Thursday, January 24, 2013

Khara Bread / Masala Bread/ Spicy Bread

We fell in love with Lakshmi's Khara Bread pic and her deadly combo Khara Bread + Congress kadle kai beeja!!!! Wow sounds heavenly isn't it? For all those who are wondering here it is - Khara Bread, Masala Bread or you can call it Spicy Bread is a Bread with a flavour of Onions + Curry Leaves + Coriander Leaves + some spices! And Congress kadlekai beeja is a variety of spicy peanuts - deskinned peanuts are tempered with chilli + pepper powder with ofcourse the usual south indian masala dabba spices! Now I dunno the actual reason for why these peanuts are called so? Some say that the deskinned and halved peanuts resemble the congress topi and thus got its name as Congress Kadlekai :)

Anyways the snowy weekend made me try these 2 new recipes and it was a major hit!!! Loved the flavour of toasted khara bread with hot coffee ;).

I made the Khara Bread in my Bread Machine. Please follow the instructions to set time etc as per your manual.

Preparation time : 10 minutes        Cooking time : 3 hours          Makes : 1 Loaf


Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Egg - 1
Butter - 20g
Milk - 280ml
Strong white flour - 400g
Dry yeast - 1 tsp

For frying
Oil - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves finely chopped - 1/2 Cup
Coriander leaves finely chopped - 1 Cup
Onions thinly sliced - 1 big
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Green chilli finely chopped or paste - 3 (adjust according to your spice levels)

  • Heat Oil in a pan, add Cumin seeds and curry leaves. Fry for a second.
  • Then add the Green Chillies, Onions and Pepper Powder.
  • Fry until the Onions turn pink. Keep this aside to add them to the dough later.
  • Now in your bread machine bowl, add the Yeast and the Flour. (make sure yeast first and then flour on the top)
  • Then add Sugar, Salt and Butter.
  • Whisk the Egg and add this along with the Milk to the bowl.
  • Then set the time according to your machine instructions.
  • Our Bread machine starts mixing and kneading the ingredients. After 30 minutes of the bread machine running, add the above sauted masala and let it further bake.
  • Our bread machine kneads, rests and bakes the bread. It takes 3hrs for the total process.
  • And here comes the delicious hot hot Khara Bread!!!!!!

Have a lovely day :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Semolina treat ;)

Putting together a quick and a healthy meal can be a challenge everyday. Hmmm matter how much we dig in the internet for recipes our lethargy sometimes gets in our way to try out something new. But we were so excited to get the kannada channels on our TV yday that we enjoyed all those good ones with hot hot Pakodas and aromatic masala chai - indeed it was all needed after all the snow play ;)
I happened to see this episode where the lady showed the easiest way to make a healthy rotti. Best part was there was no fight with the rotti to get into our plates ;). Decided to experiment it for our bfast today and it was a hit! Here's what I did for Rave rotti.

Preparation time : 10 min                Cooking time : 30 min                Makes about 4 Rottis


Fine Semolina or Chiroti Rave - 1 Pavu or Cup (Pavu is a measurement we use in kananda)
Onions finely chopped - 1
Carrot grated - 1
Green Chillies finely chopped - 3 or 4
Curry leaves chopped few sticks
Coriander Leaves finely chopped - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil about 1/2 cup


  • Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl or thali with water to form a soft but firm dough. Add water little by little so that the mixture doesnt get runny.
  • Let this sit aside for about 10 minutes so that its soaked well.
  • Then spread a teaspoon of Oil on a non stick griddle pat a big ball sized (maybe an orange size) portion uniformly on the griddle.
  • Keep this on the flame and cook on medium heat. Once you see the change in colour and slightly cooked spread some more Oil on the Rotti and flip over.
  • Cook until slightly brown in colour and well cooked.
  • Serve hot with chutney of your choice or just ketchup.

Have a funtastic weekend :)!!

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