Monday, March 22, 2010

Iyengar Bakery Toast / Indian Bruschetta

Looks like I am posting too many bakery stuff nowadays. It all started with 'Stuffed Potato Buns' and believe it or not I have 'Masala Biscuits' recipe in my draft. For some reason, picture didn't come out well and by the time I realized that, all were consumed. So, all of you will have to wait till I make it again. Coming to today's post, it is a very simple recipe. Plain bread is topped with the topping and toasted. I do not know how they actually toast in the bakeries in Karnataka, but I toast them in the oven and not on the stove top on a skillet like many people do. One reason being I like the bread to be toasted uniformly and I don't want to use too much of oil either (Bakery ones that we get in India are soaked in oil). Here goes the recipe. You can use store bought white bread or whole wheat if you are health conscious. I made my own and I wanted to try this on 'brioche' after liking it so much. And believe me when I say this, it was heavenly.

For the Masala:
  • Red Onions - 3 large chopped finely
  • Carrots - 4 medium or 3 large peeled and shredded
  • Tomato - one big  chopped finely (Use not so ripe one and if ripe, just use the outer part and remove the inner seed and juicy pulp)
  • Green Chillies - 14 or more as per your taste
  • Vegetable oil - 3 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp (this is optional)
  • Turmeric - a big pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Curry leaves - a few (optional)
  • Cilantro - Chopped about 1/4 cup

In a skillet, heat oil. When hot, add mustard seeds if using. When they splutter, add curry leaves, green chillies. Let them cook for about 15 - 20 seconds and then add onions. Add turmeric, some salt and stir. When onions are done, add shredded carrots and chopped tomato. Mix well and let it cook. Check the salt and adjust if needed. Add cilantro and stir and turn off the heat.

To Assemble the toast:
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Take two baking sheets and line with parchment or aluminum foil. Liberally oil the baking sheet and place bread slices on the sheet. The above masala is enough for about 14 slices of bread depending on how heavily you top yours. I use a lot on the bread. If you like less amount, you can stretch it to 20 slices too. Toast the bread slices without topping for 8 - 10 minutes or till the bottom is slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush the top of the bread slices with little bit of oil. Flip them over so that the golden brown crust is on the top. Top the slices with the masala evenly and place bake in the oven and toast for 15 - 20 minutes or till the bottom is golden brown. Don't forget to rotate the pan halfway through to ensure even baking. If you skip the first toasting without the topping, bread will get soggy after a while due to juices from the masala. Serve warm. You can keep the already baked slices in a warm oven in single layer for an hour before serving. These are great to be served as an appetizer.

It won't be nice if I didn't share this beautiful bread loaf picture with you all with a thanks to 'CSN Stores'. They let me pick a huge loaf pan and shipped it. I chose a 20" long loaf pan with a cover so that I can bake perfect square shaped bread at home. I know it is too much for one family, but I made the bread when I had company. I doubled my 'Brioche' recipe and made it and since it was the first time I made bread in this pan, I didn't know how much dough it can take and my recipe became a little too much for it. I will figure out the quantity of the dough soon and let you all know in case someone is interested.

And Look how big this loaf is..

I am sending this bread to  Susan's 'Yeast Spotting' hosted here.  
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  1. OMG this is so yumm!! will definitely try it out this wknd :))

  2. Simply the best..looks so tasty and delicious!

  3. That sounds like a good idea for a snack-- can I use canned tomato puree instead of the fresh ones, or do you think it would compromise the taste too much?

  4. Vaishali,
    You could, but it might make it soggy and you might have to cook the masala for longer to dry it out. Try it out and if it comes out good, let me know.

  5. Looks so good..I to make this often..:D

  6. looks great... a nice variation of masala toast that I make with sooji :) Bookmarked for this weekend hopefully

  7. Delicious!Will wait for the masala biscuits!

  8. Sounds yummy and delicious...

  9. now..ur post reminds me to make toast for breakfast tomorrow! we love this too..

  10. Drool, i love this too. In fact all of us in the family enjoys this.

  11. Mouthwatering toast... Bread is baked beautifully. Thats indeed a long loaf.

  12. The homemade bread looks very awesome..being a novice in Baking...seeing a bread baked at home is like heaven :)

  13. Lovely snack recipe!Love the topping!

  14. made this today and liked it a lot. Will be posting it on my blog soon(yeah! i just started one)

  15. Hi Champa

    I am so glad to see someone from Mysore here. I am from Mysore and settled in UK for 9 years. Home foods can be never be matched anywhere, so glad to find your website, feel found a Iyengar Bakery around the corner!
    Good work, thanks for the recipes.

    1. Thanks Pradeep. It is nice to hear from someone from Mysore too.


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