Do you have a dish that evokes nostalgic memories from childhood? I am sure you do and more than one at that. I have such dishes too which brings out those long forgotten memories, bitter sweet as they remind you so much of the time that will never come back. It’s strange right, how we wish to grow fast, get on to college and start working, only to realize you miss those carefree childhood days!
Well it was same with me as well. I could hardly wait to grow up and then was thinking college will be The thing. Anyway these Bread Rolls were not from college, much before that. It dates back to my school days. I had this best friend V and this dish was something I tasted first at her place. Her mom used to make this for us and I simply used to love it.
Though I would never agree anybody could cook better than my mom, I grudgingly agree that her mom makes the delicious rolls. It used to be kind of funny as I always felt that my friend wanted to treat me back for all the goodies that my mom used to make and every time I land at her place, she used to insist her mom makes this for us. We were the thickest of pals, inseparable and always together.
Life is funny and strange, as things would have it, we lost touch over the years. At times when I used to ponder, I really used to wonder where she was and what she was up too. Life came to a circle when we finally got back in touch last year. It was such a wonderful moment, talking to her and knowing her family. When we finally met, it was very strange, I still think I haven’t changed much in appearance but she has, maybe a wee bit or maybe my imagination. Anyway we talk over the phone now and every time I do, I remember some incident or the other. Life always moves in circles.
One fine day I suddenly remembered that I always regretted not knowing how her mom made these Bread rolls. She said it was a very simple recipe and told me how she does. I always knew this is how she might have made, because Amma has been making this for some years now. Yet I remembered it tasted so different. While the rolls that I remember my friend’s mom made as big oval shaped, Amma makes them small and round.
The last time we made it, I never got around eating another piece. So I had to make this again when I thought of Mini bites. These are quick to disappear and a great way to use stale bread plus make your kid eat some vegetables.
This entry goes to Champa who has taken up hosting Kid’s Delight for this month. She is asking us to make all entries in mini size. Since this dish is perfect for that theme, I am sending her this. Check out her Announcement she did calling all Mini Bites
to land her blog, she is doing a running Round up too..
Bread Rolls ~ A quick snack for Kids
Bread Slices – 8
For the stuffing
Potato – 2 medium
Onion – 2 medium
Carrot – 1 medium
Tomato – 1 medium
Green chili paste – 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves – 1 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/3 tsp
Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil – 1 tsp
Oil for deep fry / shallow fry
Method to prepare:
Wash and chop potatoes, carrots into small pieces. Microwave for 5 mins. Else pressure cook. Keep aside.
Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute onions till they turn colour, add chili paste, then add finely chopped tomatoes. When they start turning mushy add all the spices and mix well.
The mix has to be dry, so simmer for couple of mins. then add the cooked vegetables. Adjust salt if required. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile for the outer cover, trim the sides of the bread. Soak in water and squeeze out the water well. The bread might still be wet. Spoon some stuffing in the middle and cover on all sides.
Roll between your fingers to make sure it forms a tight ball. If needed you can roll it over bread crumbs. Else you can simply fry like that.
Normally for such dishes to be deep fried, it’s always good to start with less oil. So heat a pan with just about 2 – 3 tbsp of oil and shallow fry these balls.
Cook on all sides and drain on a kitchen towel.
New change in the Blogging Marathon is that I have finally created a page for the group. Check out the Blogging Marathon page
for details on the participating bloggers. We have some very interesting themes and a twist too. Will let you know about it soon.
Do share your memories of such dishes, will be interesting to read them.