June 2, 2009

Parsley and Curry Leaf Buns

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Last week has been kind of busy and I really, really wanted to post this today for fear of giving an impression that I was on another break!
I have been putting this off just because I wanted to get something else done, and ended up doing neither this nor that. Sounds familiar? :)
I have been doing some cooking and baking meanwhile, never let the stomach starve of yummy foods.

I am kind of getting a hang of how to make bread and buns without a standard recipe.
The permutation and combination of different types of flours, ingredients and techniques just make the experience of baking much more pleasurable.
By no means, I claim to be an expert in baking bread, but haven't really made one that was inedible :) At least. so far...

I made these buns as a fond remembrance to the savory bread I am used to back home.
I used vital gluten since I did not use bread flour which is specifically made for baking bread and buns. The gluten gives it a nice rise and that is not easily attained by using dense flours like whole wheat varieties.
You may substitute different herbs of your choice and customize this to your liking.
Toast these buns and drizzle some olive oil for a heavenly warm bite.
I used them as burger buns and they were amazing.

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Parsley and Curry Leaf Buns

Ingredients:

White whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Whole wheat pastry flour - 2 cups
Vital Gluten - 2 tbsp
Salt - To taste
Baker's yeast - 2 1/2 tsp
Warm water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Yogurt - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
Parsley - 2 tbsp chopped
Pepper - 1/2 tbsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp

Method:

Soak yeast in warm water along with sugar and let it sit for 15 minutes to foam and activate.

Meanwhile in another bowl, mix the dry ingredients - flour, vital gluten, salt and pepper.

Mix the dry ingredients with the activated yeast mixture, add oil and yogurt. Add the herbs and knead on a floured surface. Knead for 13-15 minutes by hand, or use a kneader attachment on the mixer. The dough should be soft and smooth.

before rise

Cover and let it sit in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or till it doubles in size.

after rise

After that, take the dough, fold it over 3 or 4 times, releasing the air bubbles. Pinch into smaller balls, roll them neatly and firmly. Place it on a baking tray with enough room to expand while baking.

before proof

Cover with a cloth and place in a warm place again to rise. This method is called proofing.

after proof

Preheat oven to 375 F.

After an hour, brush them with oil or an egg wash on top. Sprinkle sesame seeds and bake till the buns are golden brown on top.

Let it cool and slather with a spread/butter of your choice and devour.

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87 comments:

  1. i am so scared of baking..but looking at the exceptional buns with an easy recipe..feels like giving it a baking hand!!
    they look real yum and hot!!

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  2. Whoa...that looks super delicious! I mean super..!

    And as a side note...a very nice photo! Excellent lighting! :-D

    If you get time, do check out my photos at flickr.com/opticonfusion

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  3. Wow .....looks soft and yum....Simple to bake too...Yum...

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  4. I love those buns. They look sumptuous!

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  5. WOW WOW WOW
    just awesome!!!

    love the pics too..good lighting..put them on food gawker :)

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  6. Just one word ... beautiful! :-)

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  7. They look gorgeous..:)..Kudos ..!!
    I wish to see the cut portion now.I mean is it kind of hollow or thick like usual breads?

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  8. Those look gorgoues.A niceIndian touh with curry leaves.

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  9. such lovely chubby buns :)

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  10. the buns look so tempting ....

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  11. Parsley and curry leaf savory bun sounds very unusual and to my eyes you are an expert in baking bread indeed!!First pic is really great!

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  12. Awesome buns Divya!

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  13. Delicious flavorful buns..they have baked beautifully!!

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  14. You are back..with a BANG!!:))).Love your baking recipes.Buns look so perfectly baked and such a lovely colour..!!I am still taking baby steps in yeast-ly baking and start getting jittery whenever I decide upon a recipe..I dream of baking a perfect bread loaf someday:)!!!

