Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Komaj - Eggless Persian Date Filled Turmeric and Cumin Buns

Komaj, this Persion buns are flavoured with turmeric and cumin seeds which is stuffed with chopped dates, the addition of cumin and turmeric makes this Komaj very different from other bakes,and the most interesting part is these Persian buns are stuffed with dates, so both cumin,dates combination while having this buns sounds very much unique. I have already uses cumin in breads when its comes to savory,but this bread is very much different.Cumin is very much used in Persian cuisine as they are grown abundantly, obviously local Persian dishes are often flavored by cumin in combination with turmeric powder. This sweet and savory bread is served with tea and you can find them in heart shaped buns, this is the way these buns are eaten in Iran. Komaj is this month's bread for We Knead To Bake, a monthly baking event by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen. After 'Pain au lait', a French milk buns we are travelling towards Iran for making this interesting buns Komaj.

I baked 5 komaj with chopped dates and finished the remaining with chocolate chips, seriously both dates and chocolate stuffed komaj tastes delicious. Definitely its worth to try this Persian spiced sweet and savory buns. Komaj suits prefectly for my theme of this week's blogging marathon, am running my last week of blogging marathon with an interesting theme 'Cooking with alphabets' in different method of cooking. From the list given by Srivalli for this theme, i picked K,V,O and cooked this week's blogging marathon's dishes with three different methods of cooking. Today's Komaj goes for oven aka baking method, tomorrow's post will be stove top method and the last one is going to be microwave cooking method. Eventhough this week's theme was bit challenging, i enjoyed thoroughly this week's theme.Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#41. 



Recipe Source: A chef's Journey Through Persia By Greg & Lucy Malouf
1tsp Active dry yeast
1/8cup Warm water
3+3/4cups All purpose flour
2+1/2tsp Cumin seeds (toasted & lightly crushed)
1/4cup Sugar
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
3/4tsp Salt
2/3cup Warm milk
1/4cup Yogurt
2tbsp Olive oil

For filling:
1/4cup Chopped dates (or chocolate chips)
25grms Butter (room temperature)
1/2tsp Cardamom powder

Milk for brushing
Icing sugar (for dusting) optional

Add the yeast the warm water and keep aside until the yeast turns foamy.

Take the flour, 2tsp crushed cumin, sugar, turmeric powder, salt in a bowl, and mix well. Add the foamy yeast, warm milk, yogurt, oil and knead everything as smooth dough.

Shape the dough as ball and place it in a greased bowl, cover it, keep aside for an hour until it double its volume.

When the dough has risen, deflate it, shaped it as a ball, and keep aside in warm place for an hour again.

Meanwhile mix the chopped dates,butter and cardamom powder in a bowl for filling.

Divide the dough into 4balls, cut them again as two, so that you have 8 pieces of the dough.

Work with one portion at a time. Roll each dough as a rectangle with 1/4inch thickness, brush it with water, place a teaspoon of filling almost towards a corner of the rectangle, dont keep too much of filling.

Bring the other side of the rectangle and cover the filling completely. With a round cookie cutter, cut the dough with filling as round buns.


Continue the same process with the other pieces, collect the remaining doughs to form two more pieces.

Arrange the unbaked buns in a baking sheet lined over a baking tray.

Keep aside in a warm place for 15-20minutes until they dough their size. Brush it with milk, sprinkle the cumins on the top (press it with ur fingers)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Bake the komajs for 10-12minutes.

Let them cool in wire rack, dust it with icing sugar if you like.

Serve them with coffee.


30 comments:

Julie said... Reply To This Comment

new n interesting recipe,looks delicious :)

Shweet Spicess said... Reply To This Comment

These buns r just perfect!!!

Anu Kollon said... Reply To This Comment

Looks delicious..

Nadji K. said... Reply To This Comment

Tes pains sont magnifiques.
Ils doivent être délicieux.
Ils me plaisent énormément.
A bientôt

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Beautifully and perfectly baked buns. They look so tempting. ..must say you are a thorough pro. Priya.

Zoe said... Reply To This Comment

These buns with dates or chocolate chips all look and sound very nice!

Sony P said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect and crispy buns :)

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

these look so moist and warm and with the flavors going in they are pretty unique, beautiful

Sweatha J said... Reply To This Comment

PERFECT Priya!! as always

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, trust you to plan so well..:)..what a lovely way to cook K and especially in different modes..great job..the buns are so sinful!

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Nice filling of dates..looks delicious

Sona S said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting recipe, looks delicious..

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

Buns looks so tempting and just like store bought ones...hats off to ur baking skills !

Sundari Nathan said... Reply To This Comment

looks gorgeous & delicious!!

JASPINDER KAUR said... Reply To This Comment

Looks delicious and tempting. As always this one is also perfect dear....

Shobha said... Reply To This Comment

I am just posting the same now.. they were so delicious.

Gloria said... Reply To This Comment

these buns look so good..love the filling...

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

we get dates here seasoned with cumin and I used to love them... these buns look really soft...

Deepa G Joshi said... Reply To This Comment

lovely buns..flawless..and love the filling..yummy

Sarita said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect buns.,

traditionallymodernfood said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious buns

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

Such flavorful and yummy looking buns.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Flavorful and tempting rolls Priya!

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Such a nice and interesting buns,looks fabulous...

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Dates filled buns sound very interesting and am even chocolate chips ones tasted awesome

Priya Ranjit said... Reply To This Comment

very beautiful buns so perfectly made too. Love it.

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

The buns looks so good. They are shaped perfectly.

I tried this one too but did not like the flavor combination. Good to know you all enjoyed it.

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

Perfectly made buns and love the flavors in them -- so yummy.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

I havent tried this one yet - Yours came out looking so wonderful and with interesting spices I am sure it will be delicious

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Perfectly made buns, Priya!