Masala Bread | Easy Bread Masala

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As much as we use bread as it is, in our daily lives, so do we use it to make the most sumptuous varieties of Bread Snacks too. Our lives cannot really be imagined without bread being an integral part of our everyday meals. So, here’s a fuss-free snack recipe made with bread – the Masala Bread. This Bread Masala is one of the easiest, quickest and yummiest snacks that you can made with bread slices. This version is spicy and I make it in a similar way I make the Bread Upma, which is made with fewer spices and herbs.

masala bread garnished with chopped coriander leaves and served in a blue rimmed bowl with a lemon wedge and a spoon kept in the background and text layover.

About Masala Bread

So, what exactly is this Masala Bread? Simply put, the Hindi word ‘masala’ when used in a dish, means a ‘spiced mixture.’ In this particular recipe, the masala is a spicy onion-tomato mixture. And when you toss some bread cubes in it, you get the Bread Masala ready in a matter of minutes.

Most of the time that goes into making this Masala Bread is in sautéing the onion-tomato mixture. Other than that, the recipe is actually a cakewalk!

You really don’t have to stress over the ingredients too, as all of them are the basic ones from your Indian home pantry.

Once you have all the ingredients ready and done with the slicing of the bread into small cubes too, just follow the recipe to make a quick, easy and delicious Bread Masala – that would be the best snack to beat those sudden hunger pangs. This dish is quite filling too. So, you can have it in breakfast or brunch as well.

In addition to the bread slices, onion and tomato, other ingredients that are a part of this Masala Bread recipe are ginger-garlic paste, green chili, coriander leaves and ground spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

I also add some crushed dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) and drizzle some lemon juice on the Bread Masala, while serving. These also elevate the flavors in the dish. You can choose to skip these as well.

About My Recipe

Like I mentioned earlier, to make Masala Bread, a base of onion-tomatoes and spices is made first. The bread cubes are then mixed with this masala base. As a result, the bread cubes get coated with this spicy, tangy masala and result in heavenly flavors.

Usually, we prefer masala-soaked soft bread cubes at home. But you can cook the bread for more time and get a crisp and toasted texture on the bread for this Bread Masala.

You can also adjust the quantity of green chilies and the spice powders according to the level of spiciness you want in this dish.

As a healthier alternative, you can substitute the regular white bread with Wheat Bread or multi-grain bread too.

In this Masala Bread recipe, you can also use pav (dinner rolls) instead of bread. Pav Bhaji Masala can be added instead of Garam Masala Powder. If using pav bhaji masala, then you can also add some finely chopped capsicum (green bell pepper) along with the tomatoes.

Since making Bread Masala does not take a lot of time and gets done quickly, you can serve it as a quick snack for unexpected guests or friends.

It can also be served as an after-school snack for kids. If making for kids, skip the green chilies and red chili powder and reduce the garam masala powder.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Masala Bread

Prep Bread and Make Onion Tomato Masala

1. Firstly, cut 5 to 6 small to medium sized bread slices into small cubes. Keep aside.

bread cut into small cubes for making bread masala.

2. Finely chop 1 medium onion, 2 medium tomatoes and 1 green chili.

finely chopped onion, tomato and green chili for making bread masala.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan and add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

You could also opt to use 2 tablespoons butter instead of oil.

ginger garlic paste added to hot oil in pan.

4. Sauté for some seconds or till raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

sautéing ginger garlic in hot oil.

5. Add ⅓ cup chopped onions.

chopped onions added to oil.

6. Mix and then begin to sauté onions on low to medium heat.

sautéing onions in oil.

7. Sauté onions till translucent.

sautéing onions in oil.

8. Keep the heat to a low and add the following spice powders: 

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder 
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
spice powders added to onions in pan.

9. Mix well on low heat, taking care that the spices do not burn.

spice powders mixed with onions.

10. Now, add ½ cup tightly packed finely chopped tomatoes.

finely chopped tomatoes added to pan for making bread masala.

11. Add chopped green chili.

chopped green chili added to tomatoes for making masala bread.

12. Mix well.

tomatoes and green chilies mixed well.

13. Season with salt as per taste. Add less salt as bread also has salt.

salt added to onion-tomato masala.

14. Mix again.

salt mixed well in the onion-tomato masala.

15. Sauté tomatoes till they turn pulpy and soft. You should also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.

Add a few tablespoons of water, if the tomatoes stick to the pan.

sautéing onion-tomato masala.

16. When the tomatoes have softened and become mushy, add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and 1 to 2 pinches crushed dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).

Kasuri methi can be skipped, if you don’t have it.

chopped coriander leaves and crushed dried fenugreek leaves added to onion-tomato masala.

17. Mix again.

ingredients mixed in the onion-tomato masala.

Make Masala Bread

18. Add the bread cubes.

bread cubes added in onion-tomato masala.

19. Mix bread cubes very well with the onion-tomato masala and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.

For a crispy texture in the bread, you can sauté for some more time, stirring at intervals, on low to medium-low heat.

bread cubes mixed well with the onion-tomato masala.

20. Serve Masala Bread hot or warm. While serving Bread Masala, drizzle some lemon juice on top. You can even garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

masala bread garnished with chopped coriander leaves and served in a blue rimmed bowl with a lemon wedge and a spoon kept in the background.

