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Bread baking has been a great challenge for me. Over the years I have baked many types of bread and I have never been satisfied with t...

Cilantro Onion Bread

Bread baking has been a great challenge for me. Over the years I have baked many types of bread and I have never been satisfied with the end product. It is kind of frustrating when the bread does not turn out the way one anticipates, soft and fluffy on the inside but holds its form on the outside. I have tried the bread making machine thinking that it would do magic and it had never delivered. Maybe because I had my expectations set very high after tasting the home made bread that our friend Frida and Hakan in San Diego used to bake. 

When I was asked my new years resolution this year, I quickly said "learn to bake a good loaf of bread". It was not my intention to think of bread on new years eve. My brother-in-law Shaker and I tried to bake the 5 minutes bread for new years and ended up baking a dense and rock like bread which totally disappointed me. To stand up to my resolution after almost 3 months I ventured into baking bread.

The house had the heavenly aroma of an Indian bakery and it was a torture to wait forever to taste a slice of the bread. Verdict time came after a long 2 hours but it was worth all the wait. With one bite I was told that it was the best bread that I had baked and that it was so delicious and moist. I am so delighted with the end result for myself. Here is the recipe for the awesome bread which was adapted from Swami Dhayananda Saraswathi's Arsha Vidya Gurulam's recipe book.


Measuring Cups and Spoons
Loaf Pan ( I used the disposable kind)


All Purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Milk 2 % - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Red Onion - 1/2 finely chopped
Cilantro - a handful finely chopped

For Bread Topping:

Sea Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Freshly Cracked Pepper - 1/2 tsp


1. In a saucepan scald ( boil) the milk while constantly stirring. Remove from heat and add sugar, salt and butter, mix well and allow for the sugar and salt to dissolve and butter to melt.

2. Transfer to a bowl.Add 1/2 cup of water and get the temperature to luke warm and then add the yeast. Allow for the yeast to froth. Add the onions and cilantro and give it a good mix.

3. Add the flour and mix well with the liquid.

4.You will get a very sticky dough. Allow for the dough to rest for 45 minutes covered in a warm place. Allow for the dough to double.After 45 minutes mix the dough well and transfer it into a buttered loaf pan.

5. Sprinkle sugar, salt and cracked pepper and bake in a 350 degree F for 1 hour.

6.Once baked allow to rest for a few minutes if you can and enjoy this bread with butter.


  1. bread look just awesome. I would love to give it a try

  2. Looks fabulous! Worth all the efforts, I guess. :))

  3. Bread looks awesome, and what yummy flavors..

  4. looks wonderful.. reminds me of masala bread :)

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  5. That looks amazing!! And the recipe earns extra points coz the dough doesn't need to be kneaded forever like other breads! :)

    *As for the question on my blog, hehehe I don't know. :D I'll ask amma & tell you. I only cook when I have to! :D All kadai/ pans/ spoons etc. are my mother's! :D I think she probably got it when she was married. Coz this particular kadai is huge, heavy & long lasting!

  6. wow...looks so yummm, tempting n inviting..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  7. Perfectly baked,moist and super delicious.

  8. Delicious looking bread n perfectly baked.

  9. wow...u done this perfectly. n the pics r very clean n cool.

  10. I still don't understand why people are scared of baking yeast breads. No, really. It is actually much easier than baking a pound cake and lot of people have no problems baking that. Looks really nice for a no knead bread.

  11. This onion cilantro bread looks delicious, will certainly try it out...love both the flavors.

    You have a great site with some neat quick meal ideas, I'll definitely be back...and thanks for visiting Peri's Spice Ladle.

  12. Looks really well done!!

  13. It looks fantastic. Make it for us soon please :)