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 Uses of Bread, popular Indian Bread Recipes

  Last Updated : Sep 22,2020






14 Uses of Bread, Popular Indian Bread Recipes 

Bread is hands down the most baked product in the world. It is essentially a mixture of flour, water, yeast, salt and sugar. There are so many types of breads available in the world which use different flours, different leavening agents and different ways of making as well. Out of all the breads the most famous and common one is white bread which is either sold as a loaf or as slices

Bread Loaf, Basic White Bread Loaf Using YeastBread Loaf

1. Sliced bread loaves are most commonly used to make sandwiches. Not only these, but even other types of breads like Panini bread and French bread are used to make different types of sandwiches.  These sandwiches can have fillings like vegetables, cheese, jam, proteins etc.

They can also be made in various styles: toasted or grilled, open toasts, hot dog rolls, submarines, etc. The most common sandwich in Indian cuisine is a simple Vegetable Sandwich.

 Vegetable Sandwich ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )

 Vegetable Sandwich ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )

2. Bread is a good accompaniment for soups. These breads are usually in the form of bread rolls, Grissini sticks (bread sticks)

 Bread Sticks

 Bread Sticks

3. Bread buns are used as a base for burgers. Burgers are an American food item where different patties are put between the buns with different dressings and lettuce, and then eaten as a whole. Burger buns are usually sprinkled with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Another similar type of bread is Bagel which is a little harder with a hole in the center.  

 Paneer and Corn Burger

 Paneer and Corn Burger

4. Simple sliced bread can be easily turned into crunchy croutons. Just butter a few slices of bread and rub some garlic on each slice, cut into cubes and fry them in oil or bake in the oven till crisp. This is how basic croutons are made but they can be flavored with cheese and herbs as well. These croutons are predominantly used in Tomato Soup and salads like Caesar Salad with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper etc. 

 Croutons, Pan Toasted Crouton Recipe

 Croutons, Pan Toasted Crouton Recipe

5. Indian equivalent of burger buns are Ladi pavs


Misal-PavMisal Pav

These pavs are used in many ways, either served alongside a Spicy Misal or served stuff with a spicy aloo filling in Vada Pav.

Vada Pav, Mumbai Roadside RecipeVada Pav, Mumbai Roadside Recipe

6. Bread, in the form of crumbs, is used as a coating for tikkis, patties etc. Such patties are first rolled in bread crumbs and then deep-fried like Pasta Cheese balls. Bread crumbs are also sometimes used for thickening a few sauces and some bhajiya mixtures. 

 Pasta Cheese Balls

 Pasta Cheese Balls

7. Sliced bread can be turned into fantastic little tartlets by baking them. These tartlets can be filled with many toppings like a Mexican Tartlet.

 Mexican Bread Tartlets

 Mexican Bread Tartlets

8. Bread also makes wonderful koftas. Break the bread into tiny pieces, add different ingredients like curd, chillies, ginger and other things, mix together and deep fry to get quick Bread koftas.

Bread Koftas in Pumpkin Curry ( Healthy Subzi)

Bread Koftas in Pumpkin Curry ( Healthy Subzi)

9. Croissants are a flaky type of French bread which are soft and melt in mouth. Whether plain or stuffed with cream and jam, it tastes amazing. 

 Homemade Soft French Bread

 Homemade Soft French Bread

10. Bread is used to make Paninis - an Italian specialty where Ciabatta bread is sliced and then stuffed with vegetables and cheese and then grilled. Try the Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini.

 Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini

 Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini

11. Pita bread is a Lebanese flatbread that is grilled and served along with hummus, a chickpea dip. Hollowed pita bread is stuffed with falafel balls to make delicious Falafels. 

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

12. Bread dough can be stuffed with a creamy sauce cooked with vegetables like sweet corn, mushrooms, potatoes, herbs and / or cheese, and then baked – to make a great mid-day snack. A classic Indian snack is Baked Vada Pav.

 Baked Vada Pav / How To Make Baked Vada Pav

 Baked Vada Pav / How To Make Baked Vada Pav

13. Sliced bread is used to make sweets like Bread Butter Pudding which is an English dish.

Bread and Butter Pudding, Eggless Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Bread and Butter Pudding, Eggless Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Even fancy Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun can be made easier by using bread instead of khoya. 

Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe, Quick Indian SweetBread Gulab Jamun Recipe, Quick Indian Sweet

14. Sliced breads can replace other doughs and coverings. Stuff the samosa filling into soft sliced breads, deep fry and there you have a Bread Samosa.

