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Spiced Crostini is an easy and delicious Italian meets Indian appetizer that can be whipped up in minutes!

Years ago, I tasted crostini for the first time in a weekly Farmer's market near my school. It was one-of-a-kind, I liked it so much that I became a regular to that market. Back in India, we used to have a similar toast called rusk which we would have with tea. Crostini was different in terms of flavors. I could taste the olive oil, the herbs, and the salt; everything was so distinct yet, blended deliciously. Soon I realized that a small bag of crostini was worth five dollars but it can easily be made at home for much less. The other benefit of making it at home was that I could experiment with the seasonings. After a few trials, I finally succeeded in making copycat crostini and guess what it tasted so much better!


Crostini in Italian means 'little toasts'. The toasts are little, bite-sized slices of toasted or grilled bread usually made with baguette or ciabatta.They may be flavored with herbs or spices. Here I have used typical Indian spices like cumin and carom seeds to spruce up my crostini. So as far as this recipe is concerned it is Italian meets Indian crostini but you can use Italian herbs as well. I have used a day-old baguette you can use whichever bread you prefer. The recipe is simple; prepare the spread by mixing olive oil, salt, pepper, roughly crushed cumin seeds, and carom seeds. Slice the bread into thin slices. Brush the slices with the spread and toast in an oven until crispy. Crispy, crunchy, and flavorful crostini is ready!


What kind of bread should I use for making crostini?

You can use any type of bread you like. I prefer day-old baguettes, but it can also be made from sourdough bread, day-old bakery bread, or even dinner rolls.

Can I make crostini ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Just heat it by placing it on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees to make it extra crispy and crunchy.


The crostini is great as an appetizer. You can serve it alongside a cheese platter or dip, or serve alongside a bowl of soup, stew, or salad.


A batch of crostini can be stored in an air-tight container and kept at room temperature. If they lose their crispness, pop them back in the oven for a few minutes.



Yield: 25
Author: The GradChef
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M
An easy and delicious Italian meets Indian appetizer that can be whipped up in minutes!


  • 1 large (12- to 15-inch) baguette, cut into ½-inch-thick slices on the bias
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp crushed carom seeds
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven 400°F.
  2. For the spread, mix olive oil, crushed cumin and carom seeds, salt, and pepper.
  3. Slice baguette into ¼" slices.
  4. Brush each slice with the spread on both sides and place in a single layer on a baking pan.
  5. Bake 4 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. Enjoy with you favorite dip or a hot cup of tea.


  • For some extra flavor, rub garlic clove over 1 side of each piece of toasted bread.
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