COFFEE ALMOND BUNS


This is a ‘wow’ recipe I came across yesterday .

As usual made my changes to the recipe,it was

soft and the coffee taste was too yummy!

The changes I made was,adding almond flour

to crown each bun.As I liked the texture baked

some plain buns too, and served with boiled

egg slices, butter, cheese,pepper and slit green

chillies ( just to get the flavour).This is simple

but a delicious egg bun recipe .

Moving to the subject of this post – Coffee buns.

INGREDIENTS ( tried kneading by hand )

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp yeast

200 ml warm milk

75 gm butter

1 tsp salt

Method

Mix in all the ingredients together,except

butter and bind to a soft dough.

After binding,add in the butter and knead till

the butter is well corporated.

Allow to rise double.

After it has proven,punch down the air,and

knead again for few minutes .

Divide into portions,and place each dough on a

greased tray .(It’s best to use parchment paper)

For the icing

1 tsp instant coffee powder

A tsp of water to mix the coffee

2.5-3 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( lightly beaten)

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp cornflour

Method

Mix all the ingredients together .

Transfer to a piping bag,and pipe only half

from the top downward.( as the cream will

spread down .

After making I realised, that I could have

sprinkled some slivered almonds for a

richer taste .

Anyway without almonds,it was awesome !

Do try this excellent recipe .

FINGER MILLET BREAD (RAGI/KURAKKAN BREAD)


Ragi,finger millet,kurakkan( Sinhala ) is a

healthy bread . It was not an easy and good

bake when I did for the first time . The humour

part of the result was that ,even my dog ran

away when I offered him a bite ,it was so hard

and not edible 🤣.Why ?I made it with plain

ragi flour .

Today,I found a recipe with a mixture of wheat

flour and millet flour and the texture and taste

was good .The only change I made was to add

basil leaves and nuts as a topping.

“Failure,is part of Success,not the opposite

( quote ).

I never share recipes ,without achieving a good

result !

Now to the successful recipe 😍

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour ( 100-125 gm)

3 cups wheat flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( optional)

2 tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp salt

A pinch of baking soda

METHOD

•Warm milk with butter and set aside.

•Add yeast and sugar,to 1/2 cup lukewarm

water and allow to froth. ( 2 minutes)

•Mix all ingredients, in a stand mixer and

knead for 10 minutes ,to a soft and firm dough

•Apply a little oil on the dough,and allow to rise

( 20 minutes )

•After you see it doubled ,knead again for

another 10 minutes .

•Divide into portions you like ,and use a loaf tin

if you like ( I just baked in a silicon mat )

• Spray the bread with water .

• Sprinkle basil leaves , any seeds of your

choice.( I sprinkled sunflower seeds ,and

melon seeds) .

•Sprinkle a little millet flour on top .

• Bake in a 200C preheated oven for 35-40

minutes .

•Do not cut slices immediately or remove from

pan immediately

PALAK CORN ‘N’ EGG


This is an amazing dish with rotis or as stuffing

for puff pastries,or buns .

Corn contains valuable vitamins and minerals

necessary for your overall health.

Corn is one food, which can be added to many

preparations and many cuisines.It will be a

long list if,I have to name each dish with corn,

and baby corn ,so I will move on to the recipe

right away 😀.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup corn pellets/ baby corn

2 cups spinach( Palak)

2 green chillies

5-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seed

2 tbsp almonds/cashew ( powdered coarse)

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 onion chopped

1 piece cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp amchur powder/ 1 tbsp curd /1 tsp lime

juice.

Salt to taste

1-2 eggs

2 tbsp fresh cream ( optional)

2 tbsp butter/ghee

METHOD

• Grind the washed palak leaves,with green

chillies,cumin seed,garlic to a coarse paste.

•Heat butter/ghee in a kadai,and add the onions

•Add cinnamon,and let the onions brown

lightly .

•Next add the corn pellets,and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

•Add the eggs, and mix

• Next add the ground palak mixture,and the

remaining ingredients .

•Cook for few minutes ,on a low flame till corn

is well blended with the Palak mixture.

•Remove from fire .

•Add fresh cream and serve .

