October 26, 2007


Masala (Spiced) Potato Bread is my entry to "Bread Baking Day #04", an event started by Zorra of "kochtopf". This month's host is Manuela from "Baking History" with a theme of Bread and Spices. Thanks for hosting manuela!:)

About this bread:
Ever since I baked sweet molasses Buns, I was craving for some spicy bread to bake. When I saw baking history's event at Zorra's, I knew this spicy bread would be perfect for the event! It does take a little time to prep and bake this bread but believe me, it's worth every second once it's done and ready to eat!:D
Masala means spices in Hindi. This Potato bread is spiced up with sauteed Potatoes, onions, Bell peppers, Green chillies, cumin seeds and ginger. Makes a great snack or brunch, slightly warmed and served with garlic butter or to eat on it's own at room temperature. Tastes better the next day at room temperature. Store the bread in the fridge if you are keeping it for more than two days and warm in the microwave when needed. Toasting in a upright toaster doesn't work with this bread for some reason. Enjoy!:)
For non-vegetarians: you can add crumbled sausages with masala too or you can add Ham with bread slices to make delicious sandwiches!

Masala Potato Bread:

Masala Potato Bread

A close up of a slice!

Potato bread

You Need these:
If you need to bake a smaller loaf, cut this recipe into half and bake in a smaller loaf pan.

Dry ingredients:
3 cups plain flour (Bread flour or regular)
1 cup Wheat flour
1 tsp Wheat Gluten(Optional but helps to rise bread well)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp active dried yeast

Wet ingredients:
3/4 to 1 cup warm milk (do not add all the milk at once, use as much as you want)
1/4 cup melted butter or 1/2 stick of butter
2 eggs, beaten.

To make Potato masala, you need:
2 tsp oil,
1 tsp Cumin seeds,
1 large grated or finely cubed red waxy Potato,
1/3 cup grated or minced red onion,
1/4 minced Green bell pepper,
1-2 Green chillies, minced or 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp grated Fresh ginger
1/2 tsp Cumin pd,
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder,
1/4 tsp salt,
2 tbsp minced Cilantro.

2 tbsp Milk to brush on top of the bread before baking
or Egg wash (1 egg+1 tsp water)

A non-stick 6" by 10 1/2" loaf pan sprayed with no-stick oil.

How to bake the bread:

Make the masala Potato first:
1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds. When they are reddish, add all the minced Potato,onion, peppers, chillies, ginger, turmeric and saute until they soft and cooked. Do not add water.
2. Add cumin powder,cilantro, salt(Do not add too much salt,just enough to bring out the taste of the veggies!). Take off the heat and cool the mixture.
Now make the dough:
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl or KitchenAid with dough hook. Mix well. Heat milk for 40 secs in the MW or until it's between 115 to 125F. Melt butter in a separate bowl.Beat Eggs.
2. With machine on low, add the butter first, then milk and then Eggs and mix well until everything gathers in a slightly sticky mass. If too thin, add 1-2 tbsp flour, too dry, add little milk.
3. Now add dry and cooled Potato masala, mix just until they are well mixed in the dough. Add this dough to oiled loaf pan, cover and let it rise until double or for 1 hour in a warm place. I warm the oven at 170F and turn off the heat. Then keep the loaf pan covered inside for an hour or so.
4. When doubled, take out the loaf pan out of the oven, score or cut 3-4 slashes on the bread with a sharp knife and brush the top of the loaf with either milk or egg wash. Sprinkle some paprika on top for color if you like.

Preheat the oven to 375F with a thin cookie sheet inside to prevent burning the bottom of the bread loaf too much.

To bake:
Put the loaf pan in on the cookie sheet and bake for 25-30mins or until the a knife inserted comes out clean. Don't let it brown too much. Take out, cool it on a cooling rack. When cold, slice with serrated knife and serve as it is or warmed in the MW with a little garlic butter.

Enjoy. Have a great weekend, see you next week!:))


Raks said...

Masala potato BREAD?!!Sounds different and new to me..:))Creative thinking..!!Close up photo looks yummy and spongy...Bet u had a great tea time snack...!!

Kribha said...

wow...that looks super delicious. Still having your herb swril bread in my mind. Now this. How do you come up with such ideas? Adding this also to my list. Looks soooooo good.

Sia said...

that one is gorgeous hunk of a bread ashakka. i can almost taste it just looking at those pics... bookmarked. its a high time i start baking!!!

