Vegan Masala Swirl Bread

Unquestionably, baking bread is a fulfilling activity. However, adding an experimental twist like aromatic spices makes it extra enjoyable – introducing vegan masala swirl bread!

Why you should make vegan masala swirl bread

Unmistakably, this bread is not your everyday loaf. While it looks like standard bread on the outside, the inside is an entirely different story. Surprisingly, each slice unveils a beautiful masala swirl laden with a fragrant blend of spices, delivering a flavourful kick. This bread is:

  • Flavorful 
  • Eggless
  • Tasty
  • Aromatic
  • Easy to make
  • Unique
  • Vegan

Vegan masala swirl bread equipment

The following kitchen equipment is needed to make vegan masala swirl bread:

  • Stand mixer
  • Bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Loaf pan

Masala swirl bread ingredients

Water roux:

  • Strong white bread flour
  • Water

Dry ingredients:

  • Strong white bread flour
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Chia seeds
  • Salt

Wet ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Oil
  • Water

Spices:

  • Onion powder
  • Garlic granules
  • Curry powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander powder
  • Paprika
  • Garam masala
  • Chilli powder

How to make vegan masala swirl bread

Prepare ingredients and make a roux

Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in the stand mixer bowl and set aside.

Secondly, combine the flour and water in a pan over medium heat, whisking continuously. Once the roux starts to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and let the roux cool. 

Next, when the roux is cool, mix the milk and chia egg with the cooled roux.

Combine the ingredients

Subsequently, add the water and milk to the dry mix. Start kneading with a dough hook on a medium speed, adding oil when the mixture starts coming together.

Continue to knead for approximately 15 minutes or until smooth, elastic and not too sticky. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.

Divide and spice the dough

Afterwards, remove half the dough and set it aside. Now, add the spices to the other half and knead until fully incorporated.

Rest the dough

Roll the pieces of dough into balls and place them in separate bowls, covering them with cling wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Roll and layer the dough

Once rested, roll each piece of dough into a long thin rectangle. Lay the spiced piece on top of the non-spiced one and roll it into a tight tube, starting from the long side of the rectangle.

Proof the dough

Next, place the dough in a loaf pan, cover it with a tea towel and leave it to rest in a warm place for another 30 minutes. You will notice the loaf puff up slightly during this time.

Bake the Bread

Lastly, sprinkle the top of the loaf with chia seeds and bake it in a preheated oven at 180°C (or 160°C for fan ovens) for 20-30 minutes. Tap the bottom of the loaf to check if it’s cooked – If it sounds hollow, your vegan masala swirl bread is ready! Remember to let it cool before slicing and enjoying.

Can vegan masala swirl bread be made without a stand mixer?

Yes, making vegan masala bread without a stand mixer is doable. Using a stand mixer is easier, but you can use your hands too. It requires more effort, but the end result is equally satisfying.

What to serve with masala swirl bread

This bread is versatile and enjoyed in many ways. Basically, you can use it for sandwiches, as toast, or savour it as is. It also pairs excellently with soups and stews. 

How long does vegan masala swirl bread last?

If stored properly in a cool, dry place, your bread should stay fresh for 3-4 days. However, you can extend its life by freezing it. Just be sure to slice it first for easy defrosting later.

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Vegan Masala Swirl Bread

This bread is not your everyday loaf. While it looks like standard bread on the outside, the inside is an entirely different story. Surprisingly, each slice unveils a beautiful masala swirl laden with a fragrant blend of spices, delivering a flavourful kick.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course bread, savory
Cuisine South Asian
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • Bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Rolling Pin
  • Loaf pan

Ingredients
  

Water roux

  • 50 g strong bread flour
  • 250 ml water

Dry ingredients

  • 500g g strong bread flour
  • 40 g sugar granulated
  • 7 g yeast one sachet
  • 0.5 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

  • 120 ml milk of choice
  • 2 tsp oil we used rapeseed
  • Chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 4 tbsp water)

Spices

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 0.5 tsp paprika
  • 0.5 tsp garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp chilli powder

Instructions
 

  • Make roux: Mix flour and water in a pan. Use a medium heat and whisk continuously. When it starts to thicken, turn off heat and let it cool.
  • Once cool, mix milk and chia egg in the roux.
  • Combine dry ingredients in the stand mixer bowl.
  • Pour roux into dry ingredients and knead on a medium speed with dough hook. Add oil when mixture starts to come together.
  • Knead dough for 15 minutes, or until its smooth, elastic and not too sticky. Add more flour if it's too sticky.
  • When done, remove half of dough and set aside. Add spices to the other half and knead until fully incorporated.
  • Roll pieces into balls, place in separate bowls and cover with cling wrap. Let them rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Roll each dough piece into a long thin rectangle. Place spiced piece on top of the non-spiced piece. Roll into a tight tube, roll along the long side of the rectangle
  • Place dough in a loaf pan. Cover with a teatowel and let it rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. Loaf will puff up slightly.
  • Spinkle top with chia seeds. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C (160°C for fan ovens) for 30 minutes. Tap the bottom of the loaf, if it sounds hollow, it's done! Cool before slicing.
Keyword asian, bread, curry, indian, masala, south asian

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