INSTANT HOPPERS


This is a recipe which can be done within 30

minutes.I have posted 5 types of hopper recipes

before https://calinskitchen.com/2018/04/15/variations-of-hopper-mix/

This one is for hoppers with red rice

https://calinskitchen.com/2020/06/14/red-rice-hoppers/

This is my 6th hopper variant .If you have no

time to organise a meal quickly,this recipe will

definitely help you .

There are some things that you can never leave

or replace . Yes ,I’m referring to my appam /

hopper chatty in the photo.There are non stick

categories,and new ones too,but I never get the

texture that I get from this pan.So please do not

mind my hopper chatty 😊.

Moving on to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 heaped cups rice flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

1/2 cup coconut water ( optional)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt or to taste

2 – 2.5 cups thick coconut milk

METHOD

•Mix rice flour,sugar,yeast,coconut water and

set aside for 20-30 minutes.

•After 30 minutes add the coconut milk little by

little to get a pancake consistency ( not too thick

or too thin ).

•Heat an appam or hopper chatty .

•Use a small cloth and grease the inside with oil

•Pour a ladle of the batter ,swirl all around only

once, cover and cook till crisp and golden .

•Remove slowly from pan,and repeat process .

•You can add egg in the centre for egg hoppers.

CREAM CHEESEBUNS


This is my version of the Russian Vatrushka

bun. I prepared two types of buns with the

same dough.One batch of savoury buns,and

another batch of sweet . Both fillings were with

cream cheese.It was one of the best buns I have

made,it was very soft and creamy .

The filling had no cooking involved,so no time

consuming.

The savoury had grated red capsicum ,and the

sweet had apple slices .

Amazing recipe worth trying.!

To the recipe now

Ingredients for the dough

3 cups flour

50gm+1 tbsp butter

1+1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 egg ( vegans can opt out )

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp milk powder

1-2 cups water

Method

Melt 50gm butter,and add water to it.

Once it reaches a lukewarm stage,switch off

the flame.

Add yeast,sugar and the rest of the ingredients,

except 1 tbsp butter,and knead to a soft dough.

Allow 1 rise .

Knead lightly and stretch the dough .

Apply the remaining butter,and knead for 5

more minutes.

Cover and allow another rise .

Divide into portions and place on a greased

tray.

Let it rise on the tray .

Make an impression with a cup on each piece

of dough to resemble like cups .

Keep filling and bake in a 200C oven for 20-25

minutes.

You could apply egg wash on the sides if you

like.I did not use any wash.

For the savoury filling

150 gm paneer or cream cheese

2 tbsp butter

1 red capsicum grated

1/4 cup any cheese ( I used Gouda cheese)

1 egg

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method

Blend the butter,and paneer till creamy .

Add the rest of the ingredients,and use as filling

For the sweet filling

100 cream cheese/ paneer

25 gm butter

Sugar to taste

Apple slices

1 tsp lemon juice

Brown sugar to sprinkle

Method

Mix the cheese,butter and sugar.

Place filling on each dough .

Mix lemon juice with the apple slices.

Arrange on the top on sprinkle brown sugar.

Bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes .

CHICKEN SHAWARMA WITH WHEAT FLOUR WRAP


Shawarma is a middle eastern dish which is

similar to a frankie.

Ideal for a lunchbox,or anytime snack or meal.

I tried the wrap with pure wheat flour ,and

amazingly there seemed to be no difference at

all.

The filling was made with stir fried chicken

and leeks.Took a small portion of the cooked

chicken,and shredded to add to the taste.

For the garlicky mayonnaise I made a vegan

mayo, which I found on the Internet .

That was absolutely delicious with ground

cashewnuts,and no one knew it was made with

cashews,till I revealed.😀

You could add pickled vegetables with the

filling.I added finely sliced red cabbage,onions ,

tomatoes tossed with salt.You could add lettuce

or any accompaniment you prefer .

Recipe for the filling can be your preference,

roast,grilled,or stir fried meat .

Now to my version of home made shawarma!

INGREDIENTS

For the wheat flour wrap

2-3 cups of wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp oil

Warm water

Salt to taste

Method

Bind all the ingredients together to make a firm

dough ( not very soft).

