Vegetables and feta swirled bread

by Sunita on January 26, 2009

We had a newly wed couple join us for dinner last night. We were meeting the bride for the first time. Meeting someone new does bring in it’s own share of apprehensions…even the kids were excited. But, it turned out to be a wonderful evening together, we all got on well and the dinner was a success. It also took me back to the time when I was a newly wed bride in Assam. It is customary, back home, to go visiting friends and family after the wedding. Visiting and getting acquainted with friends and family, is not that bad, but the amount of food that is cooked in the bride’s honour in every house, (and at times, there are two to three visits in one day) , does prove to be too much for the tummy. Everyone goes through so much trouble, that you do feel a bit bad about saying no to everything that’s placed before you…the ‘come on, surely you can have a little more’, does take it’s toll on the tummy. But, now, when I look back on those days, I can’t help but smile at the fuss, warmth and love showered. I did fuss over the new bride too, but let her eat at her own pace :-)

Now, coming back to the kitchen, there’s something about baking bread that gives me a high. And when I bake one, my fingers itch to make another one. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a bread veteran, but I have had quite a decent share of baking them. And I still jump for joy when I watch the dough rise, as I did the very first time I kept watching the dough with bated breath, checking on it, probably every other second.  And the combination of  bread with cheese is something I’m up for anytime.The following vegetables and feta swirled bread is one of those. Filled with an assortment of vegetables and feta cheese, this bread is a meal in itself.

What’s needed-

For the dough-

3 C whole wheat flour (atta)

1 and 3/4 C warm water

2 tsp fast action dried yeast

1 tblsp Italian seasoning

1 and 1/2 tsp salt

a little milk for brushing the top and a handful of sesame seeds for sprinkling

For the filling-

To be cut into small pieces- 2 carrots,10-12 string-less beans, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 onion, 4-5 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tblsp roasted and ground cumin

1 tblsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp crushed red chillies (more or less)

2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil

salt to taste

200 gms feta cheese, cut into small cubes

How to-

  1. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dough, except the water, sesame and milk.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, and tip in the water. Mix together and start to knead to form a smooth and soft ball of dough. If it feels too sticky, add a little more flour, a tblsp at a time.
  3. Grease a bowl, and place the ball of dough in it. roll the dought to grease the dough. Cover the bowl with an oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise for about an hour or till doubled in volume.
  4. In the meantime, make the filling. Heat the oil in a pan and add all the ingredients, for the filling, except the cheese. Cook the vegetables till the onions are soft and the vegetables are not too soft. Remove from heat and cool completely.

    Mix in the cheese and keep aside.

  5. Punch down the dough and knead for 2-3 minutes. Use floury hands if it gets too sticky.
  6. Cover a rolling board with parchment and flour it liberally. Place the dough on the floured sheet of parchment and roll out to about  12 by 15 inches. Spread the filling over it , leaving a border of about an inch all around.
  7. From the side of your body, start to make a roll, using the parchment to help. Keep the seam side down and pinch the open edges on both the sides.
  8. Along with the parchment, lift up the roll and transfer to a baking tray. Brush the roll with a little milk and sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds. Cover with an oiled plastic wrap and leave for about 45 minutes or till doubled in volume.
  9. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C. Place the tray at the top rack of the preheated oven and bake for about 15-16 minutes. Cover the top with a piece of foil and bake for another 10-12 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter ( if you want a softer crust; if you like it crisp, omit this step)). Transfer the bread to a rack to cool completely before slicing ( I couldn’t wait, and cut it while still a bit warm.)

We had the bread with a simple dal to make a complete meal, and yes, we did love it.

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mona January 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

It has got all the goodness. Sounds like total comfort food, yummy!


2 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 6:28 am

Thanks Mona, we did love it indeed :-)


3 Nags January 27, 2009 at 1:16 am

That bread looks delicious. I love the way the crust has browned. Will surely try this, maybe with a simpler filling since it will be my first shot at filled bread :)


4 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 6:27 am

Thanks nags…do give it a try :-)


5 ttfn300 January 27, 2009 at 1:55 am

omg, this looks so amazing, the crust! veggies and feta inside! must make this soon :)


6 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 6:26 am

Thanks…do give it a try :-)


7 sathya January 27, 2009 at 2:11 am

The picture is very tempting ! Iam not a great baker , but would love to bake something like this !
Thanks for sharing sunita !


8 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 6:26 am

Thanks Sathya…do give it a try :-)


9 snooky doodle January 27, 2009 at 8:00 am

oh my! you surely do amazing recipes. this looks so apetitising ! Wish I could grab that whole loaf and eat it :) its a nice way of eating your greens :)


10 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

Thanks snooky…it is indeed a very wholesome loaf and is a meal in itself :-)


11 sushma January 27, 2009 at 8:45 am

Hey agree with you and i m sure everyone has gone thru this process and i would never want to recall my exp it was really bad and my tummy was up set for more than a week and i felt like throwing up whenever i saw food :( Mahesh still laughs at me :)

Bread looks so different and yummy .never had this kind of bread before. i would have had second helping if this kind of food was served for me :)


12 Lore January 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

Delicious and healthy, stuffed loaves are starting to grow on me, yum!


