Monday, August 30, 2010

Khara Bread / Masala Bread with Dill Flavor...Bangalore Iyengar Bakery's Way!!

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A hidden foodie in me prompted me to give a trial of baking bread some time back but was not successful because of the poor quality of local yeast available here in India.My husband is very fond of freshly baked breads,naan's etc etc which uses yeast in it,so he promised me that he will buy yeast along with other goodies during his next visit to abroad.Thankfully he could manage to pick few boxes of yeast for me during his last visit to Singapore.
In Mumbai every evening the bread waala's knock the doors and delivers fresh bread,buying a loaf of bread is so convenient here that I never thought of baking a simple bread at home,of course I agree freshly baked bread tastes always better.I wanted to make use of the yeast in a more effective way like making goodies which I don't get that easily here in Mumbai.

In my earlier post I have mentioned my love for the Iyengar bakery goodies which we get in Bangalore especially their khara bread,khara bun,palya bun,plain cake,toast etc etc.I have made this khara bread some time back by adapting some tips and techniques from here and here and added my personal touch to the recipe.I love the flavor of dill leaves which adds a nice taste to this bread and the bread turned super soft and light.Baking breads has become my latest passion after the successful attempt of khara bread which I have already made quite a lot of times.You will get to see lots of my baking experiments from now on in my blog which are already sitting in my drafts.

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour + extra flour while kneading required
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp olive oil or regular vegetable oil

For the Masala:
1 small bunch dill leaves,finely chopped
1 small bunch coriander leaves,finely chopped
1 big onion,very finely chopped
1 tbsp green chilli paste,coarsely ground
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 generous pinches of salt
1 tbsp olive oil or regular vegetable oil

Other Ingredients:
1 tsp black sesame seeds to sprinkle over top
1 tsp butter to brush the bread
1 tsp milk to brush the bread

Method:
  • Microwave water and milk together for 30 seconds until it is luke warm to touch.Pour this into a wide bottomed bowl.
  • Dissolve in the sugar and yeast in it and mix thoroughly until dissolved.Leave this aside for 15-20 mins until the yeast mixture becomes frothy.This is the important step in proceeding further to the recipe.If the yeast does not proof throw it and start the process again from the scratch.
  • Meanwhile heat olive oil or regular oil in a pan and crackle cumin seeds over low flame and add very finely chopped onion and fry until it is translucent,add a pinch of salt in between to ease the process.Add coarsely ground chilli paste,chopped greens and mix well and stir fry for a minute.Add enough salt to it and do remember that we add salt even to the dough.Keep it aside until the mixture is cooled.
  • Stir in the olive oil and salt to the frothy yeast mixture and slowly add cup by cup of flour into it and mix well,I used a wire whisk for this purpose and mix until you get a lump of smooth dough.
  • Now put some flour on the broad white board or feel free to use the well cleaned and wiped kitchen platform(like I did) and take the lump in both hands and knead the bread towards you.
  • Follow the same method and knead it properly for 10 mins roughly until you get a non-sticky but still smooth dough.Add flour in between when the dough is sticky.
  • Now slightly press the dough with your hands to flatten it and keep the masala(fried onion-greens) mixture in the centre and fold it from all the sides like how we do for stuffed paratha's.
  • Slowly start kneading again for 12-15 mins until the mixture is very well incorporated in the dough.The dough might become sticky because of the onions,so please feel free to add the flour when required while kneading the dough.
  • Cover this place of platform or the board with some cloth or paper as we need to use this place again for kneading.
  • Now grease your hands and a empty big bowl with oil and coat the dough with oil slightly and place it in the greased bowl.Cover with a clean kitchen towel and keep it in warm place until the dough doubles almost.It takes almost one to one-and-half hours depending the climatic conditions.I preheated my microwave for 20 seconds and kept the bowl in it.
  • After the first rise the dough would have doubled in size,take a knife and cut into two halves for two medium loaves.Otherwise cut into 3/4 and 1/4 th portions to make a big loaf and 4-5 medium sized buns like I did.
  • Now again knead the dough gently for 7-8 mins,this process is important as it assures of removing air bubbles formed in the dough.Repeat the process with the other portion as well.
  • Shape one portion into a loaf and place it in the greased loaf pan(9"x5").Divide the other portion of dough into 4-5 portion and shape them into buns and place them on a baking tray with space in between.
  • Keep them again in the warm place for 45 mins - 1 hour for the final rise.Mean while preheat the oven at 220 degrees for 10 mins when you are about to finish the rising time of bread.
  • Brush the top of loaf and buns with milk very gently and sprinkle black sesame seeds over the nicely risen loaf and buns and keep it in preheated oven and bake them at 180 degrees for 15-20 mins until the top portion of the bread turn slightly golden and the bread should sound hollow when tapped the crust with hand.I baked the bread and buns separately as my oven size is small,you should take care when you are baking both the bread and buns at the same time as the buns get baked fast.
  • Brush the top of the bread and buns with butter immediately after removing them from oven.This helps in giving the shine to the crust and also makes the crust softer and even the smell of the bread will be nice.
  • Run the knife around the edges and slowly remove the bread from the pan and let it cool on the wire rack.
Cut into the slices of desired thickness.Apply generously a dollop of fresh butter on the slice before serving.

This goes straight to champa's 'Bake-Off' event,'EFM-Cakes and Bakes' event going on at Srish Kitchen and also to Pari's 'ONLY-Kids' event.

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55 comments:

srividhya Ravikumar said...

wow..what a soft and delicious bread prathibha...lovely..

Jay said...

Hy Prathy,

Bread looks absolutely stunning..so soft n healthy...:)

An Open Book said...

dill sounds like a great idea in bread

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is so awesome prathiba!...The bread looks so soft and the crust colour is so perfect! Bookmarking this. I still remember the times I used to get this for my grandma for tea. The detailed method is so very helpful...this is a must try!