Expert Tips

  1. Any variety of bread or pav (dinner rolls) can be used in this recipe.
  2. Make sure to take care of the quantity of salt you add in this dish. Since, the bread also has salt in it, it is best to keep it low in the dish. Adjust later, if required.
  3. While sautéing the onion-tomato masala, if it is sticking at the bottom of the pan, then splash some water in it and then continue to sauté.
  4. If you wish to use pav bhaji masala in place of garam masala powder, you can do that too. In this case, you can add some capsicum too in the masala base.
  5. You can make this dish without the dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) and lemon juice.
  6. If you like the bread cubes to be crisp in the dish, then sauté for some more time on low to medium-low heat. Keep stirring at intervals.

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masala bread recipe

Masala Bread | Easy Bread Masala

Masala Bread is one of the easiest, quickest and yummiest snacks that you can make with bread slices in a sautéed base of onion-tomato masala, ground spices and herbs. This version is spicy and tastes too good. The spices can be easily adjusted according to your taste.
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Course Breakfast, Snacks, Starters
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil – can swap with 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 green chili or ½ to 1 teaspoon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion or ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 2 medium tomatoes or ½ cup tightly packed finely chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala or ½ teaspoon Pav Bhaji Masala
  • salt as required
  • 5 to 6 bread slices – small to medium-sized, chopped in small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves – chopped
  • 1 to 2 pinches dry fenugreek leaves – crushed, (kasuri methi), optional
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves – chopped, for garnish
  • 1 to 2 lemon wedges

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Firstly cut the bread slices in small cubes. Keep aside.
  • Finely chop the onion, tomatoes and green chili.

Making bread masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the ginger-garlic paste.
  • Sauté for some seconds till raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away. Keep heat to a low while sautéing the ginger-garlic paste.
  • Then add chopped onions. Mix and then begin to sauté onions on a low to medium heat.
  • Sauté onions till they turn translucent and are softened.
  • Keep the heat to a low and then add the following spice powders: turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder or pav bhaji masala.
  • Mix very well on a low heat taking care that the ground spices do not burn.
  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes and chopped green chillies. Mix well.
  • Season with salt as per taste. Do add less salt as bread also has salt. Mix again.
  • Sauté tomatoes till they become pulpy and soften. You should also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.
    Add a few tablespoons water if the tomatoes stick to the pan.
  • When the tomatoes have softened, add the chopped coriander leaves and crushed fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).
    Kasuri methi can be skipped if you don’t have it.
  • Mix again and then add the bread cubes.
  • Mix bread cubes very well with the onion-tomato masala and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
    For a crispy texture in the bread you can sauté them for some more time stirring at intervals on a low to medium-low heat. 
  • While serving bread masala drizzle some lemon juice on top. You can even garnish with a few chopped coriander leaves. Serve bread masala hot or warm.

Notes

  • Use any variety of soft bread. 
  • Make sure to cook the onions and tomatoes well. They both should soften and oil should separate from the onion-tomato masala mixture.
  • This is a spicy bread masala recipe. Adjust the ground spices and green chillies as needed according to your taste preferences. 
  • Omit the dry fenugreek leaves, if you do not have them.
  • Instead of garam masala, add pav bhaji masala.
  • The recipe can be scaled to make for less or more servings accordingly. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Masala Bread | Easy Bread Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1412mg61%
Potassium 388mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 782IU16%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Vitamin E 5mg33%
Vitamin K 12µg11%
Calcium 71mg7%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 45µg11%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 52mg13%
Phosphorus 125mg13%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Masala Bread recipe from the archives, originally published in January 2018 has been updated and republished on February 2023.

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10 Comments

  1. Tried this recipe for breakfast today.used pav bhaji masala and added carrots,cabbage as well as capsicum.turned out yummy and delicious.4 stars

    1. thanks again winnie. any choice of vegetables can be added. pav bhaji masala gives a very good taste.

  2. Hi Dassana,

    I have been trying to recreate my mum’s recipe for this that she would make me on Saturday mornings. Her recipe is very Gujarati, so I enjoyed trying it with ginger and garlic this time. Also the tomato paste stops it drying out which is fantastic.

    The only changes were that I don’t like coriander, so used curry leaves. I also added some hing in the spice mix and a small sprinkle of sugar to balance the salt.

    Truly delicious recipe! Thank you!5 stars

    1. thank you. there are many variations that can be done in masala bread recipe. yes, tomatoes do not make the bread too dry. the moistness and softness in the bread taste good. thanks for sharing the variations you made and also for the rating. welcome and happy cooking.

  3. Hey Dassana!
    I’m a chef who did my training abroad ,so couldn’t really practice Indian recipes…I googled, found your recipe and just tried it out, and it came out really well!!
    I am a true non-vegetarian by heart! But this turned out to be a beautiful dinner !!!! Thanks a lot for the recipe????????5 stars

    1. thanks ajay for sharing this feedback. glad to read it. also thanks for rating the masala bread recipe. welcome and happy cooking.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    I am not a vegetarian but simply love vegetable and this website has changed my life.
    I would like to get some veg breakfast recipes that contain eggs….scrambled, fried or poached.
    I placed 2 poached eggs over the masala bread recipe and it turned out devine.

    1. thanks a lot vishnu. yes can be done this way. also eggs can be scrambled and then mixed with the masala or eggs can be added to the masala and then cooked.

  5. This is really easy and tastier recipe.I use to make similar kind of recipe, by grinding all the ingredients without cooking and then dipping the bread pieces in it and then frying them.This is kind of 3 step procedure.Burt the one you shared seems very easy and i think i can have it as breakfast.
    thanks for sharing

    Bruce Deniger
    5 stars

    1. thanks bruce for sharing your method. sure you can try this easy bread snack too. i have removed your website link as then the comment goes in spam.