Homemade Pav (Dinner Rolls)

Pav/dinner rolls are usually made with all-purpose flour along with yeast as a main ingredient. These small soft pav breads are famous all over India, especially in  Mumbai. In Mumbai, these pav are commonly found in street foods like a pav bhaji, vada pav, samosa pav and so on. These pav can be find any super markets but nothing better taste than homemade freshly baked pavs, and my son is a big fan of these freshly made pavs. I have already shared the veggie pizza pav bread. This recipe is simple and very easy to prepare but the most important part is the dough consistency and kneading of the dough. The pav dough should be very sticky and should be well kneaded until gluten is formed in the dough which makes the pav soft and fluffy. This recipe made using maida ( all purpose flour) but you can also use wheat flour, however, the texture will be slightly different. Enjoy these tasty pav at home with bhaji, vada pav or just a cup of tea.   

Multi-Grain Appam

Appam is a delicacy from the state of Kerala in India. Everyone likes this recipe as it has mild sweet tastes and goes very well with vegetable stew, vegetable tomato stew, chicken stew and egg curry. Traditionally, Appam is prepared using ingredients like rice, coconut milk and yeast. Appam is very easy to make as it uses very limited number of ingredients and proves to be very delicious. This recipe is slightly different from traditional methods as I have used a variety of ingredients. I have used multi-grains (like wild rice, red rice, brown rice, quinoa), oats and whole jowar, then grinded it with yeast and coconut milk. Whole jowar can be found in any Indian grocery store and the mix of the remaining grains is mostly available at HEB or Sprouts. The texture of this Appam is soft like pancakes, very healthy and delicious. Do try this Appam and I am sure everyone in your family will love it, even the kids.  

Veg Pizza Pav (Dinner Roll)

Pav is an Indian bread which is used in making many street foods such as dabeli, pav bhaji, vada pav and many more. Making pav is easy and made with all purpose flour (maida) or refined wheat flour. Other ingredients include salt, milk, yeast and butter. Making pav is simple & easy however it is very important to prepare a right dough mix, dough rising and baking time. You could easily find pav (dinner roll) in supermarkets however making fresh pav at home always tastes awesome. This recipe is made with all purpose flour but you can make it using wheat flour as well. Veggie pizza pav sound interesting, isn’t? The same pav stuffed with veggies flavored with pizza seasoning. This is perfect for lunchboxes or after school snacks for kids. Pav is all time kids favorite and pizza pav would be a delicious twist to original pav. If you don’t want to make pizza pav, you could just make simple pav.

Chicken Appam Potli

Appam is a popular dish in south India, specifically in Kerala. This recipe is made with rice, fermented using yeast. It’s an easy recipe to prepare and generally served with either vegetable stew, chicken curry or egg curry. To prepare this dish you would need a special Appam pan generally available in Indian stores. I have add a little twist by stuffing the Appam with a chicken filling and giving it a potli shape. For the side, I prepared the slightly sweetened vegetable tomato stew. The taste turned out to be pretty awesome and the potli shape made it look more appetizing. You can also make veg colored Appam using spinach, carrot and beetroot puree.

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia Bread is a Italian bread which is flat and oven baked. The bread is generally topped with various herbs. Rosemary gives a wonderful aroma to bread. The bread is served with olive oil and can also be topped with olives, mushrooms, green onion and tomatoes. It tastes very good and certainly different than any normal bread. It is used as side during the lunch or dinner.

Pizza Dough

Pizza is most demanded food by kids. You can use the pizza base available in store however making at home gives really a fresh taste to your homemade pizza. The pizza dough made with mix of two flours, wheat and all purpose flour. You can also make only from all purpose flour. This recipe is very simple although takes longer as the dough needs fermentation.