 Bread Samosa Recipe, Baked Samosa

 Bread Samosa Recipe, Baked Samosa

To know about Recipes using Bread, check out our collection.

uses of bread, popular indian bread recipes

Mumbai veg sandwich recipe | vegetable sandwich | simple veg sandwich | how to make sandwich at home | with 35 amazing images Mumbai veg sandwich recipe | vegetable sandwich | simple veg sandwich | how to make sandwich at home is the most famous snack available on the streets of Mumbai. Learn how to make Mumbai veg sandwich. To make Mumbai veg sandwich, first make the green chutney using coriander, spinach, bread slice, green chillies, lemon juice, salt and water. Trim off the edges of each bread slice and apply some butter and ½ tsp of chutney on it. Place a slice of bread, with the buttered-chutney side facing upwards, on a clean and dry surface. Arrange 5 cucumber slices, 4 potato slices and sprinkle some sandwich masala evenly over it. Arrange 4 tomato slices, 3 beetroot slices, 2 onion slices and again sprinkle some sandwich masala evenly over it. Cover it with another slice of bread, with the buttered-chutney side facing downwards and press it lightly. Cut Mumbai veg sandwich into pieces and serve. Vegetable sandwich is a wholesome meal that you can feast on however short of time you are! You will find a sandwich ‘rekdi’ and a ‘bhaiyya’ making this plain sandwich at every corner of the street. Tips to make vegetable sandwich. 1. The main essence of this vegetable sandwich is the green chutney and sandwich masala. While you can buy the readymade chaat masala, if time permits try making it at home. 2. Make use of fresh bread slices only. 3. Don’t hesitate to sprinkle a generous amount of sandwich masala after each round of veggies. Each simple veg sandwich is neatly cut into six equal pieces and served with tomato ketchup and chutney. And not to worry if you like it piping hot… bhaiyya will be very happy to toast them for you. Besides this street style Vegetable Sandwich check out our collection of sandwich recipes which has recipes like Thai Sub Sandwich , Caramelized Onions and Cheese Panini , Cheese-N-Celery Sandwiches , Open Chunky Vegetable Sandwich , Burrata Cheese and Bellpepper Grilled Sandwich and many more. Enjoy Mumbai veg sandwich recipe | vegetable sandwich | simple veg sandwich | how to make sandwich at home with detailed step by step photos and video below.
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Soups often seem incomplete without Bread Sticks. So inseparable are the two that some people even call bread sticks as ‘soup sticks’! Let’s get going to make some perfectly crispy bread sticks, just like (or better than) the ones you get in the shops. You can adjust the thickness of the bread sticks as per your liking, because some want it thick and some prefer it thin. Scoop up some butter with your yummy homemade Bread Stick, dip it into your favourite soup and savour the delightful experience! Try other accompaniments like Bread Rolls and Cheesy Bread Strips .
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Crispy lettuce, freshly sliced veggies and a cheesy corn patty—what more can you ask for in a burger! Paneer and corn go very well together in the patty, and the coriander and chillies give them a well-deserved pep-up. Serve with french fries, for a complete meal. You can also try other Paneer Based Snacks like Paneer Parcels or Aloo and Paneer Roll.
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Croutons are a perfect accompaniment for soups , pastas and salads ! Here we show you an interesting way to prepare croutons at home, without deep-frying. Toasting the croutons on a non-stick pan with a dollop of butter gives them a rich flavour and an irresistible crunch too. The only thing to remember is that, unlike the deep-fried version, Pan-Toasted Croutons cannot be stored, they have to be served immediately before they lose their crunch.
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Who doesn’t love the tangy, appetizing flavour and creamy mouth-feel of Tomato Soup? Here is a variant with a desi touch, where the tomatoes are blended with cooked moong dal, to improve the texture and balance the flavour too. Onions, sautéed in butter, add more punch and a bit of crunch to the Veg Tomato Soup. Enjoy it fresh and hot with your favourite croutons- Garlic Crouton , Fried Croutons , Potato Croutons , Cheese Croutons .
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Aptly called the poor man’s burger! Deep-fried potato patties served between laddi pav smeared with an assortment of chutneys, this serves as a meal at a meagre price of just Rs.12. Serve with fried green chillies if you like stuff a tad spicier, and perk it up further by adding finely chopped onions along with the chutneys. Also do try other popular Mumbai street foods like Samosa Sandwich, Ragda Pattice and Veg Frankie .
