Friday, April 20, 2012

Another two bread attempts

(This is all steamed in a pressure cooker as i don't have an oven.)

(My first attempt ever at making bread was a disaster - i didn't let the dough rise properly so it was like a chewy flavorless potato)

This is my third (whole wheat) and fifth attempt (whole wheat + ragi or finger millet). (yes fourth was a disaster - this time I guess it was because I didn't knead enough, punched it down after first rise and steamed it before allowing any second rise at all)

I made the whole wheat (atta) bread in two flavors:
1) savoury with roasted onion
2) sweet with chopped dried fig

After first rise, into a buttered vessel in the pressure cooker. Savory onion version on the right, dried fig version on the left

After second rise


Sliced :) Savory onion version on left, dried fig version on right

The whole wheat one was quite tasty :) with butter melting on the warm slices :)
I think, it is good to err on the side of more water than less, while making the dough.

Ragi + whole wheat + banana bread

The ragi bread is actually a mix of around 1:1 ragi and whole wheat flour.
With chopped banana. :) This one was not that tasty because of ragi (I am not fond of ragi personally... But this is going to be way more healthier than stale store bought 'fiber-less' flour bread :))

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pesto - pasta attempt

Inspired by the simplicity of this pesto video here

I read about it on wikipedia
And then, decided to try it.
But I wanted to take only the essence of it and experiment with easily available ingredients.
So instead of basil, I ground a bunch of fresh shredded coriander leaves and used the cheapest cheese, 'processed cheese' :) and the cheapest 'elbow' pasta ( from Bambino.
I used garlic as mentioned. I actually went away from authenticity and ground a small bit of green chilli with the leaves, but surprisingly it hardly spiced it up at all! It was very bland but nicely cheesy and coriander-y.
I forgot about the pine nuts actually. I would have tried almond or maybe peanut... but forgot about all about the nuts when i made it the first time.

Here is a picture of it:

It was pretty good! :)
  • Cheese
  • Coriander leaf (called cilantro I think)
  • A couple garlic pods
  • Pasta
  • Salt
  • Water
What to do:
  • Grind chopped leaves and grated cheese and garlic pods and salt to make 'pesto' (This is in quotes because hope what I did is pesto enough - it's heavily modified by me :) :))).
  • Boil pasta, drain. Mix in the pesto. Serve hot or cold whatever.

Actually I also put in a ground green chilli in the pesto and finally and tossed it all in sesame seed oil (i didn't have olive oil).
Was good!! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Making proof-of-concept bread

This 'experiment' is about trying out making bread as proof of concept :)

Later in time, I plan to refine and advance it.

Just wheat flour + yeast + a little sugar + salt + water

Done! (steamed and sliced after a few hours)

  • Wheat flour
  • Yeast
  • Water
  • A little sugar for the yeast, pinch of salt for you
What to do:
  • Put a spoonful of yeast in warm water to 'activate' it - bubbles froth.
  • Mix it in with wheat flour and water and a little sugar for the yeast to eat and produce CO2 bubbles.
  • Steam it in a pressure cooker after it has risen (I don't have an oven). How long to let it rise - a few hours maybe? I put it to stand over night - but that might have been too much time I think.

How was it:
Very fresh and delicious of course. Soft but I think too much gluten in the flour made it more chewy than I would have liked. In future attempts will buy some lower gluten wheat flour or blend some non-gluten flours like ragi flour. And add milk, dry fruits / nuts, maybe fruits like banana, and so on. :) :)

A few good links: