July 31, 2008

Paneer Rolls

It is about a year since I overcame my fear of Mr. Yeast. We have been good friends now and although I haven’t really baked breads that much, I make pizzas and buns very often. I had wanted to recreate the paneer rolls that I’ve grown up eating at Hot Breads and a recent visit to Bisque (which was Hot Breads, Gurgaon until recently) reminded me of what I’d almost forgotten. S and I shared a mushroom roll that evening and I thought to myself, “I can make this.” And that’s exactly what I did. But I spiced up my bread a little and Indianised it!


For the dough:

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 tbsp Oil
1 1/2 tbsp Yeast
1 1/2 tbsp Sugar

3/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Boiling water
1/4 cup Milk
½ tsp Cumin-Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

For the filling:
1/2 cup Paneer Cubes
2 Onions, sliced
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1-2 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt to Taste

For the Topping:

1 tbsp Sesame Seeds

For the dough:

Take a huge mixing bowl and place the oil, salt and sugar in it. Add boiling water and mix until the sugar dissolves. Add the milk now to bring the mixture to room temperature. Add the yeast and mix well. Add the flours, cumin-coriander, turmeric and chilli powders and knead into dough. Place the dough in a greased vessel and cover it with a damp muslin cloth. Allow to rise until double in size (roughly 45-50 minutes).

Knead the dough for a minute and then divide into 10 equal portions.

For the filling:

Heat the oil in a kadhai and fry the onions along with the ginger-garlic paste. Fry this for a bit. Add the spices and salt and fry for 1-2 more minutes. Add the paneer cubes. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

To Proceed:

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Take a portion of the dough and spread it into an oval shape. Place some stuffing along the centre and bring the edges and seal. Roll in the sesame seeds and place on a greased baking sheet or tray. Repeat with the other portions.Allow to rise for 50-60 minutes and then bake for 12-15 minutes.

I made 8 rolls and thought I could stash some away. My grand plans were thwarted when S said, “Char hi banaye kya tumne? (Did you make only 4?)” I brought the other 4 out and they were gone in no time at all. I am sending these paneer rolls to Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen for Bread Baking Day # 12.

This month has been a bad one in terms of my participation in food blogging events. I usually never miss out on JFI and AFAM. This time, the choice of ingredient for JFI was a little unusual and I wanted to make something, I couldn’t get around to it. I didn’t get a chance to visit the supermarket to buy any avocados, so the AFAM got ruled out too. But I did participate in what I now consider the mother of all food blogging events. The NaBloPoMo challenge. I joined it without knowing what sort of a commitment I was getting into. I was fine until the last week. I almost thought I would have to drop out and told Anita as much over the phone. We joked that in the last week I would just upload random photographs of food without as much as writing a single word. I am glad I have reached the finish line. Three days ago, I had the feeling of “so near yet so far”. Today, I am elated. I ran the recipe marathon with which now feels like a half marathon. I thought then that15 days would be too much to handle and jumped at the idea of NaBloPoMo when Siri suggested it. 31 days of non stop blogging. And finally I stop to catch my breath.


Rajitha said...

yum! reminds me of the paneer rolls in monginis (spl?)...i would crave these...looks great raaga...

Laavanya said...

Rolls look fabulous Raaga and congrats on completing NaBloPoMo

Deepa said...

I have no idea what all these terms mean - NaBloPoMO? JFI? AFAM? Me has no clue! I guess I could explore, but it seems to involve more than 1 click!! But anyway, this resipe is truly impressive. I am going to take a short cut and buy a pita and stuff it with this paneer (I have paneer in the frig).. I am going to use it for my son's lunch tomorrow. --Deepa

Mandira said...

the rolls look fabulous, I have to try it soon!

bindu said...

Wow. I'm so impressed! I truly admire people who can make a recipe like this sound easy - and mean it too! I take one look and am intimidated. But it sounds really yum, so like Deepa, I'll try and find a short-cut. :)

Allison Jones said...

Oh, this looks so good!

Unknown said...

Great going Gal..That u completed the challenge..the rolls look great..There is some paneer event going on I guess.U could send these for theat event

amna said...

wow! that looks amazing. even i am a huge fan of hot breads stuffed rolls :) now i can try following ur recipe :)

bindu said...

hey A, would love to have your opinion on this recipe I posted today on my blog. I'm sure you've made something similar at some point - you just must have.

jayasree said...

Lovely stuffed rolls. Have done a great job on completing the marathon.

Anonymous said...

You did swell! And didn't drop the story either! Well done!

Rachel said...

Wow I am so very tempted to make this!

Indian Khana said...

Panner roll looking lovely...& Congrats for finishing marathon...

Shreya said...

paneer roll looks perfect. My mouth waters looking at the pics..:-)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Love these, Raaga.
Now you know you need to make double this if want to stash some away!
Thanks for the entry.
Btw, how did you manage to blog everyday for so long? Admire you.

Sia said...

yayyyy... u did it girl:) congrats on completing nablopomo challenge. and the paneer roll recipe is fantastic... now u take take a breather which i actually doubt very much when it comes to u;)
have a lovely weekend:)

bindu said...

hey, checked out your kabuli kababs - what a neat idea! Many times we have leftover chole/rajma that get tossed. Will definitely try your idea next time.

Padma said...

I have some memories attached to these rolls from Churchgate station in Mumbai... Rolls looks lovely and well done! I can see, u have become a pro in baking

Srivalli said...

that paneer roll looks yummy raaga...and great that you finished the NaBloPoMO challenge...great going..

Madhavi said...

WOW delicious paneer rolls, look mouthwatering !!!

FewMinute Wonders said...

hey Raaga,

I am going to prepare this one.Looks amamzing.

Jaya M said...

This looks so good Raaga ...
hugs and smiles

Elizabeth said...

Ever since we made pakoras, I've been thinking about paneer pakoras and how good they must be. But it never occurred to me (until now) that paneer could be used inside a yeasted dough! How brilliant is that?


Anonymous said...

I love nibbling on fresh cheeses. Must be awesome stuffed into rolls.

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Arundathi said...

I'm terribly impressed you completed the NaBloPoMo! Good for you! These rolls are so much like the Hot Breads rolls - how wonderful to have made them at home. Gonna try this - maybe with a samosa-like stuffing? mmm.

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Unknown said...

hello i made pizza from ur recipe but mine could not come out crispy or brown and raw from base.
Is it because my convection is new or i did not use pizza stone. and how ur rolls also come out brown?

Raaga said...

Hi Rose,

I don't use a pizza stone and use the convection mode of a microwave combination oven. You could read the instructions of the oven again and call the helpdesk for assistance. I am not sure how to help you with this.