I love cooking but always had an aversion to baking. It’s not that I don’t like to bake, but was always scared of the outcome. My this year’s resolution is  ‘Amateur to Pro’. To fulfil my resolution and hone my baking skills, I started experimenting with full zeal.

With some successes and failures, I started producing reasonably good results as far as cakes were there. Next was setting up my hand on breads and cookies. I don’t like to knead dough for chapatis, but the funny thing is I just love that sticky bread dough that becomes so smooth after intense kneading. So bread baking became an enjoyable affair for me. When the basic breads started turning out well, my confidence increased and I started experimenting with other breads also. But so far, whatever breads I have baked, are yeasted breads that take long fermentation time means pre planning. Next I wanted to make something instant.

While going through my ‘Super Cook’s Home Baker’ book for some bread recipe, my eyes caught Irish soda bread. This bread contains sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) as the leavening agent. So no long waiting hours that are there in yeasted breads, this Irish soda bread is very quick and easy to make.

Though the looks of the bread are rustic, but the taste is too good. Cherry on the cake is, I made this bread using whole wheat flour, so is healthy and can be had guilt-free. I topped the bread with finely chopped onion and Nigella seeds which imparted it a very appetizing taste and aroma.

Soda Bread

recipe of whole wheat nigella soda bread

Prep Time: 15 min                              Baking Time: 35 min                       Makes: 8″ loaf


Whole wheat flour 450 grams
Baking soda
1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
1 cup
1 tsp
Nigella seeds
1 tsp
Finely chopped onion ¼ cup


Preheat oven to 220°C.

Grease a baking dish with butter and keep aside.

Sift together whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt.

Make a smooth and firm dough using buttermilk.

Shape the dough into a flat round loaf.

With the help of a sharp knife, cut a deep cross on the top of loaf.

Sprinkle Nigella seeds and chopped onion all over the loaf.

Place the loaf in baking pan and bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes until golden brown.