Bread Rolls

"Bread Rolls" -can refer to different food items.In US bread rolls refers to "A bread roll is a piece of bread, usually small and round and is commonly considered a side dish. Bread rolls are often used in the same way as sandwiches are--cut transversely, with fillings placed between the two halves."
             The Indian version of Bread rolls is entirely different.Growing up,we had bread rolls for breakfast or for evening snacks,but not as often as we wanted as it was deep fried.Now ,I know one person who really relishes bread rolls-that's my brother-in-law.Well ,here goes the recipe.

1 cup potatoes (cooked & mashed)
1/4 cup onions finely chopped

1/2 cup green peas (cooked)
6-7 strands coriander leaves-finely chopped
2 green chillies,finely chopped
2 tbl spn bread crumbs
1/2 tea spn ginger paste
5 bread slices
1 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Amchoor Powder(Dry Mango Powder)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

1.Boil and mash potatoes.
2.Boil the green peas so that they turn a little soft.
3.Mix mashed potatoes,peas,finely chopped onions,ginger paste,green chilli,coriander leaves,salt,garam masala powder,red chilli powder,Amchoor Powder together.
4.Remove the bread edges and sprinkle a little water all over the slice.Remove the excessive water by squeezing the bread slices gently between both hands.Do not sprinkle a lot of water on the bread slice,it will make it soft,mushy and difficult to handle and also the rolls will absorb more oil while deep frying.
5.Place 1-1& 1/2  tblsp stuffing on the center of the bread and wrap the bread piece completely around the stuffing.If there is any crack the oil will seep in and make the rolls more soggy.
6.Roll the bread rolls in bread crumbs and deep fry in oil over medium heat till they are golden brown.
7.Serve hot with tomato sauce.

Note:-You can try the same thing using a mix of grated cheese , a little finely chopped capsicum and black pepper. Tastes too good! Though a little fattening .

Spice Advice

I think this has happened to all of us more often than we admit. You are all set to try out a new recipe or even a old one and halfway though you realize…….uh –o “I am missing something important”. What you are missing or running short of is a spice you really really desperately need. So….maybe you can try an alternative. Here are a few of them.

Know Your Bay Leaves

Bay leaves have been known to add a varied taste to soups, stews and sauces. But the bounty of this herb does not stop here. Fresh bay leaves are stronger than the dried ones and can be found in specialty stores. The freshest are the bright green, pliable leaves and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

               The cooking times required for fresh and dried leaves vary. Fresh bay leaves should be added during the last 15 minutes of cooking but dry bay leaves require more cooking time to share the flavors with the other ingredients in the dish.
                                      Now comes the question …how to use this flavorful leaves. Use them while cooking grains, vegetables or meats. Throw in a bay leaf while making sauces. Remember to removes the leaves before serving your dishes.
You can make Bay leaf infused oil vinaigrette. For that heat oil for 2 minutes and add a bay leaf.
So go ahead,experiment with Bay leaves.Try Something new!!!!

Key to Primary Indian Spices and their Healing Properties-Part V

Mace and Nutmeg

The nutmeg is a spice native to Indonesia.Mace and nutmeg are two different spices from the same fruit.Nutmeg is the dried seed and mace the "cage" that surrounds the seed.Nutmeg is more aromatic,sweeter and more delicate than mace.
Key Benefits of Nutmeg and Mace are-
  1.Nutmeg relieves diarhhea and colic.
  2.Ground mace is used a s a remedy for rheumatism.


Did you know it takes 750,000 crocus flowers to produce one pund of saffron starnds.Ayurvedic doctors use saffron to treat all types of ailments such as fevers,melancholia etc.
Key Benefits of Saffron are-
  1.Antibacterial and used to treat digestive disorders.
  2.Effective in the treatment of liver,urinary and uterine dysfunction.

Star Anise

Star Anise has been used in Chinese and Indian medecine and cooking for centuries.Star anise is usually used together with ginger and clove to treat nausea and vomiting.It is also soothing to the stomach and is often used in cough medecines.
Key Benefits of Star Anise are-
  1.Aids digestion
  2.The oil is believed to relieve rheumatism
  3.Freshens the breath