Bun

In this pandemic situation, i am trying to buy only the basic items. Rest i am trying to make everything at home. I am not a cook but then friends and family are always there to help me with the recipe. As we all know that there is a complete lockdown in Bangalore, this means all the shop should be closed after 12 in the noon. The bakery from where i used to buy fresh and hot bread, buns and other items is closed in this lockdown. It’s not even open in the permitted operating hours. So this Saturday i decided to bake bun at home.

Below is the photo of the bun baked by me. If you find it interesting then go ahead and check out the recipe.

Bun

Time to Prepare: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  1. White flour (Maida) (1 cup)
  2. Active Dry Yeast (1 tbsp)
  3. Sugar (1 tbsp)
  4. Milk (3/4 cup)
  5. Butter
  6. Milk powder (1 small sachet – 10 gm)

How to Prepare:

  1. Take luke warm milk in a bowl, add sugar and yeast in it. Mix it well and keep it aside till the time yeast gets activated.
  2. In another bowl, sieve maida and milk powder. (This is done so that we don’t get any lumps.)
  3. Now put maida and milk powder mixture in the bowl containing activated yeast.
  4. Make dough with the mixture.
  5. The dough will be very sticky. Add butter in the dough. (No need to melt the butter.)
  6. After adding butter, the dough will not be sticky.
  7. Tuck the dough from below so that there is no crack or mark on the top side of the dough.
  8. Cover the bowl having dough with a plastic. And keep it aside for at least an hour.
  9. After an hour, you will notice the dough has risen and it is now double the actual size.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap, and punch the dough.
  11. Again start kneading the dough till the time all the air doesn’t comes out.
  12. Make the small buns from the dough and keep it in a greased tray.
  13. Make sure, there is no crack on the bun.
  14. Keep a wet muslin cloth over the tray having buns for 20 mins.
  15. Meanwhile, put the microwave to preheat at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  16. After 20 mins, remove the muslin cloth and brush milk on the buns. (Milk has to be at room temperature)
  17. By this time, microwave must have been preheated.
  18. Put the tray in the microwave and bake it at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  19. After 30 mins, take out the tray and the buns are ready.
  20. Grease the buns with butter and allow it to cool down.
  21. Enjoy your bun!

Do let me know in the comments how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂

Brinjal Masala / Brinjal Curry / Baigan Masala

Well, I am not a great fan of Brinjal. But, since I have to cook nowadays, I try to make food little more interesting both by look and by taste. And, this recipe is easiest of all. 

Brinjal Curry

Before I start, just a small note, there are different types of brinjal and they are used in different recipes. For this recipe, I have used small brinjals. 

Time to prepare: 30 – 45 mins

Ingredients: 

  1. Small Brinjals / Eggplants 
  2. Onions
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Green chillies 
  5. Ginger
  6. Garlic cloves
  7. Turmeric powder
  8. Coriander powder
  9. Cumin powder
  10. Cumin
  11. Salt (as per the taste)
  12. Vegetable oil 

How to prepare:

  1. Cut Brinjals into “X” mark till the tip. (Make sure the brinjal is attached to its top portion)
  2. Add Salt and turmeric powder to the Brinjals and keep it aside.
  3. Chop onions (slightly big pieces will also do)
  4. Chop tomatoes (slightly big pieces will also do)
  5. Chop Green chillies
  6. Cut Ginger in 3-4 pieces
  7. Clean the Garlic cloves and cut it into two.
  8. Take a pan and put some oil in it. 
  9. Once the oil becomes hot, add cumin. Let the flavor of cumin come.
  10. Now add chopped onions, green chillies. Sauté it well. 
  11. Add Ginger and Garlic cloves. Cook this till the onions becomes little soft and translucent.
  12. Add chopped tomatoes in it. Mix it well.
  13. When the tomatoes and onions becomes mushy, add turmeric, red chilly, coriander and cumin powder. Mix everything well and cover the pan with a lid. 
  14. Add half a cup of water to the pan, mix it well and cover the pan with a lid.
  15. Keep checking the mixture in the pan at regular intervals. And keep mashing the mixture to make it somewhat smooth (optional)
  16. Once the mixture gets cooked well, keep it aside to cool down.
  17. Meanwhile, take another pan and put some oil in it. 
  18. Fry the Brinjals in that pan and keep it aside. 
  19. By this time the mixture must have come to room temperature. 
  20. Now put the mixture in a blender and blend it well. Add some water in the blender before blending. 
  21. Take a pan, put some oil in it and add this mixture. 
  22. Once the gravy starts thickening, you will see bubbles in it (I call these bubbles as Dhadkan – Heartbeat), add the fried brinjals to it.
  23. Check the salt in the gravy, if required add some. 
  24. Once the gravy becomes little thick, turn off the gas. 
  25. Serve hot with Steamed Rice / Poori / Chapati

Note:

  1. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  2. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.

Babycorn Manchurian

Right now I am cutting down on Maida (white flour). Making any kind of Manchurian without white flour and Cornflour sounds little strange. Here, I have used soaked rice paste instead of white flour and cornflour.

Babycorn manchurian prepared by me

Looks interesting ?? Scroll down to read how I prepared Babycorn Manchurian.

Initial Preparation: 

  1. Soak rice in water for half an hour and make a paste of it. Do not add more water because we want the paste to be little thick.
  2. Cut the babycorn into four pieces as big pieces may take time to boil and may not boil properly.
  3. Boil the boil the babycorn in a saucepan for around 10 mins on high flame (time may vary depending on the quantity). Add a pinch of salt in the saucepan. 

Ingredients: 

  1. Babycorn (boiled)
  2. Soaked rice paste 
  3. Finely chopped onion 
  4. Finely chopped green chilly 
  5. Tomato Sauce
  6. Green chilly sauce
  7. Soya sauce
  8. Vinegar 

Preparation time: 30-45 mins

How to prepare:

  1. Dip Babycorn in rice paste and put it in a heated pan with oil to fry. 
  2. Once the Babycorn turns brown, take out in a strained with tissue paper on it. (Why strainer and not a plate?? For that you need to see the notes at the end of this post)
  3. Take another pan, put some oil in it and wait for the pan to heat up. 
  4. Once the pan is ready, add finely chopped onion and green chilly (you can add veggies like green, red, yellow bell pepper). Saute it well.
  5. Take a  bowl, add two spoon tomato sauce, and one spoon of each, green chilly sauce, Soya sauce and vinegar. (The amount of sauces may vary as per the taste)
  6. Add half a tablespoon sugar to the above mixture and little amount of water in it. Now mix it well.
  7. Add this mixture to the pan. (Added water in the mixture so that sauces don’t get burned)
  8. Mix everything well and add Babycorn in it. 
  9. Once the Babycorn is coated well with the mixture of sauces, onion and green chilly, turn off the gas. 
  10. Serve hot Babycorn Manchurian. 

Note:

  1. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  2. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 
  3. Fried babycorn should be taken out in a strainer and not in a plate as, if you place it in a place, the babycorn will become soggy.

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.