FH said...

I an still enjoying it Raks, great snack to have and I have eaten the slices for breakfast too!:)

Kribha, I just thought why not add spicy potato palya to the bread recipe, turned out great!:D

Sia, you are right, about time too. Start with a simple bread first and then graduate to the harder ones. You will love baking, it's therapeutic!:)

Have a great weekend Y'all!

Priyanka said...

So you indianised the bread.....looks delicious. The pics are too tempting Asha. i am thinking of baking the traditional white bread this time.

Unknown said...

Wow Asha... that looks wonderful!!
I bookmark almost all of ur recipes, and this one is being added too!!!
I guess, its great for breakfast or even for an evening snack!!!

Bindiya said...

WOW Asha , awesome recipe and awesome pics too!

FH said...

Haha!! That's a great way to put it Priyanka. B'lore Iyengar bakery bread was on my mind! Hope you post your bread too, enjoy!:))

I have been eating these slices for breakfast since I baked it Cinnamon and enjoying it too, try it!:)

Mishmash ! said...

savory and healthy right :)

Richa said...

looks yummy yum :)
reminds me of gujarati handwa, it is made with combination of diff flours & veg :)

FH said...

It is indeed. Just 1 Potato and I used Wheat flour too. Great slice toeat. Got to slice then thick. Try it shn. Have a fun weekend girl!:)

Richa, westernized Handwa!:D
It's tastes like eating good thick Parathas with Aloo too! HeHe! Enjoy, hugs!:))

FH said...

Thank you Bindiya. Felt like baking something savoury with all sweets we are making these days!:)

Rina said...

Dear Asha Mam, Can't wait to try this extremely unique spicy Potatoe Bread. Should go well with Spicy green chilly and mint chutney. Good breakfast and sanck idea. Thanx alot for this recipe.

TBC said...

Very creative, Asha:-)

FH said...

Hello Rina Mam, glad you liked it!:D Mint chutney goes fabulously with this, so does Mango chutney. Enjoy!:))

Thank you tbc. B'lore Iyengar bakery inspired!:D

Laavanya said...

What a cool idea and no need to stuff them into buns either! They look very good Asha :)

Rajitha said...

yummm..asha....u are making me so hungry...gotta try it out

Anonymous said...

Ashakka....I now present you with 'most creative' blogger award. The award only sans logo ;) Loved that slice of bread very much.

FH said...

Exactly Laavanya! Instead of stuffing in the buns which takes time, you just mix them and bake a loaf!!:D

Thanks Rajitha. Hope you try this weekend. If you want a smaller loaf, cut down the recipe into half. Enjoy!:))

Thank you , thank you very much (ala Elvis!) Lakshmi for the award!;D
Iyengari Khara bun version Americanized!

Latha said...

Looks delicious Ash! What is wheat gluten? Is that kind of flike yeast? What is made up off?
Pictures are awesome...

FH said...

Thanks Latha!:)
Wheat Gluten is a natural protein derived from the Wheat with starch removed which looks like dark Wheat flour.
A concentrated wheat protein which helps to rise the bread, improves the shape , adds more nutrition and keeps the bread fresh longer. It's not yeast.You just add 2 or 3 tsp for any bread dough while mixing the flours.
They keep it right next to the plain flour and bread flour at the grocery store. I aways a tbsp whenever I bake bread. Try it!:)

Sharmi said...

waw Asha, savory bread looks so nice. nice texture too. but I think its best when had fresh baked right?

Finla said...

Wow The Masala potato bread looks delicious. If you continue making all the delicious different bread we will changer your name to Asha the Fresh bread maker :-)
Would love to have them.
I am sure there is no left overs

Unknown said...

Yummy khara bread Asha, I can't wait to try it our myself.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Asha!
Masala bread looks lovely......perfect snack for tea time!!!!

AnuSriram said...

Looks wonderful. hmmm...Bread with indian flavours... I had eaten all your bread virtually!

Apple said...

Wonderful Bread Asha...loved your first pic, guess its taken in your Patio...'m drooling over now

USHA said...

Hi Asjaji,

After reading name i thought it would be bread mixed with potato curry...hmmmm you suprisedme with spongy cake....simply superb.

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,

thank you for this wonderful recipe for BBD #04!


Mansi said...

This looks neat Asha! its like mixing all ingredients for you potato sandwich and throwing it into the oven!:) I bet it tastes delicious! I could eat all of it with butter:)

FH said...

