Eggless Masala Bread

This bread has been in my to-do list ever since I saw Anoo’s masala bread picture on Instagram last year. It’s funny that I’ve made braided bread, foccacia bread but never baked a bread loaf. I bought myself a loaf pan last weekend and tried this pronto. The aroma of this bread teleported me to Bangalore Iyengar bakery where I used to have my evening snack. image1-46 You can skip the masala part and you will have a beautiful milk bread loaf. Here’s how I make it. image3-8 You will need
  • All-purpose flour: 3 1/4 cup
  • Active dry yeast- 2 tsp
  • Milk- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- 2 tsp
  • Water- ¬†3/4 cup
  • Oil- 1/4 cup
For masala
  • Onion- 1, finely chopped
  • Green chili- 5, finely chopped
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro- 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Method  For masala,
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. As they sizzle add onions, chilli, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Saute for few minutes and switch off the flame. Add cilantro and mix well.
For dough,
  • Microwave milk in a microwave safe bowl for 20 seconds. Add yeast and sugar to it and mix well. Keep it aside until it becomes frothy.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture and mix well by adding water little at a time.\
  • Add the cooled down masala to the dough and mix well.
  • Knead the dough well for 10 minutes and form a ball. Apply some oil all over the dough ball and cover it with towel/ cling wrap and place it in microwave/ oven for an hour. Let it proof.
  • You will have a beautifully rise dough which has almost doubled in size.
  • Punch it down and shape it into a loaf
  • and place it on a greased loaf pan.
  • Cover it and let it rise and double in size for about 40 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Bake for 40 minutes in the middle rack until the top is golden brown.
  • Take the pan out and let it cool down for 10 mins and transfer it to cooling rack.
  • Let it cool completely before slicing. Refrigerate the bread and it stays good upto 3-4 days. Toast it with some oil/butter and enjoy!
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