Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts

Sunday 21 April 2024

Mangalorean Buns with Veg Sagu

 May times we have visited Mangalore and every time we enjoyed this meal during breakfast. My friend’s MIL makes one of the best Mangalorean Buns. This dish is very popular in Mangalore and is available in most of the restaurants for breakfast. 

Here is the recipe - 

Mangalore Buns


2 cups Whole Wheat flour  Flour

2 medium sized Ripe banana

2 tbsp Jaggery powder or Sugar 

½ tsp Cumin powder

1/4 tsp Baking soda

Salt to taste

2 tbsp Curd

1 tsp ghee

oil for deep frying


Take a mixing bowl, mash the bananas, now add sugar, salt,  baking soda, cumin powder and curd . Mix the ingredients well into a smooth paste. Add the flour and knead the flour into a dough, add little more flour if required. The dough is slightly sticky. While kneading you can apply some ghee and knead. Keep the dough covered in a bowl overnight. Knead the dough the next morning. The dough is a bit sticky, so dust some flour and take medium sized balls from the dough and roll into round pooris. Fry each poori into medium hot oil till they are puffed and golden. Serve the buns as snacks or enjoy for breakfast with veg sagu or with coconut chutney or Sambar. 

Veg Sagu Recipe - 

Wet Paste 


1 small Onion chopped 

1 small Tomato chopped 

2 Green Chillies 

Few Coriander stems cut into pieces 

1 small piece of Ginger 

2 tbsp grated Coconut or desiccated Coconut 

4 to 5 Cashew nuts

Salt to taste 

1 tsp Jagger 

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 

1/2 tsp Cumin powder 

1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 

1/4 tsp Chilli powder 


Grind all the above ingredients into a fine paste with water. 

Veg Sagu 


1 medium bowl around 250 grams of vegetables cut into small pieces - Carrot, French Beans, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Green Peas and Potato

2 Green Chillies 

Few Curry leaves 

Few Coriander leaves chopped 

1/2 tsp Chana dal

1/2 tsp Urid dal 

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds 

1 Dried Red Chilli cut into pieces 

Few Cashew nuts  

Wet Paste 

2 tbsp Oil 

Take a pressure cooker, add oil, once the oil heats up, add the dried chilli, chana dal and Urid dal. Once the dals are half fried, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute until the mustard seeds crackle. Add the vegetables, cashews and green chillies. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the wet paste and continue to cook until the oil releases from the paste. Add 3/4 cup of water. Stir, cover the pressure cooker and give 2 to 3 whistles. Once the air pressure releases, check the gravy, as per choice, we can reduce the gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with poori, buns, Paratha etc. 

Thursday 9 November 2023

Dried Mix Fruit Cake with leftover bread served with Custard


If you have left over bread at home and don’t know what you want to make… here is a easy recipe of a Cake with leftover Bread that you can easily prepare at home… it’s delicious.. the ingredient measurement are taken in measuring cups and spoons. Please follow the proper recipe. Here I have made 2  cakes in 2 different methods. One is on the gas in a heavy bottom vessel and another cake in the oven.. 

10 slices of Brown Bread 
2 cups of Toned Milk in room temperature 
100 grams of Butter
2 tbsp Curd
1/4 tsp Vanilla Essence 
3/4 cup of Caster Sugar 
3/4 cup Dried Mix Fruits chopped and chopped Nuts - Cranberries, Raisins, Apricot, Kiwi, Almond, Cashews etc. 
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda 
1/4 tsp Soda Bicarbonate 
1 tsp Wheat flour 

