Saturday, June 28, 2008


I never knew the abcd of baking apart from thriving on the baked stuff from various joints in my hometown or for that matter any place I have been. My favorite being Oven, in Kochi!! The chicken puff we used to get there was unmatchable.
It was this love for the crusty, crunchy, heavenly smelling baked items that provoked me to take lessons from one of the renowned culinary tutors in Kochi, Mrs. Anita Isaac. She is too good at it man!! I must say, she made baking look so easy.. I still remember the amazing smell in her kitchen and this huge lady with sharp voice always in the midst of food!! And I always wondered how lucky her children must be!!


For bread base:

  • 1 cup - Maida
  • 1/2 tsp - Sugar powder
  • 1/2 tsp - Instant yeast
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp - Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 - Egg
  • 1 tbsp - Butter, at room temperature
  • Lukewarm water or milk


  • Sieve maida with salt. Mix in sugar powder and yeast
  • Add water or milk and kneed into a soft dough. The dough should not be tough/tight as it would hamper the yeast to grow
  • Now add the butter and kneed again
  • Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth until it rises to double size
  • Once done, remove the cloth and punch down and kneed again.
  • Roll into the desired shape and fill the filling** and allow it to rise for another 15 minutes.
  • Give an agg wash and bake it on 200 degree celcius for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Once removed out of the oven it would be rock hard. Give it a butter wash and leave it for 15 minutes. It would become soft once cool.

**For filling:

You may prepare a filling of your own choice. I boiled some eggs and sliced it. Sauted some onion and added some cabbage and sauted well. Added salt, pepper and some oregano. Mixed into the sliced eggs and filled into the rolls.

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