Set aside for minimum 30 minutes.

Roll out into circles, and cook both sides.

For the chicken and leek filling

250 gm boneless chicken cut into small pieces

2 leeks cut fine ( wash under running water)

1 green chilli chopped

1 tomato puréed coarsely

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp vinegar/lime

Salt to taste

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Ghee /butter

Method

Heat ghee, and add the tomato,ginger garlic

paste,and sauté for 5 minutes.

Next add the chicken with the rest of the

ingredients and roast till semi dry .

Take a little of the chicken and lightly pulse in a

mixer for 1 minute. ( shredded)and mix in with

the chicken mixture and set aside .

For the vegan cashew mayonnaise

1 cup cashew nuts ( whole )

4 -5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water/ milk

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar/ 1 tbsp lemon juice

salt to taste ( pink )

A pinch of pepper powder ( white)

1/2 tsp mustard powder ( optional)

Method

Grind all this to a creamy fine paste and set

aside.

Vegetables

Adding vegetables is your preference.

Cut few onion rings,tomato (seeds removed),

and red cabbage fine .

Add salt and lime juice to taste and mix well.

Set aside .

If you have ready made pickled vegetables ,it’s

very easy 😊

Now for the wrap

The addition of potato wedges,lettuce,…is based

on your preference and availability.

Take the cooked bread spread a layer of

chicken .

Drizzle mayonnaise .

Add the pickled vegetables ….and roll to a wrap.

Note: Ready made Pita bread can be used.

RAGI-WHEAT STUFFED PARATHA


Ragi or finger millet mixed with wheat flour

tastes much better than using the millet flour

alone in recipes like this .So here’s to another

version of stuffed radish, carrot,and cheese.

Today I made a slight variation by using

roasted curry powder to the fresh and raw

vegetables .No sauté. The addition of vegetables

can be your choice.

The mixture of flour is different in this recipe ,

so do try this healthy recipe, and post your

comments if you have made it .

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups ragi or finger millet flour

2 cups wheat flour

1 egg

3/4 cup curd

Salt

50 gm butter

METHOD

•Add sufficient water to a bowl ( add 1 cup

first )

•Add the curd,egg,salt to the water,and mix

well.

•Next add the flours,with required water to get

a soft dough .

•Apply butter on the dough and set aside for 10

minutes .

•Now knead again well.

•Divide into portions,roll out thinly,place

stuffing .

•Seal the edges and cook on a griddle on both

sides with a tsp of butter for each paratha.

•If you love more you could add as per your

taste .

For the filling

3 radish peeled and grated

1 carrot grated

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp roasted curry powder

Grated cheese

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Squeeze out the water from the radish after

washing .

•Add grated carrots cheese and the rest of the

ingredients and mix well.

•Use as stuffing .

Serve with mint chutney or raita !

EASY LAZY WHEAT PIZZA


This is the easiest anyone could make,no sauce

Only cheese ,cut capsicum and tomatoes .

Simple but exotic in taste.

This will make 2 big pizzas.

So, do try and post in your feedback.

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup flour ( optional)

1 heaped tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter melted in 1 cup milk

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Take a mixing bowl and add the ingredients

except butter mixed in milk, and salt

Mix well and add the lukewarm milk,salt .

Knead to a soft dough.

Cover and allow to rise .

After the dough is risen double, knead lightly,

on a floured board .

Divide into portions of your choice, and roll

each portion thin.

Transfer to greased tray .

For the topping

2-3 capsicums ( red/green/yellow )or all three

combined sliced

2-3 tomatoes sliced

Few tulsi leaves ( as I ran out of basil)

Chilli flakes ( quantity to your preference)

1 tsp dried thyme

Grated cheese ( I used Gouda cheese , you could

use your favourite cheese .

METHOD

Spread all these vegetables to cover the rolled

dough.

Sprinkle thyme,chilli flakes.

Next add grated cheese .

Bake in a preheated oven (200C)for 20-25

minutes .

The crust should be crisp .

You can serve it just like that / or with tomato

sauce only if you like .

