8 Recipes That Use The Humble Bread Making It A Delicious, Versatile Ingredient
By: Ankita Agarwal on Oct 15th, 2016
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Most of us start our day with that humble slice of bread inside the refrigerator! But very few know that apart from the traditional sandwiches, bread can be made into a variety of forms. From being the daily lunchbox dilemma resolver to the ultimate meal companion, let us find out how this everyday household item can be moulded into mouth-watering and easy to make dishes.

Bread Upma
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Feeling hungry in the evening, and do not plan to miss your dinner? Too lazy to go out and grab a quick bite? Well, try this easy to make yet delicious recipe made out of bread in no time! All you need is a little over 15 minutes and the following ingredients:

Ingredients:  (Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ML)

5-6 bread slices

2 tbsp Oil and basic spices (Salt, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Pinch of Hing)

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger

Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds 6 to 7

Kadi Patta & Coriander Leaves

2 medium-sized tomatoes,

1 medium sized Onions,

1 green chilly

Method: 

Chop the bread slices in cubes.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil, and add 1 tablespoons mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

Add 2 green chilli, 1 tablespoons chopped ginger and 6-7 curry leaves.

Add ½ cup of onion and stir it on a low to medium flame, until they turn translucent.

Add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes and all the basic spices to taste.

Stir and Saute the Onion-Tomato-Spices mixture till the tomatoes soften, and you can see the oil getting released from the tomatoes.

Add the bread cubes and saute them for 4 to 5 minutes till they become slightly crisp from the edges.

Add 1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves.

Mix and serve hot bread upma for a tasty evening snack. 

Recipe source: vegrecipesofindia

Bread Dahi Vada
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We all love that street side Dahi vada, don’t we? This time, let us give an innovative twist to our favourite chaat, and make it out of bread crumbs and cottage cheese. Find out how.

Ingredients:

10 bread slices.

Mashed paneer.

250 gm curd.

Oil to fry and basic spices. (Red chilly powder, amchoor powder, salt, cumin powder and black pepper)

1 tablespoon anardana

Chopped mint & coriander leaves

Method:

Remove the brown portion from all slices and soak these in water and squeeze.

Then mix mashed paneer in soaked bread slices.

Add a pinch of salt and amchoor.

Make small-sized balls, flatten and deep fry till light brown.

Remove from oil and soak in warm water for 10 minutes.

Squeeze and keep aside.

Beat the curd Add salt and chilli powder.

Pour over the vadas and decorate with mint, jeera powder, anardana, and coriander leaves.

Recipe source: Vicky Ratnani recipes

Bread Sushi

Abandon the traditional sushi, and try this easy to make sandwich sushi at home. When you cannot find the expensive ingredient to make your sushi, try one with bread!

Ingredients:

8 slices of white bread

4 large sushi sheets

3 eggs

6 imitation crab meat stick

1 zucchini

5 tbsp mayonnaise

Method:

Prepare the white bread by removing the outer layer.

Use a rolling stick and flatted the bread, about 1 mm in thickness.

Measure the size of the bread and cut out the sushi sheet- Four bread per sheet.

Slice the zucchini into a long strip, set aside.

Beat 3 eggs in a bowl, stir well and fried.

Cut into slices Fried imitation crab meat, cut into 4 slices.

Place the sushi under bread.

Start to assemble the zuchinni slice, egg slice and crab meat slice by putting these on top of bread.

Smear some mayonnaise sauce at the end of the bread and start rolling the bread.

Use a plastic wrap to wrap them to set the sushi roll in place.

Use a sharp nice to cut the sushi roll and remove the wrap.

Recipe Source: www.cookpad.com

Bread Halwa

Give way to your sweet cravings with that humble packet of bread kept inside your fridge. All you need to do is roast bread slices and cook them with milk and sugar.

Ingredients:

7 slices of bread

½ cup ghee

2 cups of milk

½ cup+2 tbsp of sugar

8 pieces of almonds

3 cardamoms

Method: 

Cut the bread slices to tiny pieces.

Heat kadai with ghee.

Add the bread pieces and roast it golden in low or medium flame.

Mean while, boil milk with sugar.

Add it to the roasted bread.

Grind almond, cashew and cardamom first to a powder.

Then add little water to make it as a paste.

Add this paste to the cooked bread and the 2 tblsp ghee.

Keep mixing mashing it well until oil oozes out.

If you want, you can fry few cashew and badam in ghee and add to the halwa.

Recipe Source: www.rakskitchen.com

Caprese Bruschetta
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Cover your bread in those delicious tomatoes and cheese. This is an appetizer of dreams for many, and isn’t is wonderful if you can recreate it at home in less than 20 minutes? Let us see how in the space below:

Ingredients:

8 ounces of balsamic vinegar

8 ounces of fresh mozarella

2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

2 cups cherry tomatoes

1 french baguette loaf

Method:

Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan, and heat over low to medium heat until it comes to a slow boil.

Allow to simmer for about 8-10 minutes.

The vinegar will thicken while it cooks.

Once the amount that is in the pan reduces by about half, turn the heat off.

Pour the vinegar into a bowl to allow to cool.

As the vinegar cools it will thicken more and become a glaze.

Chop the fresh mozzarella.

Cut the tomatoes in half or thirds to desired size.

Roll the basil to chop into fine strips.

Combine the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil together and gently stir to mix.

Slice the baguette into desired slice size.

You can toast the baguette if desired, or serve un-toasted.

To toast preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cover a cookie sheet with foil.

Lay the slices down on the foil and cover with butter or olive oil.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with the bruschetta on top of the baguette and a balsamic glaze drizzle on top.

Recipe Source: www.houseofyumm.com

Crunchy Garlic Croutons

Did you know just a spring of parsley and a drizzle of olive oil cab turn up your bread into a crisp and golden treat?

Ingredients:

3/4 lb loaf of bread, (5 cups of bread cubes)

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 medium garlic cloves, pressed

1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Method: In a small sauce pan, combine 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.

Heat over medium heat until butter is melted.

Stir to combine then set aside and let the flavors infuse into the oil while you chop your bread.

Cut your bread into ¾" cubes.

Meanwhile have an even coating of oil.

Spread the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy.

Serve these up with your favorite green salad.

Recipe Source: www.natashaskitchen.com

Mac & Cheese
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Ingredients:

8 ounces of uncooked macaroni

2 cups of shredded cheese

3 cups milk ¼ cup butter ½ cup cheese 2 ½ tbsps all purpose flour ½ cup breadcrumbs

1 pinch paprika

Method:

Cook macaroni in a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat.

Stir in enough flour to make a roux.

Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly.

Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick.

Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni.

Stir well. Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat.

Add breadcrumbs and brown.

Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover.

Sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes and serve. 

Recipe Source: www.allrecipes.com

Tadka Bread Snack
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Twenty minutes, bread slices and a few simple ingredients is all you need to make a heart-warming snack.

Ingredients:

 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 green chillies, seeded and chopped

1/4 tsp turmeric,

1/4 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp yogurt

1 tbsp lemon juice

4 slices bread, cubed Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish

1 tomato, chopped

Method:

Heat the oil in a small saucepan, then add the mustard seeds.

Once they have popped, tip in the onion and chillies and stir for a minute.

Then add the turmeric, sugar, cumin and salt and continue to fry for 1 minute.

Pour in the yogurt and lemon juice, stirring continuously.

Lastly, fold in the bread carefully so that it doesn't crumble too much.

Cook for 2 more minutes, then serve sprinkled with coriander and chopped tomato.

Recipe Source:  Sanjeevkapoor.com

Here are some really quick to make snack recipes.

Are you traveling and having a tough time deciding what to take along for snacks? This will help you. 

These are just some interesting recipes. I am sure there is a lot more you can do with this everyday item found easily in the store near you. If you know of any such interesting dishes and have tried any of the above recipes, do let us know of your experience in the comments below. 

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Ankita Agarwal
Ankita Agarwal graduated in B.com (Hons) from Hansraj college, Delhi University, and completed her PGDM from NMIMS University. She has one year experience in Deloitte, and is currently working as a consultant in a consulting firm. Writing is her hobby, and she has therefore taken up the opportunity to express herself through what she loves.   Read more
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