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  15. Please take it in the way I mean it - you have amazing buns! Hee hee hee

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  16. wow anuuu..its just superb...:) snap is awesome Anu.. :)

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  17. Anu, splendid snaps..awesome rolls..can feel the flavors on my tastebuds! Baked to perfection!!! Too good!!Tks for sharing.

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  18. I like all your bread recipes. They look really good like the curry leaf and parsley bun. I can never bake anything like that...I am still trying :) Brown rice is new to me, we still getting used to it Anu.

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  19. Anu ..you know one thing??
    They look absolutely gorgeous gal....felt like grabbing them from the screen..yummy..never baked buns at home.

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  20. woooo, pics are killng me..Iam jusr drooling:)

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  21. Wow they look so beautiful and perfect, love the additon of curry leaves and pasley.

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  22. Looks delicious. Nice picture.

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  23. Anu..This looks SOO Perfect! Bit's of curry leaves here and there look's great!

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  24. Hey Anu, the buns look really nice! They have a nice soft glaze as well...I've always wanted to bake bread but have never tried it. Just not brave enough I guess :-)

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  25. Anu I just do not know what to say! So professional. it's awesome that you can do your own proportions & ingredient to bake your own without following any recipe. Where do you get to buy vital gluten? & what does it do?

    fabulous pictures too!

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  26. Well expert or not, those look pretty perfect to me :) I like the curry leaves you snuck in there, nice touch.

    And congrats on going recipe-less. I've always wondered how bread makers do that :)

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  27. I just love the Buns.Thanks for step by step pics too.

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  28. Wow superb looking buns.
    And you added me also.No wonder you got it right.Jokes apart,I could not find gluten there.Anyway these days my baking is zero.Enjoy the great buns.Too perfectly they have come out.

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  29. wow anu those buns looks superb..lovely click

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  30. hey anu,
    With many bread and bun baking flops in my kitty...I am a little
    :( nevertheless shall bookmark the recipe for future use dear.excellent pics. fab job!brush off some baking magic on to me too :)
    TC

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  31. Wowooww soft n fluffy buns...looks great!

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  32. They look so picture perfect and awesome!!

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  33. looks delicious!! I love them!

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  34. Wow! lovely buns...looks perfect ..nice clicks too :)

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  35. super po....gundu gunda azhaga iruku pakarathuke :) luving it....makes perfect burger buns!

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  36. yummm!!! anu ur buns looking delish.. gonna try this soon.. thanx for the recipe..
    cheers!!

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  37. That looks amazing, great pictures and loved the combination of curry leaf and parsley, great fusion !

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  38. Could they look any more perfect? Nicely done.

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  39. Perfectly baked buns.Love the color,shape and curry leaves combo.

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  40. Awesome buns! Looks so cute and lovely :)

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  41. Wow that's awesome buns....looks so adorable...;)....gr8 try

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  42. Lovely fluffy buns!

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  43. That's an interesting combination parsley and curry leaf ummmm very different sounds simply superb.

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  44. wonderful buns. apdiye parcel pannu..

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  45. Looks so delicious and nice click :)

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  46. Looks so good Anu,i've never tried my hand in baking a bun.This sounds easy...easy recipe too.Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Looks so good... I would love to try it...
    Awesome click too...

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  48. Awesome click.Very yummy and healthy.

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  49. gorgeous looking buns! It sounds like a nice fusion of Indo-italian combo of curry leaves and parsley!

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  50. Wow! I don't think those could look anymore perfect!

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  51. Perfectly baked, yummy buns :)

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  52. Aud.. they are perfect little rounds of goodness = ) Whole wheat, gosh it just looks divine. Do you buy your curry leaves fresh or dried?

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  53. looks just perfect .. I love buns

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  54. Looks soo fluffy & perfect!

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  55. Looks very perfect and fluffy...pics are droolyfying...

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  56. Hey! in which bakery did you get it?

    Jus kidding Anu, the buns look so good.

