October 8, 2008

Dill, Onion And Paneer Rolls

Printable version here.


I made these rolls quite some time back, only because my “bhajiwaali” (my regular vegetable lady who brings fresh vegetables in a basket on her head) persuaded me to buy some dill. I decided to err on the side of caution, not knowing how to cook it or how it might taste, and bought a small bunch.
Dill is unknown in the part of India that I come from (at least, I’ve never seen or heard of it). But it is quite common here in Goa and known as “shepu bhaaji”. I also know that it is a part of cuisines in some states of India.




Not knowing quite what to do with the dill, I searched the internet, and it seemed a great idea to bake the dill in some bread. Dill bread seems to be a Swedish bread (called Dillbröd) and most recipes require using either cottage cheese or cream cheese and egg. Both cheeses are not available here, so I used home-made paneer and left the egg out. This recipe is what I came up with, based on the many recipes I found on the internet. The rolls are very soft and tasty. If you like dill, then these rolls are definitely a must. We didn’t quite like the taste/ flavour of dill (I guess it’s an acquired thing) so I made them again without the dill and we loved it. They're also very easy to make.



Ingredients:


1 ½ tsp dry active yeast

½ cup warm milk

1 tbsp honey

1 cups all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp oat bran

½ tsp salt

½ cup paneer, crumbled

2 tbsp dill, chopped

melted butter for brushing (optional)


Method:


Add the yeast and honey to the milk, stir well and allow the yeast to proof.
Put all the remaining ingredients into the food processor and the yeast mixture and process, adding water if necessary, till a soft, smooth and elastic dough is obtained. This can be done by hand, if you prefer.

Take the dough out of the processor bowl and knead a couple of times, by hand. Form the dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise till double in volume.

Gently deflate the dough and divide into 6. Shape each into a roll and place on a greased baking sheet. Allow to rise a little, for about 20 minutes.
Bake at 180C for 30 minutes or till the rolls have browned. Brush with melted butter and allow to cool.

Serve with soup.


26 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Rolls look lovely,but dill? I use it in little quantities in soups and has made Sia's dill chutney which was good,but I do not prefer it at all.may be as u said-it has to be acquired.Brave step making dill bread.ok,now bye,dill waiting for its turn in fridge !

Sujatha said...

Dill is one of my favorite herbs.. I add it in my non-veg dishes, but have never tried it with Paneer though.. your interesting recipe is tempting me to try this soon... thanks for sharing :)

Raaga said...

I have never eaten Dill... my husband says it is very pungent.. so I haven't bothered :) the rolls look very appetizing though.

Happy cook said...

Your daughter and hubby are really lucky to eat all these rolls.
I would love to have atleast one.
Yeah I too never knew what dill was untill i came here.Here they use mainly in fish dishes And din't know they had in India untill i started blogging and saw in Ashas place.

sra said...

I find dill very flavourful but am most often at a loss to use it in anything Indian. It works well in bland, Western-style stir fries or bland potatoes. I even made an usili with it once - not bad.

Ben said...

Nice, bread. I only need to find some dills over here :)

Vidya said...

I have plenty of dill in the garden and was wondering what to do. I make the dhal that is common in karnataka, but was getting tired of it. Now i can try this out.

Arundathi said...

Looks gorgeous, Aparna - cottage cheese is a great idea.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear aparna
loved your innovative mind and yes it was realy a nice experiment with and also without dill..and yes, as you say..it takes time to get the acquired taste.

Cham said...

Dill is popular in Karna, but I feel it is overpowering the dish :) But the rolls are really tempting!

Nags said...

That looks so chubby and nice!

Shreya said...

hi, they looks really nice and round..:-) I have never used Dill, after Sia's Dill chutney and these rolls, I definitely need to start using it..:-)

Usha said...

These looks wonderful, I agree though dill does tend to be an acquired taste and is good when used in very small quantities...

Simran said...

The rolls look lovely. They go on my menu for this weekend!

Mansi said...

you are getting better and better with your breads Aparna!:) loved the flavor combo here, sounds yummy!:)

Pearlsofeast said...

Aparna,I get excited to see your breads and this one is also tempting.Hey try Dill and buttermilk combination in scones.They taste good.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

Looks yummm Aparna.

Bharti said...

Lovely rolls! And paneer in them, you have me sold. I don't use dill much either but my mom tells me they always got it free from the bhaji waali when they bought spinach. A little bit was always thrown in the 'saibhaji' which is a spinach and channa dal stew.

Lore said...

Oh NOOOO! You don't like dill :( It's actually one of my favourites when it comes to salad dressings, cheeses and lots of other dishes. You're probably right, it's an acquired taste.
The rolls look really fluffy, great for a nice brunch :)

Soma said...

Aparna thanx for ur suggestion with my pear:-)I'll try it out with some kind of crumb or may be jam?.. something sticky.

These rolls look really good. My family does not like dill either. I might try this out and substitute dill with chives, or chopped garlic or even fresh cilantro.

Madhuram said...

Lovely rolls Aparna. They look absolutely delicious. I have seen a similar recipe in Jugalbandi with coriander.

Sunshinemom said...

I too used dill in bread having seen a recipe, and it is good! I am not too fond of shepu bhaji but love dill in adai and vadai!

Nidhi said...

I am yet to come across Dill. Just goes to show that I never helped my Mom veggie shopping in Goa ;) Perfect looking Rolls

Aparna said...

I can see that there are two groups when it comes to dill. Those who like it and those who don't! :D

anubhavati said...

Hi Aparna,

I tried your Panner Dill Rolls yesterday but I replaced dill with fresh herbs like oregano and parsley. I had used the paneer from your recipe and the onions of course...I almost felt I was in Pizza Hut kitchen!!! Awesome!!! Since I am an absolute newcomer to the concept of baking bread..I didnt even know what Proving for yeast meant. SOme handiwork on google.com helped of course. Thanks for inspiring me to do some thing I had wanted to do looong back!!!

Aparna said...

Nice to know you enjoyed the rolls. I wasn't too happy with the dill myself, as its a taste we aren't partial to. You herb additions sound pretty good.