May 7, 2012

Stuffed buns

Is there anything that makes your house smell better than a yeast bread? Baking a bread leaves me satisfied. There is nothing else that makes me happy.

To make a bread dough:
I followed my pizza dough recipe. But here, instead of whole wheat flour, I used bread flour.

To make the stuffing I used:
2 boiled potatoes
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of asafetida
pinch ofturmeric
1/2 tsp chat masala
1 tsp corriander powder
1 medium chopped onion
1 garlic clove chopped
2 tbsp chopped corriander leaves
2 chopped green chilis

Heat oil in a pan and add all the tempering items one by one. Then add garlic and onion and saute till they are cooked. Add boiled potatoes and mix well.

(This is how potato stuffed bread looked after it was done)

Here is another type of filling:

(This is how spinach stuffed bread looked)

1/2 pack of Fresh spinach leaves
1 tsp corriander powder
1 garlic clove finely chopped
2 green chilis
salt to taste
a pinch of asafetida
1 tsp of oil

Wash and chop the spinach leaves. Heat oil in the pan, add asafetida, garlic, green chilis and saute. Add spinach and saute till its cooked. Spinach reduces in volume after its cooked ,so do not use too much oil, since stuffing needs to be dry.Let this stuffing cool down.

To fill the stuffing:
Spread the dough with your fingers and keep a portion of the stuffing at the centre and seal the dough on all sides. Grease the pizza pan and bake the bread at 400 F till the bread gets light brown color. Serve with tomato sauce.

Tofu Stir Fry

1 large onion
1 large green bell pepper
1 pack firm tofu
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp olive oil

Chop onions and green bell pepper into 1 inch cubes. Cut tofu in cubes.Heat oil in a nonstick pan and saute onions for a minute. Add green bell peppers and saute them till they are half cooked. They should remain crispy. Add soy sauce, tomato sauce and vineger and tofu. Mix well till tofu is coated with the sauces.

April 26, 2011

Tawa Pulao- Mumbai Street Food

Hi to all the bloggers-old and new. I had been on a long vacation to India for 4 months. Trip was excellent. Mrinal was very happy to meet all our relatives in India. The good thing about this visit was she learnt to talk :). She talks more than me now. She is 2 years and 4 months. We celebrated her 2nd bday in Mumbai. I came back to Baltimore with Mrinal last month. I was not able to keep up with blogging since many days.. infact months....I am glad there are so many new bloggers with wonderful recipes. I missed all the amazing events which took place during my absence.

I wasnt ready with any new recipe. Now here is one without a picture :). I promise i will upload the picture soon.


1 cup basmati rice
1 medium sized onion chopped in long thin pieces
1 large tomato chopped
1 small green pepper
1/2 cup green peas
1 small red pepper (optional)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera

1. Wash basmati rice 3-4 times and keep aside for 15 mins. Cook rice in pressure cooker and spread it on a large plate. Add butter on top of the rice and spread with your finger gently. This helps the grains to separate from each other.

2. In a medium size tawa/ pan, heat oil, add cumin seeds, onions, ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add green and red pepper and saute till they are half cooked. Add tomatoes , green peas and saute.

3. Add pav bhaji masala and red chili powder.Add very little water and cook for a minute. Add salt and mix well.

4. Add cooked rice. Add lemon juice and then mix gently.

5. Garnish tawa pulao with coriander leaves.