Dee : Are there potatoes at home?
Me: Yeah, there are some. Why?
Dee: Shall we make Potato bajji?
I start drooling over the thought of my favorite potato bajji. But immediately the thought of my dieting plans flashes across my mind.
Err, not that I have a lot of accumulated fat, but just that I don’t want any fat to get accumulated, that’s it! But how can I resist the temptation of having that lovely evening snack? And is it not unfair that I restrict him also not to have what he wants to?
Me : Hmmm..... How bout something else with aloo?
Dee: Like? What’s your idea?
I remembered reading an oil-free version of aloo bread rolls in a book that came along with my Microwave. I just got up to find the book, without answering him, in the next moment we were looking into this recipe. It seemed to be a quite a simple one, just that we wanted bread for it, which Dee immediately set out to get. And I headed to the kitchen to cook potatoes.
The potatoes were cooked by the time he returned with a loaf of bread, and we started off our experimentation! Since we were using the Grill combo mode for the first time, we were almost hooked onto the Microwave – as if the rolls would get grilled only if we stood there!! Anyways, our effort paid off, when the crisp, fat-free rolls were ready to be munched.
Here’s how we made them.......
Preparation time : 15 min
Cooking time : 25 min
Makes : 12 rolls
Potatoes - 2 large
Onion - 2 med sized, finely chopped (optional - original recipe does not use)
Green chilies - 1-2, depending on taste, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch pc, grated
Coriander leaves - 1 Tbsp, finely cut
Garam masala pwd - 1 Tsp
Red chili pwd - ½ - 1 Tsp, depending on taste
Salt - ¾ Tsp or as per taste
Bread slices - 12
Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
• Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker till it is well cooked
• In a pan, sauté onions with a Tsp of oil, till it turns translucent
• Meanwhile, cut and take off the brown part of the bread slices one by one, leaving only the white slices
• Once potatoes are cool enough to touch, peel them and mash them thoroughly, not leaving any lumps
• Mix in sautéed onions, green chilies, coriander, garam masala powder, chili powder and salt
• Mix thoroughly for even distribution of spices
• Make 12 cylindrical, sausage shaped rolls and keep aside
• Grease a non stick microwave tray with a little oil
• Now take a slice of bread, dip it in water and immediately take it out
• Squeeze out the water, spread the wet slice on your left palm, and place the potato filling roll in the middle
• Roll over the bread slice so that the potato filling is completely covered with a layer of wet bread
• Cover the two sides as well, and remove extra bread at the ends if extra
• Smear a few drops of oil over the bread roll and place it on the greased microwave tray
• Repeat for all the rolls, and place the rolls evenly on the tray
• Grill the rolls in microwave for 15 to 18 minutes in Grill-combination mode
• Turn the rolls every 5 minutes to ensure even browning on all sides
• Once done, let it cool slightly for 5 minutes, before serving
• Serve with Sonth (Recipe will follow soon) or tomato chili sauce
Tips n Tricks:
• Ensure that potato is boiled properly, else there will be lumps when mashed
• In case you do not have a microwave, then roast it in a pan adding little oil by constantly turning over the rolls. This is if you want a relatively fat-free version. Else, go ahead and deep fry them!