Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bookmark Thursday

Thursdays are usually 'throw something together and rush out the door' kinda dinner nights for us. I have a dance class every Thursday evening (pursuing a long time dream of learning Kathak :) and I don't get much time to cook anything. Hubby helps himself to some leftovers (if he's really hungry) or waits for me to come back and put anything that's available in the fridge in between two slices of bread and call it a sandwich. After almost 5 months, I was home this Thursday. Bonus time! It was a perfect opportunity to go down some of the bookmarked recipes and try 'em out. 

I had been eyeing these glorious Masala Buns posted by one of my favorite bloggers, US Masala. For a while, it seemed like every other blogger was making buns of some sort and I was the only one missing out. A few days back I came across Sangeetha's blog through her HITS event and saw another recipe for stuffed buns. The recipe looked too tempting not to give it a shot.

Masala buns are simple buns stuffed with some kind of curried vegetable filling. They looked very intimidating to me at first, but except for the fact that you have to wait, the recipe turned out to be quite simple. The fun part is, you stuff the buns before they bake. So as you pull a morsel of a fluffy, soft bun, there's a tasty treat inside! Sangeetha had stuffed the buns with spicy cauliflower, which I'm sure would've tasted great. But I went with a more predictable filling - veggies cooked with Paav-bhaji masala. To make the buns a little 'Indian', should I say, I added toasted cumin seeds to the dough. Aromatic, pillowy buns stuffed with paav-bhaji like bhaji. Tell me you won't like that!

Masala Bun 

1 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
1/4 Cup warm water
1/4 oz. Dry active yeast packet
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
3 tbspn EVOO + as needed

1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 Large / 2 medium boiled potatoes
1 Small tomato
1/2 Medium onioin
1/2 Cup mixed veggies - I used peas and bell peppers only
2 Garlic cloves - minced
1/2 Inch ginger - minced
1 1/2 Teaspoons paav-bhaji masala
1 Teaspoon Red chili powder
Salt to taste

Dough for the buns:
  • Mix yeast, sugar and warm water and let it stand until the mixture gets foamy (~10 mins). Sangeetha mixed the yeast with the flour itself, but I figured getting the yeast acting would be faster and better. 
  • Add flour, salt, EVOO. Bruise the cumin seeds on your palm using the thumb slightly to get all the fragrant oils out and add them to the dough. Knead well using a little bit of water as need to form a stiff but soft dough. The original recipe used milk instead of water, I just took the easy way. 
  • Cover the dough with a damp towel and keep in a warm place for ~45mins to an hour so to rise. While you are waiting, start working on your stuffing. 
  • Once the dough almost doubles in size, punch it gently and knead again for a few mins. 
  • Divide the dough in 6 parts and shape them round. Keep on a greased aluminum foil on baking sheet. Let them stand for another 10 mins or so. The dough will rise again slightly.
  • Chop all the veggies finely. Mash the potatoes. 
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add ginger-garlic, onions and tomatoes and saute until the onions are translucent. 
  • Add spices, rest of the veggies, salt and cook for 10 mins or until the mixture comes together well. If it becomes too dry, add a little bit of water. Adjust the spices according to your liking. 
Put it together:
  • Make a dent in each of the dough balls to form a cup-like shape. Stuff them with a golf-ball size vegetable filling and pinch the dough together to close the dough balls. 
  • Brush them with some OO and let them stand for another 10 mins. 
  • Bake for 15-18 mins on 375F or until the buns turn golden brown. 
  • To serve, brush the buns with a little bit of garlic butter or OO. 
If you have some stuffing leftover - make a sandwich :D.


Deeps said...

Ooh..those buns are tempting and the idea is truly brilliant! Gotta try this one!

Sangeetha said...

wow...those buns looks so perfect n delicious with my fav masala stuffing...thanks for referring mine..

Meenal said...

I made these today for the Thanksgiving feast. Everyone loved them. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.


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