Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stuffed Veggie Masala Buns

In spite of all the worry about the weather and delays, we had a good time with Niki while she was here. She was keen to try her cooking and baking skills on us, while I did all the cleaning up.
This was one of the buns she wanted to try and they turned out perfect. We baked just six buns and had them for breakfast.
The original recipe was copied from the bag that I purchased protein rich bread flour. Ng Ming Huat in Johore Bahru was the shop that would sell anything and everything related to baking. Their bread flours used to be truly flavourful and fresh. The bags will have one recipe that will work well if you follow the instructions.
I am posting this as Niki keeps reminding me to put this up for her to bake in her dorm. So here you go Niki and Nisha, who will be also trying to bake these.

For the buns:
325 grams protein enriched bread flour ( We used a mix of wheat flour, all purpose flour and powdered oats, no specific proportion)
150 ml of milk and water put together
30 grams butter
15 grams vegetable shortening (We used Dalda)
3 table spoons sugar (The actual recipe was for sweet filling and had used 60 grams of sugar. Being a spiced stuffing we used less)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon yoghurt
1/2 tablespoon dried active yeast
For the stuffing:
2 medium size potatoes ( peeled, boiled and coarsely mashed)
1/2 an onion ( chopped)
2 green chillis finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
Salt as required
1 tablespoon oil

Cooking the stuffing:
Heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and green chillis and saute' for few minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add the potatoes, salt and the garam masala and cook until almost dry.
Remove from the fire and keep aside.

For the Buns:
Seive the flour, salt and sugar together, reserving 1 teaspoon sugar to proof the yeast.
In a bowl, add the sugar to the yeast and sprinkle some flour over it. Warm the milk and water just enough to allow the yeast to rise. Add 1/4 of this to the yeast. Cover and leave aside for 15 minutes allowing the yeast to rise.
Mix 1 teaspoon of the shortening and 1 tablespoon of milk in a bowl and keep aside for brushing on top of the buns just before baking.
In a large bowl mix together the yeast, flour, sugar, butter, shortening, yoghurt and salt. Adding milk knead to a soft dough.
Cover and allow to proof; this takes about an hour to an hour and a quarter.
After the dough has almost doubled in size, punch down on a dry board using little flour.
Divide into six portions. Divide the filling into six portions.
Roll the dough in small flat discs, keep the filling in and roll into balls.
Repeat with all the buns. Place all of them on a greased tray.

At this point, preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
By the time the oven has attained optimum temperature the buns may have increased in size.
Brush the milk+shortening mix on top of the buns and bake them for 17 minutes to 20 minutes until brown on top.
These buns will be slightly heavy because of the filling. Also as we are adding different flours, they will not be very soft as those made with allpurpose flour alone. The crust might be a bit hard but the insides would be soft.
You may fill the buns with sweetened coconut. In such a case, the buns have to be made sweet and increase the quantity of sugar added to the dough.
Also the vegetables can be combined to make a healthier version. You may enrich them with partly cooked bean sprouts.
I am sending this to Srivalli's Kids' delight- Wholesome Breakfast Event


  1. Great Looking buns.I like the fact it is baked.

  2. Very Innovative ,I have never come across spicy filled buns before.Wonderful concept.

  3. Wow... looks so perfectly made and very tempting!!.. nice clicks :)

  4. Love these, made once with mixed with bread loaf.

  5. Mmmm thats awesome bun...looks so delicious.

  6. wow!!!! looks like you have become an expert in making buns.....Tempting

  7. Looks so nice,your daughter is really a good baker!even I am trying to try my hands in baking soon!

  8. stuffed buns is something I have been really wanting too try..looks awesome and so delicious...Btw, you live in JB?

  9. Masala bun looks delicious shall give it a try.

  10. nice one dear...i once had this in my friend's place..yummy

  11. These masala buns always induce hunger pangs.....can eat them any time !

  12. Its gorgeous and awesome. Perfectly baked & Nice click.

  13. Lovely looking buns!! Makes a complete meal along with a cuppa tea or coffee!

  14. Looks great Lataji..thanks for the entry!

  15. Hmm made this one seeing Aparna! Lovely breakfast!

  16. very nice clicks n the buns looks so tempting!

  17. oh my fav... used to have in bakeries. parcel pls. :)

  18. lovely stuffed buns.. looks really good..

  19. Great idea dear..Bun looks tempting...

  20. Wow masala buns looks prefect..kalakuringa ponga..

  21. wow, nice snack and very creative..

  22. Delicious stuffed buns. Sometimes I make a dry onion masala and mix into the dough and shape into buns instead of stuffing.

  23. Hi Lataji,
    I'd need a lot of experience to be able to bake something wonderful like these :)
    nice snaps.

  24. Hi

    Stuffed buns looks delicious...very good to take for journey or picnic...two in one..roti with sabji..i've made jeera buns too..


  25. Hey you have done great baking, I love potato buns or palya bun as they call it in bangalore!!, when it just comes out from the oven in the bakeries in bangalore, try them out if you ever visit bangalore, I have come to know that some of my family have bakeries in Tamil nadu, I do not exactly know where, mmm.., you will love it, Your buns look great and the clicks as usual are beautiful and tempting, hope nicky enjoyed seeing it.., from mom's hand..

  26. Good recipe for the event vl try this for my child.


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