Sharmi, it tastes better the next day, when potatoes get a chance to absorb the spice.Of course, freshly baked always good to eat too!:)

Thanks F! I am accumulating a lot of awards these days!;D
Hope you make it. Bet Sha loves it, potatoes in there! Haha!:)

FH said...

Madhu, I wanted more green chillies but kids won't eat too much chillies. Next time I will bake a small hot one just for myself!:D

Hi Usha P, so good to see you. Glad you are back. Yes, with tea or coffee, a slice of this is heaven!:))

FH said...

Haha!! Anu, I have eaten plenty too virtually today, lot of Saffrony and Peachy dishes.YUM!:))

Apple, it's sitting on my backyard deck. It was very dark inside the house, so I took it outside. Natural light is the best for taking photos!:))

FH said...

Usha, yeast bread are spongy that a quick bread which is rised by baking pd. It tastes great too without lot of crumbles!:))

You are welcome Manuela, glad I could add to the event!:))

That is what I thought too Mansi! Why not throw in the Alu subzi in there and make a bread! Turned out great! I have been eating that for breakfast for 2 days now!:))

Pooja V said...

Masala potato bread ...sounds very innoative, interesting and delicious all at the same time.

Manasi said...

Yummy!!! and lookit the color!!! Super!

Tee said...

Yummy! this is my kind of bread...love savory dishes :)

FH said...

Glad you liked it Pooja, it tastes great!:)

Thanks Manasi. Best with Garlic butter!:))

Tee, me too. Give me savory dish anyday!:))

Unknown said...

Looks so very gorgeous. I bet it smells & tastes super good.

Siri said...

"Wow Ashaji" - this is my response everytime I comment on ur blog hehe.. seriously, I loved the closeup of the bread.. I was literally drooling over.. just wanted to hop on to my car.. and reach ur place .. quickly wanna grab few slices of bread..:DDD..

Sana said...

looks great!!

Srivalli said...

That looks very tempting asha...how I wish I could get hold of that! I am yet to figure out baking bread correctly in my mw..:((

Pravs said...

Bread looks beautiful and yummy. Would love a slice :)

Anonymous said...

Asha, the bread looks so beautiful and so healthy. Can be eaten anytime of the day as you said. Making me more hungry now :-)

Linda said...

Meal in One huh Asha? You're one rockin' cool soul sister handing out these one dish meals when I need them most. Hugs and have a great weekend! :)

sra said...

Wow! This is really original, and looks wonderful.

Suganya said...

Asha, Is Boost the secret of y energy? A post there and another here... And... entering all events. You should have 10 hands like a goddess.

Roopa said...

wow Asha it looks yum potato bread :) looks too good ! nange time sikatha illa thumba busy agidde last week missed so much !

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,

Potato bread looks yummy!!!!

FH said...

Thanks Pushpa. I was craving for some savory after your delicious jaggery buns. Turned out great!:))

Oh yeah Siri, takes about an hour or so, drive girl!:))
We had the last slice today with some Omelette on top or breakfast!

Thanks Sana. Hope you try!:))

FH said...

Sri, bread in the Microwave! Hey you know, I have to search for it, interesting idea. I think you can cook quick breads with baking pd but not yeast breads. Let me research!:))

Thanks Pravs, Indo-US recipe.hahaha!!

RC, you are right. Yesterday at 4pm, I had a slice with plain Cream cheese,it was so yummy. Bake half of this recipe and see if you like it!:)

FH said...

LOL! Linda, I see you are very happy with this bread! It's really is one meal dish. You can add some ham or sausage into the mix, sliced thick, it will be perfect lunch for you at school. Enjoy!:))

Thanks sra. I tried to replicate Iyengar bakery Khara bread. It's not as good as Iyengar bread but tastes great!:))

FH said...

Haha!! Suganya, imagine me with 10 hands like Kali, attacking all the the events!!!
With kids at home, I have to make and bake something all the time.I enjoy it, I can't just sit around and get bored!:))

Roopa, take it easy and blog when you can. Don't feel guilty.We all are busy as it is, don't need to add to the stress worrying about blogs. Hugs to you. Take care girl!:))

Thank you MT! It's like eating parathas with alu podimas!!HeHe!!Tastes so yum.

Seema said...

Great way to get good healthy food in diet! Great recipe & looks mouthwatering & Delicious!!

