And I surrendered…

Kneading the dough

Its raining potato bread everywhere in the blogging world and the temptation was too much. I duly surrendered and set out to make bread from scratch, for the very first time. I have always wanted to try potato buttermilk rolls recipe from this book. So I combined this recipe with Tanna’s recipe and developed my own. The rolls were soft and chewy with a light tang from the yogurt. I am so glad I made ‘em. Served with soup or as a sandwich, potato buttermilk rolls were just right.

Potato Buttermilk Rolls


Russet potato – 2, medium
Yogurt – ½ cup
Yeast – 2 packets
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt – 1½ tsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
All purpose flour or maida – about 4 cups, plus extra for dusting


Peel and dice potatoes and cook in 4 cups of water, until soft. Drain and reserve the cooking water. Mash the potatoes well and let it cool. When the potatoes are warm and not hot, combine with yogurt, 1 ½ cups of potato water, yeast. Leave for 5 minutes.

Making Potato Buttermilk Rolls

Add sugar, salt, butter, whole wheat flour and 2 cups of all purpose flour to the potato mixture. Mix well until combined. The dough will be very sticky. Turn it on to the counter and start kneading. Keep adding flour until the dough comes together, about 2 cups. Transfer the dough to a well oiled clean bowl. Cover and let rise for about an hour.

When doubled in size, punch the dough and knead again. Divide the dough into two and reserve one half. Shape the other half into 6 rolls onto a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for about 25 minutes. Preheat the oven at 450F. Lightly flour the rolls and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for additional 20 minutes, until light brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Potato Buttermilk Rolls


After the dough was done, I feared that it may be too much for just the two of us. I reserved half of it and chose to worry about it later. When the later came and I still had no idea I was a little desperate. Then an idea struck. Anjali of Anna Parabrahma had left a comment on this post, saying that she once made bhature with bread dough. Considering that the ingredients for the rolls were almost the same as aloo bhatura (barring yeast), I decided to give it a try. The bhature were a huge hit. The leftovers were even better. With due credits to Anjali, here is the method for making bhature.


Take the other half, and add equal amount of all-purpose flour. Knead well. Roll out thin small rounds and deep fry. Serve with your favourite curry.


I served mine with Ashwini’s Gobi ka kheema. I have been looking for this recipe for quite some time and this one is spot on. Ashwini, your recipe pleased our palettes just like your pictures delights our eyes.


Anonymous said...

Your photos are so beautiful! And what a great idea with the left over dough. Although I make bread a lot, I have never made potato bread. Must give it a try. VegeYum

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Sug, awesome!! Simply grand that you too gave bread making a try and am glad you liked it.

Srivalli said...

Suganya...I think me too...thats so beautiful!

Padmaja said...

Su!! Those look incredible!! never thought bread looks that beautiful until I saw your pictures!!
My bhature comes out different to yours dear and Noel puts on a weird face whenever I serve them, Time to try yours!!
Have a great weekend

creampuff said...

Your photography is beautiful!

Rachna said...

wow I just love the pitures...suganya... amazing!!

Kribha said...

Your dishes are always a feast to the eyes and the tummy. Looks fantastic. Will save the recipe for later.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suganya,
And I surrendered to all of you good bakers.
Awesome, just awesome. I just can't bake. Hats to you all who bake so well. I will try your recipe during winter break. I will keep you posted.

Meera Subbarao

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

The potatoes lend the bread a softness that is unbelievable. Good idea for the bhaturas. Will keep that in mind next time.

bee said...

now there's no looking back. hoping to see many more breads from you. try naan if you have dough left. i always add potato to naan dough. and rose levy berenbaum has a killer potato pizza dough.

Laavanya said...

I intend on surrendering too *hopefully soon*. It's been just too tempting and I love your addition of yogurt. Will keep that in mind. Your dough looks good, not too sticky. To make bhaturas with them is such a classic idea. Great job Suganya!

Ashwini said...

I have never attempted yeast bread at home... I dont know it just seems too complicated. That last photo makes me want to surrender too :-)
So glad you liked the kheema S. And thanks for your kind words.

