Tuesday, June 24, 2014

KOMAJ ( Persian Bread )

This is a Persian bread with turmeric and cumin flavours stuffed with dates. Both these spices are extensively used in Indian cooking and the bread rolls tasted so flavorful, one of the best bread rolls that I have ever tasted.find any other information about it. The recipe is taken from Greg and Lucy Malouf’s book, Saraban – A Chef’s Journey Through Persia, and here’s what they have to say about Komaj.
“This is our interpretation of a wonderful savoury–sweet bread we tasted in the oasis town of Mahan in the south-east of Iran. Cumin is grown in abundance in the region and is used to flavour many of the local dishes, often in combination with turmeric. “
They usually make these breads in the heart shape in Iran. I have made some in the heart shape and some round ones.
Here goes the recipe :

For the dough:
Flour ( all purpose flour or self raising flour ) .... 3 and 3/4 cups
Active dry yeast ..... 1 tsp
Warm water ... 1/8 cup
Cumin seeds ... 2 and 1/2 tsps (roasted and slightly crushed)
Sugar ... 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp
Salt ....... 1/2 tsp
Egg ... 1 (optional)
Warm milk ... 2/3 cups
Olive oil ... 1 and 1/2 tbsps

 For the filling:
Dates ... 12 - 15 ( Pitted and cut into pieces)
Butter ...25 gms (unsalted at room temperature)
Cardamom powder ... 1/2 tsp


Take 1/8 cup warm water and add 1 tbsp sugar. Sprinkle the yeast and leave it in the warm place for about 8-10 mins until it becomes frothy.

Mix the turmeric and crushed cumin seeds into the flour (save a tsp of cumin seeds for sprinkling on top) Knead into a dough adding the olive oil, salt and remaining sugar with warm milk. Also add egg if you are using it. I did not add in the dough but used the egg white for glazing.

After kneading, shape the dough into a ball and place it in the oiled bowl. Cover it and set it aside in a warm place to rise until double.(about an hour or so. In winter it may take longer)

Remove the dough, deflate it, knead it again for a few minutes.

 Shape it into a ball and again set it aside for a second rise until double.

In the meanwhile prepare the filling by mixing the butter, dates and cardamom powder.

Remove the dough after it is risen the second time. Divide into 8 portions first.

Roll out into a longer rectangular strip about 1/4" - 1/8" thick. Spoon a littlle filling in the bottom portion, brush the surface with water and fold it over the filling. Make sure to seal them well because they swell and open up during the baking process.

Cut it into any shape using a cookie cutter. Place them on a greased tray or butter paper leaving enough space between them

Repeat the same with the rest of the dough. You can make use of the dough left out from the cuttings also to make more rolls using different shape cookie cutters.

Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Brush them with milk or egg white and sprinkle the remaining cumin powder over them. Press it lightly to stick.

Bake them at 200 degrees C for about 10 - 12 minutes, checking in between. The time and temperature varies a bit depending on the type and size of your oven.Cool them on the rack. They can be served with tea. They taste better when fresh but you can refrigerate them and re-heat a little before serving.

This quantity makes about 10 - 12 Komaj

(Adapted from Saraban – A Chef’s Journey Through Persia by Greg & Lucy Malouf) http://www.amazon.in/Saraban-Chefs-Journey-through-Persia/dp/1742705138

Made for  Aparna's We Knead to Bake # 18 Komaj @ My Diverse Kitchen

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  1. very nice clicks...visit my space too...Event and giveaway going on

  2. Wonderful pics as always. Love the Urdu- English lettering, so cool!!😀

  3. i am just imagining the flavors... the pics look really good...

  4. This looks amazing, I met Greg Malouf at the Food bloggers Connect weekend a couple of weeks ago.

    1. Thanks Nayna.. and so lucky to have met him

  5. luks so good n nice pics...kids love this.

  6. Wow - this bread looks great. Must be great with black coffee.

  7. Am in love with that heart shaped Komaji..So cute they are.

  8. Looks delicious lovely bread, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  9. This is so new to me.Iam going to try this.

  10. Wow so cute n perfectly made breads....

  11. Yummy breads...perfectly done...beautiful pics too..love it!


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