Spicy Bread Masala

Spicy Bread Masala Recipe

Updated: May 5, 2024, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Spicy Bread Masala is a snack dish of bite sized bread pieces tossed in a spicy, hot and flavorsome onion tomato masala. Got some leftover stale bread? Don’t know what to do? Make this yummy dish and I am sure you won’t regret. It requires only pantry staples and is easy to tweak to your taste buds.

Spicy Bread Masala

About Spicy Bread Masala

This Bread Masala is a snack item from the cafes and street shops in India. It is made much similar to the South Indian style Bread Upma but the spices used are different so they both smell and taste completely different. This is a vegetarian version but does not use any vegetables like potatoes, carrots and peas.

To make a complete meal add those veggies and have a bowl of yogurt on the side. If you eat eggs, you can also scramble a few for a protein-rich dish. I once even made this with left over dhaba paneer and it tasted great. So get creative and make it with anything – a fresh onion tomato masala or a leftover curry masala. Just make sure the onion tomato masala is tasty and thick, not runny.

While I have used regular bread slices, you may use any kind you have including pav/ dinner rolls. A French baguette or a brioche is best as they can hold shape while soaking up the masala well. Avoid using thin slices of milk bread as they don’t go well in this.

In this post, I show how to make this from scratch without any premade/ leftover onion tomato masala. Like a zillion other Indian recipes, this one too starts with a cumin tempering, sautéing onions, ginger, garlic, chilies and tomatoes (for the tang).

This is flavored and spiced with red chili powder, garam masala and pav bhaji masala. If you do not have pav bhaji masala, simply omit it or use chole masala if you have. It is finished with a sprinkle of kasuri methi and into this goes the firm bread cubes that are tossed to coat. A generous amount of chaat masala and a sprinkle of chopped onions takes it to the next level.

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Step by step Instructions

1. Heat a pan with oil. Add some jeera.

2. When they begin to sizzle, add in the chopped chilies and onions.

3. Fry until the onions turn golden. Then add ginger garlic paste.

4. Saute until the raw smell goes off.

5. Add tomatoes.

6. Next add salt, chili powder, pav bhaji masala and garam masala.

7. Cook until the masala leaves the pan.

8. Pour 3 tbsp of water and cook further until the water evaporates.

9. Add kasuri methi and saute for 2 mins.

10. At this stage make sure there is no water and the mixture is thick.

11. Transfer the bread. Turn off the stove.

12. Gently mix and avoid over mixing as the bread gets mushy. Sprinkle coriander leaves. I did not have coriander leaves so I used parsley.

Serve masala bread immediately with some chaat masala and onions sprinkled over.

Spicy Bread Masala Recipe

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Spicy Bread Masala

Spicy Bread Masala Recipe

4.98 from 40 votes
These cubes of bread tossed in a spicy onion tomato masala is delicious and addictive. Serve it for a meal or a snack.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 8 slices Bread cubed – 4½ cups
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin or jeera
  • 1 medium onion – ½ cup chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or chopped garlic
  • 2 medium tomatoes – ¾ cup chopped
  • salt as needed
  • ¾ teaspoon pav bhaji masala – substitute with ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoon water to cook masala
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) optional
  • 3 tablespoon coriander leaves or cilantro chopped

Garnishing – optional

  • chaat masala as needed
  • 3 tablespoon onions very finely chopped


  • Cube the bread and keep aside. Chop onions and tomatoes finely. Reserve some onions to garnish.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let sizzle for 30 seconds. Add the onions and chilies. Saute till they turn golden.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone, for a minute. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, garam masala, pav bhaji masala and chili powder.
  • Saute until the tomatoes break down and the masala turns aromatic. Pour 3 tbsp of water and cook till the masala begins to bubble & turns thick. Crush kasuri methi in your palm and add it
  • Taste test and adjust salt or spices to your taste. Stir in the bread and coat gently with the masala. Garnish with coriander leaves, sprinkle chaat masala and reserved onions.
  • Spicy Bread Masala is best served immediately.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Bread Masala Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 841mg37%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 15.4mg19%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
love it

There are green chilies included in the ingredients for this recipe but the instructions don’t seem to say when to use them, when would you put the green chilies in?

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I tried the recipe. It was delicious and spicy ? thank you for the recipe…

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Very well presented in detail. Makes cooking a pleasure.

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Your resipi is too good n

I wonder if slightly frying the bread pieces priorly would prevent it from becoming mushy.

Tried this recipe today, turned out great. Thanks so much

can the onions be replaced with some veggies

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I really enjoyed making it. It’s easy and simple, perfect for me as I’m just starting to learn how to Cook

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Very good recipe. I tried it and it’s very good.

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I tried it. Hot and spicy good snack. Thanks

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Very nice and tasty. I made it with multigrain bread. Just awesome!