13 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

Thanks Lore.. we adore stuffed loaves too :-D


14 priya January 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

omg………………all the bread recipes do tempt me so very much……………..and poor me……………….i as yet dont have an oven to bake the bread in………………….my two attempts at trying to bake bread in the microwave was a complete disaster…………….and the so called bread was like rock…………………..:-(


15 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Thanks…i’m sure you cook lots of other goods :-)


16 mallugirl January 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Love the smell of bread baking.. i can make good loaf bread but adding veggies inside the bread is so adventurous!! the colors of the veggies make it look very appealing.


17 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Thank you…stuffing is just the next step…give it a try :-)


18 Shreya January 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

hi, Love your pics! such comfort to see veggies inside the bread and looing so yummy:-)


19 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Thank you Shreya :-)


20 Asha January 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

YUMMY!!! I make potato stir fry and stuff it like this. I made one Swirl bread too, will post sometime later! :) )

It’s like whole meal, just need a soft drink. Good one.


21 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Asha…will look out for your version… I stuffed one with a potato mixture for a DB challenge once :-)


22 sandeepa January 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

That looks so tempting, if the “new bride” reads your blog she will be a regular visitor to your home now :D


23 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Thanks Sandeepa..btw, the ”new bride” has no idea about this space :-)


24 indosungod January 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

:) I am sure the bride had great food Sunita.
The filled bread looks delicious, I am still wondering if am ready to try my hand at this. Will keep you posted.


25 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Thanks ISG…do give the bread a try :-)


26 Aparna Rao January 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Great looking Bread… yumm..


27 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Aparna :-)


28 Mythili January 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Whoa! Now that’s delicious! Warm, delicious bread like this one …hmmm that’s exactly what i need on a cold, dull day like today.


29 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Mythilli…we did enjoy the bread :-)


30 Hayley January 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

This looks amazing! I just printed it out, and can’t wait to make it when I go home this weekend. Thanks for sharing!


31 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Hayley…do give the bread a try…hope you like it as much as we did :-)


32 Raaga January 28, 2009 at 6:14 am

the bread looks so pretty!


33 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Raaga :-)


34 Sia January 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

oh, u baking diva! :) do i need to say any more?


35 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

That is indeed enough :-D ..or I’ll hide under the duvet ;-)


36 Jaya January 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Wonderful recipe. And wonderful site. Good luck! :)



37 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Jaya :-)


38 Soma January 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Wooo Stuffed Bread! How beautiful that looks! With my skills I don’t think i will dare to bake something like this. :-(


39 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Thanks..btw, you won’t know whether you can until you try it :-)


40 Jesse January 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

I’ve been dreaming about making a bread like this – you beat me to it. Looks delicious!!


41 Sunita January 29, 2009 at 7:54 am

Thank you…but do make yours too …i’m sure you’ll do great :-)


42 Navita January 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

gosh i love this place Sunit. looked at ur tuiles but i love yeast and bread….yeah hve baked bread only twice though…waiting to try this.

my first time here and must say I love this place.
if u can, do stop by my place sometime…wud love to entertain u :)


43 Sunita January 30, 2009 at 6:42 am

Thanks Navita…glad you like my humble world…will definitely accept the invitation to visit yours :-)


44 Kevin January 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

That stuffed bread looks amazing!


45 Sunita February 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Thanks Kevin :-)


46 Beatrice February 2, 2009 at 5:13 am

What a great idea! I would eat it on its own, but I can see it being wonderful with a bowl of soup, as well.


47 Sunita February 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Yes, it tastes great both ways :-)


48 Sandhya February 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Hi Sunita,

I absolutely love your blog and the recipes you post. I wanted to try this recipe of yours but my husband doesn’t like feta cheese. Can you suggest another kind that would go well with this recipe? BTW your pictures are brilliant :) . keep blogging.


49 Sunita February 26, 2009 at 6:22 am

Sandhya, glad that you like my space…

Do try the bread…you can add paneer instead, if you do not like feta, or any other cheese of your choice…of course the texture and taste of the filling may differ, but should still taste good.


50 Mike June 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

i love it… Thank you for posting this.


51 Archie September 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

Hey – Thats a beautiful blog you have here. I am from India, not sure if I can find Feta here. What is the closest substitute I can use? Is parseman fine?


52 Sunita September 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Archie. You can substitute the feta cheese with others. Of course, the taste will differ, but it won’t be bad.


53 Manju April 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Hi Sunita,
I began baking bread a few months ago. Last week I stumbled upon your website by accident .. And am really happy about it!
I tried this swirl bread yesterday and it was awesome. Thank you!


54 Sunita April 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

Glad you liked the bread Manju :-)


55 Preeti April 20, 2010 at 2:41 am

My friend Manju suggested this recipe and I tried it over the weekend. It was a big hit in our family. It is very delicious indeed. Thanks You. :-)


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