Sunday, 10 June 2012

Garlic Cilantro Rolls

This was the first time i was trying  to bake something other than cookies or a cake .I always hesitated to try bread and rolls as i used to think   that only expert bakers could do it(and i am not one..).But the world of blogging has made me " brave " enough to try it out.And the other factor which always stopped me from trying was the monster  ingredient YEAST.
Nags of Edible Garden rightly called it the monster. She highly recommended this post for those who feared the monster and since she has said that it is a fool proof recipe , i decided to try it. Thank you Nags,once again!!
So finally i made it last weekend and the results were good.N and i enjoyed it with some soup and N was also impressed;) Hahaha!!!

So going to the recipe( makes 8 rolls)

Plain Flour - 1 and 1/2 cups
Warm Water- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
Yeast - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - 1tsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp

For Garlic Spread:
Salted butter, at room temperature - 6 tbsp
Minced garlic - 2 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp


Mix flour , yeast,salt and sugar and knead into a soft and sticky dough.(add oil to your finger tips).The dough begins to feel slightly elastic and will spring back when you touch it .

Cover the dough with cling film or damp towel and let it rest for 45 minutes.This will allow the dough to rise to double.
Dough has risen and is already touching the cling film.

You can make good use of this time to make the garlic spread by mixing all ingredients.

Grease a baking pan or loaf tin with olive oil.

Knock down the air( punch the dough gently )and knead it again.This will knock out the extra air in the dough and help to shape the dough.

Now divide the dough into 2 equal portions.

 Transfer one portion of the dough to a floured surface and roll gently into a rough rectangle of 1/2" thickness. Apply more flour sparingly if sticky.
Spread the garlic spread ,say about 2 tbsp , on one side.Now roll the dough from one end gently and firmly.

Then,cut into half and again halve the rolls so that you get 4 pieces.
Do the same with the other half of the dough.

Arrange the rolls into your pan or loaf time.Brush a little milk on teh dough and spread teh remianing garlic spread on top.Sprinkle some white sesame seeds on this.
 Allow this to rise for another 20 minutes.
Preheat teh oven to 180 C and bake unti the top is golden brown.
It took about 25-30 minutes( this mainly depends on teh oven, so keep checking)

Serve hot with soup of your choice!!
I had Maggi  chicken corn cream soup and so i decided to make that!

Original blogger notes:
1. The amount of water depends on the type of flour you are using. Use your judgment to get a slightly sticky dough that behaves when you apply oil. 

2. The amount of yeast can be reduced if you don't like the flavour of yeast too much in your breads. You can add just 1 tsp and let it double over a couple of hours, slowly.

My notes:

  • I did not measure the water .
  • I had ran out of stock of olive oil and bcos it would not be  advisable  go out and buy it in the sweltering Dubai heat i substituted it with refined oil.( but i  strongly recommend Olive oil)...Well i could have got olive oil home delivered, but then i would not have been able to choose the brand.. I make choices,.. i dont let others do that for me!!!hehehhehe... so i compromised..
  • I love cilantro(Dhania) and so i definitely used  more than 2 tbsp...

And finally i have gotten over the fear of the dreaded monster yeast and i cant wait to try out more bread recipes!!!

Updated on 31.07.2012: You can see  better pics and  a change in the garlic spread here


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  2. These sound yummy, my kinda food, will try soon, thanks.

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  3. Im trying this tooooooonite:)

  4. perfect garlic-cilantro rolls......


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