Friday, 26 April 2019

CINNAMON FLAVOURED PAV BREAD & BHAJA MOSHOLAI ALOO MUSHROOM



I was miraculously spared yesterday from earning those adjectives..... "ten thousand blistering barnacles" to "baboons" which I thought was inevitable after adding that amount of "bhaja mosholar guro" to the veggie dish and that number of "chilli padi" to the chutney. To ease my tension, I even tried one number to another in my broken voice... from "Julie aaaaa I labh you" to "Roop tera mastana".... these two songs our mother did not allow me to hum freely, so they are my favourites. Someone not only spared me but told that the "pav" bread tasted good, so I think Captain Haddock has a thing for Bianca at the back of his mind. I do not mind that so long he eats the food I cook with so much of love. I am anyway tired of people expressing their doubt on whether I serve him what I cook  at all or all of them pass through my food pipe! His mother too tried to at times but she knows that I have fed him more and more varieties than she did. Oh yes! I do not bother to safeguard the respect of those who pose a threat to mine. Since she is the primary reason why I get to live a good life, I will always take care of her which is called duty and not love. No, I will not start with that "saas-bahu" saga, I stopped watching television just to avoid those boring soaps with utter lies.... all of a sudden after marriage the daughter-in-law starts loving her "sasural" more than her roots, the maa-in-law loving the "bahu" more than her son and the ladies of the house cutting "gobi & baingan" all day long. Had I have owned so big a kitchen, I would have bought an air fryer, an oven besides my microwave, a hand blender, this & that. That cannot be as ours is a rented 1100 sq.ft. area where you suffer from breathlessness at times. In such a scenario, I do what is required, plant some greens around... they freshen the air and keep me happy. Happier do I feel to cook, Cristine is the major reason who contributes to my energy level while cooking, she helps me immensely in this area. Yesterday, after we came back from the wet market around 12  noon, I thought of baking "pav" initially.... then prepared the dough for it following a  couple of recipes but was unhappy with the shape of the balls.... I am miserable even in simple artistry! I preferred preparing a "pav" bread. If "pav" means 1/4 of a bread, may I call it so?


At night I served it with roasted herbed chicken legs, the spicy aloo-mushroom, tomato-chilli padi chutney. I obviously had to have my share of the brown rice while enjoyed me baked bread with Planta spread on it and tea this morning.




The combined platter of CINNAMON FLAVOURED PAV BREAD & BHAJA MOSHOLAI ALOO MUSHROOM was indeed loved by the family. The husband's all time love is "double dimer omelette aar butter toast".... He is still at home today, getting ready to drive to the neighbouring country... so Cristine is preparing his favourite food that includes my home baked bread.



Looking at that omelette, I wished for a single egg one, but I know I will have indigestion until I eat some rice at night.... rice two times a day will turn me into a barrel from a football.


It is raining badly with strong wind. Perfect weather to sing my favourite numbers  but a gripping fear has occupied my mind. The son goes to school alone these days instead of the school bus following his brother like friend Spandan.... what if it rains in the afternoon.... when the school gives over there is total chaos at the gate.... until the husband reaches and messages me, I cannot be at peace. The condition I suffer from will never leave me but I will sustain everything that comes my way... to get that strength I chant "Naam Myoho Renge Kyo".... This religion is not so strict as Hinduism... I see them offering noodles, meat, fish, fruits to the Buddha.



I have started recording what I hum with the help of a friend.... however poor my voice is, I am enjoying documenting few numbers in a forum with practically no views. I do not mind, I am not a Shreya Ghosal who does a 6 hours of "rewaz" everyday I heard. If ever I can train myself decently, I will share the information of the space with my readers and friends. So, that has occupied a precious part of my time. If only I could home deliver food to few Indian Homes here who hate cooking, busy professionals but want no fancy, home cooked food that they tasted at the grandmother or mother's hands. With a help like Cristine, I could have managed about 10 homes..... but daily food... "dal, bhaat, bhaja, shaak shobzi, maach, mangsho, chutney".... never "chop, shingara, kochuri" on a regular basis.... I lack that energy or concentration level.... I have to watch movie, listen to music & poems, sing, read.... I cannot turn myself into a machine.... the reason why I left taking reading and speech & drama classes in a school here, what a bore and waste of my time that was. The Day I will perfect the "poori" for "phuchka".... I will write about my first school, my experience as a teacher there in Barasat.... of the 5 beautiful years there.... "gondhoraj lebu deoa tetul jol" at Haritola More was the best. I have to get the pooris crisper. Till then enjoy this poor baker's vegetarian, dinner platter CINNAMON FLAVOURED PAV BREAD & BHAJA MOSHOLAI ALOO MUSHROOM .... which is just perfect on an all vegetarian day. I wish to share the recipe of the tomato-chilli chutney in a separate post some time later.

