Cheese and chutney babka

The beautiful swirls of coriander chutney and cheese running through this loaf is not only gorgeous to look at but is extremely flavorful.

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So, what is babka? The word ‘babka’ means ‘grandmother’ in Jewish where this bread finds its roots. It refers to the grandmothers who twisted the leftover challah with nuts and seeds.  Babka is essentially a sweet braided dense cake/bread that was originally layered with cinnamon, nuts and seeds and rolled in a wreath shape.  As chocolate became more accessible, it evolved as one of the most widely used filling which you will see today in most babkas on the internet.

Cheese and chutney babka
Cheese and chutney babka

Instead of the sweet route, I decided to go savory as my inspiration for the babka filling came from those delectable chutney sandwiches that I have eaten at Candies (Bandra, Mumbai). Those petite rectangles slathered with coriander chutney – spicy, tangy and sweet at the same time are so addictive, you just can’t have one. So well, better to have a loaf then!Cheese and chutney babka

My version of babka has both semolina as well as plain flour to get that crumbly texture of the slice bread so typical of Mumbai sandwich bread. So, in all, make this to enjoy not one or two but a whole tempting loaf of coriander chutney and cheese.

You can have this slice plain but I would recommend toasting and then slathering it with some butter and some more of that delicious coriander chutney with a slice of cheese if you like. Telling you, it is a bite of heaven!! 🙂

For those, who would like to see a step by step process of how to make this amazing bread, do check ‘babka’ under highlights on my Instagram account. I have been doing a series of step by step process story on some of my recipes lately on my Instagram account and babka was voted as one of the story.

Some of the other breads on the blog may interest you:

  1. Softest oats and whole-wheat sandwich loaf
  2. Focaccia bites and cheesy masala pav 
  3. Chili cheese loaf
  4. Spinach sandwich loaf
  5. Tiger/giraffe buns 

Update: I updated this recipe on 19/5/2021 with measurements in grams and new photos.

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10 thoughts on “Cheese and chutney babka”

  1. Pankti Contractor

    Hema is a very talented baker. Not only are her designs and creations amazing to look at, they taste just as great if not better.

  2. Hi Hema,

    Thanks for this recipe. I tried my hand at it yesterday. Being a new baker, I struggled with the braids, especially as I put far too much chutney in my first roll. The next roll turned out much better as I applied just the right amount of chutney. The final product did not look like yours but the taste was yummy. Thank you for inspiring me to try something like this and look forward to trying more of your creations.

    Love,
    Rashmi

    1. I am so happy to hear this! For the first bake, you did an amazing job 🙂 Thank you so much for putting faith in my recipe. Looking forward to more!!! 🙂

  3. Tried my hands on the babka ( as an absolute new baker ) and it turned out to be super delicious. It was very soft. Followed the recipe exactly except for the chutney ( I used a pizza pasta sauce ) with cheese and it turned out to be superb. My family thoroughly enjoyed the bread and couldn’t stop complimenting how flavourful the bread was. Thank you so much for the amazing recipe. Also , special thanks to Hema didi for guiding and helping me patiently with every query.

    1. Oh! Ankita, this is so wonderful 🙂 I am so happy to hear that your family enjoyed the bread. It truly makes my day!

  4. Hey Hema .. I tried the babka recipe today and happy to say.. it came out perfect as I expected ! The flavours were such distinct n yum 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing ur recipes !

    1. Hi Twinkle, you make me so proud! I am so glad that you enjoy all my recipes and have so much faith to try them out. Thank you so much 🙂

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