NO KNEAD WHITE BREAD


White flour is refined flour,adding chemicals in

the process to whiten/ bleach it .

In the past,all baking was done with white

flour,but now due to health awareness,there

are enormous expertise baking with other

flours.

Still,we seek for the white flour,as we are used

to the white flour in cakes,bread,biscuits….and

many more to list .

So today’s recipe is a white flour bread .For me

it’s always random measurements obedient to

my sense of touch and eye.

I like ghee,coconut oil,olive oil in bread .

For other recipes like brioche,butter is good .

It was a perfect loaf,so do try your hand at

baking this loaf .

Anyway, let’s get into the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

2.5 -3 cups flour

1+1/2 tsp yeast

A pinch of baking soda ( optional)

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp milk powder ( helps in hydration)

1 tsp salt

METHOD

•Add a little warm water to the yeast and

sugar .

•Mix and sprinkle 2 tbsp of flour.

•Cover and allow to get frothy .

•Once you see it creamy ,add the flour,salt,

baking powder,milk powder and mix with a

spatula or hand ( use lukewarm water).

•Add ghee and mix well.

•Cover and allow to prove double .

•Sprinkle some flour on a floured board ,and

lightly stretch and fold to a count of 30 .

•Fold to a loaf and transfer the dough to a loaf

tin greased well on all sides.

•Cover the dough with cling wrap or cloth .

•Let it rise in the tin.

•Bake in a 200C oven for the first 15 minutes.

•Reduce heat to 175C and bake for another 35

minutes .

•Once you remove from oven ,apply butter on

the top .

•Remove from tin and allow to cool.

•Cut slices after it is cool.

PEPPER MUSHROOM,CHEESE BREAD ROLL


I consider this to be the easiest,and tastiest

breakfast I could make .All the mixing and

preparations took just 45 minutes,and the

bread turned out too good and crunchy on the

top which added to the taste.

As the title of the recipe seemed long , I did not

mention the addition of zucchini and pumpkin

seeds .Zucchini and cheese are a good pair with

breads .Adding seeds for topping can be your

choice .Few suggestions of seed varieties which

could be added are , flax seeds,sesame seeds,

sunflower seeds,almonds,pumpkin seeds ….

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the mushroom filling

200 gm button mushrooms

4-5 cloves garlic chopped

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp coarsely ground pepper

1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1 zucchini sliced

2 green chillies chopped ( for topping)

Salt to taste

1 tbsp ghee/butter

50-75 gm cheese ( I used Edam, you could use

any of your favourite)

1 tbsp flour ( to wash mushroom)

METHOD

•Sprinkle flour on the mushroom, and wash

well.

•Heat ghee and add the mushrooms,

garlic,curry leaves ,and allow to cook for 3

minutes.

•Next add the rest of the ingredients except

pepper ,vinegar and cheese

•Cook for further 5 minutes .Add vinegar and

pepper and remove from fire .

•Spread the dough ,and add the filling with

pieces of cheese ( keep some for topping ).

•Roll the dough to one big roll , brush with egg

yolk on the top .

•Sprinkle grated cheese, pumpkin seeds , and

chopped green chilli ,and bake in a preheated

200C oven for 35 minutes .

For the dough ( no knead , no egg )

3 +2 tbsp flour

1 tsp yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

Lukewarm water

2 tbsp milk powder

Salt

2 tbsp oil

METHOD

•Add yeast and sugar to a little warm water in

the bowl you are going to mix.

•Sprinkle 2 tbsp flour ,cover and set aside .

•Once it looks frothy ( 5 minutes),add the rest of

the ingredients with warm water and mix with

a wooden spoon . The dough has to be sticky.

•Cover and allow to stand for 15-20 minutes.

•Next add some flour onto a board and knead

lightly for 3 minutes .

•Allow to rise on a silicon mat or the tray you

are going to bake on.

•Cover and let it rise for another 10 minutes.

•Next spread the dough with your palm.

•Keep the filling , and add cheese . Seal the

edges and make like one big roll.

•Brush with egg yolk .

•Grate cheese on the bread itself and sprinkle

chillies and seeds .

Bake.