Mizoram Koat Pitha – A Healthy Variation

Learn how to make Mizoram Koat Pitha the healthy way in a Kuzhi Paniyaram Kal instead of frying it.

Here is a healthy variation to the traditionally fried Koat Pitha. I have used the Kuzi Paniyaram kal to make this a guilt free desert to have.

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to the beautiful north eastern state of Mizoram. A state nestled in the southern tip of north eastern India. This beautiful state has a pleasant climate through out the year and has an amazing array of flora and Fauna

Though most of the people are Christians by faith, the Mizos are very proud of their rich heritage, culture and lively traditions.

Poonam who blogs at Annapurna gave me Rice flour and oil as my secret ingredients to create a delicious dish from the Mizo Land.

Here is a healthy variation to the traditionally fried Koat Pitha. I have used the Kuzi Paniyaram kal to make this a guilt free desert to have.

Looked at many blogs to get an idea of the recipe for Koat Pitha and found that it is a simple desert and it is fried. As a family we have more or less reduced our fried food consumption and hence I came up with a plan of making a healthy variation of the traditionally fried Koat Pitha

I decided to use the kuzhi paniyaram kal to make this desert instead of frying it. Using this method greatly reduces the usage of oil and one can have Mizoram Koat Pitha without any guilt.

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Here is the link to making a traditional Kuzhi Paniyaram – a savoury snack that can be eaten as breakfast too !!!

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Mizoram Koat Pitha - A Healthy Variation
Here is a healthy variation to the traditionally fried Koat Pitha. I have used the Kuzi Paniyaram kal to make this a guilt free desert to have.
Course Desert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Desert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Here is a healthy variation to the traditionally fried Koat Pitha. I have used the Kuzi Paniyaram kal to make this a guilt free desert to have.
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the jaggery in the water and sieve it through cloth to remove any dissolved dirt
  2. Crush the bananas and add to the jaggery
  3. Add the flour and salt to this liquid mixture and mix well
  4. Wash the paniyaram vessel well with water and dry it with a cloth
  5. Place the vessel on medium flame on the stove and brush oil into each mold
  6. Once the mold is hot add the batter and cover it with a lid
  7. Once one side of the batter is cooked and has a golden colour, turn the white (wet) side facing down and cook without the lid. ( one can use a spoon to turn the sweet paniyaram over to cook on both sides)
  8. Once both sides are cooked and have a golden colour, remove them from the mold and serve them hot.

Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread

Palak Thalipeeth, a multigrain flour flat bread from Maharashtra. Eat it with curd or sweet pickle and be sure to be amazed.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Tea With pakoras? or samosas, now is the time to try out a new snack in town. A traditional snack all the way from Maharashtra. Thalipeeth, is a flat bread made form various flours such a jowar, bajra, atta or rice flour.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to land of Bollywood and Chatrapati Shivaji, Maharashtra. I was paired with Sujata Roy from   “Batter Up with Sujata”. She gave me ginger and turmeric as my secret ingredients and with that i came up with Palak Thalipeeth.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Thalipeeth, a Maharashtrian flat bread is made from various flours such as jowar, bajra, rice and whole wheat flour. The different flours used in this recipe make it highly nutritious in calcium, phosporous, protein, minerals etc.

What goes to into making a Palak Thalipeeth

Multigrain flour is the main ingredient in making thalipeeth, so let see why  these flours and some other ingredients make this flat bead so nutritious:

Jowar flour: Made from jowar / sorghum, this flour is loaded with essential vitamins, anti-oxidants, zinc etc.

Bajra flour: This flour apart from being a great gluten free option, also is rich in proteins and fiber

Rice flour: an excellent substitute for gluten free recipes, it is also helpful in helping people who might not be able to digest wheat

Besan / Gram flour: Gram flour / chick peas flour is also a source of protein and vitamins

Palak / Spinach: Palak is known to contain vitamins and iron.

Masalas:  well Indian spices / masalas just bring life to all the recipes 😀

How to make Palak Thalipeeth

Once all the ingredients are collected as per the recipe. A firm dough is made and set aside in a bowl to rest for atleast 30 minutes. After that the magic begins!!!

  • Take two sheets of butter paper / parchment papaer (A4 size )

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Take a ball of the dough (cricket ball size) and place it on the oiled parchment paper

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cover with the other sheet and slowly use your fingers to spread it out

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Remove the top sheet, gently turn over the flat bread directly on the oiled tawa or on your hand before placing it on the hot tawa.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cook on both sides with a little oil.

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I had a great time making this recipe..i hope you like it to.

