Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oat Pav (Bread)

Since I have already mentioned what a pav is in this post , I will not go into it again. This rustic Indian bread has a special place in our hearts and I love the texture and softness of this bread. Unfortunately the all purpose flour does not satisfy the health conscious part of my mind and the wheat version does not completely satisfy R's taste buds. With the intention of satisfying both our requirements and making a healthier version of pav, I thought of adding oats to it.

The good thing about adding oats in breads is that it does not make the bread too dense or interfere with the taste of the bread, both of which I feel wheat does, so I like to experiment with oats in my bakes more than wheat. It also helps that oats is an amazing super food and I keep looking for as many ways to include this grain in our diet. I was amazed at how perfect the pav tasted and this one turned out special because it satisfied both my health consciousness and R's taste buds, in short, a real winner :-)

Oat Pav 6


Ingredients and method to make Oat Pav
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
1/2 cup oat flour (rolled oats powdered in spice grinder until fine) (store bought oat flour would work just as well)
1/2 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
3 tsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
2 1/2 tsp unsalted butter + a little additional butter to brush on top of the bread
+ 2 additional tsp unsalted butter (optional)

This bread works slightly differently from the usual breads in the sense the kneading is done after 30 minutes of mixing all the ingredients. This lets the steel cuts oats soak up some of the moisture and become a little more soft and cooked.

In a large bowl, mix all purpose flour, oat flour, steel cut oats and salt and keep aside.

In a small bowl add warm water and add sugar and yeast to it and let the yeast rise for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add this warm water +sugar + yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix well . This will be a little sticky at this point. Let this sit for about 30 mins.

After 30 minutes add butter (at least 2 1/2 tsp of butter + additional 2 tsp of butter if you are using it ) to this dough and knead well until the dough is soft and non sticky. Add a little flour if required (I did not need additional flour)

Let this dough rise for about an hour.

When the dough has doubled in size, gently fold it down and divide the dough into large lemon size rolls.

Line a baking sheet/ tray with parchment paper and place the divided dough about 1/2 an inch apart.

Cover this with a moist kitchen tissue and let it rise for another hour.

Pre heat oven to 375 deg F.

When the divided dough has risen and doubled in size, you will find that the dough is joined at the ends.

Place the baking sheet/ tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops of the bread begin to brown.

Remove from oven and brush with a little butter on the top of the bread and place back in the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Remove and serve hot with either bhaji (mixed spiced vegetables) for pav bhaji or use in sandwiches or burgers

This healthier version of pav is off to Madhuram's Low fat baking event

37 comments :

Prathibha said...

Wow that is such a healthy pav..came out perfect too..

Pavani said...

That pav bread looks fluffy and yummy.. AND its much healthier.. perfect combo.

anudivya said...

You are the queen of making stuff with oats. You have so many amazing recipes on them, this is one more.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Wow what a healthy pav, has nicely risen, I did made a muffin out of this oat flour and it has come out equally good..

DEESHA said...

wow you made oats pav, that is soo much healthy & guilt free

Sireesha said...

Absolutely delish yummmy....

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! amazingly delicious recipe

Vidya said...

awesome recipe, Usha. Will be trying this very soon.

Lisa said...

Looks lovely! It's been a while since I have made bread. Oats in bread are always a treat.

Priya said...

Woww Usha...thats too great.such a beatiful oats bread, looks outstanding!

Parita said...

Oat pav looks so good, it has risen beautifully and so healthy, grt recipe dear :)

jayasri said...

you r queen of oats usha! pav is in absolute perfection, and a very healthy pav too..., looks so soft and nice....

Gita said...

wow...thats a healthy way to eat pav...the bread looks soft Usha..I have bookmarked your awesome recipe to try it on later :)

kittymatti said...

wow! Usha this pav is awesome!

miss v said...

looks so soft and yummy! i love when you recreate the traditional to be a bit more healthy. those are the recipes i love!

Superchef said...

i never would have thought of adding pav..awesome!

Sharmila said...

That's awesome Usha! Really too good. :-)

Deepika said...

Thanks, Usha, for sharing this. I agree, sometimes I too find that whole wheat doesn't give the same soft spongy consistency as maida and it can be hard to compete with fastfood restaurants outside. Let me try this out and see if I can improve on my homemade breads.

Valarmathi said...

Oats pav, healthy one. Looks delicious.

Laavanya said...

The cross-section view is so good... looks perfect Usha and so healthy too.

Happy cook said...

I have only mae cookes with oats.
This one looks really healthy but yummy too.

Happy cook said...

I have only mae cookes with oats.
This one looks really healthy but yummy too.

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy different one...perfect

Curry Leaf said...

healthy one .never tried steel cut oats.the bread looks so dear with air pockets and all.Perfect.

AnuSriram said...

Wow... thats interesting! Fluffy and nice..

Uma said...

Wow, how can you come up with such healthy ideas always? looks so good and yummy Usha!!

Vibaas said...

love the idea of adding oats. looks very fluffy and nice!

Bharti said...

oats in pav? Awesome idea.

Anu said...

Healthy pav... perfect and fluffy!!!

Nithya said...

Wow this is a super cool invention I must say. Healthy and tasty too.. Have been wondering what to do with oats and now this is my next try. :)


First time to your blog and you have a lovely collection of recipes. Keep it going. :)

Asha said...

Usha, you just came back from India too! YAY! Flight is so long and tiring, no? But it's nice to be with family there even though it's pretty hot and uncomfortable this time in India but it's monsoon now, must be better! :)

Rest now, enjoy the Summer. See you in Fall.

Red Chillies said...

I have not used the steel cut oats yet. Liked the idea of oats bread Usha.

Arch said...

OMG, how do u manage to use oats in almost everything !! I have links to many of your oat recipes to my mom who is really anjoying including this in their regular food...thanks for sharing

Sukanya said...

You truly are an amazing baker Usha.The pav looks magnificent.

dejamo said...

These look really good,Usha. Now that I am making bread, I think I will have to try them.

Madhuram said...

Lovely variation Usha. Why don't you send it to my low fat baking event.

Girl Japan said...

You made your own bread!!!!!!! I think you are just full of talent Usha, please forgive me for missing some of your posts = )

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