Take a bowl, cut the bread pieces into small pieces, add 2 cups of Milk, let the milk soak into the bread. In another bowl, take butter, sugar, salt, curd and vanilla essence. Beat the ingredients together until creamy and sugar has mixed well with the ingredients. Add the soaked bread, continue to beat until all the ingredients have combined together and there are no  bread pieces seen. The batter may look curdled but it’s ok. Now keep half of the dried chopped fruits and nuts aside. Add the wheat flour into one portion of the chopped dried fruits and nuts, mix well, add this into the batter, also add the soda bicarbonate and baking powder, beat once more. The batter should be of thick dropping consistency. Don’t over beat. Now take 2 moulds, grease both the moulds with butter. So here I have taken one normal mould and one bundt ring cake mould. Pour the batter in both the moulds, up to 3/4 of the containers. In the normal Cake mould, after pouring the batter, sprinkle some chopped dried fruits and nuts. Rest of the dried fruits and nuts keep aside. 
To cook on the gas - Take a heavy bottom pot, place a ring at the bottom of the container so that the cake tin doesn’t come in direct contact with the pot. Cover the pot and on medium flame let the container heat for 2 to 3 minutes until the pot becomes hot. Remove the lid and keep the cake container over the ring, cover and let it bake for 20 minutes. After that insert a tooth pick to check. Switch off the flame and let the cake cool down. 
To make it in a oven - 
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius. Bake the cake for 20 minutes, check the cake after 20 minutes by inserting a stick. Once done remove the cake from the oven and let it cool. 

To make the Custard 
2 cups of Milk
2 tbsps Custard Powder 
1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
The remaining chopped dried fruits and nuts 

Take a cup, add 1/2 cup milk, add the custard powder. Mix the custard powder well with the milk. Keep the rest of the milk to boil, add sugar, let the milk simmer for a 2 minutes, add the custard powder milk and on a low flame keep stirring the custard, so that no lumps are formed. Cook the custard until the custard has thickened up and has reduced half in quantity. Switch off the flame. Let the custard cool a bit. Add the chopped dried fruits and nuts. Stir and mix well. Let the custard cool down completely. Keep the custard in the fridge to chill. 

To serve the cake - 
Before serving the ring bundt cake, pour the chilled custard into the centre cavity, garnish with dried mix fruits and nuts. 

Wednesday 4 October 2023

Stuffed Whole Wheat Pita Bread


 Stuffed Whole Wheat Pita Bread… 
It’s a wholesome meal loaded with vegetables …  delicious.. This dish can be enjoyed anytime of the day… This dish can be easily made at home with little bit of planning and most of the dry ingredients are available in our kitchen. 
Lebanese Spice powder is available online.. incase you don’t want to make it. 

For the Pita Bread 
2 1/2 + 2 tbsp  cups Whole Wheat Flour 
2 tsp Dry Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Lukewarm water + More water as required 
1 tbsp Olive oil
Add yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and let it proof for 10 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups of  flour and salt and mix it well. When the yeast is ready pour the yeast on the flour. Mix the dough well. If required add more water little at a time and start mixing the flour and kneading it into a soft dough. Add a tbsp olive oil and knead it for 5 minutes. Brush some olive oil on the dough. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest until it rises double its size. When the dough is ready, sprinkle some flour on the dough and remove the air from the dough.  Knead it again for few seconds and make 6 equal portions of the dough. Arrange the balls on a greased tray leaving some distance, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. With a help of a rolling pin roll out each ball into a 1/3 inch thick oval shape or in circles. Let the pita rest for 10 minutes.
To Make  Pitas on the Stovetop...
Warm a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Put the rolled-out pita on the skillet and cook until you see bubbles starting to form. Flip and cook for few seconds on the other side, press the surface gently with a towel. Flip again and cook another few seconds.  The pita should start to puff.  Keep cooked pitas covered with a clean towel while cooking the remaining pitas.

Lebanese Spice Blend 
2 tbsp Coriander powder 
2 tbsp Cumin powder 
2 tbsp Pepper corn powder 
2 tbsp Paprika ( used Kashmiri chilli powder)
1 tbsp Clove powder 
1 tsp Cardamom powder 
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder 
1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder 

Mix all the above ingredients and store the spice blend in a glass bottle. 
For the stuffing  - 
3 Soya Chaap Stick cut into small pieces 
3 to 4 Mushrooms cut into half and sliced 
1 small Onion cut into half and sliced 
5 to 6 Garlic cloves chopped 
1 medium Tomato deseed, cut into half and sliced 
1 small Capsicum sliced 
2 Green Chillies chopped 
1 tsp Lemon juice 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Lebanese spice powder 
1 tsp Olive Oil

Take a pan, add olive oil, add the soya piece, sauté for 2 minutes, add the onion, garlic and continue to sauté for a minute, add the capsicum, green chillies, continue to sauté for another minute. Now add the mushrooms and tomato. Continue to stir fry on medium low flame, add the salt and the Lebanese spice powder. Continue to stir fry for another 2 minutes, until all the vegetables are cooked and the all the ingredients have mixed well… switch off the flame. Add the Lemon juice.. mix and keep it aside.. 