 


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Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach


Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, bring together all dry and wet ingredients

  2. Slowly add water to the bowl and bring all the ingredients to form a firm dough

  3. Cover the bowl with firm dough with a plate / cloth and set aside for 20 minutes

  4. Take 2 sheets of parchment paper, oil them and set aside

  5. After 20 minutes, form balls of the dough (cricket ball size)

  6. Place the ball on the oiled sheet and softly press it

  7. Place the other sheet on top of the dough and press the dough slowy to flatten it

  8. Flatten it till it is 2.5 - 3 times bigger than what the dough started out initially

  9. Remove the top sheet and transfer the thalipeeth on the tawa (either directly on the tawa or transfer to hand first and then transfer to the hot tawa)

  10. Make 4 - 5 holes while the thalipeeth is on the tawa

  11. Add oil to the holes ( this helps in evenly cooking the thalippeth)

  12. Cook on both sides on medium flame to get even colouring.

  13. Repeat the process till all the dough becomes a thalipeeth 🙂

  14. Serve hot with some pickle, curd and here we also some chickpea salad

Chakki Ki Sabzi | Madhya Pradesh style Wholewheat flour dumplings in sauce

This Chakki Ki Sabzi, made from whole wheat dumplings in a tangy sauce is a meal by itself.  Apart from being a meal, this spicy and tangy sabzi also goes well with rice.

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to the land known as the “heart of India” also known as Madhya Pradesh.

Here are some of the famous things to see in Madhya Pradesh

  1. Sculptures of Khajuraho
  2. Wildlife at Bandhavgarh
  3. Kanha National park
  4. Temples at Ujjain
  5. The historical city of Gwalior
  6. Buddhist stupas at Sanchi

Apart from the historical sites and national parks, Madhya Pradesh is also known for vegetarian food such as poha, bhutta ka khees, palak pooris, malpua and mawa bati.

This month my partner Shobaji from Shobasfoodmazaa gave me two very simple ingredients to use and make a dish representing Madhya Pradesh. She gave me whole wheat flour and cumin seeds. The obvious thing for me to make was Chakki Ki Sabzi.

A few things to know about this recipe:

  1. The chakki / whole wheat flour dough used in this recipe is first steamed, then fried and then in gravy.
  2. Make nice and small pieces of the dough ( once it is steamed it does become big).

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough in an oiled utensil before steaming

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough dollops after steaming

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Fried dough

3. It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

4. Don’t go overboard with the spices, subtle flavours make this sabzi delicious.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

This recipe is similar to Gatte ki Sabzi which is a popular recipe from Rajasthan. Here whole wheat flour is used instead of gram flour (besan). The main difference is seen in the way that the Gatte and chakki are cooked. Gatte are cooked like a pasta in boiling water whereas chakki cubes are steamed, fried and then added to gravy.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

Some of the other recipes using whole wheat flour / atta ingredients are:

  1. Mattar ke parathe
  2. Instant healthy dosa
  3. Sattu ka paratha
  4. Burger Buns

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Chakki Ki Sabzi | Whole wheat dumplings in tangy sauce
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients of the dough and knead well. (the dough should be sticky and soft).
  2. After kneading, let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes, knead for some more time till the dough does not stick to your hands and becomes soft
  4. Now form small dollops of the dough and steam them in a pressure cooker ( on an oiled plate.)
  5. Once the dough dollops are steamed, set aside and let them cool
  6. Once cooled, fry them in hot oil and drain on tissue paper.
  7. In a kadhai / wok, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add the cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.
  8. Saute till the paste is cooked on a low flame.
  9. Add the onion paste and cook for some time
  10. Add the masala powders and mix well
  11. Increase the flame, add curd and cook the curd on high flame (high flame ensures that the curd does not split)
  12. Once the curd is cooked, add the tomato paste and cook well.
  13. Now add the fried dough dollops and cook them for a couple of minutes at a very low flame.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves and cook for another couple of minutes
  15. Srve hot with some jeera rice or have it as is in a bowl

Vazhakka Thoran | Kerala Style Raw Banana Stir Fry

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or rotis.

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti

In the last few months, the state of Kerala has been in the news because of floods and devastation across the state. Many people have lost their near and dear ones. In the middle of all this devastation, news channels also  showed us resilience and positive vibe that the people of Kerala have.

As an ode to the state of Kerala and its people, for this month’s Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, us food bloggers are cooking recipes from Kerala.

This month i was paired with Anu Kollon from Ente Thattukada and she gave me coconut and raw banana as my secret ingredients. This gave me the perfect opportunity to make the traditional Vazhakka Thoran.

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My quest to make a very traditional dish using coconut and raw banana led me to my neighbour’s (Aruni’s) house. After chatting with her on various recipes like kallan or erissery, i decided to make a simple dry raw banana preparation to go with rice last week.

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti

Did you know this about Banana??