Recipe Sources for the Pav Bread :

tarladalal.com
anybodycanbake.com
mygingergarlickitchen.com [Anupama used to be a friend, so loved her excellent photography & innovative ideas besides few others'.... lost contact.... I got more self centric and keep to myself most of the time]




INGREDIENTS FOR THE PAV BREAD :

REFINED FLOUR : 2 COFFEE MUG
MILK POWDER : 1/2 COFFEE MUG
DRY BAKER'S YEAST : 8-9 GM
BAKING POWDER : 1 TBSP
CINNAMON POWDER : 11/2 TSP
SALT : 1/2 TSP
SUGAR : 1 TBSP
MILK : 1/2 SMALL TEA CUP + 2 TBSP
BUTTER :3 TBSP + 2 TSP [MELTED]


INGREDIENTS FOR THE SPICY POTATO MUSHROOM :

POTATO : 300 GM [I USED A SMALLER VARIETY]
BUTTON MUSHROOM : 8-10
CUMIN SEED : 1 TSP
CORIANDER SEED : 11/2 TSP
DRY RED CHILLI : 4
TURMERIC POWDER : 1/2TSP
BLACK PEPPER POWDER : 1/2 TSP
CHOPPED FRESH CORIANDER : 2TBSP
LEMON JUICE : 1TBSP
GINGER PASTE : 2 TSP
OIL : 2-3TBSP


PROCEDURE : 

Let us proceed with the recipe of  Pav Bread first. 



Warm 1/2 small tea cup of milk and dissolve 1tbsp sugar in it. Add the yeast and stir well. Keep aside for 3-4 minutes till it rises to double.




Now, take the refined flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, cinnamon powder in a wide mouthed bowl. Mix well.





Add the well risen yeast now.



Fold in well. Add warm water little by little  and prepare a smooth dough. This will take 7-8 minutes.




Add 3tbsp melted butter, knead well for another 4-5 minutes.




Cover with a cling wrap and keep inside the microwave or at any warm corner.



Within 45 minutes it will rise to double. 




Remove the cling wrap, dust the base with flour and place the dough on it.




Knead well again for 4-5 minutes. 




Grease an aluminium foil or a cake tin with butter. Place the dough in it and spread evenly. Brush with milk.



Preheat oven to 180*C. I baked the Pav bread at 180*C for 20 minutes in my convection mode microwave. 

In convection mode, we need to place a low stool first inside and keep the cake tin atop.

Once done we will brush it with the remaining melted butter.




Now the vegetarian side of Potato & Mushroom.




I dry roasted the cumin + coriander + dry red chillies for a minute, let them cool down.




Once cool, I dry grounded them to a coarse powder, that will take some 1-2 minutes at intervals.






I washed the potatoes, pricked each of them with a fork. I took them on a plate and microwaved at high for 4 minutes.

Once cold, I halved them.

I washed and halved the mushrooms. I marinated both the potatoes and mushrooms with freshly ground black peppers and some salt.

I heated the oil in a wok, tempered with 1/4tsp of cumin seeds. 

Then I added the ginger paste, little salt and the turmeric to it and stirred for 2 minutes. I added 2 tsp of the ground spiced and stirred for 1/2 a minute.



I added the marinated potatoes and mushrooms and folded in well. I cooked covered just for 3-4 minutes.



I removed the cover and added the lemon juice and the chopped coriander. I stirred for 1/2 a minute.

We are done. I served the bread with the Bengali style potato and mushroom dish, roasted chicken, a tomato-chilli chutney whose recipe I wish to share later.




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