When living independently with the spouse, we’d often make aloo tikki at home, buy bread/ buns from the market and throw in some tomato, capsicum and onion rings and turn them sandwiches/ burgers. They made a great Sunday dinner, giving us a break from the standard dal-rot-sabzi routine. A perfect evening would be the burgers with a big bowl of hot soup eaten leisurely watching a movie on TV. With a 5 month old baby, those days are long forgotten. 🙂
I have been keen on making buns at home. I had Anita’s recipe earmarked for a long time. But finding time with a six day working week and a baby is now truly a challenge! My Sundays are not more packed (as if that was possible!) than my weekdays. There is just so much to do around the baby and house.
I took the recipe from A Mad Tea Party. I love Anita’s her blog and adore her photography- you should really check it out. I modified the recipe to reduce quantity. I also used fresh yeast and skipped the gluten. Please refer to the original recipe. My version is mentioned below.
- 1C atta
- 1C maida
- 1t salt
- 3/4 C warm water
- 1/2 c milk
- 2 t sugar
- 2 t fresh yeast
- 2 t oil
- sesame seeds
- butter for brushing
- Heat the water. When its warm dissolve the sugar and add the yeast. Let it stand for a few minutes till the yeast becomes frothy.
- Sift the atta, maida and salt. Add the yeast-water mixture to this. Knead.
- Add milk and continue kneading till the dough comes together. the dough will be sticky.
- liberally dust your kitchen counter with atta/maida and knead the dough for a few more minutes till it turns into a soft , smooth log. by the time you are done- it wont be sticky either.
- Cover and keep in a warm place to allow the dough to rise. Its winter in Delhi so I had to place it in my oven. It took 2 hours to get a good rise.
- Knock down the dough and shape the dough into rounds. On a well grease baking tray, place the dough rounds. Dont forget to keep adequate space in between- I have made that mistake more than one. It ruins the final outcome. Allow them to rise again. It shouldnt take more than an hour- mine took longer due to the cold weather.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds. If you like you can brush them with milk or butter.
- Bake at 200 deg C for 15 mins.
- Take buns fresh out of the over and lather the tops with butter- entirely optional!
Excuse the bad photography. I can squeeze out time to bake, but time to take photos is still a far away dream.