Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rieska (Indianised)

You might all be wondering what is this. I did too when I first read the title in the book 'Whole Grain Baking' by King Arthur. This is quoted from the book - "Rieska is a very moist, tasty, stir-together quick bread that has the texture of a cakey drop biscuit". It's originally from Finland. This can be served with a bowl of soup. I did some modifications and instead of making it plain, made it savory with some veggies in it. I could've used some sauteed onions, but since my MIL doesn't eat onions, used just carrots. You could experiment with other vegetables too. The best thing I liked about it is the bread gets ready in 18 minutes. (Yes, can you believe that?)

Here goes the recipe (My version)..

  • Old fashioned rolled oats - 1/2 cup
  • Whole Rye flour - 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
  • All purpose flour - 1/2 cup (Next time, I will use whole wheat flour in its place)
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 1/4 tsp
  • Butter - cold cut into chunks  3 TBSP 
  • Butter milk - 1 1/2 cup (I used 1/2 cup of yogurt and mixed it with 1 cup of water)
  • Grated Carrots - 2 medium sized carrots
  • Green chillies - 8 chopped finely
  • Cilantro - chopped about 1/4 cup

Preheat the oven to 500 F (yes, it is not a typo. this bread is baked at this temperature). Lightly grease a 9 X 13 pan with vegetable oil spray. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Add the chunks of butter and mix till it resembles coarse mixture. (Don't try to knead the butter into the flour) Add grated carrots, chillies, cilantro and stir. Dump all the buttermilk at once and mix gently. It'll be a gooey, sticky mass. Spread it onto the pan and smooth the top. Place in the oven and bake for 17 - 20 minutes. Mine were done perfectly at 17 minutes. When you touch the middle, it should spring back. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing. I served with chutney and some hot and sweet sauce.

You could add grated zucchini. Baking time might increase due to moisture in zucchini. If you like cheese, you could add that too. You could add dill or mint and make it a totally different flavor. All in all, a healthy wholesome breakfast which can be made in a jiffy.

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  1. Great bread Champa. It's such a breeze to prepare this one. Thanks for trying recipes from that book.

  2. This is quite new to me but the recipe sounds really interesting!

  3. Very interesting and innovative recipe.

  4. This is a new recipe to me and it sounds incredible. Love the name too!

  5. Something very new. Also looks nice spicy with the ingredients.


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