Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers

Theme for this month's Bread Bakers is 'Stuffed Breads' and I have bookmarked quite a few stuffed breads from our recent mega marathon. But luckily, Priya picked buns for this month's 'Home Bakers Challenge' and she had these amazing looking caramelized onion filled Sri Lankan buns on the list.

Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers

Seeni Sambol is a Sri Lankan relish made with onions. (Seeni means sugar). This seeni sambol is a sweet, tangy and sour relish that is served with any savory meal or as a sandwich filling. So as the name suggests these buns are stuffed with seeni sambol or sweet onion relish.

Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers

I followed the recipe from NY Times. These buns are soft and fluffy and the delicious onion relish makes them irresistible. These buns are generally served either for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers

I used 50-50 All purpose flour & whole wheat flour in the dough. I skipped the egg in the dough and in the egg wash -- replaced them with egg replacer powder and soy milk. Even with my substitutions, the buns turned out nice and soft.

It is best to serve the buns warm. But they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 1~2 days. Reheat them in the microwave before serving. They can also be frozen (tightly wrapped) for up to a month. My husband enjoyed them with some green chutney as a tea time snack.

Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers
Recipe adapted from here:
Theme for this month's Bread Bakers is 'Stuffed Breads' and I have bookmarked quite a few stuffed breads from our recent mega marathon. But luckily, Priya picked buns for this month's 'Home Bakers Challenge' and she had these amazing looking caramelized onion filled Sri Lankan buns on the list. Seen...

Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns

Summary

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  • Coursebreads
  • Cuisinesri lankan
  • Yield8 Buns 8 Buns
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M
  • Passive Time3 hours

Ingredients

For the dough:
All purpose flour
1cup
Whole wheat flour
1cup
Instant Yeast
1tsp
A large Egg (or use 1½tsp egg replacer powder or flax seed meal whisked in 1½tbsp water)
½ of
Milk
2tbsp
Salt
1tsp
Sugar
1tbsp
Unsalted butter, room temperature
2tbsps
For the Onion Filling:
Red onions - large, thinly sliced
1
Curry leaves
6~8
Red chili flakes (adjust as per taste)
½tsp
Salt - as needed
Sugar
1tsp
Tamarind paste
½tsp
Fresh Ginger, finely grated
½tsp
Ground Cinnamon
½tsp
Soy milk - for brushing the buns (or use 1 large egg yolk whisked with 1tbsp water)
1tbsp

Steps

  1. Make the Dough: In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the dough ingredients along with ½cup of water. Knead until smooth. Turn into a greased bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled in size, about 1½~2hours.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 balls and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Make the Onion Filling: Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute pan on medium-high heat, add the curry leaves and onions. Cook till the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Then stir in the crushed red pepper flakes, salt, sugar, tamarind, ginger and cinnamon. Continue to cook till the onions are very soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down each ball and press or roll out the dough into a 5" circle. Put a tablespoon of the onion filling in one quadrant of the circle, then fold the dough over like a half moon to cover the filling. Lift the portion of the half moon that has no filling, and fold over once again. Pinch only the rounded edges of the dough together, then tuck them under and place the bun on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dpugh balls. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the tops of the buns with soy milk (or the egg yolk mixture) and bake for 12~15 minutes or until the buns are lightly golden on top and bottom, be careful not to overbake or the dough will be dry. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers
Sri Lankan Seeni Sambol Buns for #BreadBakers

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