Masala Bread

May 22, 2014mayurisjikoni
Blog post

Updated on 05/12/2018

Its been a long time since I baked a bread. A cool rainy weather called out for some soup. Making soup for dinner meant a home baked bread. I dug out my ‘to try list’ and made masala bread.

The first time I had made masala bread was when I was attending the baking technique classes in Bangalore. Adding all sorts of masalas to the bread was totally new to me… at that moment I frowned at the idea of adding coriander, onion, garlic, curry leaves, chillis, etc to the bread dough. Wondered how it would taste. After baking it and sampling it, I found it very delicious. The other students were surprised that I’d never tasted a masala bread. Forgot about the bread till I opened the ‘to try list’. 
Masala bread is a good accompaniment to any smooth soup like broccoli, cauliflower, tomato soup or any soup of your choice. The leftover bread made a lovely in between snack as it tastes good on its own. The charming thing about baking this bread is that you can add the masala according to your taste. By masalas I mean onion, garlic, green chillis, ginger, coriander, fenugreek, curry leaves, etc. Feel free to add whatever you want.
As to exercising my arm, yes I still knead the dough with my hands… not too impressed with my kenwood machine. My arms still are not slimmer.. how can they be after eating so much bread. The motto at the moment is knead, bake and eat. 

Since I baked this bread for the first time at home, I’ve used it to make sandwiches and it adds that extra flavor to it. I’ve also made them into buns to serve them as individual portions for a dinner party.

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1 big loaf

2 cups wheat flour

1 cup plain flour (all purpose flour)

2 tsp dry active instant yeast

1-1¼ cups warm water

1½ tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)


1 medium onion, finely chopped (about ½  cup)

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

1-2 green chilis, chopped

1 tsp ginger paste

½ cup finely chopped fresh coriander

extra flour for dusting

extra oil for greasing

2 tbsp milk for brushing on top


  1. Mix the flours, salt, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and sugar in a big bowl.
  2. Add yeast and mix lightly.
  3. Add warm water and mix.
  4. Bring the dough together into a big lump.
  5. Dust the worktop with some flour.
  6. Place the dough on the work top with flour and begin to knead the dough.
  7. Knead it for a good 10-15 minutes till the dough is smooth and silky.
  8. Make sure its not too stiff or too sticky.
  9. Shape the dough into a ball.
  10. Grease the dough and ball with some oil.
  11. Place the dough in the bowl.
  12. Cover it with a lid or damp tea towel and place the bowl in a warm place.
  13. Let the dough rise till its double the size. Mine took 1½ hours.
  14. In the meantime get the filling ready. Mix them all together in a bowl.
  15. Dust the worktop with some flour.
  16. Take the fermented dough out of the bowl.
  17. Deflate it gently and roll it into a circle about 8-10 inches in diameter.
  18. Spread the filling over the dough.
  19. Gather up the edges and push it gently into the middle, trying to enclose the filling.
  20. Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes in the bowl.
  21. Gently knead the dough and shape it into a ball.
  22. Place the dough on a greased baking tray.
  23. Let the dough ferment for 45-60 minutes till its double the size.
  24. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  25. Brush the top of the risen dough gently with milk.
  26. Place the bread in the hot oven to bake for 10 minutes.
  27. After 10 minutes reduce the temperature to 180°C. Bake the bread further for 20-30 minutes or till the top is light golden brown.
  28. On knocking the bottom of the bread, it should sound hollow.
  29. Place the bread on a wire rack to cool.
  30. Slice and serve the bread with your favorite soup.



  • Add finely chopped curry leaves.
  • Make sure the dough is not too soft as after adding the filling it will become a bit soft and sticky.
  • I used both plain and wheat flour. You can use plain flour only if you like.
  • Knead the dough welling the heel of your palm.


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  • Linsy Patel

    May 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    i love savory bread more than sweet or regular one. looks awesome.

  • Srivalli

    May 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the entry..the bread looks so good and nicely baked..

