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Chilli and Tomato Achaari Bread

Bread filled with chilli and tomato pickle

  • Heat Mild
  • Serves 6
  • Dietary Info VEGETARIAN
  • Prep 2 hrs
  • Cook 30 mins
Chilli and Tomato Achaari Bread

Hari says

If you are looking for a spicy loaf to serve up for dinner or just as a little snack to have with a warming cup of sweet chai this tomato and chilli bread is just what you are looking for. I created this recipe for Elephant Atta the leading Indian flour brand so it is fairly versatile. You can make the bread with either atta or strong bread flour depending on what you have in your cupboard. 

The bread is filled with a delicious chilli and tomato achaar or pickle which I have spiced using Indian pickling spices. I would recommend reading through the recipe method because it may seem complicated at first but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly staright forward. Not only does this bread look spectacular it tastes fabulous too and it's fun to bake. If you have any left over pickle just pop it into a jar and use it as a dip or serve with your cheese board.

This quantity makes 2 wreath loaves so enjoy!

The fabulous picture of the bread is taken by leading Indian food blogger and photographer: Farrukh Aziz

  • Ingredients
  • Method

Achaar Filling

  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 dried Kashmiri chillies, broken
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp kalongi seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (a little more can be added)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

For the bread

  • 350ml warm water
  • 7g yeast
  • 500g bread flour (or 400g atta and 100g bread flour), plus a little for dusting
  • 1.5 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 10g salt


Achaar Filling

  1. Add the tomatoes, chillies, garlic cloves and water into a pan. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. Cool and pour into a blend and blitz.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the spices until they sizzle and become fragrant. Pour in the tomato paste and add the sugar, salt and chilli powder.
  3. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to a simmer until it thickens. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.


  1. Add the flour, oil, and salt and the yeast on the opposite side into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Pour in half the water and turn the mixer to low.
  2. Add a little more of the water until the dough has come together. You may not need all the water.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic. If it’s still sticky add additional flour, one spoonful at a time.
  4. Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover and let it rise for an hour until it’s doubled in size.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface and knock the dough back. Stretch and elongate your dough for a few minutes.

To make the loaf

  1. To bake the bread I found a large ring cake tin (20cm) helps to keep the shape of the bread. you can use a cake tin and put a ramekin the middle too - dust with flour. If using a baking sheet ready lined with greaseproof paper or dust it with flour and set to one side.
  2. Cut the dough into two equal portions – weigh them so they are equal.
  3. Roll each one out to a rectangular shape about 30cmx20cm in size so they are the same size with the long edge parallel to the work surface.
  4. Spoon the tomato and chilli achaar over the top of each rectangle and spread evenly. Leaving a clean 3cm border around the edges.
  5. Roll the long side of the dough in towards you and pinch the seam closed.
  6. Transfer the rolls to your baking sheet so the seem is underneith.
  7. Using a sharp knife, leave about 5cm at the top joined, slice all the way through each of the rolls length ways.
  8. Turn the sliced dough so the filling side is facing upwards and start to wrap each of the strands over one another to make a weave. When you get to the bottom, pinch the ends together. bring the 2 ends together to form a circle and fold one end under the other. Place into your cake tin and let it rest for 30-40 minutes. Repeat with the second portion.
  9. Preheat oven to 200°C and brush over the bread with egg wash and sprinkle on a few pinches of sesame or kalonji seeds.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it is golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

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Comments (2)

  • Garima Bhushan

    Garima Bhushan

    26 June 2020 at 12:10 |
    Tomatoes should be chopped in first step?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      02 July 2020 at 14:30 |
      Yes you can do but they do breakdown. Hope you like it!


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