Cook's Hideout: Iyengar Bakery Khara Bread (Spicy Indian flavored Bread)

June 24, 2015

Iyengar Bakery Khara Bread (Spicy Indian flavored Bread)

Blogging Marathon# 53: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes -- Veena's Veg Nation
Dish: Iyengar Bakery Khara Bread
We are starting the final week of Blogging Marathon for this month today and I'm paired with Veena and for the next 3 days I'm going to post 3 dishes from Veena's blog. Veena blogs at Veena's Veg Nation and she has an awesome collection of recipes both traditional Indian and International. She is an amazing baker, I have quite a few of her breads and other baked goodies bookmarked, hopefully I'll get to bake them some time soon.
Indian flavored Bread
For the first day, I made this Iyengar Bakery style spicy Khara Bread. This bread has delicious Indian flavors with cumin seeds, onions, mint and cilantro. Make it as spicy as you want with green chilies. I kept it mild because my kids are too big on spicy food.
Indian flavored spiced bread
The bread turned out soft with a beautiful crumb. We enjoyed the bread just as is as an afternoon tea snack and with some cream cheese for breakfast. I made grilled cheese sandwich for my son the next day.
Indian flavored Spiced bread
Recipe adapted from Veena's recipe:
Ingredients: Makes 1 9"x5" loaf pan
For the dough:
All purpose flour - 2cups
Whole wheat flour - 11/4cups (or use 31/4 cups of all purpose flour)
Instant Yeast - 2tsp
Sugar - 11/2tbsp
Salt - 1tsp
Oil - 2tbsp
Lukewarm water - 3/4cup
Lukewarm Milk - 1/2cup

For the Masala/ Spice mixture:
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Cilantro - 1cup, finely chopped
Mint - 1cup, finely chopped
Green chilies - 1~2 or use 1/2tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt - a pinch

  • Make the Spice mixture: Heat 1tbsp oil in a skillet, add the cumin seeds and cook for 30 seconds. Next add the onions and cook till they turn translucent, about 4~5 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, herbs and salt. Cook for 1 more minute. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  • For the dough: Combine all the ingredients for the dough along with the onion mixture in a large bowl or the bowl of the stand mixture.
  • Mix and knead until a smooth, soft and satiny dough is formed, about 8 minutes on the machine, 10~12 minutes by hand.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
  • Remove the dough onto a lightly floured surface, gently deflate the dough and flatten it into a rectangle. Roll into a tight log and pinch the edges.
  • Place the log into a lightly greased 9"x5" baking pan and flatten slightly to fill the pan. Cover with a lightly greased plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour or until the dough crests 1" over the rim of the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Brush the top of the dough with soy milk and bake for 35~40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Then invert it over a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.
Indian Spiced spicy bread

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 53.


  1. Am also a huge Iyengar bakery fan! A big cheer you and Veena for this recipe :)

  2. This brings back memories of Bangalore for me !! Perfectly done :)

  3. Wow the bread has come out so well Pavani..fantastic!

  4. The bread has browned to a perfect golden brown. I like the picture of the whole loaf a lot.

  5. Looka so good ! The bread has a amazing texture and I love the spices used in there. Super !

  6. perfectly baked khara bread...What a lovely aroma it would have created in your kitchen..

  7. I like this simple Indian style bread. It looks awesome. Great pics!

  8. This bread looks very interesting. Bookmarking!

  9. The bread has turned out perfect.

  10. Never heard about it, will try soon. Looks delicious

  11. Wow! This is beautiful. I loved this bread on Veenas place and more so now. Looks like I am going spend some time in the kitchen soon. ;D

  12. What an amazing crumb the bread has. Lovely recipe!

  13. I have seen many version of this and have been tempted to try it. Yours came out looking so good. I must try!

  14. Bread looks extremely stunning Pavani.. hard to resist to those alluring slices..

  15. Bread looks fantastic with the tempting crumb and texture.

  16. Beautiful texture and crust of the bread.

  17. Replies
    1. Riccha, sure you can skip the onion in the filling. Hope you try it :-)

  18. If i am using fresh yeast hw much do i use

    1. Riccha, I've never worked with fresh yeast, so I'm not really sure how much to use here. But this site gives a nifty little conversion table and it looks like for the 2tsp instant yeast in this recipe, use 6tsp of fresh yeast.
      Hope this helps.

  19. Is this suitable for bread machines?

    1. Hi Ramya, I haven't tried this recipe in a bread machine, but I'm pretty sure it will work. You might have to adjust the liquid measure though. Please let me know if you try it in the bread machine. Thank you.


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