Did you know the banana plant might be the only plant where almost all parts of the plant get used and nothing goes waste?? Let me write how 🙂

  • Banana plant Stem / trunk – Also known as Vazhai thandu in tamil, this part of the plant is used in south indian cuisine to make a raita or a dry sabzi.
  • Banana leaves – The leaves which are large and water proof, are very commonly used as plates to serve food in marriages or family functions. It is also used to make eco-friendly containers in India.
  • Banana flower – In south India this part of the plant is used as a vegetable to make dry sabzis or even tasty vadas (fried lentil fritters).
  • Raw banana – Raw banana is very versatile and can be used in curries / sabzis as a vegetable or gets used to make some yummy chips.
  • Ripe banana – What can i say, that you dont know, in Banana cake, in fried bananas or had just as a fruit, so many options to eat these.

Coming back to the recipe, I made the Vazhakka Thoran as an accompaniment to sambar/rasam rice for lunch, but it can also be served with mixed rice varieties or rotis.

More recipes using Raw Banana / Vazhakka:

  1.  Gujarati Undhiyu
  2. Vazhapoo Parappu Usili ( Banana flower and coconut dry sabzi)

Mixed rice varieties:

  1. Mango Rice
  2. Mustard & Coconut Mixed Rice

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Vazhakka Thoran | Kerala style raw banana stir fry
Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To saute
To grind
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To saute
To grind
Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti
Instructions
  1. Remove the skin from raw banana and chop them into small cubes (add them to a bowl of water so that they don't oxidize and turn black)
  2. Heat 1.5 cups of water in a medium sized wok / kadhai and add the chopped bananas to it
  3. Add some salt and turmeric powder and cover it for 5 - 7 minutes
  4. Once the raw bananas is par cooked ( almost 90% cooked), remove from heat, drain the water and set aside the cooked bananas in a plate
  5. Grind / pulse the ingredients given to a rough paste and set aside
  6. Heat oil in a kadhai / wok, add mustard leaves, curry leaves.
  7. Once the mustard splutters, add the ground mixture and raw bananas and mix well
  8. Cook for a couple of minutes and remove form heat
  9. Serve with hot rice and rasam or with rotis

Dessert class at Academy of Pastry Arts | Vanilla Berry Gateuax

This sunday we learnt to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore. The entire session was very well organised and the chef taught and explained every step with great enthusiasm.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

The Academy of Pastry Arts, Bangalore this sunday hosted a special desert class and showed us step by step on making a Vanilla Berry Gateaux. Chef Kimberly very patiently took us through each recipe and each ingredient of the process while making the desert. As a home baker, while i am aware of the efforts that is need to make a baked goody, this dessert was at another level.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

There were multiple recipes to be followed and each recipe had multiple steps to be followed. The Chef with her expertise, very nicely showed us each step and also gave us valuable insights / things that one should know while making any dessert. Some of the important points were:

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

1) Always use good quality and fresh ingredients.
2) Measuring the temperature is very critical and a good thermometer goes a long way in making a perfect desert.
3) Always add bloomed gelatin to a warm misture so that it can mix and melt easily.
4) Make the glaze ahaead of time and do not over heat the glaze before pulsing it.
5) While heating items such as marzipan, always cling wrap it to avoid it getting dry in the microwave.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Some of the items which we made before constructing or assembling the desert were Chocolate Almond sponge, Berry Jelly, Rich red glaze and Vanilla Mousse. Let me give you a teaser – The recipe Vanilla mousse, which was the center of this dessert :

Ingredients – ( in grams)

Milk – 150
Whipping cream – 120
Vanilla pod – 1/2 stick
Egg yolk – 120
Sugar – 90
Gelatin – 8
Italian meringue – 120
Cold water – 40
Whipping cream – 135
Procedure

– Dissolve gelatin with cold water.
– Bring cream,milk and vanilla pod to boil.
– Mix egg yolk and sugar and gradually add into hot mixture.
– Continue to bain-marie until 83 degree centigrade with spatula. Add in gelatin, wait until slightly cool down,strain and fold in Italian meringue.
– Lastly fold in whipped cream.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Now that i have made you curious about the institute, here are some more details about The Academy of Pastry Arts.
The Academy of Pastry Arts has three branches in India, Bangalore, Delhi NCR and Gurgaon. Other than India, they are also present internationally in Malaysia and Philippines as well. They provide to students, both short term and long term courses in Culinary and pastry arts.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Some of their course details are as below:

Their are many course available at the Academy and you can choose the one you want, few listed below –

CULINARY DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 6 Months

CULINARY ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 9 Months

CULINARY PART TIME PROGRAM
Duration: 12 Week session

PASTRY DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 6 Months

PASTRY ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 9 Months

PASTRY PART TIME PROGRAM
Duration: 12 Week session

One can reach out to them at the following address:

Bangalore Center
9, 1ST BLOCK SARJAPUR MAIN ROAD,
JAKKASANDRA,
KORAMANGALA,
BANGALORE
+91-8095719222
+91-8095442277
+91-8025505222
info@academyofpastryartsindia.com

Cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls

These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.

