Iyengar Bakery Style Palya Bun


 

The delicious goodies that come out of these little stores called Iyengar Bakery are to die for. They are so addictive, you just can’t get enough of it. Earlier I shared my take on their very famous masala toast, which is similar to an open sandwich. This time, I am sharing my take on yet another favourite – palya bun or stuffed potato bun. Palya means ‘vegetables sautéed with spices’ in Kannada, which is usually served as a side dish. In this dish, a potato palya is stuffed inside a bun and is baked to perfection.

At the first look, they may look like regular buns, but in the first bite, you know it’s nothing close to a simple plain bun. Soft, fluffy buns, filled with a mildly spiced potato filling just plays music on your tastebuds.

To make Iyengar bakery style palya bun, I make the stuffing by sauteing boiled potatoes and peas with spices. I stuff the dough of the bun with the filling and bake it to perfection.

Perfect tea-time snack, make these delicious palya bun and bring Bangalore straight to your home 🙂

 

 

Ingredients:

For the dough:

Plain flour – 2 cups
Dry yeast – 1 tbsp
Milk – ¼ cup
Water – ½ cup
Salt – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Butter – 4 tbsp or 60 grams, melted

For the potato filling:

Potato – 3-4
Onion – 1 large, chopped
Peas – ¼ cup
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 5-6
Ginger – ¼ inch, grated
Green chilli – 2-3 or as per taste
Salt to taste
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:

To make the dough:

  1. Heat the milk until it is warm. Add yeast and sugar and mix well. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes until it becomes frothy
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt together. Add melted butter and milk-yeast mixture
  3. Gradually add water and combine the dough
  4. Transfer onto a flat surface and knead it until the dough is soft, smooth and pliable (8-10 minutes)
  5. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour. The dough will be almost double in size after resting
  6. Punch the dough to remove the trapped air. Knead again for 2-3 minutes
  7. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts

To make potato filling:

  1. Boil the potatoes and lightly mash them. The mash shouldn’t have any big lumps in it, at the same time, have a little bit of small chunkey bite
  2. Boil peas in water until done
  3. Heat a fry pan or kadhai. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  4. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chilli, turmeric powder and ginger. Saute for a minute
  5. Add onion and fry until they are translucent
  6. Add potatoes, boiled peas, salt and 2 tbsp water. Mix well and simmer for 1-2 minutes
  7. Turn off the flame and add lemon juice and coriander leaves

To make the bun:

  1. Preheat oven at 180 deg C
  2. Take one part of the dough and spread it into a small disc using your hands
  3. Place 2 tbsp potato filling in the center
  4. Bring all the ends of the dough together, tuck and seal completely
  5. Carefully place the bun on a lined baking tray making sure the tucked side is facing down
  6. Repeat for the rest of the dough
  7. Place the tray in oven and bake for 20 minutes until the bun is golden brown
  8. Remove from oven and brush some butter on top
  9. Serve warm

 

Prepare the potato-peas filling

Prepare the potato-peas filling

 

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk

 

Add melted butter and yeast mixture to flour

Add melted butter and yeast mixture to flour

 

Add water and knead into smooth dough

Add water and knead into smooth dough

 

Let the dough rest in warm place

Let the dough rest in warm place

 

Divide the dough into 8 parts

Divide the dough into 8 parts

 

Spread the dough into a circular disc

Spread the dough into a circular disc

 

Place potato filling in the center

Place potato filling in the center

 

Bring the ends together and seal completely

Bring the ends together and seal completely

 

place the bun on a lined baking tray making sure the tucked side is facing down

Place the bun on a lined baking tray making sure the tucked side is facing down

 

Repeat for the rest of the dough and bake

Repeat for the rest of the dough and bake

 

Potato filled buns baked to perfection

Potato filled buns baked to perfection

 

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