Mini Garlic and Chilli Pull Apart Bread

June 20, 2016mayurisjikoni
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For this event, Foodies_Redoing Old Posts my 24th re done recipe is MINI GARLIC AND CHILLI PULL APART BREAD.

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Updating posts with better photos or better write up or both is  what the group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts started by Renu allows us to do. The advantage of rewriting the post in a better manner makes it more SEO friendly and good photos is what attracts your fans to check out the recipe.




For this theme the members decided to get out of their comfort zone and try their hands at something challenging. After much discussion bread was the chosen topic. Some members love baking bread while others are just not comfortable using yeast. So the theme was breads that are made with yeast, soda or quick ones. As my past few posts have been sweet bread ones, I decided to go the savoury way.

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I’ve been wanting to make pull apart bread since I’ve seen quite a few photos on Pinterest. However, most of the ones I’d seen all use ready made biscuits to make the pull apart bread. That is one thing I don’t get here in Mombasa. As a result decided to use the technique with normal yeast dough. I made mini ones so that I could share the bread with my neighbor.



The reason I came up with garlic and chilli flavours for this pull apart bread is because my dad loves chillis and so did my father in law.Hats off to all the Fathers (Daddies, Papas, Dadas) out there. When a child is born most Mums are able to stay at home to nurture their kids. Naturally, they become more attached to the mums than dads. Fathers have no choice but to go out and earn so that the family can be comfortable. I was able to spend lot of time with my kids in their formative years while my husband worked hard to provide for us.

My dad has and is my ardent supporter and listener. He is like a Rock of Gibraltar, always there in times of sorrow and happiness. I learn from him, value for family, being there for all, how to be more organised.

Remembering my father in law too, miss him so much. He provided us with valuable support, advise and had a wonderful sense of humour.


There was a lot drama involved in catching our flight to Montreal. Our flight was on Friday 17 June from Nairobi to Doha and from there to Montreal. So the whole schedule was stuck in my head as leaving Friday night and reaching Montreal on Sat afternoon. By Thur night we had packed, planned Friday lunch in such a way that I would use up the last bits of veggies left. Usually, when I have to fly and close down the house, I get a bit restless and cannot sleep. Thursday night was no different.

After midnight my hubby’s phone rings. It’s one of those basic Nokia ones so the longer it rings the louder it gets. Hubby was snoring away to dreamland, while I was reading. Initially,I just wanted to ignore the call and then several unpleasant thoughts flashed in a second in my mind… is it from India, is it from UK, from Dubai, are all well? So, I rushed to pick the phone.

“Hello,” I answered.

“Hello, is that Doctor Patel?” the man at the other end asked.

“No, but I’m his wife.” I replied with a bit of irritation as I thought this was a prank call.

“Dr. Patel is sleeping can I help you?” I asked.

“Isn’t he going to fly by Qatar Airways today?” asked the man.

“Yes, but tonight”. I replied

“No mam he has to be here now as the flight is at one.” he informed me.

And my mind just went blank as I realized the blunder. 1 am is Friday morning and not Friday night.

My palms started sweating and my eyes wide open. Panic written all over my face. Here, hubby is sleeping and we are still in Mombasa. How can we be at the Nairobi airport in half an hour.

The man must have realized that I panicked so he advised me to call the Qatar Airways office at 08.30 and they would help me out.

I didn’t sleep the whole night as it is the first time, we have missed a flight because we got the time of day wrong. However, we did get the flight re booked and travelled the following day. The lady who re – booked our flights reminded me thrice on the phone that I should be at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 10p.m on Saturday and even sent an email.

I don’t think we are ever going to presume 1 a.m. is night ever again.


It’s the biggest one I have seen so far. Comparatively, Nairobi and Mombasa are like mini airports. Orientation at airports especially when its your first visit gets more difficult. Scared of losing our connecting flight, we had to rush from one gate to the other. As we were walking really fast to the gate, I wished hubby Happy Father’s Day and he just ignored me. (Yes he was mad at me for us missing the flight!). In all this madness didn’t even get time to call my dad.


Finally reached Montreal. As I am writing this post at 9a.m. its really hot. Yes, summer heat is on full blast! Hubby wants to get out of the house and go for a walk, I want to finish this post and clear my bachelor son’s kitchen.


  • Flours – I’ve used both whole wheat and plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • Instant dry active yeast – if you don’t have the instant one, you can use active dried yeast. Just allow it to ferment in the measured warm milk with sugar added to it for 10 minutes.
  • Salt – seas salt, normal salt, pink salt, your choice
  • Sugar – a little sugar is required to activate the yeast. Can use honey instead.
  • Milk – For a softer bread. If you want to make a vegan version replace it with any nut milk or water.
  • Butter – replace it with oil for a vegan version. Need for adding to the bread dough and also for making the dipping mixture.
  • Fresh Garlic – peeled and minced or grated
  • Fresh Green Chillis – wash, remove the stalk and mince. 1-2 are enough.
  • Dried Herbs – I used both parsley and oregano. You can use any herb of your choice.