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Breads…my one true love…i just love eating them. It could be made from any kind of flour, all purpose or whole wheat or rye…with oats or seeds or just plain..i love them all. Its no wonder that whenever we travel abroad..i just stare at the various boulangeries and order all the breads one by one and..well eat them. The aroma is just so heavenly and inviting isnt it?? This is what i look to create in my small kitchen. I keep experimenting with different type of breads / rolls and try and make them with different stuffings..today i write about a flavourful stuffing with cottage cheese and sweet corn. Here is my Cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls with sweet corn.

These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.

If you ask any of my friends or if you have been following my instagram journey..it would come as no surprise that i bake breads loafs or buns or rolls quite often. My heart just longs for baking savoury kinds of breads ( i have even dreamt about them :D). I tend to ramble when i start talking about breads 😉

My Trip to Boulangerie

Various breads for breakfast in a boulangerie in Bastille, Paris
Recently when we traveled to Paris, we stayed in Bastille. Bastille is an amazing area to stay, full of restaurants, pubs and supermarkets. We used an airbnb kind of place to stay in Bastille. Most days we cooked breakfast at the place of stay..but on the other days it was always a short walk to the boulangerie or Bagelstein. Oh my… the variety of sandwiches or breakfast breads that they had to offer was simply amazing. The baguette with fresh mozarella, basil and tomatoes was my favourite to eat all day long. They were so simple…just 3 things on a bread and yet so much flavour.

Bagel Sandwich with roasted vegetables and cream cheese

Bagelstein also offered a variety of bagels and converted them into mouthwatering sandwiches..Being vegetarians we could only have one kind of sandwich filling – Cream cheese, salad leaves and roasted vegetables…but wow..how does it matter..simple and tasty..that’s how it was. The boulangerie also sold different variety of sourdough breads which we picked up and had for lunch and dinner..yup we are like that !!!




Recently when we traveled to Paris, we stayed in Bastille. Bastille is an amazing area to stay, full of restaurants, pubs and supermarkets. We used an airbnb kind of place to stay in Bastille. Most days we cooked breakfast at the place of stay..but on the other days it was always a short walk to the boulangerie or Bagelstein. Oh my... the variety of sandwiches or breakfast breads that they had to offer was simply amazing. The baguette with fresh mozarella, basil and tomatoes was my favourite to eat all day long. They were so simple...just 3 things on a bread and yet so much flavour.

Why cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls??

Coming back to reality…with a toddler at home, i am always looking at healthy options which are homemade to give her as a snack. These cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls with sweet corn is an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.

My go to recipe for bread loaf or rolls is this one : Rosemary Rolls . Most of my bread recipes are a variation of this one…in this post i have mentioned the ingredients of the bread dough and have followed the recipe to shape them. You can also have a look at this Video for shaping the rolls.

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Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese and sweet corn
These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1.20 hours
Servings
nos
Ingredients
for the bread dough
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1.20 hours
Servings
nos
Ingredients
for the bread dough
These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a wok or kadhai
  2. Add the onions and saute them till they are pink in colour
  3. Once the onions are cooked, add the sweet corn and mix well
  4. Now add the salt and different masala powder and mix well
  5. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes at a low flame
  6. Add crumbled paneer (cottage cheese) and mix well
  7. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes
  8. Add chopped coriander for garnis, remove from heat and set aside to cool
  9. Follow the instruction and the ingredients mention above to make a bread dough (without the rosemary)
  10. Let it proof for about 45 - 60 mins or till the dough doubles in size
  11. Knock down the air in the dough and make 6 equal portion of the same
  12. Pat each dough roll flat, place 2 - 3 tsp of the filling in it
  13. Get the edges of the flattened roll towards inside and cover the filling to form a seal
  14. Place the seal side of the dough on the platform and using your fingers and palm..slowly roll the dough into a tight roll
  15. Place the roll in a greased pan and repeat the process with all the dough rolls
  16. Once all the dough rolls are placed in the greased pan, cover with cloth and set aside for 20 -25 minutes for the rolls to double in size
  17. Pre heat the oven /OTG to 200 Degree Centigrade
  18. Brush the rolls with egg yolk or milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top
  19. Once the oven is preheated, place the rolls in the oven to bake
  20. Bake for 15 minutes or till the top of the buns get a golden colour
  21. Remove the rolls and immediately brush some salted butter on them
  22. Remove the rolls with a spatula and leave them to cool on a cooling rack
  23. Once they are cool or at room temperature, have thes rolls as is or with a little tomato sauce