Alongside a host of Indian
, western breads have found their place on the Calcuttatable in a big way. The ubiquitious
, which today is standard breakfast fare andessential for the common sandwich, was an European introduction in the early 19thcentury which entered through the French and Portugese settlers in Bengal.
is thePortugese word for bread and this, in all likelihood, is the origin of
. But one schoolof thought maintains that the term is derived from the earlier practice of kneading largequantities of bread dough with the feet
It is estimated that the size of the national bread market is Rs.1300 crores. Anindependent study conducted conducted in 1996 for the Ministry of Food Processingfound that the bakery business in India would grow only at the rate of 5% per year.