Baking bread in an Indian kitchen

I had been wanting to bake bread at home from a very very long time. What actually kept me from doing it was my fear of baking. But I was pleasantly surprised when my first try turned out a smash hit ! Very basic ingredients and a little patience worked the trick 🙂

Apparatus Required :

  • Bread tin
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients :

  • Maida – 3 cups
  • Salt – 1 tspn
  • Milk – 1/4 cup ( lukewarm )
  • Water – 1 cup ( lukewarm )
  • Powdered Sugar – 1 tbspn
  • Yeast – 2 tspn ( I used dry yeast)
  • Oil – 1 tbspn + extra to smear on hands and dough

If the yeast is not of good quality, the recipe will fail. Make sure you are using good quality yeast.

    Procedure :

    • Mix the maida and salt in a large mixing bowl.
    • Follow the instructions on the yeast packet. For the dry yeast that I used, I mixed the yeast in half cup of the water and waited for 5 minutes till it frothed.
    • Next add the yeast , powdered sugar , milk and oil to the mixing bowl and  mix the ingredients well with your hand. Initially the dough will be sticky.
    • The dough needs to be kneaded well and the most convenient place to knead would be the kitchen counter. Push the dough away from you as you knead it. The dough should not feel sticky any more.  It should be soft and supple.
    • Now grease a bowl with oil and place the kneaded dough in it. Cover with a soft cloth and stash it away in a warm place for 1.5 to 2 hours. The dough will rise to double its size. Mine took 1 hr 45 minutes to rise to double its size.
    • Now beat the dough with your fist to release all the trapped air in the  dough. The dough will collapse. Now neatly fold it into a rectangular shape and place it in the bread tin.
    • Now wait for the dough to rise again. Once the dough has risen to the height of the tin, bake it in a combination oven. The oven needs to be pre heated at 180 degree.
    • Check the bread at regular intervals . Brush the top surface with oil to make it glisten.

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