Indian · Maharashtrian · Snacks · Vegetarian

Pavacha Sanja (Bread pieces sauteed in Spices)

Today’s recipe brings back childhood memories. Just feels like yesterday, coming back from school and my grandma serving a hot bowl of Pavacha Sanja in front of me. Every time we had stale or leftover bread in our house, my grandma would make sanja but I loved this dish so much that I would ask her to make it from fresh bread also.

Pavacha Sanja is a quick and delicious recipe and the best way to use stale bread with a combination of spices and a drizzle of ghee on top. All you need is some piping hot ginger tea at its side!


Serves: 2
Cooking time: 20 mins


2 tbsp oil
2 green chilies, vertically slit
5 curry leaves
1 cup onion, chopped
3½ cup bread
¼ tsp + 1/8 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
½ tsp red chili powder (mirchi), or adjust as per spice tolerance
½ tsp salt, or adjust as per taste
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)


Break bread slices (with crust) into small pieces. Add to it ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder. Gently mix everything together and keep aside.


1.  In a pan, heat oil. Add curry leaves, slit green chilies and saute for few seconds. Then add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent.
2.  Once the onions are cooked, add ¼ tsp salt, 1/8 tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder to the pan. Mix well and saute for 1 min.
3.  Add bread pieces to the pan and stir for 1 min.
4.  Drizzle ghee over the bread, mix and toss further for 4 mins. Switch off heat.

Suggested serving with a cup of hot ginger tea.

spoonful O’ tips

1.  Ghee gives the bread sanja a soft texture.
2.  Toss bread on heat for a longer time to make the bread sanja more crispy.


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