bread rolls with stuffed potatoes – a snack that can be made in a jiffy if you have leftover boiled potatoes. these bread rolls are a favorite at home and i usually pair them with the evening chai as a snack.
the first time i had these bread rolls were in my school canteen. a middle aged lady in her 40’s whom everybody used to call as aunty would make these at home and get them during the break hour.
she would carry them in large steel dabbas (jars) and they would be still warm when she would serve them to us. they were served with a white peas curry which would be hot enough with the warm bread rolls. i seriously got addicted to this combo of bread rolls with the peas curry. i would often make a beeline to have the bread rolls as they would sell like hot cakes. she would also get idlis and vadas with coconut chutney. an option i had no choice to have when the bread rolls would get over.
then i had no clue how these bread rolls are made. so when we were demonstrated the rolls in our home science cooking lab and then when i finally got to have them…. i clearly got the connection…. these were the same rolls that aunty used to make. so long to know the how to aspect of making these bread rolls.
when i make the stuffing, i usually use the same potato stuffing that i use for the aloo parathas. we prefer a little sourness in the potato stuffing, so i add either dry mango powder or anardana powder (dry pomegranate powder).
we also collectively prefer the taste of anardana in potato stuffings for samosa, tikki, paratha rather than dry mango powder. this recipe used anardana powder. you can try both and choose what you or your family likes the best.
to make the bread rolls, i have used multi grain bread. you can use whole wheat, brown or even white bread. even a bread two to three days old works well.
step by step recipe to make bread rolls with stuffed potatoes:
1. boil the potatoes, peel and mash them. add all the spices, herbs and salt and mix well. make small to medium rolls of potato filling depending on the size of the bread.
2. take a slice of bread and dip it in a plate filled with water.
3. just let the bread absorb the water. it should get damp but not overly. otherwise the bread slice breaks. the idea is to make the bread moist enough so that it becomes pretty flexible which would make the rolling and shaping easier… on similar lines like a pastry dough (though pastry dough is very easy than a soaked drained bread). press the bread between your palms so that the excess water is drained.
4. place the prepared potato stuffing roll on on bread slice.
5. roll the bread and join the edges. there should not be any exposed potato filling as when frying they will leak out in the oil. if there are any exposed edges, then just cover with a piece of soaked and drained bread and press it to get an even cover. forming the bread roll is not so easy part for beginners and with practice you will learn.
6. make all bread rolls this way.
7. heat oil for deep frying or shallow frying in a kadai or pan. when the oil becomes medium hot, then add bread rolls. fry the bread rolls till they become crisp and golden in color. the oil has to be moderately hot. if the oil is not hot enough, the moist bread will absorb a lot of oil. if the oil is very hot, the bread will brown quickly and unevenly with uncooked insides.
8. drain the bread rolls on kitchen paper tissues to remove excess oil.
bread rolls with stuffed potatoes recipe below:
- 5-6 slices of white bread or brown bread or multi grain bread
- 2 medium sized potatoes
- ½ tsp dry pomegranate seeds or ½ tsp dry mango powder
- ½ tsp crushed black pepper or ¼ tsp black pepper powder
- ¼ tsp red chilli powder
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- ¼ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp chaat masala
- 2 to 3 tsp chopped coriander leaves
- salt as required
- boil the potatoes.
- when they are still warm, peel and mash them and keep aside.
- crush the dry pomegranate seeds to a powder in a mortar-pestle.
- add the pomengranate powder, crushed black pepper, red chili powder, chopped green chilies, coriander leaves, garam masala powder, cumin powder and chaat masala powder and salt.
- mix the whole filling well.
- make small to medium rolls of the filling depending on the size of the bread and how many you are going to use.
- taste and add more salt or spice powders if required.
- take a slice of bread and dampen it with water,
- squeeze the water from the bread.
- place the filling in the center of the bread.
- roll the bread and close the edges so as to get an even outer cover.
- make all bread rolls this way and keep aside.
- heat oil in a kadai or vok.
- fry the bread rolls till they become crisp and golden in color.
- drain the bread rolls on kitchen paper tissues to remove excess oil.
- serve the bread rolls with tomato sauce or green chutney.
the recipe can be doubled or tripled.