Udupi bread masala- soft bread slices topped with rich red gravy

Some of you had requested recipes for rich gravies like paneer butter masala.
Cooking them without kitchen is little challenging.I have given a easier version down here for cooking in the rice cooker.

I have adapted one gravy recipe which you can cook in your rice cooker or in a frying pan. 
This snack named Bread masala is one of the famous dish in restaurants around Udupi.
Soft milk bread slices is covered with  red mild tomato gravy  and garnished with bits of  onion and cashews.
You can use this gravy to make other curries. Add bits of paneer or boiled eggs or mixed boiled vegetables or grilled chicken into the gravy and heat it.

If you want to make gravy, soups and milkshakes it is better to buy a hand blender. This is also known as immersion blender. Some of these come with a chopper attachment too. Chopping  or grinding becomes easier in this chopping jar.
If you do not have this chopper... no problem! 

To make this in electric rice cooker-
1 loaf white bread (milk bread or brioche tastes good)

For the gravy-
1-2 tbsp oil
200ml - sliced onions
1/2 tsp garam masala pd
1/4 cup fresh cream/ milk
Tomato masala-Mix all the 6 items given below, you can grind them with hand blender for smooth gravy.
6 red juicy tomatoes, chopped into big chunks (10 T tomato puree)
3 tbsp cashew nuts, 3-4 cloves & 1 tsp sugar   (2 tbsp instant indian dessert pd)
1/2 tsp garlic pd /paste
1 tsp ginger paste or 1/4 tsp ginger pd
3 kashmiri chilli  ( 1.5 tsp kashmiri chilli pd)
1-2 green chilli (optional)

For garnishing-
1 onion sliced thinly lengthwise
1 tbsp roasted/ unroasted cashew pieces
1 tbsp chopped coriander ( kasurimethi) 

Making the gravy-
Place the onion and oil in the rice cooker pan, cover with the lid and switch on the cooker.
When the onions become slighty translucent add the tomato masala and salt. Cover and cook for 5-8
mins over low heat (till the raw smell of the garlic goes away.)
Cover and cook for another 5 mins.
Lastly add garam masala and fresh cream or milk .
Restaurants use tandoori red color.
Cover and cook for 5 mins.  If the gravy is very thick add water while cooking.


Place 3 slices of bread on a plate. Cut it roughly into cubes but do not separate them.

Pour a few ladle of the above tomato gravy over this so that it covers the bread completely.
Garnish with coriander leaves and cashew bits.

 To cook in the kitchen

Grind tomatoes, cashew, garlic, ginger, kashmiri red chilli, green chilli and cloves into a thick paste.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan.
Fry the sliced onions in this oil.
When the onions are slightly brown, add the ground paste and fry for 5-8 mins over low heat.
Add garam masala, ghee or fresh cream, sugar, salt.
Cover and cook for 5 mins.
Add water if the gravy is very thick.
Assemble the bread masala as given above.

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  1. This is mouth watering. I just have only one word WOW!!WOW!! YYUMM

  2. Rekhabahen,would like simpler way to make such a nice taststy recipe Dr.pradip

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