Delicious Curry tomato onion sourdough bread made with homemade curry powder, onion, tomato and red bell pepper. Curry meets with Sourdough bread
Being born and brought up in India, curries are my favorite. There is not a single day of mine that goes without curry. When I saw Curry tomato ciabatta recipe by Daniel Leader’s new book, I decided to use that in my sourdough recipe too, thus Curry tomato onion sourdough bread was formed. I used homemade curry powder to make this curry tomato onion sourdough.
What is curry?
Curry /curries are a variety of dishes originating in the Indian subcontinent, dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, that use a complex combination of spices or herbs, usually including ground turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and fresh or dried chilies. It various from place to place and country it comes from. Indian curries always use spices and herbs which is entirely different from Thai curries as they always contain fresh ingredients like lemongrass, ginger, galangal, chiles, and/or herbs—that are ground together to make a thick purée. In Japan, curry roux cubes, often found in Japanese cooking, are like bouillon, concentrated hits of spices and umami that releases when mixed with a liquid. These cubes are mild, sweet, and tend to produce a thicker sauce (because of thickeners like cornstarch or flour). Don’t think that curry only differs from cuisine to cuisine, no it differs from state to state even house to house.
What is curry powder?
Trust me there is no exact one blend curry powder that exist in India. But there is British version of curry spices. They made one for their convenience and included few spices. However, in India each curry is constituted by its own spice blend and its own way of cooking.
Points to remember
Always buy fresh curry powder. Easiest way is making your own with spice blend mix when you need in small quantities. Curry powder tends to lose it charm if it stored long time.
Best Curry Powder Substitutes
Toasted cumin, coriander and turmeric form the base of most curry powder blends and can work as a quick substitute along with ground ginger and ground cinnamon.
Curry Powder Benefits for Health
Curry powder has multiple health benefits from a prevalence of spices like turmeric, fenugreek, cumin and coriander. Turmeric, one of the main spices in many types of curry powders is considered to be rich in antioxidant.
Usually a curry powder consists of main ingredients, like, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red chilies along with ground cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. You can either add mustard, fenugreek and black pepper corns to main ingredients. If you want a curry that is more aromatic, go with cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, nutmeg, mace, cloves, star anise, fennel seeds etc.
How I made curry tomato onion sourdough
As most of the curry has base of tomato and onion, I decided to incorporate that into the recipe along with red bell pepper. I wanted a little red speckle on the bread. I used 68g of red bell pepper may be next time I will increase it a little more to see more red speckles. I didn’t get any strong taste of onion or tomato after baking. Also, I tried with 3 teaspoon of curry powder instead of 2 tablespoon which I used earlier. I think 2 tablespoon curry powder is too much. 3 teaspoon of curry powder make perfect curry flavor in the bread after baking. I used only 70% hydration thinking the onion and red bell pepper will release water as they mix in with salt. If you want little more open crumb go ahead and increase the hydration up 72% other than that, it will be difficult to handle.
This bread make great toast little butter on both sides goes long way. If you want, you can add some cream cheese to top with it.
Curry Tomato Onion Sourdough Bread
- For Leaven
- 75 g Bread flour
- 20 g whole wheat flour
- 5 g spelt flour
- 15 g active sourdough starter
- 75 g water
- For the dough
- 275 g bread flour
- 150 g all purpose flour
- 25 g whole wheat flour
- Entire leaven
- 300 g water
- 10 g salt
- 20 g tomato paste
- 68 g red bell pepper chopped
- 50 g onion
- 6 g 3 teaspoon curry powder *
- Curry powder
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 5 cardamom pods
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 whole cloves
- ½ teaspoon paprika or cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- In a coffee grinder grind, everything into fine powder and store it in air tight container.
- For Bread
- Prepare Leaven
- Mix all the ingredients for leaven and set aside for about 6 hours.
- In another bowl bread flour, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour and water and mix well and 6 hours.
- Bread dough
- When leaven is ready mix with autolyzed flour mix to form as shaggy dough. Set aside for 30 minutes before adding salt.
- Then, add tomato paste, onion, red bell pepper, salt, and curry powder and set aside for another 30 minutes and fold the dough at 2 one-hour interval and then laminate the dough for another 1 hour and coil fold the dough 1-hour interval for next two hours and then shape the dough.
- Once you shaped the dough transfer to banneton and set aside refrigerator for cold ferment for 12 hours.
- Next morning pre-heat oven to 475 F score the dough and transfer the dough into cold Dutch oven.
- Bake it in a pre-heated oven for 475 F for 20 min. Then reduce the temp to 450F for another 20 minutes Then remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes
For common Indian spice blend check this link Garam masala7
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.