I never buy breadcrumbs and always make them at home. After I use bread to make sandwiches for the family, I always have 3-4 bread slices left, which I store in my fridge post the ‘expiry’ date. Instead of letting it mould and eventually throwing them out, especially the ends which harden over time, it’s best to make breadcrumbs out of them. You can use breadcrumbs for a variety of recipes like to roll patties before frying, mix in tikki batter, use to thicken chutneys and so on so forth! It’s super easy to make. I won’t really write an ingredient list because well it needs just one ingredient, no prizes for guessing – it’s leftover old bread, or even fresh ones if you feel like it!
- Take out all your bread slices or dinner rolls you’ve saved.
- Roughly cut them into smaller pieces. You can tear a slice into 4 parts.
- Now heat a thick-bottomed pan or kadhai or even a flat griddle (tava) would work. In case you are using a griddle, you don’t need to cut the slices. You can also use an oven for this. I normally use my halogen oven to toast my bread. They come out so crisp!
- Now toss the pieces into the hot pan or toast them on the griddle or in the oven until they are brown and crisp.
- Transfer them onto a plate and let it cool down a bit.
- Now all you need to do is cut the slices if not already cut and grind them in a mixer until they resemble a coarse powder.
- Let the crumbs come down to normal temperature.
- Shift this to an airtight container and store in a refrigerator. Use as you please 🙂
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