Turmeric and Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers
EVENT: BREAD BAKERS
THEME: NATURALLY COLORFUL BREADS
When Mireille who blogs at Schizo Chef suggested the above theme, I couldn’t see beyond beetroot. I wanted to bake a bread with beetroot puree. However, that didn’t happen as twice during my trip to the market I forgot to buy beetroots.
Staying in Mombasa has its few perks amongst the many disadvantages, one of them being that vegetable and fruit sellers come to my doorstep. Two wonderful ladies who balance heavy plastic basins filled with vegetables and fruits on their heads, have a medium size basin full, tucked in between the arm and chest and a full kikapu (baskets made from dried palm leaves) carried in their other hand come practically everyday. They both sell seasonal fruits and vegetables to earn a living. They are at the wholesale market by 5a.m. when the trucks come in, buy their daily stock and make their way to our area, hoping to sell everything before noon. I hope one day they will allow me to take a photo of them. I buy some fruits and vegetables from them so that they can feed their families, they do me a favor by getting whatever is available whenever I request. I asked one of them to buy beetroots for me and she too kept on forgetting to buy them. So I think these were signs that the beetroot bread has to wait.
As I was cooking lunch, I was waiting for the oil to get hot and was just staring at my masala tin (spice tin) when it struck me that I can use turmeric. Yes that golden superpower packed humble spice. Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and as a medicinal herb. It is believed that it has the power to reverse and fight many diseases. It is curcumin, the main component of turmeric that helps to fight so many diseases.
Why its good to include turmeric in your daily diet?
- lowers risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- is a powerful antioxidant and therefore helps to fight cancer causing free radicals
- potent anti inflammatory, making it a useful herb to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- also helps to relieve osteo arthritic pain
- helps digestion and relieves heartburn
- accelerates metabolism
- good for the skin
- prevents blood clots
- helps to lower blood sugar
- acts like an antiseptic
- helps to get rid of cough
Cooking with turmeric naturally turns any dish into a lovely yellow color, from light to dark depending on the amount used. It is believed using fresh turmeric is the best but that is not convenient in our daily cooking. So the next best option is powdered turmeric, also known as haldi in Hindi or hardar in Gujarati.
I was glad I baked this beautiful golden loaf. When added to food, turmeric really doesn’t impart a distinct flavor like other spices do.Its when you add it to hot milk or water that you can get the actual taste of turneric. It was the added garlic and cumin seeds that made this bread so flavorful. As to the shape of the loaf, when it comes to calculations I’m really really bad. As soon as numbers appear before me, I get a mental block of some kind. Hence the uneven stacks and the shape of the loaf. The width of each strip was supposed to be just a little smaller than the width of the tin. Measure tape, ruler and all, still messed it up and hence the misshaped loaf. Can I call it artisanal?;)
TURMERIC AND GARLIC PULL APART BREAD
For the bread dough:
3½ cups plain flour (all purpose flour)
1¼ cup warm water
2¼ tsp instant active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
¾ – 1 tsp turmeric powder
1½ tsp salt
2 tbsp oil/butter
For the filling:
¼ cup soft butter
½ cup chopped fresh coriander
1-2 green chilis, finely chopped
5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
extra flour for dusting
extra butter for greasing
Preparation of the dough:
- Mix flour, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, salt, sugar and yeast in a big bowl.
- Add 1 tbsp oil or butter and rub into the flour.
- Add warm water and bring the flour together into a dough.
- Dust the worktop with some flour.
- Tip the dough out of the bowl onto the worktop.
- Knead the dough for 10-15 minutes till it becomes soft and smooth.
- Shape it into a round ball.
- Rub the remaining oil or butter onto the dough and the bowl.
- Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel, lid or cling film.
- Let the dough rise for about 1½ hours or till its double the size.
Preparation of the filling:
- Mix coriander, butter, garlic and chili together in a small bowl. If you are using unsalted butter then you will need to add some salt too.
Shaping and baking the bread:
- Grease a 9″ X 5″ loaf tin with some butter.
- Knead the risen dough gently and shape it into a ball.
- Roll it out into a rectangle of 12″ X 18″.
- Smear the rectangle with the butter mixture.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut into 5 strips, vertically.
- Stack them up one on top of the other.
- Cut that stacked strip into 6 parts horizontally.
- Carefully arrange the stacks in the loaf tin, each one should be stacked vertically.
- Let the loaf rise for 30-40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place the loaf tin on the middle shelf and bake for 30-35 minutes till the top is light golden brown in colour.
- Remove the tin from the oven. Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes.
- Carefully run a spatula or knife around the edges of the tin and carefully remove the bread by inverting the tin onto the wire rack.
- Place a plate or board on top and invert the whole thing, plate, bread and wire rack.
- Serve warm with some soup, salad or as an accompaniment to a meal.
- The color of the bread will depend on the brand of turmeric. Remember as the dough will rest, the colour will become intense. Best to buy good quality turmeric powder.
- I used 6 cloves of garlic as we love garlic. You can reduce the amount and also avoid adding green chilis.
- Its best to serve the bread warm. If any is left, wrap it up and leave in the fridge and warm it up before serving.
Check out other naturally colorful breads that fellow Bread Bakers have baked:
- Cheesy Kale, Tomato and Chile Focaccia from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Coriander Butterflake Bread from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Coriander Cumin Bread from Sizzling Tastebuds
- Feta Sun-dried Tomato Quick Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Purple Yam Sweet Potato Bread from The Schizo Chef
- Spinach Beetroot Wheat Bread from Anybody Can Bake
- Spinach Sandwich Rolls from Cook’s Hideout
- Tangzhong Method Spinach Bread from Sneha’s Recipe
- Turmeric & Garlic Pull Apart Bread from Mayuri’s Jikoni
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