Onion, garlic and cumin bread

As requested by Suzy, here’s my recipe for garlic, onion and cumin bread rolls. It’s very easy to make, and very delicious! I’m planning on trying some variations to the flavours in the near future, so stay tuned for further developments!

I originally made these as we were making a curry for tea and had no naan bread. Now, while these are obviously not naan bread, the cumin, especially, as well as the other ingredients, combine to provide a very acceptable substitute if you have no naan bread in the house and the curry cravings are getting out of control!

Garlic, onion and cumin bread


  • 2lbs/908g strong white bread flour, plus extra for use when kneading
  • 2x7g sachets of yeast
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 24 fl oz/ lukewarm water
  • 1 onion, finely diced (or grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, pureed or VERY finely diced
  • Couple of tablespoons of cumin seeds
  • Sunflower oil for greasing and for frying


  1. Fry the onion and garlic until the onion is starting to turn brown. Add the cumin seeds for a minute before the end of the frying time. Set fried ingredients aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the onion, garlic and cumin seeds and mix well. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and gradually add in the lukewarm water until you have a slightly sticky, elasticky dough.
  3. Knead the dough for five or so minutes, then put into a large greased bowl and cover with a damp teatowel. Put in a warm place (I use either the airing cupboard or the top oven after the bottom oven has been on) for up to an hour and a half or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough into roughly small roll-sized pieces, place on a couple of greased baking trays, cover and return to the warm place for another quarter of an hour.
  5. Place in a preheated oven at 190°C for 20 minutes or until starting to go golden brown on the top.

Et voila! Very very simple, and the only thing you need to do then is enjoy them before anyone else finds out they’re in the house…

…Mmmmm! I’m going to be nice and share these – I’m making a meatball casserole this evening, the recipe for which I found on the Sainsbury’s website. I’m making a couple of modifications to their recipe, but some nice bread rolls with it will be just the thing, I think!

2 Responses

  1. Oh yum. They look great. Will have to give that a go.

  2. They really were nice (I’m so modest!!). I’m thinking of trying a fruit bread next, with a little cinnamon added in. Or maybe I’ll do a garlic and sun dried tomato one again – that was really nice when I made that before.

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