Crunchy Bread Pockets

I hate waste. I’ve probably said this before. I had a few slices of bread left that had gone a little mouldy on the crusts so I sprang* into action.

Cut off the crusts, then rolled them as flat as I could with a rolling pin. Brown bread is surprisingly resilient. Cheap white bread would have been better as it rolls thinner but I rarely have that in the house.

I had cauliflower to use up too, so an idea was born.

5 slices of bog standard supermarket bread, crusts cut off.
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into very small florets.
1 tsp each of turmeric and amchoor (if you don’t have amchoor add 2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp curry powder of your choice
1/2 tsp asafoetida (as I wasn’t using onion or garlic)
1 tsp salt
3 tbs instant potato powder
1/2 cup frozen peas

For the slurry
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli powder if you want
Water to thin it out

Desiccated coconut

Vegetable/sunflower oil to come up to an inch depth in a high sided pan.

Add 1 tbs vegetable oil to a pan.
Add in your cauliflower, and all the spices for the filling. Stir well to coat and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add in 1/4 cup of water, put a lid on and let it steam until the cauliflower is falling apart tender.
Pop in the frozen peas and the potato powder.
Turn the heat up to medium high, mixing and stirring as you go.
If anything starts to brown, that’s good!
If there’s too much liquid, add in more potato powder a teaspoon as a time. You want it mushy enough that it holds together to go in the bread slices.
I mashed mine down with a potato masher.
Let it cool to room temperature.

Brush each bread slice with the slurry, especially the edges.
Put 2-3 tsp of filling (depends on the size of your slice, obv) on one side of the bread slice.
Fold the other side over, and press down all the edges. I had to do it a few times to get it to stick. Brown bread, see?
Dip each pocket in the slurry, then press into the coconut.

Fry until dark golden on all sides.

Eat with dips of your choice!**

*- well, ambled, to be fair. Springing leads to all kinds of nonsense.
** – Ketchup. It’s always ketchup for me.

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