Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hachapuri(Cheese bread) with Olives Green Mung Stew


Hachapuri
The Georgian cheese bread Khachapuri\Hachapuri adapted from Nigella's Feast was by far the cheesiest bread I ever baked.I usually don't cook with cheese that is not low in fat.Thankfully in this recipe all the 3 cheeses used are available in low fat\fat-free ,which is appropriate for those concerned about the high fat\high cholesterol in the Cheese.If you love cheese but are worried about its high cholesterol use low fat\fat free cheese which have relatively lower cholesterol,and Organic is even better.
The hachapuri is like the stuffed cheese pizza,only that we don't use yeast but baking soda instead.My hacahpuri seemed to have puffed more that expected,you could slightly reduced the quantity of baking soda if liked.This bread is great for dunking in a hearty stew and can easily feed 4 starving souls.
Ingredients
For Dough
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup fat free Yogurt
1 Organic egg,reserve half for the filling.
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
For filling
3/4 cup fat free ricotta cheese
3/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese,crumbled
1/2 cup partly skimmed mozzarella,grated

Method
Combine the flours ,salt and soda in a bowl.In another bowl,whisk the egg,reserve half of it for mixing in to the cheese filling and with the egg for the dough, mix in the yogurt and butter,using a fork break the butter in to the mixture.Now add this mixture in to flour and make a dough and lightly knead until smooth.Cover and let rest for about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425F.
To prepare the filling ,crumble together ricotta and feta and grate in the mozzarella.Add the reserved egg and beat the cheese mixture together.
Sprinkle some all purpose flour on the work surface.Divide the dough in to 2 equal portions.Roll one portion in to a circle about 4 inches,spread the cheese filling and leave the small border around the edges.Fold in the edges to seal the outside of the bread.Sprinkle some flour and lightly press and place the dough on the greased baking sheet.Repeat the same with the other half of the dough.

Bake the bread for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.Slice in to wedges while still hot and serve warm with soups or stews or curries.

Any leftovers can be stored for 2-3 days in a refrigerator,reheated before use.
This cheese bread is my entry for BBD-Cheese Bread,hosted by High on Hog

Olives Garlic Green Mung Stew
Bharti's quick fix Tomato and Garlic Mung Soup was the hearty accompaniment with this lofty cheese bread.I added Olives for more flavor and made it in a thicker stew's consistency.

Ingredients
1 cup Green Whole Mung Lentils
1/2 cup green and black olives,pitted and sliced.
3-4 cloves medium garlic cloves,crushed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
3/4 teaspoon chilly powder
3/4 teaspoon ground spices(like cardamoms,cloves ,cumin and cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds(Zeera)
1 cup tomato sauce(I used pasta sauce for more flavor)
2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoon chopped herbs,I used Cilantro
Salt as per taste

Method
Wash and Soak the lentils for 15-20 minutes.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker(PC) or skillet with lid,add the cumin seeds,after few seconds add the chopped garlic .Don't let the garlic burn,after about a minute ,add the tomato sauce and spices.Drain all the water from the lentils and add to the mixture along with the sliced olives,add 2 cups of water and season with salt.Cover and cook until lentils are tender 12-15 minutes on medium high heat in a PC and 40-50 minutes in a skillet.Uncover and stir and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until gravy thickens,garnish with chopped herbs and serve hot with bread\roti\parathas.

35 comments:

nick said...

I bet these would also make a perfect game-time snack.

SriLekha said...

wow! looks yum yum!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i've used green mung beans as sprouts but never realised you could use them as a stew, in the same way as many bean dishes eaten in greece. lovely bread too!

Jennifer said...

Delicious!!! I have not use mung beans before!

notyet100 said...

wish i could be part of this yummy meal,..:-)

Ivy said...

That cheese bread sounds delicious and I like the version you did with low fat cheese.

Vibaas said...

Looks yum, especially the olive green mung stew. i love olives, the only two ways i have had olives were as pizza topping or in a salad. this is new and looks yum.

Ann said...

looks precious...new to me.

Rajee said...

Hi Yasmeen,
For this tomato stew, I also cook the same like this except olives. I love olives as I dont know whether it's good to add it to the stew. Very delicious and healthy posts that I'm getteing them from you.

Aparna said...

Kachapuri was something I'd earmarked to bake. Its looks so good here, I know I will make it one of these days.

Varsha Vipins said...

Awesome..they look so perfect..Now am all set for baking he he..:p..btwn can we use ny type of cheese,like cheddar instead of Mozeralla ?

n33ma said...

Looks great....and like a a stuffed pizza? wow even better.You know what I', always looking for recipes where one can use baking soda or powder instead of yeast.Thanks for sharing!

Cham said...

Wow looks tasty with stew the cheese bread

Andhra Flavors said...

hey this cheese bread bread is totally new to me and wonderful combination.

Arabic Bites said...

Love the cheese bread yum,& Mung stew looks delicious.

zainab :)

Sunshinemom said...

Good one again, Yasmeen. The bread looks infectious:)

sowmya said...

Thats a beautiful bread..and love the stew to go with..

Shama Nagarajan said...

looking perfect..great entry

Nazarina A said...

This is a feast for friends sitting around the bowl ha! ha! The mung beans is making me salivate and I sure could use the bread as a utensil and mop up the sauce.

Dershana said...

The chunky, cheese bread looks really yum. Guess, it would make a great snack just by itself.

MeetaK said...

this bread looks absolutely fantastic. i really like feta and bread together!

Happy cook said...

They look yumm, i mean the bread .

Navita said...

i am a Nigella Feast fan...n love this bread.

the last pic somehow reminds me of pav-bhaji..lol...but thts where the resemblance ends. :p

Hey yasmeen, i can have peanuts but nt a big fan...so tomato chutney/ketchup is all i eat with my uttapam.. lol..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds new to me,whole moon stew looks good too:)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a combo cheese bread and olive mung stew superb mouthwatering

Gita's Kitchen said...

wow, the green mung stew along with the cheesy hacapuri looks so tempting...

AnuSriram said...

Looks perfect and delicious....

Laila said...

Looks and sounds really delicious .. love the photos .. Laila .. http://limeandlemon.wordpress.com

Priya said...

Gorgeous n prefectly baked chees bread Yasmeen...lovely green mung stew..

Curry Leaf said...

Terrific bread.I had bookmarked it as well.Looks terrrific.Love the stew.The combo s very new to me.

Kevin said...

That cheese bread looks good and it would go well with stew.

Archy said...

Wow, Cheese bread, love cheese.. Looks so yummy with green mung stew !!

Jude said...

That recipe does look pretty intense.. Sounds perfect with your stew.

scraps said...

I have enjoyed reading some of your other recipes along with the cheese bread. They all sound so good.
Doing BBD has been great for me.
Nice looking bread!

Anonymous said...

Wow neat! This is a really great site! I am wondering if anyone else has come across something
exactly the same in the past? Keep up the great work!

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