Thursday, October 16, 2008

Potato and Cumin Bread

In an attempt to make a "masala" or spicy bread, I chose to make a potato bread with cumin and green chillies. I didn't know that potato bread is really hard. It requires a lot more kneading and is far more sticky than regular bread and it just doesn't behave! This was a difficult bread for me, but I thought the end result was pretty good.


Potato and Cumin Bread with Green Chillies

4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 cups Mashed Potatoes (about 3-4 medium potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed - reserve the water that the potatoes are cooked in)
4 tsp Salt (I know it sounds like a lot, but I still felt that the bread didn't have enough salt)
1/2 cup Milk
4 Green Chillies, chopped and sauteed in a little oil
1 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Cumin Powder (optional)
400 ml water (200 ml potato water + 200 ml regular water)

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the mashed potato and combine. Add the rest of the ingredients. Combine loosely in the bowl. Empty the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and silky.

Place in an oiled bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel. Allow to rise to double its size (about 1 1/2 - 2 hours). Again, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Press gently and knead for 2 minutes. The dough will still be very sticky - this is probably because the mashed potatoes make it so. I don't think adding flour helps - and it certainly makes the loaf very dense, so try not to add too much, just enough to keep your fingers and the counter from the sticking to the dough.

Shape the dough (I made a free form loaf) on the baking tray or in a loaf pan. Cover with the tea towel and allow to proof for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 230 deg C.


Bake for 35-40 mts. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Bread is usually still cooking when taken out of the oven, so its not a great idea to slice into it immediately. If you do, you will see that its "gummy" and looks undercooked. Cooling for 5 minutes or longer is a good idea for most breads.







This is for Zorra @ 1x umruhren bitte for World Bread Day.

38 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

Doest behave! ha ha! Bread looks airy and perfect..

DEESHA said...

someone's on a baking spree .. looks very nice, i too didnt know that potato bread is difficult

Nags said...

been baking a bit havent u? :) lovely recipes, love the addition of green chillies!

Divya.M said...

ur bread looks good and fluffy....
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Sunshinemom said...

I love all the masalas that have gone into this! Should have been flavorful and tasty! Perfect.

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect bread,bookmarked

Priya said...

Really interesting n bread looks amazing...

Bharti said...

That sounds like a aloo paratha bread! Love it.

Yasmeen said...

That's a simply gorgeous bread, with potatoes and chillies tempting to try:)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Aloo Bread looks great... the texture is awesome and lovely...

Happy cook said...

Bread with all that spices has to be really yumm

Vanamala Hebbar said...

bread looks crispy & nice

Vaishali said...

It looks delicious and perfect, Arundathi. Looks like it was definitely worth the labor.

Holler said...

That sounds really good and I would love to try it! I especially liked the butternut squash shape you made it into :)

Arundathi said...

Divya Vikram - Ya, its really so sticky!

Deesha - Yes its so tough- for me atleast!

Nags - Been baking a bit too much. Gotta take a break.

Divya M - Thanks will check it out

Sunshinemom - Yup, lots of masala.

Curry Leaf - Thanks.

Priya - Thanks.

Bharti - lol - it is isn't it! Maybe it'll taste good with some pickle and yogurt!

Yasmeen - Thank you

Ramya - :-)

Happy Cook - Yes it was yummy!

Vanamala - Thank you. It wasn't crispy though - it had quite a soft crust.

Vaishali - hmm. not sure! my arms really hurt from all the kneading!

Holler - It was completely unintentional - the shape, ie! But thank you!

Rachel said...

I had made a tender potato bread for the DB's and the dough was so sticky..it would stick on to anything that came its way..

love the use of green chillies in your bread...

vandana rajesh said...

The bread looks great.

Suma Rajesh said...

sounds interesting and great...

mitr_bayarea said...

potato bread-a, wow, you are getting more creative with break making by the day.

Rajee said...

Yummy...... Perfect picture too!! Am so tempted to try it out. Maybe I will, soon. Btw you have a surpirse in my blog :-)

Sagari said...

perfect bread arudhathi ,adding cumin is a great idea

Arundathi said...

Rachel - yes, wasn't it! quite quite difficult!

vandana rajesh - thank you!

suma rajesh - thanks

mitr_bayarea - thank you

rajee - thanks will go check it out right now

sagari - yeah the cumin gave it a great touch - less potato, more cumin next time!

Elra said...

Arundathi,
I love potatoe bread myself, and your's looks marvelous!

zorra said...

Indeed dough with potatoe is not so easy to handle, but you did well!

Thx for participating in WBD'08.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Well you seemed to have tamed that mischievous dough. Nice loaf!

Passionate About Baking said...

You are on a baking roll...nice bread. Great looking loaf!

Jude said...

Potato breads are a bit difficult to handle.. The end result is always worth it, though.

Aparna said...

I haven't been here for a while and when I come back all I can see is lots of baking going on. I've been missing a lot.
I've potato bread and true, you need to let it cool before slicing. The potato does lend a softness to this bread.

delhibelle said...

it looks beautiful, and that green chili tadka is so cool

Arundathi said...

elra - thank you!

zorra - you're very welcome - its a great idea. waiting for the round-up!

susan - well, kinda sorta!

deeba - yeah i really am - can't get enough of the breadmaking.

jude - yes it was definitely worth it

aparna - yup my oven has been working overtime.

delhibelle - yup gave it a sort of masala bread feel!

Madhuram said...

That's one super looking bread Arundathi. Wow you have baked so many goodies lately.

Arundathi said...

Madhu - lol - yeah been going a little oven-crazy!

Aparna said...

Arundathi,
I couldn't find an e-mail id to write to you.
I would be in Chennai this weekend and would you know where I can buy ramekins and baking related ingredients?
Thanks.

Arundathi said...

Aparna - I've sent you email...

Srivalli said...

Thats so lovely Anu...now you are tempting with too many breads!

Arundathi said...

thanks valli!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

;0) so maybe it's best you didn't know you were taking on an "advanced" bread when you picked one with a cup and a half of potatoes! Now you know you've taken a giant step forward in your bread baking.
This is a very beautiful loaf! Congrats.

Arundathi said...

thanks! yes i definitely didn't know potato bread could be so difficult to bring together! :-)