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Zucchini and Bell Pepper Focaccia | Wholewheat and Vegan

Hope you all had a great Xmas ! Xmas greetings to you and your loved ones !

While we are on a mood of holiday baking, let’s move to a family favourite today. 

As a family we never tire of Focaccia. After Pizza, this is the most sought after bread baked at home (and actually its a take on pizza, right). Soft , pillowy focaccia with a bowl of soup makes for a weekend dinner at home, mostly on holidays. Which is why it explains we have the following varieties already on the blog : 

Fingermillet Rosemary Focaccia

Sundried Tomato and Onion Focaccia (my fav!!)

Roasted Garlic Focaccia (the oft repeated version)

Tomato Focaccia

Onion and Olive Focaccia topped with Sea Salt

And then, I saw some fresh zucchini and coloured peppers, which only brought me to baking this on a Diwali afternoon, and they were gone before tea time. So, although it can be had as a snack, you can team it up with any earthy soup (think Baked Chickpea-potato Soup or Curried Cauliflower – lentil Soup or Matar ka Shorba) for a complete meal. 

So, go ahead and make it and devour it. Let me know how your family liked it 🙂


Prep time – 10 mins, Resting & Rise time – 90 mins, 

Bake time – 20 mins, Serves – 4 (single serving)


Strong Bread Flour – 2 1/4 cups + 4 TBSP

Yeast – 1 packet (I used Instant Rise Marks&Spencer brand)

Salt – 1/2 tsp (or to taste)

Sugar – 1 tsp

Warm water – 2/3 cup (or as needed)

Olive Oil – 3 T (divided use)

Toppings : Sliced Zucchini, coloured peppers, red chilli flakes (opt.) – all to taste


How to :

Make a dough with the dough ingredients., You can follow my original base recipe and half of the Olive oil to make the dough. Let it rise till doubled. Punch it lightly and preheat oven to 180/190C. 

Gather the dough and spread it in a greased, lined pan and make small indentations in the dough, and drizzle the rest of the olive oil. 

Now place the sliced (and patted dry) veggies and sprinkle red chilli flakes if using. A few fresh herbs  like rosemary or thyme would be great too. 

Bake for 22-25 mins or till the bread is done. Broil for 1 min more if you needed a golden top (the kids were too impatient to let it broil or cool down, which explains the unruly slices :p). 

Cool on a wire rack and slice / serve as required 


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  1. I love focaccia too and would want to indulge in it for dinner or anytime too..this is a lovely combination you have created.

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Baking Focaccia on a Diwali ! Wow ! The bread looks awesome and colourful with those peppers . One of my favourite breads !

  3. Priya Suresh

    Wow, thats an absolutely fabulous focaccia, especially that zucchini and bell pepper topping makes me drool. Love the flavors went in .

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    Focaccia is a nice bread and I love how you how come up with so many variations. This one looks so colourful with the zucchini and bell peppers.

  5. This is one bread my girls really love… I haven't baked it since long… love the decoration of zucchini and peppers on top…

  6. Suma Gandlur

    I have become lazy to bake yeast based breads these days and my husband picks up fresh stuff from the local stores. Home cooked breads without preservatives are superior and can be customized anyways. Your focaccia looks colorful and delicious.

  7. Nalini's Kitchen

    Foccacia looks amazing and nothing beats the flavor and freshness of home made bread.

  8. Such an inviting focaccia. Love the colorful veggies on top. Great to serve with marinara sauce or even some soup.

  9. Whole wheat foccacia looks just perfect. We feel satisfying when we make a bread at home.

  10. Varada's Kitchen

    Foccacia is very colorful with all those veggies. You have a lot of varieties on your blog.!


    I'm yet to make focaccia. Whenever I see such an enticing colorful focaccia, I feel guilty of not trying it so far. Looking at the variety of focaccia on your blog, I feel like baking it soon now 🙂

  12. Focaccia is my favourite when it comes to baking bred, I still have to do a post on focaccia. Your bread looks so delicious and well baked , with zucchini and bell pepper!!

  13. cookwithrenu

    That is a beautiful and healthy focaccia with zucchini and bell pepper. Yum

  14. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Lovely foccacia kalyani, love the simple toppings, a good bowl of soup and few slices of foccacia, a perfect meal for this winter!!

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