From   Sunny Side Up

Prep: 2 hours 35 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Bread

Type: Fusion

A favourite breakfast snack of the Americans


  • Refined flour 3½ cups + to dsust
  • Active dry yeast 2 tsps
  • Castor sugar 1½ tbsps
  • Salt 1½ tsps
  • Oil 2 tsps + to grease
  • Egg 1
  • Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) 1 tbsp
  • Black sesame seeds (kale til) 2 tbsps
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus) 1 tbsp


  • Take yeast in a small bowl, add castor sugar and ¼ cup warm water, mix and set aside to activate.
  • Take flour in a mixing bowl, add salt, activated yeast and a little water and mix till it forms a dough.
  • Dust a little flour on the worktop, put the dough on top of this and knead with your palms and fingers for 6-7 minutes. Keep the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a damp muslin cloth and set aside to prove for 1-2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into round balls. Make a hole in the centre to look like a medu vada. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180º C.
  • Heat plenty of water in a deep non-stick pan, add oil, mix and let it come to a boil.
  • Grease a baking tray with some oil and dust with some flour.
  • Put the bagels into the boiling water, let them cook for about 1 minute, pressing lightly with a slotted spoon. Drain and keep them on the baking tray.
  • Break the egg into a small bowl and whisk it with a fork. Brush the egg over the bagels.
  • Sprinkle caraway seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds over the bagels. Keep the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take them out of the oven, place them on a serving platter and serve immediately with a bowl of fresh cream cheese.