For the Salad 
1 small Cucumber cut into thin strips 
1 small Tomato deseeded, cut into half and sliced 
1 small Onion sliced 
1/2 cup of thinly sliced Cabbage 
1 tsp Lemon juice 
1/2 tsp roasted Cumin powder 
Salt to taste 

Take all the ingredients in a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside for 15 minutes. 

For Assembling - 
Pita bread 

Cut the pita bread into half.  Take one half of the pita bread. Create a pocket. Add some salad into the pita bread pocket, add some soya Chaap stuffing and some more salad.. and it’s ready to be served. 

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Mushrooms and Prawns Stuffed Long Buns

When we do anything with love, it happy us…. 

Even though I am unable to bake frequently … but when ever I bake, this gives me immense happiness… 

Had some mushrooms in the fridge.. hence used them in this recipe… but any type of stuffing can be used. 

Here is my recipe - 

For the Stuffing  


1 packet of mushrooms sliced 

Few Prawns cleaned and chopped 

1 Onion sliced 

4 to 5 Garlic cloves finely chopped 

1 or 2 Green Chillies finely chopped 

1 pack of Knorr  Sweet Corn Veg Soup 

1/2 tsp Chilli flakes 

Salt to taste 

2 tsp Butter 

1 tbsp Olive Oil 

1/2 cup Milk 


Take 1/2 cup of Milk, empty the packet of the soup, stir and keep it aside. Take a pot, add 1 1/2 tsp butter, as the butter melts, add olive oil, add the chopped garlic, green chilli and sliced onion. Stir fry until translucent. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for a minute, add chopped prawns, stir for few minutes, add the chilli flakes and salt. Pour the milk. Lower the flame and stir continuously until all the ingredients binds together. Add the remaining 1/2 tsp butter and stir. Switch off the flame and keep it aside.. 

For the Bread Dough 

Take 3 portions of Wheat Flour and one portion of All purpose flour, add a tsp of  sugar, salt to taste and mix all the ingredients together, add a tbsp of instant yeast, mix again, add Luke warm water little at a time and mix it together. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes… the dough should be soft and bit sticky, add a tsp of  oil and knead it again. Apply oil on the dough, cover the bowl and keep it aside and let it proof until it becomes double in size. Once double in size, punch the dough and knead the for few more minutes, if the dough is very sticky add little flour. Divide the dough into 6 portions. 

To Make the Stuffed Bread Roll


Bread dough 

2 tbsp Olive oil

1 Egg beaten 


Take a portion of the dough, add 1/2 tsp oil, knead the dough for few seconds, press the dough with the help of the palm and spread the dough into a disc. Place some stuffing on the dough, fold in the dough to close the stuffing and make a bun. Place the rolls on a greased tray, or if you have a bun moulds, place the dough in the mould. Cover the bread buns with a cloth for 30 minutes, brush the roll with egg. Give some slits on the bread. Bake the bread roll in a pre heated oven for 20 minutes at 180 / 190 degrees celsius, once done, remove and cool the stuffed long buns, once cool completely enjoy.. 

Thursday 13 January 2022

Poee / Poi

This is a popular Goan flat bread eaten with curries or vegetable. It’s delicious. 

2 cups Wheat flour 
2 cups All Purpose Flour (Optional) 
Can replace with whole wheat flour 
2 tsp Instant Yeast
Salt to taste 
2 tsp Sugar
1/4 cup or as required Wheat bran
Luke warm water as required 
1 tbsp Oil

Take a bowl, add both the flours, sugar, yeast and add little water at a time, and start to knead the dough. Take 1/2 tbsp oil and salt, add the ingredients to the dough and continue to knead the dough until the dough is soft and smooth. Apply the remaining oil, cover the dough and keep the dough to rise double in size. Once done take the dough and knead the dough once more for few seconds. Divide the dough into 10 portions. Keep the rolled ball aside covered for 10 minutes. Remove the center rack of oven and place it on the lowest rack. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees celsius. Take a portion of the dough, take the wheat bran on a plate,  apply the wheat bran on the dough, and either roll the dough out or pressure the dough with the help of your hand, make a thick disc about 5 inches. Repeat the process with other portions. Place the rolled dough on the baking tray. Cover and keep the disc aside for 45 minutes. Now bake the poi on the lower rack of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes at 250 degrees celsius, depending upon your oven temperature.  The poi will fluff up and turn brown in colour. Remove the poi from the baking tray and keep it on the cooling rack to cool it down further. Enjoy the poi with any kind of curries.. 


