Sunday, July 21, 2013

This is the second time I made this bread and I am in love with it all over again. This time I made it with minced meat (Kheema) instead of chicken. You can make with any filling but the filling has to be dry. It tasted great but I personally preferred chicken filling. I am more of a poultry lover while my husband prefers meat.

When I try a new recipe, I always make half the quantity, the reasons being that if at all it is a failure then the wastage is in half and also because I cook only for 2 and most recipes are for 3-4 people / servings. You can simply double the quantity or multiply it by whatever your requirement is.

Here is the recipe..
I am dividing the complete stuffed bread recipe into 3, in the same order I make it. First the stuffing, second the dough and third working with the dough, filling, shaping and baking it.

Filling for stuffed bread :

Ingredients :
Mutton mince (Kheema) - 125gm
Capsicum - 1/2 small finely chopped
Green Peas - 1 Tablespoon
Sweet Corn - 1 Tablespoon
Onion - 1/2 small finely chopped
Tomato - 2 Tablespoons pureed or paste
Yogurt - 1 Tablespoons
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon or as per taste
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Garam Masala - 1/4 Teaspoon or as per taste
Tandoori Masala - 1/2 Teaspoon or as per taste (most tandoori masalas have salt and chilli in them so be careful with spices)
Butter - 1 Tablespoon
Cooking Oil - 1/2 Teaspoon
Sugar - 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander Leaves - 1 Tablespoon chopped
Lemon Juice - 1/2 Teaspoon

Method :
1. Wash the minced meat really well and drain any water. I use a mesh strainer for washing minced meat.

2. In a mixing bowl, add the minced meat, Yogurt, Ginger Garlic Paste, Salt, Turmeric Powder and mix well.
3. Keep this aside for an hour. I put it in the refrigerator.

4. In a non stick pan, add the butter along with the oil. Oil is added to stop the butter from turning brown.
5. When the butter has almost melted add the onions and fry till they turn translucent. Dont wait for the butter to completely melt.
6. Add the minced meat and saute it. Break the mince pieces as it will remain clumpy if you dont do so.
7. Cook for a minute and then add the capsicum, green peas and the sweet corn and saute.
8. The meat will leave out lots of water. Let it cook in the same water. Wait till all the water has dried.
9. Add some salt, chilli powder, garam masala and the tandoori masala.
10. After a minute add the tomato puree or paste.
11. Cook till the spices have well cooked and then add the sugar.
12. The stuffing has to be a dry mixture so make sure there is no residual water. Otherwise the bread will get soggy.
13. Once done, add the coriander leaves and the lemon juice.
14. Keep it aside to cool down. I make it 2-3 hours in advance to completely cool it down.

Dough for stuffed bread :

Ingredients :
All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 cups (I use the cup which came with my electric rice cooker. It measures 200ml water)
Instant Yeast - 1/2 tablespoon
Powdered Milk - 1 Tablespoon
Salt - 1/2 Teaspoon
Castor Sugar - 1/2 Teaspoon
Cooking Oil - 2 Tablespoon
Egg Slightly beaten - 2 Tablespoon, retain remaining for egg wash before baking (Vegetarians can omit egg altogether or can substitute with 1 Tablespoon Yogurt)
Warm water as required for kneading about 1/4 to 1/3 cup or even more

Method :
1. Take a mixing bowl and add the flour, milk powder, instant yeast, salt and sugar. Mix these with a spoon so that they are well incorporated.
2. Add oil, egg and then start adding warm water little by little as you knead to form a soft dough. 
3. Remember that the water should be warm and not cold or hot. If cold the yeast will not work and if hot the heat will kill the yeast. Test water by dipping your finger and it should be bearable.
Tip : I microwave the water for 10-12 seconds to achieve the temperature.
4. Knead well for 8-10 minutes. The more you knead the more soft the bread will be.
5. Dip your fingers in some cooking oil and apply it all over the dough.