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Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

Ashaji..u know how much i envy u all bakers ... my my..hope me too could bake something like this...i really mean, "just something atleast to tie to the tail of your creations !!!!...is the dry yeast a must..coz i dont happen to see such here, saw something link instant raisers, or something,...will that work?..i have never kind of worked with yeast and stuff, so kind of literate onto this end.

Saju said...

that looks soo good Asha. Two best comfort foods combined.

Mona said...

wow! that is such an innovative snack! & so filling & perfect for the children's lunch box!
As usual Asha, You outdo yourself!

FH said...

Hi Kini, thank you. It's true, healthy and very satisfying bread!:))

Sona, you need for this nread but instant raiser you mentioned sounds like Yeast but it might be Eno Salt also which is more like Baking soda and pd.
Look for quick bread recipe here or at FH to make this bread which uses baking soda and powder without Yeast., adding same potato filling.Good luck!:)

FH said...

So true, Saju!! I certainly enjoyed it!:))

Mona, makes a great lunch indeed. I gave the kids with Lunch meat like Ham, they loved it!:))

Kajal@aapplemint said...

Asha , this is a brilliant idea. U cant imagine how big a hot this would be back in India , considering the no of vegetarians there. Well done.

FH said...

Thank you Kate. You are right, a great snack or breakfast for vegetarians!!:))

ServesYouRight said...

What an incredible recipe!! Sounds delicious - can't wait to try it!!! Whenever I find that I'm all out of ideas, I come to your blog and you have something interesting posted!!!


Anonymous said...

masala potato bread looks yummy.you bake too many breads.hope i will also bake one soon

Padma said...

Wow this bread looks so awesome! I have to bkmk this and make this immediately... I have to agree with Suganya, tell me Boost is the secret of Y energy?

Daily Meals said...

Very nice pictures Asha and the bread looks so delicious.

Pooja Na(i)rayan said...

I would have not dreamt that there could be bread like this. The pictures looks too tempting. I wish they make computers to transmit the wonderful aroma too

Latha Narasimhan said...

Bread looks really yum!I'd like to know what is wheat glutten. All your bakes are great!:))

Anonymous said...

Asha, when i read the title masala potato bread, i thought that you had written about khara masala toasts( your page takes a few seconds to load up)! & then when the coplete page appeared, it was really potato bread!bread looks great, maybe i will try it with sausage crumbles!:))

Raaga said...

hmmm... makes me hungry :-)

FH said...

Thank you Smita. I wanted to make savory herb bread, but added some Potato palya!:D

Bread baking is so soothing for me Ramya. All that kneading and aroma of baking bread feels so good!:)

FH said...

Haha!! Padam, I don't know what "Boost" is but I am guessing it's a energy drink?
No, I am just little hyper, can't sit around for long at one place without doing something!;D
Enjoy the bread.

Thank you Vijaya, hope you bake this!:))

Mocha, I would love to have aromavision PC too. That would be fun!:))

FH said...

Latha, read my reply to Latha up there for Wheat Gluten, she wanted to know the same.
I don't think you get it in India and also you don't NEED that to bake bread. It just helps the bread rise well, you can skip it too!:)
Good to see you. We had a busy weekend!

Paati, blogs sometimes gives me little trouble too! Thanks for your patience!:)
Sausage and Ham makes it taste wonderful. Make sure you finish the bread within two days. Enjoy!:)

Raaga, thanks girl. Hope you had a great weekend. Hugs!:)

Padma said...

Thats one sexy looking bread sitting there and talking to me...when can i have to taste it, Asha?

Anonymous said...

exactly how much do you love halloween? :D - you've been signing off like this for the last so many posts

FH said...

Haha!! Sexy and curvy bread, huh Padma?:D
Go ahead and grab a slice!

Halloween is on Wednesday! After that I will be signing off with Diwali!;D

SeeC said...

Very tempting asha. Close up picture is very nice. Similar to our aaloo paratha...but in bread is a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Asha, the roundup is now online. Thanks for participating!

Susan said...

This bread looks very delicious! And so do the other recipes on your blog. I'm glad you entered BreadBakingDay so I discovered your site.

FH said...

Thanks SeeC. It s delicious, hope you try!:))

Thank you BH. I will check!:))

Unknown said...

Superb and mouthwatering recipe ,I will try by mixing some left over chicken masala ,hope it will also taste good .

FH said...

Sounds good to me A! Try it and let me know how chicken bread tastes. Make sure Chicken dish is dry to avoid sogginess! :)