Sunday, 23 July 2017

Buns with spicy filling

Savoury Buns

Dough :


1/2 cup Milk
1/2cup water
3 tbsp  unsalted butter
4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3 tbsp sugar
3 eggs beaten
2 tsp salt

(1 egg  beaten with 2 tbsps water, for egg wash)
sesame seeds(optional)

  1. Prepare a warm water mixture: In a small saucepan, combine the milk, water, and butter. Warm over medium heat until butter is melted. Cool for about 5 minutes, or until the temperature is 120-130 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt. Add the warm water mixture, followed by the beaten eggs, (mixing on low speed if using an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook which makes the job pretty easier!). 
  3. Add the remaining flour 2 tablespoons at a time (while mixing on medium-low speed until dough almost clears the bowl) and is only a slightly sticky to the touch (It's okay if some dough sticks to your fingers). You may not need all of the remaining flour, or you may need more than is called for. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes more.
  4. Gather dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap(Spray some cling wrap with cooking spray ) and put in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Punch down dough and let rest for a few minutes. Divide dough into eight equal pieces and shape into balls. 
  6.  Grab a ball flatten it with your fingers into a disc..spoon your curry filling in the center.
  7. Now bring the border together into a bundle.Turn it over, place filled buns on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. 
  8. Spray cling wrap with non-stick cooking spray and place over the shaped buns. Return to a warm place and continue to rise for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  10.  Brush buns with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  11. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
(recipe adapted from Completely Delicious)
In order to keep your buns soft, here's an important tip,

Right after taking the buns out of the oven dab some butter on the buns and keep them covered with a tea-towel for a couple of minutes to soften.

Curry Filling

Curry leaves
 Onions 2
Garlic 2 Tsp
Mince Meat 500g
Red Chili powder(1-2 tsp,
 curry powder (1 tbsp)
 turmeric powder(1/2 tsp)
 paprika 1-1/2tsp )
Tomato paste
Worcestershire sauce 2tbsp
Black pepper powdered 2tsp

Saute the onions curry leaves along with the crushed garlic. Add salt. When onions are softened add the mincemeat, turmeric powder, chilli powder, paprika powder, curry powder. Then add the tomato paste. You could add green chillies as well. Cook for a couple of minutes until done.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sticks and Shapes

 Here's an activity which  can  help kids get excited about shapes!

 You will need  some plastic  straws or, toothpicks, matchsticks/crafts sticks. And then get your child create shapes and pictures out of them. This  activity could be  used with 7-year-olds and upwards.

  Through this activity,  children will learn how two or more geometrical shapes can be used together to form a new geometrical shape or design.

This activity helps children improve hand eye coordination and lays and a great foundation for mastering geometrical shapes.

Older children will be able to create 3D shapes. You could also extend this activity by having your children tessellate the geometrical shapes they create.

Well, this activity kept my children busy for a good hour or so.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Early Learning with Digital Technologies

 Let's go hunting for shapes!

Hi everyone, here's an activity to help your  little ones with shape recognition!

Like most children, my son has mastered names of shapes and numbers through various resources,  but also  not to mention with various digital games and apps. So I went on to  help him recognise shapes in everday objects using the device he likes to use. 

Well, grab a Smart phone or  any other digital device and get your child hunt for various shapes. Once  you and your child start hunting for shapes together , your little one will recognise that shapes and patterns are all around us: on clocks, on his bicycle, his plate and so on . Thus, this activity will help children reinforce names of geometrical shapes and help visualise  existence of them in everyday objects.

You could also have the captured pictures printed out in order to make a "My Shapes Book" for your child to enjoy. You could also get your child trace over the shapes using the pictures.

In addition to many shape  recognition games available online, this activity was really fun and effective with my son. I believe there are many creative ways of using digital technologies to help children learn while having fun.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Lego Fun

Hi all,

Here's how I kept  my kids busy these school holidays. Yep, with lots and  lots of Lego bricks...

Lego Maze

Steve from Minecraft

Great way to engage your kids is to get them spell their names...

Practice spelling

Lego pencil holder
Have fun!