Saturday 5 June 2021

Ladi Pav

 Ladi Pav is one of the popular soft and fluffy bun bread from Mumbai. It’s eaten with various dishes and used in many street food. It’s is made with refine / all purpose flour.. but whole wheat flour can also be used for making the Pav.

Hope you enjoy the video and the recipe 💖


2 cups Wheat Flour 

2 cups All Purpose flour 

1 tbsp Active Yeast

1 tbsp Sugar

Salt to taste

1/4 cup Lukewarm Milk 

Lukewarm Water as required 

2 tbsp Oil

Butter to brush on the Pav


Take the wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt  mix all the ingredients. Take 1/4 cup of lukewarm milk, add sugar and yeast, stir and mix all the ingredients. Let the yeast rise. Add the yeast water and little more lukewarm water as per requirement to form a soft dough. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp oil and continue to knead. Apply 1/2 tsp oil on the dough, cover the dough and leave the dough to rise. Divide the dough into equal parts. Take a portion, apply little oil and roll and shape the dough. Keep the dough on the greased tray. Continue with the other portions of the dough. Don’t leave gap while placing the dough portions on the tray.  Press the dough lightly with the fingers. Spray with water. Cover the dough and let the dough rise. Once done, spray with water once more,  bake the Pav in a preheated oven at 180 or 200 degrees celsius as per the oven temperature for 20 minutes. Once done, remove the Pav, apply butter, let it cool down, remove from the tray and leave the lad Pav to cool down on a cooling rack before eating. 

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Gua Bao / Steamed Bao Buns stuffed with Sticky Chicken and Pickled Vegetables


Gua bao also known as Bao bun or Pork belly buns or lotus leaf buns are very popular all over China. It’s very popular street food of Taiwan.  It’s a complete meal, the soft fluffy buns are served usually with pork belly but it’s also served with chicken and pickled vegetables. 
For Steamed Bao Buns 
2 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour 
1 tbsp Active Yeast
2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder 
1/4 cup Lukewarm Water
1/2 cup Lukewarm Milk 
2 tbsp Oil
Take a cup, add the warm water, 1 tbsp sugar and active yeast. Stir and keep the yeast to rise. Add the milk and 1 tbsp oil in the yeast. Whisk the yeast. Take a bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and remaining sugar. Mix all the ingredients together. Add the liquid. Mix all the ingredients together and knead the dough for 10 minutes. If required add little more water, it should be a soft - stretchy dough. Apply the remaining oil on the dough, cover and keep it aside for 1 to 2 hours or until it rises doubled in size. Open the lid of the bowl, punch the dough and gently knead it for a minute. Roll out the dough into a disc, take a round cutter, and make medium size round disc. Remove the excess dough. Now fold the disc into half, and gently press the bun, with the roller. Repeat the process for other buns. Place the buns on a small butter paper, cover the buns and let the buns rest for 30 minutes. Take a steamer, add water and let the water boil. Place the buns into the steamer vessel along with the butter paper, keeping little distance between the 2 buns. Cover the steamer and let it steam for 10 minutes. Once done switch off the flame and open the lid, let the buns remain in the steamer for 2 minutes before removing the buns from the steamer. 
Pickled Vegetables 
A small piece of Carrot cut into thin strips 
A small piece of Cucumber cut into thin strips 
A small piece of Capsicum cut into thin strips
A small piece of Red Cabbage sliced 
Few Coriander leaves 
2 tbsp White Vinegar 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
Mix all the ingredients together and let it marinate for 2 to 3 hours 
Sticky Chicken 
200 grams Boneless Chicken cut into pieces 
1 tsp Garlic minced
1/2 tsp Ginger minced 
1 tbsp Soya sauce 
2 tsp Red Chilli sauce 
1 tsp Tomato Ketchup 
1 tsp Fish Sauce 
1 tsp Vinegar 
2 tbsp Honey 
1 tbsp Sesame Oil 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder 
1 tsp Roasted Sesame seeds 
Take a bowl and mix all the above ingredients, together, except sesame seeds, keep it for an hour. Take a wok, add the marinated chicken, and cook the chicken until the chicken has become soft and the juices has dried up. Switch off the flame. Add the sesame seeds over the chicken. 
To Assemble - 
Take a bun, add a tbsp spoon of the chicken in the middle of the bun, add some pickled vegetables and some coriander leaves or spring onions. Serve the buns and enjoy! 

