Wishing Friends And Family A Very Happy Independence Day ….

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“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new…India discovers herself again.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

The national flag, a symbol of free India, is a horizontal tri-colour of saffron, white and green.
The wheel in its centre, is a replica of the chakra, which appears on the abacus of Ashoka’s pillar.

The color saffron, stands for courage, sacrifice and renunciation.

White, symbolizes truth and purity
“truth in our speech and purity of thought”

Green represents life, faith and chivalry.

Today I am Sharing the joy of India’s 68th Independence day with this Tricolored Sandwich bread representing National Flag Of India .
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I have used simple hamburger bun recipe for this bread . The same recipe can be used for making hotdog buns too . You can find the recipe HERE ..

Once the basic dough is prepared

Divide dough into 3 equal parts .
Place each piece in a small bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.
Remove one piece from a bowl and place it on cutting board . Add several drops of food coloring ( I started with 6 drops ) begin to knead the food coloring into the dough, adding more food coloring if needed until it obtains the color you want .
This will takes some time ( you can use flour if the dough becomes sticky to handle )
Shape dough into a ball and return to its bowl. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough .
Make sure to wash your hands/gloves and your work surface between each color.
Cover bowls with a kitchen towel or lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 2 hours.
When dough is risen, punch down the dough.
Remove orange dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into an 8-by-4-inch rectangle.
Now Roll out white piece of dough into an 8-by-4-inch rectangle and place directly on top of orange dough.
Repeat with green dough .
Place loaf in a lightly greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Cover with a kitchen towel or lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover dough and bake until browned on top (about 30 minutes ) OR hollow sounding when tapped on top .
Let the bread cool on a wire rack for 10 – 15 mins and then Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.

Linking this post to an ongoing event at Cooking With SJ

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36 comments

  1. That’s awesome! The colors came out beautifully. I particularly liked learning about the significance of each color in the flat.

    Happy Independence Day (and FF)! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  2. The bread looks so gorgeous, Shailja. It is so lovely of you to make breas out of your national flag. Happy independence day, btw. 🙂 And thank you for giving a lecture about your national flag. 😉 Happy FF and have a lovely week ahead.

    1. Thank you so much Jhuls . Baking this bread was an experiment which worked . I especially had a good time baking this along with my little helper , who is not that little anymore 🙂

  3. Hi Shailja – and Happy Independence Day! A lovely recipe to showcase the flag which is so full of symbolism, strength and history. Thank you for sharing this and have a wonderful week!

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