Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Desi Semmelknoedel

I have new found respect for all Food Bloggers. And all Food Photographers. Seriously. You guys rock.

When I first read about the Giveaways at various Food Blogs and decided to participate, I didn't think much. The most difficult part would be deciding on an easy enough recipe. Or so I thought. 
No, the most difficult part was taking photographs while cooking, coz mostly, my handy were covered with food and I didn't want my camera to be covered with food. Then the writing this blog post. That seriously wasn't easy. Even though I have probably read hundreds of recipes. The picture adding was the worse part. It took me ages to add them in the order that I wanted it to be and then the preview looked horrible. So the whole process started again...

Please forgive my amateurish pictures. I'm a newbie, so show me some sympathy? Pretty please with a cherry on top? :)

Somehow I managed and here I would finally like to present my version of Semmelknoedel

Desi Semmelknödel

Semmelknödel is a typical, south German, Austrian, bohemian recipe. Semmel means old bread. So it is the best way to use old hard bread. Knoedel signifies the round form, but I didn't make them round. Normally it is eaten as a side dish with a Non-Veg Dish. As I don't cook Non Veg, I decided to make it as a snack and had it with my Chai.
I have twinged the recipe a bit to adapt it to my Indian taste. Since it is steamed and then shallow fried in olive oil, I count it as a guilt free snack :) The indian flavors were mouth watering. Serve with the chutney of your choice or with Ketchup. I took my inspiration from here, here and here. So lets move on the the recipe.


Milk (if needed)
Green Chili
Red Chili Powder
Garam Masala
Dry or Fresh Herbs

Chaat Masala


1) Roast the bread pieces in the oven.

 2) Chop the onions, green chili and garlic.




3) Chop the bread pieces.

4) Mix the bread pieces, onions, green chili, garlic and all the spices and herbs in bowl.

5) Add the eggs and mix it together with your hands.

6) Add a fresh piece of bread or milk to adjust the consistency. The mixture should be moist enough to make it in balls or in my case sausages.

7) Take a piece of aluminium foil and spread this mixture on it as shown in the picture below.

8) Roll this into a sausage like package as shown in the picture.

9) Bring water to a boil.

10) Put our rolled aluminium sausages in the water for about 10 minutes. 

11) Take the sausages out and let them cool for a few minutes.

12) Remove the foil and cut the sausages in small medals.


13) Heat some oil in a frying pan.

14) Add some Jeera for taste.


15) Shallow fry the Semmelknoedel medals lightly from both sides.


16) Arrange them neatly on a plate. Sprinkle some lemon juice and chaat masala.

17) Serve with the chutney of your choice or Ketchup.

If you want you can add some cheese in the middle of the batter. This will taste heavenly and add calories to this dish.


  • I used some white bread and whole grain toast. You can choose your bread according to your health preferance. 
  • Adjust the spices according to you taste.

 Please do try out this dish and let me know how you liked it in the comments box.

Sending this recipe to

1)  Yashodhaskitchen


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for family and my friends. Since I live away from them, I miss them all horribly and can't wait for the Christmas vacations, so that I can finally see them again :)

2) Sirisfood


3) 60 Days to Christmas



  1. Yep.. Its linked.. Thanks for linking up to my event!!!

    Its totally different for me!!! Will try it soon.

    Instead of aluminium foil, can we use anything else :)

    1. Hi didi,
      you can also use plastic foil or a plastic bag and mould it into the shape you want.
      Paper and Cloth bags are not good, as the Knoedels will soak up the water.
      Hope that was helpful :)
      - Dia

  2. Wow thats a super delicious recipe dear :) Good going thanks for linking to our event!!

  3. Interesting recipe and your pictures are good trust me... :) I also find it really hard to click while cooking so I understand what you mean by that. But for me everytime I tried a hand on step-by-step recipe, the recipe failed since I was more focused on the clicks and not the cooking... ended up with burnt food... I can suggest that you use a tripod to do clicks makes it easier...

    thanks for linking and one suggestion try and add google friend connect to your gadgets makes it easier to follow your blog..


    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the suggestions. I'm really new to the whole blogging world, specially cooking and blogging. I still need time to save money for all the extra accessories.
      Have added GFC, thanks for the tip :)