DescriptionParchment paper, and place it on a tray, cover the buns and let it rest for 30 minutes. Take a steamer, boil the water in the steamer. Place the buns along with the butter paper into the steamer. Cover the lid and steam the buns for 10 minutes. Once done, switch off the flame and open the lid and let it stand for 2 minutes before removing the buns from the steamer. 

Monday 20 July 2020

Classic Bread Pudding

Classic Bread Pudding
It’s my childhood favourite dessert, It’s very nostalgic for me as my MA use to make this for me.  It’s made with bread, milk, egg, sugar, butter, raisins or dry fruits and flavoured with vanilla or nutmeg or cinnamon etc.  All the above ingredients are easily available in our kitchen pantry.  The bread is soaked in the liquids, it’s baked and served warm. It’s delicious. 

2 cups of Bread cubes
1 1/2 cups of Milk 
 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp Butter
2 Eggs Beaten
4 to 5 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence  
1 tbsp Raisins 

Take a sauce pan, add milk and sugar. Heat the milk until the sugar dissolves. Switch off the flame. Add 2 tbsp butter. Cool the milk down. Add the eggs and whisk the milk. Add vanilla essence and raisins. Grease a baking pan with 1/2 tsp butter, add the bread cubes. Pour the milk over the bread. Press the bread with the fork, so that the bread soaks up the milk. Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30 minutes in a preheated oven. Insert a tooth pick and check, if the tooth pick comes out clean.. then remove the baking tray from the oven. Serve the bread Pudding warm. 

Friday 19 June 2020

Creamy Cheesy Potato Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an Italian dish. There are many variations of toppings used for bruschetta, the common one is tomato, garlic, basil and olive oil... added on the grilled / toasted bread.. other vegetables, beans, cured meat and cheese are also used. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetiser. 
Here I had few pieces of sourdough slices and 2 boiled potatoes left... to create this delicious dish for my starter. 
8 Slices of Sourdough bread slices 
2 medium size Boiled Potatoes 
1/2 tsp Garlic finely chopped 
3 tbsp Cream Cheese 
2 tbsp grated Mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp Cream
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper Powder 
1/2 tsp Fresh Parsley chopped or dried Parsley
2 tbsp Olive Oil 
Few pickled vegetables like cherry tomatoes and few olives sliced 
Some chilli flakes and dried parsley for sprinkle 
Take a bowl, mash the boiled potatoes, add the garlic, cream cheese, cream, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix all the ingredients together. Take a baking tray, keep the bread slices and drizzle olive oil on both the sides of the bread. Toast the bread at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated for 5 minutes on one side, turn the bread and toast the bread for another 5 minutes. Take out the tray, cool the bread slices, spread the cheesy creamy potato spread on the bread. Add the sliced olives and cherry tomatoes and grill the bruschetta for another 5 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. Remove, sprinkle chilli flakes and dried parsley, serve hot. 

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Discarded Sourdough Starter Whole Wheat Bread

We can create great dishes out of the discarded sourdough starter. So keep them and use them, instead of throwing them. 
Tried this Discarded Starter whole wheat bread.. it’s tasty.... do try them..