6. Place it in the mixing bowl and cover with cling film. You can also use a kitchen towel.
7. Keep it aside to rest and rise for 1 hour. Make sure you keep it in a warm place and not in an air conditioned room.
Tip : Here is what I do, take water in a microwave safe bowl and bring it to a boil in the microwave. I microwave on high for 3 minutes. Move the bowl aside and place your mixing bowl with the dough covered with the cling film and cloth and close the microwave door. make sure you have shut down the microwave. open only after one hour. This creates a perfect warm temperature.
8. After one hour, the dough would have to risen to double the quantity.

9. Punch down the risen dough and just knead it for 3-4 times. It returns back to almost original size.

Working with the dough, shaping, filling & baking

Method :
Before proceeding preheat oven to 200 C. 
Prepare a baking tray or a cookie tray greased with butter or with a parchment paper.

9. Divide the dough into portions. I divide it into 4. You can make less or more depending on the size you want.
10. Start shaping the dough. Take one portion of the dough and cover the rest with kitchen towel.
12. Roll out the dough as required.
13. I made braided bread and caterpillar bread.
14. For braided bread, roll the dough into a rectangle or an oval. (Ok i accept I cannot make a perfect oval or a rectangle but personally I am ok with it :) & I know the pictures need to be a lot better, I shall work on that soon)

15. Brush it with melted butter.
16. Place the filling in the center on the long side of the rolled dough.

17. Make slits on both sides of the dough using a sharp knife. I used a pizza cutter.

18. Start making a braid by alternating each sides.

19. When you reach the end, tuck the tail to the top or leave a tail.
20. Place the bread in a tray greased with butter.
21. Apply egg wash all over the top (Egg wash is prepared with the remaining egg by beating it with 1/2 Tablespoon water) (Egg wash can be omitted)
22. Sprinkle with Sesame seeds. This is optional.
23. Make the rest of the bread in the same way and place it  a little away from the previous bread to avoid sticking if the dough raises again.
24. You can also shape the bread into a caterpillar shape.
25. Roll the dough into an oval or a rectangle.

26. Brush it with melted butter.
27. Place the filling on one of the longer sides and cut slits all over the other longer side.

28. Fold the dough over the filling and roll it gently till you reach the slits.

29. Cover the top with the slits. Pinch them gently so they don't open up on baking.

30. Follow steps, 20-22 by placing in greased tray, doing egg wash, sprinkling with sesame seeds.
31. Bake in preheated oven at 200 C for 20-25 minutes or till done. Place in the middle rack of the oven.
32. The stuffed breads I baked were done by 22 minutes. So have an eye after about 18-20 minutes as the finishing depends on the size of the oven.

33. Remove from the oven to another tray or plate and immediately brush with melted butter and cover with a kitchen towel and keep aside for about 5 minutes. This helps to make them soft.

Recipe from with personal changes.



  1. I am going to make this for the kids! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. I tried this today . . . . . thank u sara.... it turned out gr8888... i made it with my air fryer... at 120c for 15min.. i didnt had milk powder so i prepared the dough with warm milk...

    1. Great Nisha. Very happy. Warm milk is the perfect substitute for milk powder in addition to the milk already needed in the recipe.

    2. Try to bake in a proper oven. It sure will be different.

  3. Lovely preparation Sara. Checkout our Chicken filled Caterpillar Bun recipe too and leave your comments.

    Thanks again for the invitation.

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  5. wow! very nice. thank's for review. I was not aware of this cooking method. I love the food at all difficult to handle temptation. Its always great to find good honest practical content. Thank you so much.

  6. Your filled bakery My spouse and i cooked ended up accomplished by simply 25 units. Consequently offer an eyesight immediately after with regards to 18-20 units because finish is determined by the dimensions of your cooker.

  7. I prefer to add some coconut in this recipe. Honest speaking, your recipe totally perfect, how delicious it is

  8. I microwave on high for 3 minutes. Move the bowl aside and place your mixing bowl with the dough covered with the cling film and cloth and close the microwave door. make sure you have shut down the microwave. open only after one hour. This creates a perfect warm temperature.

  9. Clear, informative, simple. Love your post!

  10. I like bread like this, so long details, would like to make it like yours, thanks