  • Shweta Agrawal

    June 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

    lovely bread and yes all one need warm homemade bread when it is raining 🙂

  • Priya Suresh

    December 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    All the ingredients went for the filling makes me drool. Am sure this masala bread will definitely please my tastebuds for the sure.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 10, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Priya.. we too love it.

  • Jolly

    December 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Baking are always fascinating me and again you have made this bread perfectly. And that tray of masala bread is alluring me to pick up some and gobble down.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Jolly, I too like the rustic look of the loaf.

  • amritaadak

    December 11, 2018 at 7:50 am

    masala breads are famous in Bangalore bakery shops but the home made goodies are always the best

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Yes Amrita, only realized that after I learnt how to bake it. Now I see it everywhere when I’m in Bangalore. But like my homemade one.

  • curryandvanilla

    December 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Love masala bread, but have never tried making them at home! Your attempt to make and the gorgeous pics of this bread are so tempting me to go for it soon! Thanks for sharing your version dear!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Vanitha, please try it as it is a very flavorful bread. One can enjoy it on its own too.

  • Lata Lala

    December 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Masala bread looks fantastic. I am yet to master the art of bread baking.
    Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Lata.

  • Maria

    December 12, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Simply fabulous! What a lovely idea for evening tea time! This bread won’t even need any spread with it, just a good cup of tea to accompany it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Maria and its true you don’t really need a spread. However one can always serve it with chutney for that extra zing.

  • Lathiya Shanmugasundara

    December 13, 2018 at 12:12 am

    The masala bread looks so makes a great snack for tea parties… awesome bake dear

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 13, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much Lathiya.

  • Preethi

    December 13, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I love all kinds of bread and if its masaledar, even more better 🙂 Its great that you have done this with whole wheat 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Swati

    December 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Masala bread is one of the favoring my home, kids love it with some butter Andy hubby and I enjoy with a cup of chai formorning breakfast. Your is so nicely baked.. looking rustic, looks so crusty and delicious!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Swaty.

  • Heidi Roberts

    December 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I bet this tasted amazing – makes a wonderful change to add those flavours to bread!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Heidi. It does make the bread very tasty with so make spices and flavors.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    December 14, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I love the aroma of homebaked bread, and when you bake masala bread, I would drool. Such a flvourful and tasty baking recipe. Great for picnic too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Jagruti and you’re so right it would make a great picnic bread too.

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    December 14, 2018 at 1:01 am

    This sounds delicious. I love the flavours you have added to your bread. I can imagine it being very tasty with soup like you said.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Cat, it certainly is.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    December 14, 2018 at 1:30 am

    this is such a wonderful bread, the filling sounds amazing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Anna.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    December 14, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Masala bread looks so lovely, packed with flavors from the spices! I am sure your home was filled with the lovely aroma of the baking bread 🙂

  • Mandy MazliahMandy

    December 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! I love masala flavours and I know that my husband (who is obsessed with chillis) would LOVE this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Mandy, then in that case you could bake this bread for him.

  • Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles)

    December 14, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Before now I had not heard of masala bread. I can imagine how tasty it is and how magnificent it must smell when baking in the oven.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Sara, its commonly sold in the bakeries in India.

  • Pavani

    December 15, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Masala bread looks so irresistible. The ingredients used for stuffing are making me hungry. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks Pavani and you’re welcome.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    December 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I love this bread and make it often.. never tried with onions though.. next time I will add them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Try with onions Shobha, its tastes good. Also can add chopped curry leaves.

  • Mina Joshi

    December 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I like the idea of savoury bread with all sorts of sounds like a meal on its own.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Mina, it definitely is, a meal on its own.


    December 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Masala bread looks so tempting and delicious.I liked the stuffing you used in the bread.Thanks for the lovely share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Pavani and you’re welcome.

  • simplysensationalfood

    December 27, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Nothing beats the taste of home made bread. I love the filling you have used in it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you so much Nayna.

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