Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches

Everyone has a loaf of bread at home and if you cannot think of ways to use it before it gets stale, here are 5 ideas that will help you out.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

There aren’t many homes in India where slices of bread aren’t used on a daily basis. From baguettes available in a few fancy bakeries around the city to a queue of multigrain, ciabattas and sourdoughs at local grocery shops, bread and its varieties are all around us. If you have stored an extra loaf of bread during the lockdown which is about to go bad, here are 5 quick ways you can use it and avoid any unnecessary food wastage.

Did you know? – Sliced bread was invented not even a century ago. It was invented in Chillicothe, Missouri in 1928.

1) A Masaledaar Breakfast | Bread Poha

Quick breakfasts usually consist of cereal bowls or veggie sandwiches. If you want to stray from the same old breakfast foods, turn your bread into a masala bread poha. In a hot wok add oil, ginger, and garlic. Now add chopped onions, tomatoes and capsicum. Once the tomatoes are done, add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, and tomato ketchup according to taste. Add cubes of bread. Toss and garnish with crushed peanuts and chopped coriander leaves. Squeeze some lemon on top for that extra zing. This bread poha is sure to become a regular breakfast food at your home.

 Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches
Bread poha is a quick and easy breakfast dish
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2) The Classic Dish | Bread Roll

There aren’t many people around the country that don’t enjoy an old fashioned, oily bread roll dunked in a pool of chutneys. Making bread rolls at home as a holiday-mood breakfast has been quite common for a long time. Usually stuffed with potato masala, bread rolls can be stuffed with paneer too. The art is to roll the bread without making the stuffing spill. Deep-fried till golden, bread rolls are a step towards nirvana. Serve with green chutney or saunth (red tamarind-jaggery chutney),

 Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches
Some crispy bread rolls for breakfast, anyone?
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3) Salads And Soups | Make Some Croutons

Making croutons at home is simple and when you add them to a salad or rich tomato soup, the look and the flavor are automatically amped up. You can make croutons by deep-frying them, by baking them or even use an air fryer. Yes, an air fryer makes oil-free CRISP croutons that no one can say no to. If you want that ‘old restaurant-style tomato soup taste’, add lots of deep-fried croutons. You can add croutons to your homemade Cesar salad or make a Tuscan bread salad called Panzanella.

 Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches
A bread salad is made with soaked stale bread.
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4) Turn Them Into Breadcrumbs | Breadcrumb Crusted Meals

You can make breadcrumbs using two methods. If you want to use them right away to coat meat or potato snacks, just whizz the bread slices in a food processor and you’re done. In case you are making breadcrumbs to store for future use, cook them for a few minutes in the oven before crumbling them in a food processor. Cooking the bread in the oven will ensure that no moisture is left in the bread which can later turn into mold. These can be stored for 4-5 days maximum.

 Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches
How to use leftover bread: Breadcrumbs can be used to coat several types of meat and veggies before frying.

5) Turn It Into A Dessert | Bread Pudding & Shahi Tukda

A dish of velvety custard soaked bread, baked to perfection is our idea of sinful indulgences. If your bread is getting stale, you can turn it into a rich shahi tudka also. Calories will definitely be exceeding the limited amount of movement we have these days, but sometimes it’s okay to forget about the calorie count and just indulge!

 Bread About To Get Stale? 5 Ways To Use Bread That Aren’t Sandwiches
A classic bread and butter pudding with raisins.
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Hope this post gave you some ideas about what to cook next! Let us know if you cooked something from the list. Leave a comment.

You could make delicious garlic bread at home. No idea how to make it? Here’s an easy-peasy recipe to try!

Garlic Bread

Siri Hegde
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 People


  • OTG Oven
  • Dough Maker


  • 500 Grams Flour
  • 15 Grams Yeast
  • 35 Grams Sugar
  • 10 Grams Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 13 Grams Milk powder
  • 225 Millilitre Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Garlic
  • 10 Grams Butter
  • 40 Grams Parmesan


  • Start by prepping your dough. Sieve the flour into a bowl or preferably onto a smooth working surface like the  kitchen counter. Make a well in the centre by slowly pushing the flour in the middle towards the sides.
  • In the centre add your yeast, egg, sugar and milk powder. Mix this properly while trying not to get any of the flour init. Add the water and mix well.
  • Then slowly begin to mix the flour into this mixture from the inner sides of the well you made. Keep mixing well with your hands to  avoid lumps.
  • Keep mixing in the flour gradually till all of it is well incorporated. Knead the rough dough formed for a few minutes.
  • Add the salt and knead well for about 5-10 minutes to make sure the  salt is properly incorporated into the dough.
  • Smash the butter onto the counter right next to the dough and make sure it is soft.Mix the butter into the dough and knead it till it is mixed in well. Make sure you don’t knead the dough for more than 5 minutes after you add in the butter.
  • Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes. For this, rub a little bit of oil over the dough all and leave it covered by a damp kitchen duster cloth.
  • Melt the butter for the garlic spread and add the chopped garlic. You can also add some salt and pepper for seasoning.
  • Roll the dough out into smaller roundels and brush the dough with the garlic spread.Let it proof for 30-40 minutes.
  • Bake the rolls at about 230-250° Celsius for 6-8 minutes.
  • Brush over the remaining garlic butter on the still hot rolls and sprinkle the parmesan on top. Serve warm


While you can enjoy this garlic bread as it is, you could also add lots of toppings on it like pizza sauce with veggies, or plain veggies, cheese, corns, etc. It will taste even better. 
Keyword bread recipe, chilla recipe, Pull apart bread

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. This was SO HELPFUL. Thank you. Since we are trying to keep Atleast 6 days worth of groceries at home at this time … things go bad… these are amazing ideas about what to do with bread … instead of throwing it away. Thank you

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