I had given my laptop to my in-laws before coming to US. Their laptop died an unromantic death the day before I was travelling.
Now, my in-laws and me, we are great at buying vegetables, groceries, stationary and a whole lot of stuff. But purchasing from the world of electronic media is beyond our capacity. So I gave my almost brand-new laptop to them. The only thing was I didn’t have the time to take back up or upload the pictures.
Fast forward 8 months. Now my in-laws are visiting us. Yesterday my FIL mentioned about the pictures and I could see there are tons and tons of my food pictures in his laptop. Can you imagine my happiness :-)?
This masala bread is one from there. I have been almost grieving for this bread and its pictures :D.
This one is inspired from Nandini’s masala bread. I followed a recipe from the net.
Recipe source: Oysters and lemons
For the masala part,
- Very finely chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chilli and ginger. about 1/2 cup, all put together
- 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil/ softened butter
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt and turmeric powder) until combined.
- If you are using active dry yeast, you need to proof it in the milk until it bubbles up well.
- Add chopped items for masala and the oil/butter to the dry ingredients.
- Add the lukewarm milk in portions and knead until you get a smooth, soft dough.
- Shape into a ball and leave in a well oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or a lid.
- Depending on the temperature in the place, the dough will double in 1-2 hours. Doubling of the dough is the criteria and not the time.
- Once the dough has almost doubled, gently deflate it down and shape into a loaf and place it in a greased bread pan.
- Let it rise until it reaches 1 inch above the rim of the pan. About 1 hour or so.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden and the bread sounds hollow when tapped under.
- Once its baked, I always rub the bread with a little stick of butter. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then on the cooling rack until cooled completely.