I tend to be very anti-white bread because I view it as a zero-benefit food, since it is made of white flour which offers no significant nutrients.
This also makes it a high glycemic index food, like potatoes. The risk from these as well as other high GI foods – which raise the level of blood-sugar too quickly – is described here and here. Both stories profile a recently concluded study that links the consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates to the increased risk of coronary disease in women.
The surprising thing was that the list of high GI-foods includes watermelon, which one might imagine is quite harmless, and brown rice, which one is always exhorted by most informed/medical opinion to choose over white rice.
Just goes to show that probably moderation is the key though with bread I believe it is best to skip the white variety altogether.
And the combination of bread and potatoes – which probably counts as double-trouble, in view of the science- in bread rolls is what decided my mind against writing the recipe as I completed the post about this dish today morning !
The small bit of good news is that when I looked up “glycemic index” just now, I saw on the Wikipedia link that Basmati rice is listed under “medium” GI foods.
Phew ! That’s one less worry for an Indian kitchen !