Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Have you had Bialys? Well, I would say it is more like bagels. I am not a fan of bagels, but I did like having bialys. They serve as a good option for tea time snacks or a grab and go breakfast.

I just made a couple of them, fearing that it might go wasted if they tasted like bagels, which I dislike having. But they turned out to be good. And with the garam masala in it, it tasted more indianized. I wonder if I would have given up the thought of trying it, I would have been missing out on something delicious.

Try it and see if you and your loved ones like it. Here is the recipe.


For the dough

  1. 3 cups of all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp of instant rise yeast
  3. 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  4. 1 tbsp of sugar
  5. 1 cup of lukewarm water
For the filling
  1. 2 1/2 cups of finely diced red onions
  2. 3/4 tsp of cumin seeds
  3. 1/2 tsp of garam masala
  4. 2 tbsp of olive oil or any other cooking oil
  5. Salt to taste

  • Take all the ingredients listed for the dough, in a bowl. Mix it well and knead it so as to form a smooth and slightly stiff dough. Grease the bowl and place the dough in it. Cover it and let it rise double in size (approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hrs).
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a skillet, add the olive oil. Once hot add cumin seeds and wait for it to pop. Add the diced onion and salt to it and stir it well. Cook it till the onion turns tender and golden brown in colour. Add the garam masala and give it a mix. Remove it from the heat and let it cool before you use it as filling/topping.
  • Once the dough has risen, gently punch down the dough and divide it into smaller balls of dough. Work on a single ball of dough at a time. With your fingers start making depression in the center of the dough and then working outside in such a way that the edges of the bialys form a rim and the center of the dough is flattened. Poke the flattened portion of the bialys with a fork, so that they do not puff up when baked. Place 1- 1/2 tbsp of filling in the depression. Place it on a greased baking sheet. Do the same for the remaining balls of dough. You could brush the rims of the bialys with milk.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 F. Bake the bialys for about 10-15 minutes untill the rims of the bialys turn golden brown. 
  • Remove it from the oven and let them cool. Serve it warm.
  1. When working with the dough, do not press the rims of the bialys else they would go flat.

Recipe courtesy : Adapted from My Diverse Kitchen


  1. They look amazing... I guess it's more of the caramelized onion that lends its amazing flavors to this bread...

  2. This is the first time I am hearing about this!!
    I guess we could try with a variety of fillings at the center. I am amazed at how many different ways a bread can be dough can be used.

    1. yes variety of fillings would be a cool idea...Thanks Ria

  3. looks good.. It is in my to do list for quite sometime.. will try soon


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