I have been making these buns since the last 7 months now.I actually made it up in order to use up some dry coconut that I had,which was not enough to make anything else,plus I had some dough leftover from making buns.Anyway,these turned out great and so here it is:My entry for JFI Coconut:
For Bread Dough: 200 gms All purpose flour or maida
50 gms soya flour
2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup Milk,warmed
1/2 cup water,warmed
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp ghee
Some more flour to knead the dough
For the Filling:
12 teaspoons Dry Coconut/fresh coconut(Grated)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Red chilli powder/2-3 fresh green chillies chopped finely
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
2 tbsp lemon juice/Juice of half a big lime(US)/juice of 3/4 indian lemon
1 Teaspoon Turmeric
A few curry leaves or 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
Method: Prepare the bread dough: Warm both the milk and water , and sprinkle yeast on the milk.Add 2 tsp sugar .Sugar helps yeast to grow.Set it in a warm place until the mixture starts frothing.This will take about 15 mins.
Put both the flours into a mixing bowl,add salt and mix well.Make a well in the centre , and pour the yeast mixture into it,along with 2 tbsp ghee.
Mix with a fork until all the flour is incorporated.You may need to add upto 1/2 cup more of flour in order to knead it .Now dust your countertop with some flour and invert the bowl onto it.Once the flour is on the countertop,dust your hand with flour and knead the dough until it feels elastic.If the dough is too sticky,add some more flour.But take care not to add too much or else the rolls will be dense.
Coat a large bowl with oil and put the dough into it.Cover with a soft kitchen towel and keep it in a warm place to rise.It will take about 1 hour in a really warm place.
Meanwhile,prepare the filling by mixing all the ingredients.
Once the dough has risen,punch it down gently to release all the air,and divide it into 12 portions.
Oil your hands a bit and then knead each ball gently and flatten it on your palm.Now place 1 tsp of the filling on the flattened ball and close it completely.Prepare all the balls in a similar way and then place them on an oiled bun tray or a baking sheet.
Cover with a tea towel and let rise again in a warm place.This takes about 20 mins.
Meanwhile,preheat the oven to 400F/200c.Once the buns are risen,bake them in the preheated oven for about 15 mins.As soon as they come out,brush the tops with some butter or ghee(Clarified butter).Let cool.
These taste great with a hot cup of tea.I have taken these buns on our trip to the zoo,museums, and what not.
My Notes:I made these without the soya flour this time as I ran out of soya flour.They came out great and we finished off atleast 6 soon as it came out of the oven!