoon green chilies, chopped
• 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
• 1 large-sized tomato, finely chopped (or grated)
• 2 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped

Ingredients For Besan Toast:

• 10 Bread slices, I have used vegan and gluten free (2 for besan bread pakora toast, and 2 slices each for other 4 versions)
• oil or ghee for cooking

Other Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon Green chutney
• 2 Cheese slices

For Serving:

• coriander chutney
• masala chai

🕐 Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time
☶ Category ♨ Cuisine ☺ Serves
Snack Indian 6 servings

Nutrition Info: 225 calories // Servings: 1 serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

Make Besan Batter:

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix besan, salt, carom seeds, turmeric powder, red chili powder, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, chopped onions, and chopped tomatoes.
  2. Add water little by little and whisk to make a smooth and lump-free thick flowing consistency batter. I use 1 cup water for 2 cups besan, but this amount may vary due to the different varieties of gram flour. You just need to keep in mind that the batter is not thin, or otherwise the bread slices would turn soggy.
  3. At this point, you can taste the batter to check the seasonings. Adjust seasonings according to your tastebuds. Keep this besan batter aside.

Make Potato Masala (Aloo Masala) Stuffing:

  1. To make the potato stuffing,
  2. Add boiled & peeled potatoes to a mixing bowl. Also add cumin seeds, green chilies, garam masala powder, amchoor powder, chaat masala powder, red chili powder, fennel seeds, black salt, and mix well to combine.
  3. After that, add chopped coriander leaves, and chopped onions and mix well again.
  4. Potato Masala Stuffing is ready for Bread Pakora Toast and Bread Masala Toast. Keep it aside.

Besan Toast:

  1. Heat the non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Brush the pan with a few drops of oil.
  3. Dip the bread slice completely in the batter to coat.
  4. Remove the bread from the batter and shake off excess batter. You can also choose to spread batter only on the one side.
  5. When the pan is hot enough, place the battered bread on the hot pan and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  6. After 2-3 minutes, brush the pan with some oil and flip the bread.
  7. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until cooked and crispy. Then using the tongs lift the bread and cook on from all the sides.
  8. Remove from the pan and cut into triangles or in desired shapes. Repeat the same with the other bread slice.
  9. Serve hot immediately with green chutney.

Besan Chutney Toast:

  1. Heat the non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Drizzle the pan with a few drops of oil.
  3. Smear green chutney on 2 bread slices.
  4. Dunk the bread slice completely in the batter to coat.
  5. Remove the bread from the batter and shake off excess batter.
  6. When the pan is hot enough, place the battered bread on the hot pan and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  7. After 2-3 minutes, brush the pan with some oil and flip the bread.
  8. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Next, using the tongs lift the bread and cook on from all the 4 sides.
  9. Remove from the pan and cut into halves. Repeat the same with the other chutney smeared bread slice.
  10. Serve hot immediately with green chutney or ketchup.

Besan Cheese Toast:

  1. Heat the non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Drizzle the pan with a few drops of oil.
  3. Place 2 cheese slices on 2 bread slices.
  4. Take 1 bread slice and carefully cover it with the batter. You need to coat it entirely.
  5. Carefully remove the bread from the batter and shake off excess batter.
  6. When the pan is hot enough, place the battered bread on the hot pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden and cooked.
  7. After 2-3 minutes, brush the pan with some oil and flip the bread.
  8. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Next, using the tongs lift the bread and cook on from all the 4 sides.
  9. Remove from the pan and cut Besan Cheese Toast into halves. Repeat the same with other cheese placed bread slice.
  10. Serve hot immediately with chutney or ketchup.

Besan Bread Pakora Toast:

  1. Spread about 2 tablespoons of potato masala evenly on a bread slice.
  2. Cover the masala smeared bread with other slice and press it well.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat and brush with oil.
  4. Dip the stuffed bread fully in the batter. Remove it from the batter and shake off excess batter.
  5. When the pan is hot, place the battered bread on the hot pan and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes or until cooked and golden.
  6. After 3 minutes, brush the pan with some oil and flip the bread.
  7. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Next, using the tongs lift the bread and cook on from all the 4 sides.
  8. Remove from the pan and cut Besan Bread Pakora Toast into triangles.
  9. Serve hot immediately with chutney or ketchup.

Besan Masala Toast:

  1. Spread about 2 tablespoons of potato masala evenly on 2 bread slices.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat and brush with oil.
  3. Dip the masala smeared bread in the batter. Remove it from the batter and shake off excess batter.
  4. When the pan is hot, place the battered bread on the hot pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until cooked and golden.
  5. After 2-3 minutes, brush the pan with some oil and flip the bread.
  6. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or till it turns golden and crispy. Next, using the tongs lift the bread and cook on from all the 4 sides.
  7. Remove from the pan and cut Besan Bread Pakora Toast into triangles. Repeat with the other masala covered bread slice.
  8. Serve hot with chutney and chai.

NOTES:

1. For additional flavoring, you can slightly dry roast besan before making the batter.
2. You can also add 1 tablespoon of rice flour, semolina (suji), or cornflour to the batter to make the toasts crispier.
3. In the besan batter, you can replace chopped onions with finely chopped spring onions.
4. For a perfect cover, the batter should be neither too thick nor too thin. The consistency of the batter must be thick flowing. So while making the batter, always add water little by little. This way you prevent the batter from turning it watery.
5. For an added taste, you can add 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste.

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