Friday, April 16, 2010

From my oven - Hot Garlic Breadsticks !

Rainy day here, that too freezing rain. After the beautiful weather we were having, this cold rainy weather reminds us that winter is not yet over!!! When I saw Srivalli's Thanda mela anouncement, felt happy that I can make some fun stuff for the kids, but what thandas can I make in this thanda weather???
Anyways here are some Hot garlic breadsticks for now. Better enjoy these while the weather is cold, we can think of thanda stuff later!
I always enjoy fresh bread, hot from the oven. Instead of plain bread, made garlic breadsticks which can be enjoyed in this cold weather.
I used fresh chopped garlic and grated Parmesan cheese directly into the flour mixture before making it into a dough. I used about a tablespoon of active dry yeast which made the dough rise beautifully! In the end the breadsticks where crispy and crunchy on the outside, and very soft inside.
I used like 6 cloves of garlic, use so many only if you like lots of garlicky flavor, otherwise use less. I used dry parsley flakes, you can use fresh or even cilantro or coriander leaves for a twist in flavor!


1 tbsp active dry yeast (1/4 tsp sugar and sprinkle of salt for proofing)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp softened butter
3 cups all purpose flour
5-6 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped finely
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
4 tbsp milk
3-4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
enough warm water to knead into a soft dough
some melted butter to brush on the top
some garlic powder and parmesan cheese to sprinkle on the top

In a cup, put some warm water, yeast, 1/4 tsp sugar and sprinkle some salt. Put aside for about 10 min. It should start foaming.
In a bowl, add the flour, salt, sugar, garlic, parsley flakes, parmesan cheese, oil, softened butter and milk. Mix everything together till it looks grainy. Add the yeast water and mix well. Then add the warm water and knead for atleast 10 min into a soft dough. pat some oil on top of the dough so that it doesn't dry out, cover and keep it in warm place for about an hour.
After an hour, pat it down and let it rest for 5 min.
After 5 min, take the dough onto a floured surface and pat it down to about 3/4 inch thick and cut it into pieces. This is how I made it, but you are free to make sticks how ever you like. Lay them on a greased baking sheet and let them sit for another 1/2 hour in a warm place. I left them in the oven. Before baking brush melted butter on top. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and/or garlic powder on the top. You can use garlic salt too. I did half of each kind.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and bake them for about 20-30 min or until brown.
Serve hot or warm with or without butter. Enjoy!!!



  1. Wow! Smitha, garlic bread looks too yum..

  2. When are you making these again, Padma wants to raid your home on that day....excellent job in posting these!

  3. woow!!!!looks yummy and delicious....great job dear....

  4. first time here smitha... nice blog...and wow!! the breadsticks look fabulous... i have to go to a potluck party going to proof the yeast to make this to take...thanks for the recipe!!

  5. Wow! this is truly me salivating over here!


  6. Came here thr Aru's tweet!..what a wonderful post to read, makes me want to try this..nice space you have here..thanks for sharing..

  7. looks great i am loving it i like this food,
    great post

  8. And Smitha, you can still make thanda thanda drinks I guess to enjoy the cold seasons..:)), only now I went back to read the first para, I was so taken in by the rest of the pictures!..very nice sticks!..

  9. Thanx guys....I am overwhelmed to see so many comments!!!...
    @ Arundati...please do let me know how they came out...
    @ Srivalli...I will surely make thandas...just waiting for weather..seriously I don't mind if its cold either...:)
    Thanx for visiting everyone!!!

  10. I would to try out these garlic sticks.. sounds delicous!

  11. Wow perfect bread sticks...much better than the ones you get in restaurants...I just need a dip to go with that now!

  12. This looks so professionally made!

  13. These look fantastic, planning to make these ASAP!
    You have a lovely space here and I am completely impressed by the regularity with which you post!


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