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Bread rolls with an Indian flavour/Masala bread rolls.. they go perfect with Masala chai..

Baking is something that I always tend to keep for laters.. Its been real long since I baked.. The fear about baking still haunts me somewhere.. Baking bread is always tedious.. as the yeast needs to get fermented.. then you need to knead the dough.. let it puff up.. & I’m always in a hurry in the morning as I need to rush to prepare both breakfast & lunch for K.

So last night.. before I hit the sack.. I was thinking about Keli Paan. It’s been 5 days since I posted a recipe.. Bread had been playing on my mind from a while..  I made up my mind.. I set an alarm.. woke up early this morning.. & was at it..

Mission – I had to have bread with my evening tea..!!!  (Kidding… I don’t have evening tea.. I have tea just once in the morning.. that’s just because K won’t drink alone.. & wants company… but that was the goal I set..)! K & I can have them for breakfast tomorrow.. though they won’t be nice & hot.. ! But homemade bread is always a delight.. Yes, so take up baking bread when you have lots of time.. Today, I figured out a perfect way to bake bread.. So I kneaded the dough, set it aside for the yeast to take its action on the dough & did my other chores..Last time I baked bread.. I was pretty impatient.. as I started preparing the dough when I was done with all my other chores… & then all the wait to let the dough puff up got me all worked up.. as a friend called asking if I wanted to join for a movie.. n I obviously could not leave till I was done baking..

I made use of the basic bread recipe.. but used more wheat flour & lesser all purpose flour. Added some tempered cumin, turmeric sautéed onions along with some fresh garlic & finely chopped coriander to the dough… hence the house was smelling heavenly while these were in the oven.. n my ever hungry tummy started growling.. I ate one up before they could cool down completely.. !

Indian flavoured Bread rolls/Masala bread rolls.. they go perfect with Masala chai..

Ingredients: (Serves 4-6) Preparation Time: 4 hrs (Includes time to let the dough puff up & double up + time to bake)
Wheat flour – 4 spoonfulls… I used a 100ml spoon as a measure..
All purpose flour – 1.5 spoonfuls + some more to help knead, again used the same 100ml spoon as a measure
Dried yeast – 1 sachet/7gms,
Warm water – about 60 ml
Water at room temperature – about 150 – 175 ml
Sugar – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – finely chopped amounting to about a tbsp
Onion – 1 medium-sized, finely chopped
Freshly ground Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp or use more if you want the bread hot
Turmeric powder – 2 pinches
Cooking oil – 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Garlic clove – 2, finely chopped
Melted Butter – 1 tsp, I used salted butter. You can use unsalted butter as well..
Salt – 3/4 tsp

Combine the yeast & sugar along with the warm water & stir & set aside for 10-15 minutes till the yeast gets all frothy.

Meanwhile when the yeast is in its process of waking up.. sift together – Wheat flour,all-purpose flour & salt in a large enough mixing bowl. Make a well in between & add the activated yeast mixture. Add water little by little & knead the flour into a dough, you may or may not need all the 175 ml water mentioned. Sprinkle some all-purpose flour a rolling surface, such as a wooden or a marble surface used to knead & now knead the dough to a smooth & elastic dough. Take your time, spend 10-15 minutes to knead the dough.

Transfer the dough back to the bowl used to mix it initially & cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel. Now set this aside for 2 hours. When 1.5 hours have elapsed after setting the dough aside, chop the onions & garlic & coriander. Heat oil in a fry pan. When hot, reduce the heat to medium & add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds begin to change colour, add the finely chopped onions along with turmeric & the a pinch of salt to help fry the onions. When the onions turn translucent, turn off the heat. Add the crushed black pepper & mix well. This sautéed onion & cumin should cool down to room temperature, when the dough finishes its 2 hours. The dough doubles up.

Check if the fry pan & its contents have cooled down, only then, add the chopped coriander & garlic. Next transfer the dough to this fry pan & combine all of them together & knead well.

Dough Kneaded together with sautéed onions & tempered cumin..

Note: The dough & the resulting rolls are have a yellow hue because of the turmeric added.

Now divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Use .5 times more than the amount you use for a paratha or the amount used to make a bread roll. Now, roll each into a cylinder/roll, Sprinkle all-purpose flour to help roll them into cylinders, if required. Transfer them to a work-top which is sprinkled with flour. You can also place them on a greased baking tray. Cover with the damp cloth & set aside for the cylinders to double up again. Probably another hour should be fine.

Make rolls or cylinders out of each divided portion of the dough..

Tip: Make sure there is enough space between each cylinder, because when the dough doubles up it needs space around.

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees & place the baking tray lined with the rolls in the centre & bake for about 40 mins/ till the bread looks golden brown on top. Then they are done. Take them out & cool them on a wire rack.

Just out of the oven..

Rub the top of each of them with some melted butter, while they are hot.

Butter them up.. :)

See them change colour or rather glow… once you rub some butter on them.. 😉

Enjoy warm/Transfer them to a breadbox/tin once they cool down completely. These are a little crusty on the top, but soft inside.. 🙂

Indian flavoured Bread rolls/Masala bread rolls.. they go perfect with Masala chai..

These go perfect with some hot Masala Chai.. or you can just butter them up & enjoy.. 🙂

If you liked this recipe, you can also check out – Olive & Basil breadVeg Pizza, Fiery Cheesy Tomato Macaroni Bake with Mushrooms & Frankfurters.. made using a homemade sauce… etc.


9 thoughts on “Bread rolls with an Indian flavour/Masala bread rolls.. they go perfect with Masala chai..

  1. Bread baking is a very scary territory for me…and with this post of yours Anitha, you’re making me try it.
    Very nice pictures, the table setting, the rolls themselves .. all look fantastic. Good Job!


  2. OMG…. Delish recipe Anitha… Totally love it.. Like Namrata, I am so scared of baking since my baking ventures are normally not good :).
    Bit have t try these for sure… Get my hands drenched …. Lol… My kids love them and so do MR H and I ;))
    Thanks for posting 🙂


    1. Hey Sonal.. You will do just fine..! Even I lived in fear,when it came to baking.. Then I just pumped myself up… It can’t be rocket science!?!! Only by practice can you make something perfect.. Blah.. why am i getting so philosophical.. 😜I patiently tried my hands at it.. They came out just perfect.. Wee bit crusty on the outside & soft on the inside.. & nice flavours to the bread from the sautéed onions & coriander.. I had boxed them after cooling them & today they were nice & soft.. The crustiness was gone…

      Renuka tried this and she made buns instead of rolls.. Give them a shot while you back to blogging from your new kitchen. Let me know.. Happy shifting.. & congrats on the nutritional info addition to your blog.. 🙂


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