Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chicken Masala Swirl Loaf with a Minty Crust

I always try to minimize using all purpose flour in our diet. I replace it with whole wheat flour where ever I can. Though it contradicts the taste, I am starting to love the nuttiness that whole wheat flour lends to the bread / cake. But at times your mind and mouth craves for something just-as-it-needs-to-be... something like a soft and flavorful muffin or a soft and spongy bread. And the softness and sponginess that all purpose flour gives to a recipe can never be beaten by whole wheat flour. So an occasional pizza, loaf or muffin with flour (shall I say once a month) happens in my kitchen.

That is how this loaf happened. I was actually in for making a chocolate cake but playing with yeast is one thing that I love these days. Proofing the yeast, watching the dough rise just like it has to, kneading it and then baking it ~ ooh I am in love with the whole process. So I changed my mind and made this stuffed bread for our morning breakfast. Appa who loves these kinda breads totally loved it and has been asking me to do it again... Probably I will, next month with a different stuffing.

~*What U Need*~
For the bread:
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup
Yeast - 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch

For the filling
Chopped chicken - 1 cup
Garlic - 4 cloves, finely chopped
Ginger - 1", finely chopped
Green chilli - 1,finely chopped
Onion - 2
Tomato - 1
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup, chopped
Salt, Oil - as needed

Melted butter - 1 tbsp

How I Made it:
Mix water, milk and sugar and heat to lukewarm. Add yeast and set aside for 10 mins. It should froth as below. Mix yeast water, flour, oil and salt to a smooth, elastic and non-stick dough (around 10 mins). Cover with a wet cloth and leave in a warm place to double (around 1-1.5 hours)

Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai, add garlic and ginger and fry. Add gree chilli and when done add the onions. Fry till translucent. Add the tomatoes and fry till oil separated.

Add the spice powders and mix well. When fried, add the chicken pieces and cook till done. Now throw in the mint leaves, stir and remove from flame after 1 min. Let cool.

After 1 hour, punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, spread the cooled filling, roll, tuck in the edges. Transfer to baking plate smeared with oil.

Cover with a wet cloth and let rise for another 30 mins. Take a serrated knife and make slits on the top of the dough. Give a milk wash or egg wash. Sprinkle mint leaves on top. Preheat oven to 230C, reduce temperature to 210C and bake for 35 mins. Keep an eye towards the end of baking. Remove bread from pan, smear melted butter and cool for 30 mins before serving. Cool completely before storing.

I made this the previous day and stored it in fridge. The next day, reheated it and had it for breakfast. It was filling and yummy.

This bread has been yeastspotted

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. wow wonderful bread dear ....very well explained ..bread looks soft n tempting
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  2. Awesome bread.. the stuffing is so delicious and flavorful..

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  3. Nice recipe :) Happy to follow you back :)

  4. Wow! Makes a great snack! And the stuffing is flavourful as well.

  5. Real tempting bread !!!

  6. wow! very nice, makes a good weekend brunch. loved the clicks

  7. Great idea...with different stuffing you can make so many interesting and tasty varieties!

  8. very tasty to have it anytime..

  9. looks mouthwatering...just delicious!

  10. OMG the dish looks very inviting.I will try this.

  11. Vimitha, very nicely made stuffed bread dear. Mouthwatering here.

  12. very nice and innovative n creative idea!

  13. Such an irresistible swirl loaf, wish to have it with a cup of masala chai..yumm!

  14. Soft and yummy looking bread and loved the delicious filling...Perfect..

  15. Very Nice .. I make individual small rolls.

  16. wow..very love baking...keep rocking...

  17. Looks absolutely tempting, perfect snack!

  18. perfect bake vimitha....luvd the filling

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