Those who want to start the sourdough starter, here is a link below-
Sourdough Yeast Starter

2 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 cups of Sourdough Discarded Starter 
1 tsp Pink Salt
2 tsp Honey 
1/2 cup Lukewarm Water
1 tbsp Oil

Take a mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour and the discarded starter. Knead the ingredients together for 2 minutes. Add the honey, salt and lukewarm water. Continue to knead until all the ingredients comes together and forms a dough. Apply oil and cover the bowl and leave the dough to rise. It will take 2 to 4 hours.  Sprinkle some dry whole wheat flour and knead the dough by stretching and pushing for a minute. Roll and shape up the dough.  Sprinkle some flour into the basket the dough will be proofing. Put the dough and cover the basket with a cloth. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile start the oven at 250 celsius and preheat for 15 minutes. Take a baking tray, put a parchment paper on the baking tray. Gently turn the dough on the paper from the basket. Take a new blade and score the bread as per the desire. Take a small bowl of water and keep it on the lower rack of the oven. Keep the baking tray in the middle rack, bake at 225 degrees celsius for 5 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 200 degrees celsius and bake for 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to further 175 degrees celsius and bake for 20 minutes. Switch off the oven, the bread stay for 5 minutes in the oven, keep the oven door slightly open. After 5 minutes open the oven and remove the baking tray. Keep the bread on a cooling rack until it cools down. After it cools down than you can slice it. 

Monday 8 June 2020

The story of a Sourdough Starter - Lockdown Kumari

Sourdough Starter - Lockdown Kumari 
It’s truly phenomenal... from 2 simple ingredients, how a wild or natural yeast can be cultivated. It can be easily made at home... patience and time are the 2 key factors. 
It’s the best thing to engage your kids too. Do experiment... It’s an amazing experience to take care of the starter like your baby... Do name your sourdough starter baby... 
What should I name? 🤔 Lockdown Kumari....
I had taken a class on how to make sourdough bread in Singapore, I had got the starter from the sourdough bread class, when I travelled backed to India, I had the starter, but due to some problems I was not able to feed the starter and it eventually died.. it’s been 2 years .. Since I didn’t have the starter, I was unable to make the sourdough bread.. but now thanks to the lockdown, I thought of making my own starter. 
Any flour can be used whole wheat or all purpose flour or rye flour or bread flour etc... and liquid like water or fruit juice like pineapple juice or apple juice etc. 
Here we will use All Purpose Flour and Water. One of the feed I used Whole Wheat flour. 
Here I will share my journey of making the sourdough starter from the first day to the last day.. It’s all about my experience.. that I am going to share with we you. 
There are many way the starter can be prepared. All starter will differ from one another and the time that it has taken for the starter to mature.. there can be various reasons like the texture of the flour, the water, the temperature of the place and off course the care that you are taking.. it’s like a baby.... it will take 7 to 10 days.. so don’t give up... feeding the starter is very important... 
We need a clean glass jar like a jam or honey bottle... and the 2 ingredients flour and water. 
Thus the simple we being we will see the changes in the starter... a good starter at the end should float in a glass of water and you will feel the lightness in the starter. 

The Start - 
 Time  - 11.30 pm - Started to cultivate the yeast.
 Preferably start it in the morning or night.. so it’s easy to maintain. Note down the time. Even though I began with 1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup of water and a tsp of sugar... we need 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 water.. that’s it.. so the proportion is 2:1.. no need of the sugar.. 
Add the flour and water in the glass jar, stir the ingredients. Incase if whole wheat flour is used, than a little more water might be required as whole flour absorbs more water. The batter should be like a thick cake batter. Place the lid on the glass jar, but don’t lock it. Keep it aside.

Day 1 - 
Time - 11.30 am - Bubbles started to form 
             11.30 pm - Fed the starter 
It many take 12 to 24 hours for the bubbles to show up. I fed the start in the night after 24 hours of the start. First whisk or stir the starter, then we need to discard 50 percent of the starter and then add 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup water, stir, put the lid and then keep it until the next feed... 


Day 2 - 
Time - 11.30 am - Fed the starter 
            11.30 pm - Fed the starter 
The starter may need food after 8 hours... I missed the feed, so there was this dark liquid natural alcohol formed called Hooch.. Don’t worry... this indicates that my baby was hungry or incase if the water contained was more in the yeast or if the temperature has increased then there can be a hooch formation.  This doesn’t harm, but discard the Hooch before whisking and feeding the yeast baby.  Incase the hooch formation is more, then increase the feeding frequency or move the starter to a cooler place. 
So the same process of feeding twice a day was followed. Whisked / Stirred the yeast. Discarded 50 percent of the yeast, and added 1/2 cup All purpose flour and 1/4 cup water, stir again. Close the lid and keep it aside .


