The perk of home cooking is customizing recipes to suit our own taste buds. There are countless times, I had eaten something outside wondering “hmmm….if it just had a hint of chillies” . That too , when you try something from a different cuisine and wondering how it would taste with a sprinkle of chaat masala or garam masala, there is only one option “DIY” :). I lovvvvveee garic bread (who doesn’t ?)….the golden toasted crust with half crisp and half soft insides soaked in garlic…..I so wish, its health food 😦 . Every time I ate garlic bread, I sprinkled some crushed red peppers on the slices, and I believe that red chillies and garlic compliment each other so well. So when I had this intense craving to taste garlic bread spiced up with red chiili powder and garam masala, I knew I had to make it :).
I am not baking any breads yet (I might soon give it a try 🙂 ), I got a nice ciabatta roll and made an Indian spiced garlic butter and was all set to go. The prep time was 5 minutes , the cooking time was 10 minutes….. an easy entertainer recipe !
Here are a few things you will need :
- Ciabatta roll (any French or Italian bread will do too) – 1 loaf
- Butter (or butter substitute) – 1/2 stick or 2 oz or about 50 gm
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Garlic cloves – about 8
- Chopped Cilantro – 2 tbsp ( use parsley instead)
- red chilli powder – 1.5 tsp
- garam masala – 1.5 tsp
- Slice garlic cloves into thin chips. You can also finely mince garlic. But I like nibbling on the crispy garlic flakes at the end.
- Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic and cilantro , just for a few seconds.
- Make sure the butter is at room temperature and soft. Add the hot oil with garlic and cilantro to the butter. And also add chilli powder and garam masala to the butter. The hot oil will melt the butter slightly, which is okay. If you used unsalted butter, you might have to add just a pinch of salt to the mix.
- Slit the ciabatta into halves.
- Spread the garlic butter on the halves. And make sure the garlic flakes are uniformly spread.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. I pulled them out after 10 minutes and sprinkled some parmesan just on kids’ portion and returned to the oven and baked at 425 degrees for another 3 minutes.
The toasted garlic chips easily fall off the bread, so you don’t have to console a panicky child screaming “why do you have to put those awful garlic stuff on my garlic bread ??? ” (Experience !!! )
Slice and serve while the warm aroma fills your home and your soul 🙂
I paired it with a clear soup to help keep the total calories in check and it was a good combo too 🙂
Please let me know what spices you would like to have on your garlic bread, I will try it the next time !!!
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