These delicious homemade nigella seeds and tomato bread rolls are tasty fusion of Indian and Mediterranean flavours! Perfect for burgers, sandwiches or as a side to go with soup.
I used to make bread in my breadmaker all the time, at least every two or three days and that meant I almost never bought a loaf of bread. That was before I had children.
Now I find that homemade bread disappears so quickly that I'd be making it every day if I had kept that up. Instead, I started buying bread and before long I was hardly using my poor old breadmaker at all.
Well, with bread week on the Great British Bake Off I decided it was time I made some bread again. I chose to make tomato and nigella seed rolls as I'd never made tomato bread. But, I had been thinking of trying it at some point. And the nigella seeds? Well, I just love nigella seeds in bread and I often used to add them to my everyday bread.
A tomato bread could have a Mediterranean feel but the nigella seeds give this bread an Indian flavour. They also make it a little bit different to any bread rolls you can buy. Or at least any that I've seen - you'll just have to make them yourself!
The finished rolls were a lovely orange colour. They were soft and very tasty, great for sandwiches and burgers so perfect for any picnics or barbecues at the moment. The recipe made 12 and they didn't last long at all, but of course you could freeze some.
Could you adapt this tomato bread?
These tomato bread rolls are very easy to adapt. You can add a few extra ingredients if you like. Why not add some garlic paste along with the tomato puree? You could add some extra herbs too. A little turmeric would also be good. It wouldn't affect the flavour very much but it would be a healthy addition.
Now, as far as I'm concerned the nigella seeds with the tomato are a lovely combination. However, you could just use this recipe as a base for any tomato bread rolls. Instead of the nigella seeds you could add chopped olives or onion. You could add some dried herbs too so they really would be Mediterranean flavoured.
Nigella Seed Tomato Bread Rolls
- 500 g strong white bread flour
- 7 g sachet dried fast action yeast
- 10 g salt
- 1 tsp nigella seeds (black onion seeds)
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 350 ml milk I use semi-skimmed
- 15 g olive oil
- Put the yeast in the bottom of the bread maker. Add the flour, salt and nigella seeds.
- Put the tomato puree in a measuring jug and fill it up to 350ml with the milk. Stir. Pour it into the bread maker and add the oil. Set the bread maker to the dough setting and leave it to work.
- Take the dough out and cut it into 12 pieces by cutting the dough in half and then each piece in half again. Cut each of those pieces into 3. Take each piece and roll it under your hand to get a round roll and put the rolls on a baking tray with a gap between each one. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
- Put the rolls in the oven at 200C for 15 minutes. When they are done they should sound hollow when tapped underneath.
More Bread Recipes
If you love the flavours in this bread but don't have a bread maker or want to knead bread by hand then I've also got a simple tomato and nigella seed soda bread recipe.
This garlic and herb butter quick bread is really delicious but quite rich. It is however one of my most popular recipes.