Nandini said...

Flavourful bread. Looks perfect.

Divya Kudua said...

This is awesome..I love Khara bread,but I am too afraid of the yeast to try it at home!! Perfect colour and even perfect slices!!

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Wonderful!looks soft and perfect!

Pari said...

Perfectly baked bread dear and I agree with you the yeast you get from abroad gives a better result.
FOODELICIOUS

Sushma Mallya said...

Perfectly made awesome bread...beautiful pics prathibha..loved the recipe too...

aipi said...

I love love khara bread..this looks so good..soft, perfect n soooooo professional!!

sangeeta said...

Lovely gorgeous bread it is...it's always so satisfying to bake a bread at home...the lovely freshly baked aroma n all..
Never heard about khara bread and this masala mix looks great , will make a batch of masala bread next time.

About the yeast i find no problem in finding good fresh yeast here in delhi n have managed to find it in small towns too...you just have to look out for a good bakery n request them for fresh yeast , it comes in 500 gm packs.

Satrupa said...

The bread looks so soft n spongy ..... absolutely luv this one :-)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa
http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Satrupa said...

The bread looks so soft n spongy ..... absolutely luv this one :-)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa
http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

suma said...

Wow Pratibha!! Your bread looks wonderfully soft and fluffy! I did not know that the there is a such a huge difference in the quality of yeast available here in India and elsewhere. I must beg, borrow or steal 'imported yeast' somehow:-))

Rachana said...

A perfectly baked bread...looks so soft and the colour of the crust is awesome!

Satya said...

wow what asoft bread ...love this masala bread ...bookmarked ur recipe ...thanks for sharing dear

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

BangaloreBaker said...

Bread looks beautiful. Buns are good too. Thanks for the entry. It is nice to see people trying to make yeast bread at home since most won't even want to try as it takes time. But I feel it is worth it.

Suman Singh said...

The bread looks so soft, spongy and perfectly baked..adding dill leaves to it sounds like a great idea..thanks for sharing!

kothiyavunu.com said...

awesome prathiba! perfectly baked..look so soft..bookmarked..will try & let u know..thx for sharing!

Sadhana said...

Wow! yummy yum! looks so delicious dear...am mouthwatering here..lovely pics

Kalyani said...

wow the bread looks so soft & wonderful pictures ..........

Krishnaveni said...

looks beautiful, perfect bread, great

Priya said...

Bread looks prefect with beautiful texture..awesome crust..

Aparna S Mallya said...

Wow, such neat slices!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

so good... thats awesome bread!

vidhas said...

bread looks so soft and yum!!! Great job.

Pavithra said...

Looks super soft and beautiful texture too. My very fav one too..Mouthwatering.

♥Aps♥ said...

These r called perfect bread.... Yum Yum YUm :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very tempting,sure will go to my To try list :)

Babli said...

Bread looks soft, yummy and tempting. Very beautifully presented.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Prathy,

My first time here...lovely explaination!!!!

Great!!!

Sameena@www.myeaytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

jeyashrisuresh said...

What an awesome job prathiba.masala bread looks very soft and clicks are amazing.

Sarah Naveen said...

looks so moist and yummy!!! loved it..

Gulmohar said...

Soft and spongy bread...I love most of the items in Iyengar bakeries...:-)

Sush said...

absolutely stunning Prathy.

Sharmilee! :) said...

The masala bread looks divine...can smell the flavour here :) Looks perfectly baked

Madhavi said...

WOW this is must try recipe, bread looks awesome!!

Padhu said...

Bread looks very soft and lovely .I have never tried bread at home .( too lazy)

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Bread looks soft and gorgeous . Home made breads are classic. Looks delicious dear.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

this is soo nice.. and very bengaluru flava..

Leena said...

WOW fabulous bread reminded me backhome,Looks perfect just like bakery ones..

Padma said...

Love dill flavor and this looks super.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

gosh! just send the loaf to me. fantastic! great job.

forkbootsandapalette said...

it looks so moist and perfect. Im def trying this out. btw have blogged about ur chequered cake which i had made a few months ago...thanks a ton!

Parita said...

Lovely bread!

Lav said...

hiii first time here....wonderful recipes....yummy treats....happy to follow u...do visit my space..

Lavanya

www.lavsblog.com

Jayasri Ravi said...

came to your blog seeing Masala Bread, I come from a family of bakers (Bangalore Iyengar Bakeries), the Bread looks so delicious. Just for a little information I like to pass on as you said you love these Bakery goodies, you don't have to saute the Masala Ingredients in oil and we use powders, no sauting of onions or dill leaves. I have posted a masala Bread swirl bread, these Ingredients you just have to add it to the dough and knead. Please don't mistake me, I thought as you had done, then I called my cousins they told how to do this, I have posted few Iyengar bakery Breads, if you have time check out in my blog. You don't have to post this comment I just wanted to tell you, as like you I love our Bakery goodies, which I don't get it here, so I keep making these :)).

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Great texture... lovely bread..

http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com

Mythreyi said...

The minute I saw this I am in love with it, The texture and softness and spongyness is makes it so attractive.
Bookmarked to try soon.



-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Sum said...

Lovely crust.... nice color

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, I made khara bread, turned out great

Prathibha said...

@Anonymous...I am glad that it turned out great

Radha said...

I used this recipe to make the bread in a Bread- maker and it turned out perfect.....best part is that I didn't have to knead at all.

Ashwini said...

Hi Prathibha,
Baked this bread this week on christmas with a few changes like using 50:50 of maida : whole wheat flour and adapted this recipe to my regular whole wheat bread. It came out very nice and flavourful. Everyone liked it. Thank you.

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