Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Braided Bread with Potato-Pea Stuffing

This lovely stuffed braided bread from Aipi caught my fancy and i made it sometime back ! Besides a few tweaks in terms of flour and filling, i stuck to the recipe. Thanks Aipi- we enjoyed it immensely...

Since the bread with delicious stuffing was from whole wheat flour, it was to a great extent guilt-free indulgence !

What goes :-

For the Filling
  • Boiled Potatoes - 2
  • Fresh Green Peas - 1 cup
  • Coriander Leaves- for garnish
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chilli- 1 (to taste)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Raisins-  a few
  • Cashew (broken ) - a few
  • Maggi tatse maker - 1 tbsp
  • Butter - 1 tsp
For the Dough:-
  • Whole Wheat Flour (atta) - 2 1/2 cups
  • Dry Yeast - 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt- 3/4 tsp
  • Warm Milk- 1/2 cup + as required for brushing
  • Warm Water - as required
For Topping:-
  • Sesame Seeds

Activate the yeast by mixing milk and sugar with yeast; allow it to become frothy ! This takes a few minutes , now it is ready to go in to the flour.

In a large bowl add the flour, make a small well and add the frothy yeast little by little. Combine salt and oil and start kneading. Make it to a smooth soft dough and use warm water if required to bind.

In a well oiled bowl, place the dough. Keep it covered with a damp kitchen cloth in a warm place and allow it to double in size.

Once it doubles-- the dough is ready to rock !

Prepare the filling with choice ingredients. Here's how i made it

In a kadai heat the butter and let the fennel seeds splutter. Stir in the garlic pieces & the green chillis . Let them sizzle for a while before adding onions. Add green peas to the translucent mix and cook for a while. Now add the taste maker and salt. 

Finally add the mashed potatoes along with raisins & cashews. Cook till the flavours blend. Garnish with coriander leaves. 

Now deflate the dough gently and knead for a minute. Spread it in to a oval/oblong shape and leaving a few inches from each side, place the filling in the centre. 

Make slanting cuts as shown at either sides at equal distance. Let there be same number of strips on each side. 

Leaving the end closest to the filling attached, start braiding the strips over the filling tucking in the loose ends!

Cover the bread again with wet cloth to avoid drying and let it again rise for 30 minutes or so !
Preheat the oven to 190C. Brush the bread with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on it ! Let it bake for 15-20 minutes till the top gets all golden crusty-

Allow it to cool - Slice n Serve


Linking it to Pari's  Cooking With Bread

To Priya's Tried n Tasted ;US Masala event announcement by Lakshmi

Also to Let's Do Brunch


  1. What a lovely braided bread post.Its remarkable that it has come out so perfect and not only that I just want to penetrate inside the picture and grab one half of it and have a quick bite.

  2. wow, what a beautiful bread..perfectly baked..

  3. Beautiful explanation with step by step pics... Bread looks awesome :-)

  4. Love the filling, looks perfect and so yum!

  5. Yumm, very tempting and mouthwatering braided bread...

  6. I have a few versions of this in my space and love the braided bread to the core. Good that u used whole wheat flour.

  7. Delicious awesome filling. love the braided bread.

  8. Braided bread..Sure am gonn atry this..Delicious and mouthwatering filling u've there

  9. its truly delicious looking....who can say no to potato stuffing...yummy!

  10. Braided bread looks absolutely marvellous, delicious filling Priya.

  11. This braided bread had caught my fancy the moment I laid my eyes on it. I had also followed Aipi's recipe to the T. Yours has come out so crisp and looks so perfect :)I am in love with the stuffing too !!!

  12. Loved the bread and the stuffing too.

  13. looking great and i am in a process to do this.

  14. they look perfectly baked .. awsm :)

  15. The bread came out really perfect. I totally love how neatly you have done the braiding and baked to crispy perfectness. Thank you for taking the time to try it out and glad you liked it.

    US Masala

  16. wow.. its so perfect.. nice filling too.. I made a mini version just with nuts and raisins.. am liking yours more than mine..

  17. What a delicious stuffed bread! I really like the tasty filling!

  18. Bread looks delicious.. and it has been perfectly curled !

  19. Looks very nice . shape is too good :)

  20. What a beautiful dish! Great technique!

  21. I'm so annoyed everyone can make gorgeous bread apart from me. Me & yeast have issues!! It never rises,ever. I don't know what my problem is!!

  22. nice presentation..looks so tempting!!

  23. That looks super duper tasty Priya - And so nicely explained - Will certainly try this out - xoxo

  24. I love Aipi's site too :). You've made a beautiful and delicious looking braid! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
    P.S. I'm following you now!

  25. @ foodblogandthedog

    Do you use fresh yeast or granules. If you are using granules, you should soak it in warm water for some time till it froths and then add it to the dough. Also check how much of yeast you are using.

    Sometimes the dough takes time to prove and double in size. So if the dough has not doubled in size after the required time has elapsed, wait for the dough to rise and become double irrespective of the time taken.

  26. need to be too patient to prepare this... I am not.. but in future will be.. :)

    Anyways nice recipe and new one indeed.

  27. Love the braiding, thanks for showing how to do it.

  28. This is a beautiful braided bread! I am going to try it, thanks for posting the step by step method!