Day 3 
Time  - 11.30 am - Fed the starter 
             12.30 am - Fed the starter 
Morning After whisking / Stirring and discarding 50 percent of the starter, I had added 1/2 Whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp Water and had stirred the ingredients together. Closed the lid and keep it aside. 
It’s ok to change flour. 
Night the same process repeated.. After stirring and discarding the starter, added 1/2 cup All purpose flour able 1/4 cup water. Stirred and closed the lid and kept it the jar aside.


Day 4 - 
Time -  12.30 pm - Fed the starter 
             Night - Didn’t Feed the starter 
Ideally we should be feeding every time the yeast feels hungry, may be in between 12 hours or just in time... but this time I missed the feed in the night. As you observe the starter... in between the feeds,  a good well fed starter will have bubbles and it’s active, when hungry the process of the activity will slow down and look dull. Sometimes the starter is still active and bubbly, then a feed can be skipped.. as over feeding can make the starter sluggish. 

Day 5 -
Time - 9.30 am - Fed the starter 
            10.30 pm - Fed the starter 
In the morning I whisked  and discarded 50 percent of the yeast.  Added 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup water into the glass jar. Whisked well, close the lid and keep it aside until next feed. 
In the night I whisked the starter. Took 3/4 cup of yeast starter and added in a clear fresh jar.  Rest of the yeast I discarded it. Added 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup Lukewarm water into the glass jar. Whisked well, close the lid. mark the yeast level with a marker, so that when the yeast rises you will see that it’s crossed the mark. Keep it aside until next feed.  


Day 6 
Time - 10.30 am - Fed the starter 
            10.30 pm - Fed the starter 
As the yeast begins to ripen we will observe the rise and fall of the yeast as we had marked the level of the yeast. It’s still not matured completely and when hungry the level will fall. 
Whisk and discarded 50 percent of the yeast.  Added 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup lukewarm water into the glass jar. Whisked well, clean the jar with moist paper towel, close the lid and keep it aside until next feed.  

Day 7 
Time - 10.30 am - Fed the starter 
            10.30 pm - Fed the starter 
Now the yeast which has risen is able to hold as it’s a almost a mature yeast. You will see that it’s doubling in size too. 

Evening we did performed a test to check whether the starter is ready to make a bread. If the starter floating in water, it’s time, the yeast has matured. 

In the morning I whisked and discarded 50 percent of the yeast.  Added 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/4 cup lukewarm water into the glass jar. Whisked well, clean the jar with moist paper towel, close the lid and keep it aside. 
Evening we did a float test and it was successful. Take a glass full of water, take a spoon of the starter and drop the starter in the water... it should float and able to hold itself in the water. It’s ready to be used for making a bread. Incase the starter is not ready, we have to continue the process until the starter floats... sometime the starter takes time to mature. 


To store the starter in a refrigerator - Whisk and take 1/3 cup of yeast, add the yeast into a fresh jar and discard the rest of the yeast. Added 1 cup of All Purpose Flour and 1/2cup lukewarm water into the glass jar. Whisk well, clean the jar with moist paper towel, close the lid, and keep it in the fridge, feed the starter twice a week.. in the same manner. Incase there is any hooch or water forming, discard the water. When we take a starter to make a bread, take the required quantity mentioned in the sourdough bread recipe and rest at least reserve 1/2 cup starter, feed and store it in the fridge. 

Points to take care - 
Check on the smell... it should give out a tangy smell and not a bad smell, otherwise we will have to start over again. 
Starter is not active - Take a bit extra care, feed well, may be needs extra feeds in between. 
Over feeding - Many a times a feed can be skipped as the starter is very active, over feeding can make the starter sluggish and make the process slow. 
Time - Some time due to the temperature changes, the process of the starter slows down and it takes time to mature. It may take a or 2 extra. 
Liquid on the starter - Due to various reasons, there are liquids called hooch formed on the starter. Just discard it and then feed the starter. Incase you see a frequent hooch formation than probably change the temperature, place the jar into a cooler environment and increase the feed. 
Discoloured starter - Incase you see any growth or colour change, immediately move out the top part and take the lower part of the starter, transfer it into a different glass jar and continue the process... maybe the starter can be saved. 
You are the best judge of your starter... 

