Beyond Chapati: Exotic Bread and Bakes of India

My mother-in-law is a wizard in the kitchen. This time around, she treated us to a spinach stuffed paratha that I still can’t stop drooling over. It made me think of all the exotic bread that accompanies food all around India. Here is a list of exotic bread and bakes of India that will make your mouth water:


exotic bread and bakes of india

This is my favorite South-Indian bread, most popular in God’s Own, Kerala. Appam is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is commonly served at breakfast with an accompaniment of mutton or fish stew. Its soft, fluffy texture is a matter of legends. I have often queued up for hours in Bangalore’s Koshy’s on Sunday mornings to bite into their legendary Appam and stew. 

Also read – Legendary Diners of India: A Foodie time capsule to Colonial India


Baati is a Rajasthani bread, famous for its pairing with Dal (Urad, Chana, and Moong). It is a hard, unleavened bread, often with various kinds of fillings, including onions, peas, and sattuChurma is a popular delicacy served with Dal Baati. It is coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar, sometimes mixed with dry fruits. 


This Indian savory crepe is most commonly made of gram flour, with chopped vegetables, peppers, and other spices in it. It is a low-calorie, protein-rich breakfast option, and is often used by those in muscle-building programs. Oh, and it is absolutely divine!


exotic bread and bakes of India

Whether they are stuffed with lentil, peas, or vegetables, kachoris are breakfast bread made in heaven. They are usually accompanied with a spicy potato curry called Dum Aloo. They might have originated in Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan, but today, they are found in almost every part of India. 

Puran Poli

It is known by different names in different parts of the country – Puran Poli in Maharashtra, Obattu in Karnataka, Boli in Tamil Nadu, Bakshalu in Andhra Pradesh. It is a delicious sweet flatbread, whose recipe is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka. Puran Poli is made from chana dal or split yellow gram, plain flour, jaggery or sugar, cardamom powder and/or nutmeg powder, ghee, and water.

So, these are my absolute favorite exotic bread of India. Would you add something to the list? Comment below or write to us at




Anumita Ghosh

Anumita believes her calling has to do with the written words. She loves to write and read, and has recently given up a(n) (almost) rocking career in the Corporate to pursue her passion. Yes, she is slightly off her rocker, but then the society has been largely accepting of her madness. She is the co-founder of Blank Slate Chronicles and a struggling domestic apprentice, not to mention a loving (yet inadequately skilled) mother to a toddler.

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