Shilpa said...

Ohhh...I too got bread fever ;). Your pics are beautiful as usual. Bread looks amazing

Rajesh &Shankari said...

drool...early in the morning, I should not look at food blogs, cravings start from now on. Cool idea..and lovely picture.

Rachel said...

So there you succumbed to the addiction to! Lovely rolls! great pics!

Namratha said...

I was hoping the bread bug would bite you soon too, love to see your pics! :) And great idea of frying the left over dough!

Shivapriya said...

I make plain bread at home but with bread machine my atta gave me. Never tried anything new as I'm lil scared to do it:). I always make potato batura's. Gobi Keema looks great. I should try it. BTW nice pictures

Lata said...

Looks like you worked very hard on this part. Looks yummy.

I really want to learn some photoshop skills from you.

Suganya said...

VegeYum, Thank you. You cannot taste potato in the bread at all.

Meeta, I am not a regular baker like you. But I do bake a lot of quick breads. This is my first try at yeast breads :).

Srivali, Did you make the bread too?

Haha. Padamaja, You cannot go wrong with bhature. Anything deep fried tastes good. This may be of help

Creampuff, Thank you.

Rachna, Kribha Thanks for leaving your trail :)

Meera, I didn't set out to bake so far. Bread baking is intimidating. Making quick breads is very easy. You can start from there. You will then be allured to make yeast breads.

You said it right, Aparna.

Bee, I know. No looking back. I've never added potato to pizza dough. Will try the recipe sometime. Thanks for the idea. Loved your chess-marzipan pic. Brilliant idea.

Laavanya, one by one, all of us are falling for it :).

Ashwini, Thank you for the recipe. I loved it.

First it was Priya of Akshayapatram, then it was you with kara buns (brilliant idea), now its my turn.

Shankari, True. Even after lunch, I sometimes feel hungry looking at other blogs.

I did Rachel :)

Now you are happy, aren't you Namratha?

This will be very easy with a bread machine. Do try Shivapriya.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suganya,

I have been here a lot of times but never left a comment until now..I have tried a lot of ur recipes (muffins, uppadam, mysore rasam and ysy i made ur lemon poppy seeds cookies) and each one of them have been a great hit at my place :)! Ur blog rocks!!


evolvingtastes said...

Suganya, you NEVER disappoint. If this is not perfection I don't know what is.

sunita said...

Potato breads latest victim :-D...I'm so glad it's you...and look at the outcome of your surrender...lovely :-)

Susan said...

So glad you've broken the ice, Suganya. Making bread is really not that complicated; it's more of the "fear factor" that holds people back. Very nice sequential kneading pix going on there.

Indian Food Rocks said...

Fry bread! That's what you made!

I loved the first pic! And the quadtych is excellent, too! Actually all of them are!

Cynthia said...

Awesome bread and you have such beautiful hands.

I liked the pics in black and white too.

Linda said...

This happens to me all the time at your blog, Suganya. I am so enthralled by the photos I can't stop to look at the recipe. Bread, did you say...

Viji said...

Nice informative post Suganya. Glad that you got succeeded. Viji

Latha said...

Looks delicious Suganya! Pictures look wonderful!

musical said...

"And i surrendered"

Who wouldn't :). The only time i have potato bread is when its home made! Its indeed come out so well! Wish i could get some now :). And great idea for making bhaturas with the bread dough, will keep it in mind next time bake a bread :).

Bong Mom said...

Awesome, both the bread and the bhatura. And beautiful presentation

Vanamala Hebbar said...


fantastic !!! nice and beautiful photos.

Shella said...

Lovely pics. The bread looks awesome.....n the bhaturas idea was wonderful

Bharathy said...

Brilliant Effort!!!
The hands those come up with the best of dishes!...The hands those click the best of pictures!...The hands those serve food with love...The hands those type and blog in..
...the hands those reach out to all with encouragements(but I miss them recently)!

amna said...

i tried the gobi and it was so yummy!

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