Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Brinjal Stuffed Flower Buns

 Stuffed buns are a great choice for travels as it is easy to carry and can be a wholesome meal. This brinjal stuffed buns has become my favorite.

  Though many won’t like this wonderful veggie. It is rich in nutrients and the nutrients present in brinjal is equivalent to those present in Egg. As it is called in US as eggplant , it confirms that.

 For this May 2017 , Ssshhhh secretly cooking I was paired with my favourite blogger and friend Priya of Priya’s Menu . The theme was stuffed and the secret ingredients I got were Brinjal and herb of my choice.

I made this Brinjal stuffed  bread with mixed Italian herbs.

Requirements :
All purpose flour – 3 cup
Instant Dry Yeast – 2 tbs
Salt – 1 tsp
Sugar – 2 tbs
Luke warm water – ½ cup
Lukewarm milk – 1 cup
Butter – 1 tsp
Stuffing :
Brinjal chopped – 1 cup
Capsicum chopped – ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Onion – 1
Garlic – 5 cloves
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Tomato sauce – 4 tbs
Mixed Italian Herb – ½ tsp

Method :

In a bowl , mix together flour , salt , sugar and dry yeast together.

Add in the lukewarm water and milk and mix well.
Knead the dough for ten minutes till the dough becomes soft and smooth.
Add in the butter and knead again.
Place the dough in a oiled bowl and cover the dough.
Let the dough rise for two hour or till the dough doubles in volume.

Stuffing :

Chop onion and garlic.
Heat oil in a pan , add the chopped onion and garlic , sauté till the onion becomes translucent.
Add the chopped brinjal and sauté well.
Add the chilli powder and salt , cook in medium flame.
When the brinjal becomes tender and cooked , add the tomato sauce , chopped capsicum  and mixed Italian herb , mix well.
Let the stuffing cool.

Divide the dough into twelve equal parts.
Roll each dough , stuff a spoonful of stuffing and shape into round buns.

Shape all the rolls and place on the baking tray.
With a sharp knife make four slit on top of each bun and let the buns for second rise.

Brush each bun with butter and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake the buns in the preheated oven @ 200*C for 20 minutes.

Let the buns cool on the rack and serve.
Brinjal stuffed flower buns are ready to serve.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Grape popsicle / Grape Ice Pops / Thratchai kuchi Ice


   Grape is a common fruit available around the world. Popsicles are known in Tamil Nadu as Kuchi Ice. They are many flavours of Kuchi Ice. When summer begins say by March itself small vendors in bicycle with a wooden box filled with ice blocks with the different flavoured popsicles will blow horn in the streets. We kids will be eagerly waiting to get our favourite Popsicle.

Requirements :
Black grapes – ¼ kg
Sugar / honey  – 2 tbs ( optional )
Salt a pinch ( To enhance sweetness )

Method :
Wash the grapes and pat dry .
Grind the grapes   and strain the juice.
Mix in the sugar / honey to the juice.
Pour the juice into popsicle mould.
I used small plastic cups as I don’t have  popsicle mould . you can use paper cups.
Cover with aluminum foil and insert the popsicle stick.
Keep in the refrigerator at the freezer compartment for 6 – 7 hours or overnight.
Take out before serving. Unmould by showing the outside of the cups in running water.
 For me three small popsicles were made with the above quantity.

Grape popsicles are ready to serve.
Chef’s suggestion :
 Adding a pinch of salt to sweet dishes  enhance the sweetness.

 To this popsicle quarter teaspoon of chat masala can be added to make – masala popsicle.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flower Bread with Spicy Onion Filing #BreadBakers

  For this May 2017 Bread Bakers the theme choosen by Julie Menghini of Hostess at Heart was April Showers bring May Flowers and Mother’s Day. Bake any bread that reminds you of flowers or Mother’s Day.

    I want to make a stuffed flower bread  , so as usual savoury stuffing . Instead of my favourite potato stuffing , I went for this simple onion masala.

Requirements :
Whole Wheat Flour – 3 Cup
Active Dry Yeast – 2 tbs
Salt – 1 tsp
Sugar – 2 tbs
Lukewarm water – 1 ½ cup
Butter – 1 tbs
For Onion Filling :
Onion – 2
Oil – 1 tbs
Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Garam Masala – ¼ tsp
Salt – 1 tsp

In a bowl mix the flour , yeast , salt and sugar together.

Add in the lukewarm water and mix well.
Knead well for about 10 minutes till the dough becomes soft.
Add in the butter and knead again for 10 minutes.
Cover the dough and let it double for two hour.

Onion Filling :

Peel and chop the onion.
Heat oil in a pan , add the chopped onion and ginger garlic paste. Saute  till the onion becomes translucent.
Add in the chilli powder , garam masala and salt.
Stir for five minutes and take off flame.

Making of Flower Bread :

Divide the dough into four equal parts.
Roll each part of dough into round disc.
Place a rolled round disc , spread melted butter and a spoonful of the filling.
 Place second rolled disc on top and repeat the same as above .
Followed by the third rolled disc and filling and on top place the fourth rolled disc.

Place an inverted glass on the center of this arrangement.
With a knife , cut the circle into four followed by eight and sixteen.
Take a part and twist gently, Repeat this on all parts.

Apply melted butter on top and sprinkle sesame seeds in the center.
Bake the bread in a preheated oven @ 200*C for 30 minutes.
Let it cool in the rack and serve.
Flower bread is ready to serve.


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