Onion spiced cloverleaf rolls July 27, 2008Posted by live2cook in Oven baked Breads and Rolls, Sour dough.
Tags: Dinner rolls cloverleaf
“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach“, Right??!!
I don’t know how much truth it holds. But, most of the families in my home town strongly believe in this saying. Apart from training the girls for household chores, we can see the importance that they give for this saying, in marriages. From the betrothal ceremony to Marriage dinner, the elders of the bride will observe the bridegroom for his tastes and manners. They will keep informing the bride about their findings with the thought that it might help her while starting the family life. I would say these are the charms of arranged marriage.
Mine was an arranged marriage too. My aunts and sisters were waiting for the opportunity to help me with their thoughts and findings. After 3+ years of life in US, my groom was visiting India and it was his first vacation. While attending various feasts and ceremonies was the norm for the grooms, my groom was quite different. He was in the search of famous restaurants and fast foods in and around the town. He was inquiring about those with every one he spoke to. Whenever he got a chance, he managed to devour the food in those restaurants and gave no chance to my aunts to figure out his favorite taste. The kind aunts thought not to disappoint me. So they came and told me that I was lucky as there was no need to toil in the kitchen that my groom loved restaurant foods.
My parents believed in healthy homemade meals and the groom’s longing for restaurant food made them worry. While my mom worried about the groom’s piggish food habits, my dad prayed to god that all the restaurant chefs be males that no other woman could find her way to the groom’s heart before his daughter could.
After marriage, we spent couple of weeks in Bangalore at my in-laws place before flying back to US. My DH maintained a complete schedule and visited his favorite restaurants. Though I was new to eating out on everyday basis, I loved those restaurant meals too. I flew to US with big dreams and the varied restaurant foods were one among them. Did those dreams come true? Nope! My DH had appetite for those meals that were hardly available in US restaurants. His appetite yielded a lot to my cooking skills and paved the way to this blog and my claim that “I live to cook“.
Today, I am going to talk about one of his favorites, “SV Bakery’s Khara Bun“. It is onion spiced rolls that is eaten as snack in Bangalore. Though they are shaped as ordinary dinner rolls or burger buns, I used to shape this as cloverleaf rolls. They look cute and more presentable in a party or potluck.
3 Cups all purpose flour ( we can use mix of both, whole wheat flour and All purpose flour)
1 Cup Active Sourdough starter (or 1 tsp of dry yeast)
1 Cup Chopped onion
1/3 Cup oil
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 3 Tbsp water (or use 1 large egg)
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Sugar if using dry yeast
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Amchur
3-4 Green chilies chopped
Water for kneading the dough
1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan. Add the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the chopped onion and green chilies. Saute until the onion is well browned.
2. Mix the flour, sourdough starter, oil, salt, sugar, flax mixture,garam masala, amchur and the onion mixture. Knead into smooth and elastic dough using 2 tbsp water at a time.
3. Cover and place in a warm and draft free place until doubled in volume.
4. Punch down and shape into 36 walnut sized balls.
5. Grease a muffin tray and place 3 balls per muffin cup.
6. Cover and allow to rise beyond the rim of the muffin cups.
7. Preheat the oven for 350F and bake for 45 minutes or until the rolls are browned well.
Well! Did I find the way to my DH’s heart? With the exposure to so many cuisines in US, I would say it is pretty loooooooooong way and will take a life time, I guess.