Curried bread snack

August 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm 2 comments

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Wondering what to do with left over slices of bread?  Well, this recipe will help you use up that left over bread and make a quick delicious afternoon snack. The recipe is extremely simple, lightly flavored and works with any kind of bread.

Curried bread snack

Kind of food: Quick snack
How long: 10 – 15 min
Makes: 4 cups
Pots and Pans: One small pot

6 slices of bread (any kind) – cubed
1/2 cup onions –  finely chopped
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Black mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Red chili powder (Cayenne, paprika etc)
1/2 tsp of olive oil (or other cooking oil)
5  Fresh curry leaves (optional)
1/4 tsp Curry powder (optional)
Salt to taste

How to make
Cut the bread slices into 1 inch cubes. The best way to do this is stack the slices and cut them using a good bread knife. If the bread is a soft kind, just refrigerate it for sometime or throw it in the freezer for 10 minutes before cutting them.  Mix 1/4 tsp of salt in 1/4 cup water and sprinkle it on the cubed bread. Be careful not to over soak the bread. Sprinkle gently and shake the bowl till the bread cubes are fairly moist.  Place a pan on medium heat and heat 1/2 a tbsp of oil. Put the mustard seeds, curry leaves and turmeric. Wait a few seconds for seeds to crackle. Now add the onions and saute for a minute. You may add the curry powder (optional) and Red chili powder and give it a good toss. Now add the bread cubes and gently toss it. Its best to simply shake a pan and give it all a toss and avoid use a spatula. Roast this for a couple of minutes and keep tossing the bread often till some of it is browned .

Transfer to a bowl, garnish with some fresh cilantro and enjoy it with a cup of Masala Chai!

Serving tips
Always serve this hot from the pan. This recipe is so simple that while the tea or coffee is brewing, make this bread snack and serve it hot.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tips, tricks and alternatives
Use a day old bread possible (refrigerated).
You can always make this spicier by adding some green chillies or add more seasoning
Try this recipe with other seasonings like Cajun or Jamaican jerk seasoning to give it a different flavor or to pair it with a fun drink.
This is a such a simple quick recipe and works very well for a after-school snack.


Entry filed under: 10 min fixes, 10 min snacks, Odds and Ends, Snacks, Specialty Meals, Using left-overs.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ashoo  |  September 14, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Ladies – I need to pick your brains.

    I have a sizeable quantity of leftover-home-made croutons. Can that be used for the curried bread snack? In the past, I have ground these croutons to be used as pasta toppings -but this time I have quite a bit left over. Any other ideas are also appreciated.

    With 2 sick kids, a soft snack is more welcome than a crunchy one…


  • 2. Sri  |  September 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Yes, croutons can be used for this recipe. They will require more water than bread. Sprinkle water, toss, cover and check in a couple of minutes. Do not saturate the croutons though. If you cover the croutons while cooking this snack, then the steam (from the water through soaking) will further soften the croutons.

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