Today I was supposed to go out and shop with a blogger friend but all plans were washed off in the heavy rains. Since I had not planned anything majorly for today as I was surely looking forward to my shopping, I had some time in hand, so I decided to use it wisely.
Recently, during my visit to one of the finest bakeries here I came across a bread roll which had a seekh kebab filling. Looking at it, I had mentally made a note to try this one at home, the roll was named California. Since this is my take on that roll I decided to name it California Rolls.
Now patience was surely not my virtue today as I was very hungry and I definitely had no intention of making seekh kebabs (those who are regular readers here will surely understand my penchant for making the seekh kebabs) as that would have taken a long time and I was already hungry so decided to make quick vegetable cigars and then coil the bread rope around them.
To my delight the rolls turned out super soft and amazingly tasty inside and the best part…they looked beautiful. The only expertise the rolls will call for is surely in making the outer rope for the roll, and turning it around the cigars as that needs a light and quick hand, the rest of the preparation is a extremely simple.
Ingredients For Vegetable Cigars ( makes 8-10)
200gms cottage cheese (paneer)grated
1 small carrot grated
3green chillies finely chopped
1/2 capsicum finely chopped
1onion finely chopped
1potato boiled and grated
a pinch of cardamom powder
a pinch of garam masala
2tsp coriander powder
Ingredients For Bread Rope
1-1/2tsp active yeast
3/4cup warm milk
Egg wash/ Milk wash
Method For Making Veg. Cigars
Heat oil and sauté onions and green chillies. Mix in the carrots and add salt to taste.
Once the veggies have released water, add grated paneer (cottage cheese) and capsicum.
Toss in for a minute.
Mix in grated potato and the spices.
Cool and add enough bread crumbs that will help binding easily.
Make 3inch long and half inch wide cigars, tapering at ends and shallow fry lightly in oil. Cool.
Method For Making Bread Ropes
Proof the yeast in warm milk along with sugar.
In a food processor with the help of kneading attachment make a dough using all the ingredients.
Knead for 7-8 minutes and let it rest in a greased container till it doubles in volume. ( a detailed post on working with yeast can be read here)
Punch down the dough and knead again.
Take a ping pong ball size portion of the dough and with help of all the fingers roll a rope about 15 inches in size. This needs practice. Apply pressure in the centre and then move towards the ends.
Apply water on the rope and then wrap it in a coiled manner along the cigar leaving the ends of the cigar open. Let the ropes rise again for 10-15 mins. Apply an egg/milk wash.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15mins or till the crust turns golden in colour and gives a hollow sound on tapping.