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  57. Buns look perfect!!! I once made buns for my guests with cumin and other masalas, call it a khara bun yes ofcourse it was a lotta work just parsley and curry leaves should make things easy!!! Never reached out for gluten gotta try my hands on that soon!!! Whole wheat has a considerable amt of gluten btw was there any reason to use it exclusively???

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  58. hey divya......
    that kinda looks cute....i couldnt believe u made them...look so perfect...

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  59. I was looking for something with curry leaves and I stumbled upon this recipe. For me buns have always been a sticky issue but the way you have detailed it out I really want to give it a try. Thanks for such an interesting recipe . One question I had is instead of parsley can we use anything else.

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  60. Hi Anu..
    Its a great recipe..nice clicks too

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  61. looks so warm n yummy,,:-)

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  62. Wow.. that looks fabulous! Nice instructions!

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  63. first time here and liked the blog very much.
    the combo of parsley n currypatta is interesting.
    your suji laddu is good , i make it this way n like the chewiness i it , the ghee version is more sandy textured.....i don't grind the suji though.

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  64. Love these plump little buns. And what a nice color.

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  65. Love the brown glaze perfect just like the one sold in bakeries,and more than sandwich I'd enjoy these dipped in spicy sambar:)

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  66. Wow! looks great. Fluffy & lovely color.

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  67. Hi! Just saw ur site. U are doing a marvelous job! I just started a blog of my own..just 2 days back :) And loved what you have going on here on your site. Great job!
    www.recipesgalores.blogspot.com...do drop by. Would love your advice and tips!

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  68. They look absolutely perfect. I'd never be able to get them all the same size!

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  69. Beautiful work. They look perfect.

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  70. great looking buns indeed. I had tried them earlier with differnt recipe and did not get good results. They resulted in hard texture.
    I need to try this one sometime.

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  71. wowwwwwww!!!!!!!!
    wat a lovely pics..really amazing work.. thank you :)

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  72. wonderful job!! great clicks too!!

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  73. Dearie,Thanks for the comment on kiribath.As I have posted,kiribath is spiceless and so basically bland,but the combo with lunu miris is good.Basically it is a take on pongal and chutney.Thanks.
    This time I would definitely like an entry from you for AWED:Swiss.Do send me vegetarian/vegan Swiss dishes as and when you find time to make/bake them.Thanks

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  74. wow they r so fluffy n cute....!

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  75. These are absolutely amazing! I love the addition of yogurt and fresh herbs :)

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  76. After visiting your blog I must say that You have a wonderful blog...Lovely recipes looks so professional in cooking......Thats great really...Amazing...

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  77. Anu, they are perfect, super.. what to say more than that..? :)

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  78. I have got to try making these :)

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  79. Fantastic! These delightful buns look wonderful! a must make.. thanx for sharing.. btw ye blog is ineresting and lovely.. keep it up!!
    cheers!!

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  80. Your buns looks super perfect ! u have unique recipes in your blog ! i love your blog !

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  81. Oh My,these parsley curry buns look delicious and perfect.

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  82. oh wow again another.. extremely fantastic.. so perfectly baked... i love ur blog .. so nic and those rava laddoos.. omg i love it so much..

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  83. hey anudivya
    i baked these buns yesterday and they came out perfect.. just added all purpose flour and atta and as i dint have gluten i omitted that.the buns had coem not nicely except that i dint get the glossy looks like yours ! do check out the buns on my blog
    http://poojas-kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/06/parsley-and-curry-leaf-bun.html
    i have linked the post to here.! thanks again !

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  84. Hey those buns look amazingly yummy!!
    First time here. Your blog is really very nice!!

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  85. Amazing, amazing blogsite Anu! I am simply stunned at your skills! Cannot believe that you can ccok so well and also document them so well with such rich and beautiful pictures.. I feel so proud to be your aunt! Great recipes and even greater pictures....
    ranjani mami

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