Discarded Starter
It’s indeed such a waste, throwing out the discarded starter.m, but we need to do so, otherwise if we don’t discard the starter, the feeding quantity of the starter will increase, the process will slow down and the starter will weaken. As we keep feeding the quantity will keep increasing and so will the quantity of the ingredients.. so it’s best to discard some before adding. But I don’t really throw the discard starter out. Except for the first 2 days, I use the discard starter to make pizza, pancakes, breads etc. 

                                                                          Pizza -

Whole Wheat Bread  - 

Making the Bread - After keeping the starter in the fridge, the day you want to bake a bread, remove the required quantity of the starter, feed  the starter and keep it out for 6 to 8 hours to get a stronger starter. 
Happy  Sourdough Bread Baking 🤗

Friday 27 March 2020

Healthy Whole Wheat Bread Loaf

Basic Healthy Bread can be made with ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen. One key ingredient Whole wheat flour is always there in your kitchen pantry. Yeast can be made at home too if time permits, or else dry yeast is easily available in shops. It’s more healthy when you bake a bread at home. Do try this recipe and enjoy this bread with jam or Chutney.

4 cups + 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Oats
1 tsp + 1 tsp Mix Seeds (Sunflower, Watermelon, Flaxseed, Sesame, Pumpkin Seeds)
1/2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Lukewarm Water
1 tbsp Dry Active Yeast
2 tsp Honey
1 cup of Water
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Milk + 1/2 tsp Honey 

Take the honey and mix it with the lukewarm water, mix the yeast little at a time into the lukewarm water. Leave the yeast to rise. Mix all the dry ingredients together, except for 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 tsp of mix seeds. Add the yeast water, mix the ingredients well, add a cup of water, mix and knead the ingredients into a dough. At this point the dough is a bit sticky. Add a tbsp of oil and knead it. Cover the bowl and leave it aside for 2 hours. After 2 hours, open the lid. Add the remaining flour little at a time and knead the dough. Take the dough on to a flat surface. Add oil, knead and roll the dough into a long cylindrical shape. Place the cylindrical dough into the greased bread loaf mould. Cover and let it proof for an hour. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 190 degrees. Brush Milk + Honey on the bread and sprinkle some mix seeds on the bread. Bake the bread at 190’ degrees celsius for approximately 25 - 30 minutes. Every oven temperature differs, so please adjust the time accordingly. Once done, remove the bread. Let the bread cool down for 10 minutes, remove the bread and let it cool on a cooling rack. Slice the bread once completely cool. 

Thursday 25 July 2019

Bread Upma

This dish is ideal for breakfast or evening snacks. Upma is a common dish made in South India and Maharashtra. There are many ingredients that can be used to make Upma like Semolina, Vermicelli, Broken Wheat etc. Bread is another ingredient that can also be used to make Upma. If you have leftover bread pieces, you can use them. 

5 to 6 pieces of Bread cut into small square pieces 
1 small Onion chopped 
1/4 of the Green Capsicum chopped 
1/4 of the Carrot chopped 
1/2 Tomato chopped 
Handful of Green Peas - I didn’t have 
1 Green Chilli chopped 
1 small piece of Ginger grated (optional) - I didn’t use
Few Coriander Leaves chopped 
Few Curry Leaves 
Juice of 1/2 Lime 
Handful of Peanuts or broken Cashews - I didn’t use 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Sugar 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder 
Pinch of Asafoetida 
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Fresh Coconut grated or Desiccated Coconut 
1 tbsp Oil

Take oil in a Kadai. Let it heat. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilli and asafoetida. Sauté it for few seconds. If you are adding peanuts or broken cashews, then add it now and sauté it for another few seconds. Add the chopped vegetables and ginger. Continue to sauté the vegetables for a minute. Add the Salt, Sugar, Turmeric powder and Chilli powder. Stir and add 1/4 cup of water. Let it simmer for few seconds. Add the bread pieces and gently stir all the ingredients together. Switch off the flame. Drizzle the lime juice and stir it once. Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and coconut. Serve the dish immediately.