CRUNCHY & WHOLESOME BITES
The Egyptians generally get credit for leavened bread – the British Museum houses 5,000-year-old Egyptian loaves, and King Tut was buried with a stalk of wheat, the symbol of Royalty. But Romans usually get the credit for toast. The word toast comes from the Latin torrere ‘to burn’. In the 1400s and 1500s, toast was discarded or eaten after it was used as a Flavoring for drinks. The word “toast” actually comes from the Latin “tostum,” which means “to burn or scorch.” The first breads were likely toasted by laying them in front of the fire on a hot stone.
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The longer the toasting typically means the more harmful chemicals in the bread. That said, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found toasting bread does have one health benefit. It lowers the glycemic index, so it is less likely than regular bread to spike blood sugar. Toast is bread that has been browned by radiant heat. The browning is the result of a Maillard reaction, altering the flavor of the bread and making it firmer so that it is easier to spread toppings on it. Toasting is a common method of making stale bread more palatable.
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Toasts and recipes dealing with bread as a base have been very popular with our cooking and recipes from across the country. Bread has also been called as double roti since ancient times resembling twice the thickness of a roti. While in Hyderabad we have heard of a sweet dish called double ka meetha which is bread based and delicious – made there since a very long time and its counterpart with a slightly different look called shahi tukda comes from the north. Bread is one of the popular ingredients we all stock at home at all times since it is not only easy to work with, versatile and can be used in a number of ways from sandwiches to salads, with soups, as a side dish, as accompaniments and desserts too.
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Here are a few recipes using bread in the form of toasts with toppings over them from veg to non-veg and from Indian to Fusion and beyond.
Recipe-1] CHEESY PEPPER TOASTS
Recipe-2] CHINESE CHILI CHICKEN TOASTS
Recipe-3] DILKHUSH ZAIKA TOASTS
Recipe- 4] EGGY CORN CRUNCH TOASTS
Recipe- 5] MARINATED PRAWN TOASTS
Recipe- 6] PEANUT BUTTER LAYERED TOASTS
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.