Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic Chili Buns

>>  Thursday, April 16, 2015

Masala buns are such addictive ones. If you have tasted those sold in the local bakery shops., then you will know which ones I am talking about. However the first time I ever remember eating these were from Nilgiris Super Market. We have been regular at Nilgiris for over three decades. Even when the concept of super market was new and not many would even frequent it, I remember Daddy driving nearly Ten Kms just to shop at this place during my school days. It was one of the first supermarkets that I remember sprouting in Madras.

We used to shop every month and when it came to bakery items, we used to ensure we tried every new bread what was on the rack. One of my favorite bakes would be these masala buns that had kasuri methi, chilies. It used to be spicy, yet so delicious and so soft! A typical Indian take on a bun. The buns were always such hit at home and would disappear within minutes.

Many years later, I saw other local bakeries coming out with their version of masala buns, and typically these were much on the spicier side as well, catering to local market. That never stopped us from getting it still. I have always been wanting to bake such buns myself. Though I am yet to actually do it. When I decided to make savory bakes for the third week, I wanted to make these, however looks like I will have to wait for another time still.

Somehow even without planning my bakes seem to have fallen in a pattern. If you noticed the first two days were plain buns/dinner rolls. These two days are stuffed and spiced buns. I will hold on the surprise for the next two days. So come back and check what it is for next two days.

As I was saying we are not a bun family as such. No other meaning meant, I was implying that I can't serve bread for dinner, not even for breakfast. Yes there were times in past when breakfast used to include sandwiches. It's become far less now. If I am to make sandwiches, it will only be for four of the bread loving members. Hubby dear and Chinnu will have no part in it. 

Though both promised that if I was to bake a loaf or bread at home, they will eat. Guess they were so sure that I will not do it, so they assured me when pressed. Now they turn a blind eye and look the other side when I said I would want to serve bread for dinner. Of course, hubby dear is not against bread, he had these fresh as such. But that was the end of it. 

I would've used the same masala as I was talking about, though somehow I wanted to use the oven roasted tomatoes and see how it turns out. I loved how colorful it looked when I was making the masala. The methi chili bun is for another day now!

I used the 30 Minutes Roll Recipe for this and it worked very quick for our snack.

Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic Chili Buns

Ingredients Needed

For the Buns

All purpose flour - 3& 1/2 cups
Warm water - 1 cup plus 2 tbsp 
Olive oil - 1/3 cup 
Instant yeast - 4 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1 tsp 
Egg replacer - 1 tbsp mixed in 3 tbsp

For the Masala

Oven Roasted Tomatoes - 1/2 cup
Garlic, crushed - 3 -4 tbsp
Green Chilies - 3 -4 nos
Butter - 2 tbsp
Dried Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp

How to make Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic Chili Buns

Heat a non stick pan with butter, add finely chopped green chilies, saute for couple of times. Then crush the garlic and saute well. 

Now add chopped oven roasted tomatoes. Combine everything well. Check for spice. Since salt is added to the roasted tomatoes, it should be enough, else add. Finally sprinkle the methi over this.

Preheat oven to 200C degrees.

To the flour, add the oil, yeast, and sugar and salt, egg replacer along with the masala you prepared.

Knead well for 10 mins, till the dough becomes soft. 

Shape dough into 12 balls and let rest for 10 minutes.

Place rolls in a greased 9x13 pan or baking sheet. Bake at 200 C degrees for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown.  Brust with butter and let it cool down.

Serve with table butter.


As I said the buns that I baked that day didn't brown well on top. However taste wise it was awesome!

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Nivedhanams Sowmya April 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM  

Shopping those days were fun and so was driving...

These buns look so addictive..

Priya Suresh April 16, 2015 at 1:11 AM  

Omg, u r torturing me with this buns, tomates, garlic and chilly wow, am in love with this buns..

Usha April 16, 2015 at 1:39 AM  

Now even I am curious why your buns are not browning? Well, as you said, as long as it tastes good, color should not matter. Filling for the buns is mouthwatering.

vaishali sabnani April 16, 2015 at 5:54 AM  

Even I loved the bakes at Nilgiris when I visited it while in coimbatore.. Your buns look nice and soft with that filling. I am yet to try buns .

The Pumpkin Farm April 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM  

Valli i think it the righ temperature setting, also for breads the oven needs to be very hot when you set the baking tray in it...try increasing the preheat time..but i liked the flavor combinations here..garlic and chilly

Pavani N April 17, 2015 at 7:43 AM  

Wow, what a flavorful bun recipe Valli. Oven roasted tomatoes stuffed inside & garlic and chili --- wow, wow -- so yummy!!

Srividhya April 17, 2015 at 9:23 PM  

wow valli. U r a queen in preparing these. look at those.. yum n soft

Suma Gandlur April 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM  

Those buns look and sound flavorful Valli.

Kalyani April 18, 2015 at 8:37 AM  

Savoury bakes r so welcome here and the tomato must have added a zing !

sneha datar April 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM  

The buns have a lovely color and are so flavorful.

Harini-Jaya R April 20, 2015 at 5:35 AM  

They look so tempting, Valli.

Nalini's Kitchen April 20, 2015 at 6:34 PM  

Wow!!that's one such flavorful bread,looks yummy..

Priya Srinivasan April 22, 2015 at 1:04 PM  

I m just imagining the flavors, oven roasted tomatoes and garlic, must have tasted heaven!!! These days i serve bread for dinner, though kids get their rice, it is hubby my guinea pig, he hasn't complained anything so far, so it is good going!

Gayathri Kumar April 22, 2015 at 4:07 PM  

You are tempting me with your filled buns. They look so yum...

Sandhya Ramakrishnan May 1, 2015 at 11:43 PM  

Love the bakery buns and they still are my favorite. I love the roasted tomatoes in the bun and the specks of red looks just beautiful!

Archana Potdar May 3, 2015 at 9:07 PM  

Valli I am really finding strange that the buns are not browning! What do the master bakers say?
Anyway I ma loving this bread a lot and plan to make it soooon.

Saraswathi Tharagaram May 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM  

Woow Love all your savory bakes!! they all were too good and no doubt this chili buns are snack burster at your home:)

Nivedhanams Sowmya May 5, 2015 at 12:23 PM  

these are super addictive!!! am so drooling!!

Ruchi Indu May 9, 2015 at 8:38 PM  

Roasted tomatoes, garlic and chilies!!! wow what a combination. This bun is a must try for me....

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