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Oops? Stranded with some leftover boiled Pastas ? Here is how to turn it into an aromatic, herby delicacy. Mix up the leftover pasta with cheese, herbs and a few other ingredients, coat it in batter and bread crumbs and deep-fry to make a crunchy snack with a soft interior, that will bowl you over with its fantastic texture and memorable flavour. Make sure you serve the Pasta Cheese Balls immediately after preparation to avoid the chewiness that takes over when molten cheese cools down. Pasta Cheese Balls can be served as Evening Tea Snacks , After School Treats , High Tea Party and Cocktail Party .
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Cute, little bread tartlets are filled with a delicious mixture of corn, capsicum, tomatoes and onions and topped with a generous layer of cheese. These tartlets must be eaten warm after they’re baked and the cheese is all molten. A great snack for children!
The best way to impress somebody is to make something healthy, unusual and exotic. Now, if such a dish is also easy to prepare, like these Bread Koftas in Pumpkin Curry, it suits you too! Made with whole wheat bread and low-fat curds, these koftas are made healthier by steaming them instead of deep-frying. The mouth-watering gravy too is quite healthy as it is made with vitamin A rich pumpkin instead of fat-laden cream or coconut. The addition of low-fat curds enhances the gravy further with its tang and texture along with calcium.
pita bread recipe | Indian style pita bread | healthy whole wheat pita bread | pita bread on tava | with 22 amazing images. pita bread is a famous Lebanese flat bread sold all over the world and we show you the Indian style pita bread recipe. A popular bread from Mediterranean cuisine, pita bread can be had as it is with Hummus or used to make tasty dishes like Falafel. Our pita bread recipe is yeast leavened bread made with whole wheat flour. The pocket in the bread is created because of the steam. pita bread recipe is traditionally baked but we have here shared a pita bread on tava recipe where we have cooked it on a non-stick pan making it easier and quicker! This is an Indian style pita bread. Notes on whole wheat pita bread. 1. The yeast will feed on the sugar and starches and release CO2, which will cause the dough to rise. 2. The frothy layer on top indicates that the yeast is activated. If the mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over with new yeast. 3. In a deep bowl, take the whole wheat flour. Ensure you make use of a big bowl as the dough will rise and you do not want it to get messy. 4. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove for 30 minutes or till the dough rises almost till double. Covering also prevents the dough from forming a dry layer on top. See why this is a healthy whole wheat pita bread? Whole wheat flour used in making pita bread is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food. Whole wheat flour is rich in phosphorus which is a major mineral which works closely with calcium to build our bones. We have used very little sugar in the recipe. Likewise, it is also important to use olive oil to make pita bread, as it gives a mild but characteristic aroma to the bread. Learn how to make pita bread recipe | Indian style pita bread | healthy whole wheat pita bread | pita bread on tava | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
Festive occasions seem incomplete without at least one mithai but sometimes we are so busy we do not have time to prepare anything complex. The Bread Gulab Jamun is just right for such occasions. It gives the same results as traditional gulab jamun but is much easier and quicker. Instead of the usual khoya based dough, the Bread Gulab Jamun is made of bread held together with milk. A dash of mixed nuts adds more josh to the jamuns giving them a rich taste and mouth-feel. Prepare the sugar syrup before you start deep-frying the bread-based jamuns. Once you fry them, put them directly into the syrup to get a nice, melt-in-the-mouth texture. You can also try other Indian sweets like the Mohanthal and Rasgulla .
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This is one utterly mind-blowing snack that you will love to the core – literally! This unique baked samosa features a cover of brown bread, stuffed with a succulent and spicy potato mixture. It is quite easy and quick too, and uses very little oil because it is baked. Yet, the crispness and taste of the Bread Samosa are simply awesome. You need to be attentive about two things though – one, the bread slices must be fresh, otherwise they will not roll well, and second, you must seal the samosas well so that they do not open up while baking. You can also give a shot at other samosa recipes like Mini Spinach and Cheese Samosa or Mini Onion Samosa .
Bread and butter pudding is a popular, easy-to-make British dessert. It also happens to be a hot favourite at Mumbai’s Irani restaurants. You start by making a custard-like sauce, pour it over bread, top it with raisins and nuts, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and butter to get crunchy coat, and bake it to get a soothing, warm pudding !
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