Do you watch reality shows? I watch only musical reality shows. Not american idol though since I don't understand the music that they sing. Some of the singers' vocal strength amaze me, but still I can't make out much of it.
Indian music is a totally different story altogether. Be it film music, hindusthani or carnatic classical. Even when I am not trained, I know when I am listening to good music.
Coming to the point, I watch Indian Idol thanks to people who upload videos on youtube. Today, Swaroop Khan was eliminated. So, top three people are my favorite Shreeram, very good singer in my opinion Rakesh Maini and the not so good in my opinion Bhoomi Trivedi.
If there are any fans of these people, please don't bash me. I am expressing my opinion here. I would've loved to see Shreeram, Shashi Suman and Shivam in finals. No, I am not prejudiced towards boys. Girls this time on Indian idol were really bad. Not a single person could sing without going flat once. They say 'Shruthir matha, layah pita' in Sanskrit. When a person cannot hold sur/shruthi/tune, that person cannot be called a good singer.
Shreeram and Rakesh are what you call surile in hindi or very melodious singers. Bhoomi on the other hand isn't. Anyway, it is funny that she made it to finals and that is okay with me. I would be disappointed if she moves on and one of the other two get eliminated. I just wanted to vent my disappointment about these shows and since I don't have anyone to talk to about these, I am writing it here. If you did read this, thank you.
Coming to the comfort of food zone, I made yam rolls today since I had only one yam and didn't know what else to do with it.
Bread Flour - 3 - 3 1/4 cup (It took 3 cups + 2TBSP for me)
Yam - 1 large cooked, peeled and mashed and then measured. 1 1/4 cup. If you have slightly more or less, don't worry, you can adjust the flour to take care of it.
Warm water - 1/3 cup
Sugar - 3 TBSP
Salt - 1 tsp
Active dry yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
Olive oil or any kind of oil - 3 TBSP
Milk - for brushing before baking
Butter - for brushing after baking (optional)
In a bowl, pour warm water. Sprinkle sugar and yeast to it. Let it froth, about 5 minutes or so. Add salt, yam puree, oil and mix. Slowly start adding the flour to make a smooth ball. Knead for about 10 minutes. Coat with oil and cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for one hour or until double in bulk. Punch down the dough and knead gently for couple of minutes. Divide the dough into 12 balls of equal size. Let the dough rest a while before you shape them into balls. I used a 7 X 11 pan and if you space them apart, you will get nice round buns. I wanted them to touch each other more like Pav buns. Cover with an oiled aluminum foil and let rise for about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Brush the rolls with some warm milk. Bake for about 15 minutes and lower the temperature to 325 F and bake for another 10 more minutes or till nicely brown on the top and bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Once the pan is removed from the oven, place it on the wire rack to cool. Brush with butter when still warm.
This can be used for sandwich or like a dinner roll. I am planning to make some spicy curry to go along with this.
I couldn't resist the temptaion to take a picture of this roll on a white plate.
These rolls are 'yeastspotted'.