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.
This delicious, no-mess, vegan and gluten-free French Toast can be made in a jiffy with commonly available ingredients.
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.
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.
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)
- Chopped Green Chilies
- Chopped Cilantro (Coriander) Leaves
Ingredients for Toasts:
- Bread Slices
- Oil Or Butter
- Green coriander or any other chutney
- Cheese slices
- Spicy potato masala
Other breakfast recipes:
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 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 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.
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 , , , or even with ketchup of your choice. It tastes great with all types of dips.
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.
Tips and variations to make your best Besan Bread Toast Recipe
- For additional flavoring, you can slightly dry roast besan before making the batter.
- You can also add 1 tablespoon of rice flour, semolina (suji), or cornflour to the batter to make the toasts crispier.
- 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.
- Also, make certain there are no lumps in the batter.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the besan batter, you can replace chopped onions with finely chopped spring onions.
- For an added taste, you can add 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Besan toast tastes like a low-fat version of bread pakora.
- 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.
- I generally don’t add garam masala powder to the besan batter, but you can surely add some garam masala powder to the batter.
- 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.
- You can also add a pinch of asafoetida to the besan batter.
- Once the bread is toasted, make sure to serve these besan toasts immediately.
- You can also make plain spiced toast by excluding any types of veggies in the batter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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