The next best thing after sliced bread is… er, masala bread!
Poor joke? May be, but the masala bread from Iyengar Bakery is certainly no inferior thing.
I am a big-time fan of the old, old, old bakeries of Bangalore – like Sweet Chariot or Iyengar’s Bakery. These places have withstood the test of time, and survived (rather well, I would say!) in spite of the competition from the scores of newer, fancy bakeries selling fancy stuff that are mushrooming across the city. Old-fashioned goodies from these old bakeries never fail to bring a smile to my face.
The masala bread from Iyengar Bakery is one such old-time delicacy that I thoroughly enjoy. It is a guilty pleasure for me, just of the savoury type. I love the flecks of chilli, onion, coriander and other spices that I find in this bread. A very, very Indian spin on bread this is, for sure.
The spiciness of the bread makes it a great base for spreading soft cheeses, like blue. A slightly bitter, beautiful orange marmalade goes beautifully with it, too. Sometimes, when I am in the mood, I make sandwiches out of this bread. But, really, it needs no accompaniment – it has everything you need, contained within, and is good enough to be eaten as is.
Now, if you have ever lived in Bangalore, you would know that most lanes in the city will lead you to a different Iyengar’s Bakery. Something like the Maganlal Chikki outlets in Lonavala, eh? No one knows which one came first; everyone likes a different outlet. The husband and I have favourite outlets, too – we usually go to one particular store in Koramangala or one in HSR Layout for the masala bread, especially.
Have you tried this bread out, ever? Do you like it? Do tell me your favourite things to do with it!
If you haven’t ever had this, well, you know what you should aim for the next you are in Bangalore!