Dietary Tip:

  • Not Gluten Free
  • For a Vegan version replace milk with water or any nut milk and replace butter with oil or a vegan butter.

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Cute little mini pull apart bread with a hint of chilli flavor with the taste and aroma of garlic. Perfect accompaniment for a soup or stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 12 PIECES



  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain flour( all purpose flour)
  • 2 tsp instant dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1- 1¼ cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp soft butter


  • 100 g butter, salted
  • 4-6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1-2 green chillis minced
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried oregano


  • little sea salt


  • flour for dusting
  • oil or butter for greasing



  •  Mix the flours, yeast, salt and sugar in a big bowl.
  •  Add butter and rub into the flour.
  •  Add milk and form a dough which is not too stiff or sticky.
  • Dust the worktop with some flour.
  • Knead the dough on the worktop till its smooth and elastic. This will take about 10-15 minutes by hand and 7-10 minutes by machine.
  • Grease the bowl lightly with oil or butter
  • Roll the dough into a ball shape.
  • Put in it the greased bowl. Cover it with a tea towel or cling film.
  •  Let the dough rise till its double the size. This will take about 1-1½ hours.


  • Melt the butter
  • Add the other ingredients and mix well. 
  • Keep it on the side till required


  • Keep a muffin tray ready, greased with butter or oil.
  • Deflate the risen dough gently.
  • Dust the worktop lightly with flour.
  • Remove the dough out onto the worktop.
  • Shape the dough into a rough log. 
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal parts.
  • Roll each part into a ball and flatten slightly.
  • Cut it into five rough pieces. 
  • Dip each piece in the dipping mixture and stack it the cup of the muffin tray.
  • Repeat steps 7 to 9 with the remaining dough.
  • Pour the remaining dipping mixture over the stacked pieces equally.
  • Sprinkle the top sparingly with sea salt.
  • Let the dough rise for 45 minutes to an hour.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Bake the bread in the oven for 15-20 minutes or till the tops are light golden brown in colour.
  • Remove the muffin tray from the oven.
  • Carefully remove the mini bread from the tray and place it on a wire rack to cool a bit.
  • Serve warm Mini Garlic and Chilli Pull Apart bread with a curry, soup or stew.


  • Can mix half butter and olive oil for the dipping.
  • Use herbs of your choice.
  • Sprinkle the baked bread with parmesan cheese or red chilli flakes before serving.
Keyword accompaniment, baked, bread, butter, chilli, garlic, pull apart bread, yeast

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  • Nisa@flavour diary

    June 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    dee it's simply mouthwatering treat…that garlic,chilli and butter..yum

  • Mayuri Patel

    June 20, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you Nisa, we certainly loved the flavour, chilli and garlic.

  • alkajena

    June 22, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I ove everyti I visit your bog, the information the emotions and the varieties of bread is a must try.

  • waagmi Soni

    June 22, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    So damn yummyyy!!!! Any garlic flavor bread I am always in

  • Pushpita Singh

    June 29, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Flavourful bake Di! Lovely Father's Day dedication for Uncle.

  • Preethi Prasad

    July 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This is a wonderful share. Perfectly baked bread. Love the varieties that you shared.

  • flour.ish.en

    July 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I have yet to put chili in my bread. Why not? I don't know whether I can bake as successfully in someone's kitchen. Well done.

  • Kalyani

    May 3, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    these look so delish ! pull-apart bread is a hit with my kids always.. these herb crusted ones are so addicitve, isnt it?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Definitely addictive and with a hint of chili so delicious. Thanks Kalyani.

    2. themadscientistskitchen

      May 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Omg! I know these flights can be so confusing. It happened to us once. Anyway I love the pull apart especially the flavor. They sound delicious.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        May 12, 2020 at 6:49 pm

        Thank you so much Archana. Hope you’ll try the combination for a bake.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    May 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I so feel you. We too have done the same once flying from benagluru to singapore airlines. By god hated every minute of it, now double check the timings so many times.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Well for now no checking travel time, waiting time, nothing… never thought I would miss all that 🙂

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    May 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

    oh to travel again… even to the local market just to feel the vibrant , bustling markets…. all of that would have to wait.. but we have company with these totally delish pull apart bread that my kids so love tearing apart… cute..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 12, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, patience is the keyword here…till then we have to keep our minds busy.

  • poonampagar

    May 12, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Garlic and chili pull apart breads make a delightful snack. I loved the mini version you have shown here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, they go well with soups too.

  • jayashreetrao

    May 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    This mini version looks so cute and simply irresistible. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2020 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    OMG this looks delicious with all those fillings. I love those individual mini portions and one can customise too as per choice. The bread have puffed up so well

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, also making these mini portions made it so much easier to share some with my neighbor.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    May 14, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    WOW !! di these are looking so cute and Love to try soon …. Garlic flavors baked dish are our fav, this perfectly fit to that. I can have as it is 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita, please do try out the recipe… they are so delicious.

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