May 1, 2008

Piroshki /Pierogi / Potato pies

Piroshki or Pierogi are stuffed dumplings of unleavened dough and varying ingredients.  Their specific origins are unknown; though they have strong ties to Slavic culture, similar foods occur in many cultures across the Middle-East,Russia, Armenia, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Europe. They are usually stuffed with cheese, farmer's cheese, mashed or other forms of potato, sauerkraut, cabbage, onion, meat, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, dry cottage cheese or any combination thereof, or with a fruit filling such as blueberry.(Courtesy:Wikipedia)

I happened to have this Piroshki in a nearby bakery and found it to be really delicious..I wanted to make it at home..I found various recipes prepared either by frying them or baking them..I adopted the recipe from Farida however I made my own variations to it..
They are indeed a perfect tea-time snack! It is much like our favorite samosas,yet baked..So it can be had without any guilt!

                   

Ingredients

Active dry yeast - 1 packet(1/4 oz / 7g)
Maida /All purpose flour - 3 cups
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 3 tablespoons
Milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Eggs - 2

                    

For the filling

Potatoes - 2 medium sized
Salt to taste
Garam masala - 2 teaspoons
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves - chopped 1/4 cup

Directions

Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon sugar and leave it aside for about 10 minutes till it turns foamy..
Combine flour, salt and sugar and mix them thoroughly..
Fold in the yeast mixture, milk, eggs (1 egg+1 egg white) and oil and knead it for around 5 minutes till you get an elastic soft dough..
Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and leave it aside in a warm place until it doubles in size..This might take around one hour..

Meanwhile prepare the potato filling..
Boil the potato and peel them..Mash them well add the remaining ingredients and mix well..
When the dough is ready, make them into small balls like you do for chappathis.

                       

Roll them out into circles of about 7 inches diameter and keep two spoons of the potato filling and lift the edges from one side to the center and seal them with a little water..You can also press it using a fork to seal the edges..
Place them on a baking sheet and leave it aside for around 15 -20 minutes..

                       

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and in the meantime brush the dough with the yolk of one egg..This gives the nice golden colour to the Piroshki..
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until they turn nice golden colour..

                      

Enjoy with a hot cup of tea..

Sending these to Monthly Mingle- Appetizers and Hors'Doeuvres started by Meeta and hosted this month by Mansi Desai..

                                    

Also sending this to AWED: Middle Eastern Cuisine hosted by Siri and Dhivya

                                   

33 comments:

  1. Divya, I am glad you made my pirojki! Yours are yummy looking! Great job! In fact, reminded me I haven't had one for along time, and maybe i should go bake some:))

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  2. Oh they luk like an international variation of our samosas dont they? Simply cool pics :)

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  3. Lovely recipe there, Divya! Perfect tea-time snack, like u mentioned! :)

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  4. They look like a stuffed bun in crescent shape, so what the main thing is yummy and delicious, is there any left over?

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  5. wonderful recipe, Divya! looks so crispy and mouth-watering. Can I have one?

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  6. It looks mouthwatering Divya.Soooo
    delicious

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  7. I haven't heard this one before. But it really really looks yummy. You have explained it very neatly with step by step pics. Grt evening snack as u said. Love to make thi sometime.

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  8. they look yummy.. nice entry divya

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  9. ohhhhh iam drooling over them.... they look awesome divya.... hey one thing... wont the eggyolk smell come on it if we brish with egg yolk... just a question.... please tell me... as i dont like the smell of the egg yolk.... :( heheh
    will try it this weekend...:)

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  10. u know the way u rolld them... makes them look like nice golden brown... russet potatoes hehehe:P nice one dear... i am really desperate to try this one out.

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  11. They look so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Pies look perfect and Yummy..Reminds me of Potato Buns from the bakeries back home..Thanks for sharing..will try this for sure sometime

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  13. Those pies reminds me of teh potato buns which i used to hv as lunch in hostel. ice recipe

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  14. nice one divya!2weeks before me and my friend tried chicken bun...recipe is almost same:)so tempting

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  15. they look delicious...should try sometime..

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  16. I am blown away! That is a great snack, bet my kids would love it. Looks delcious DV, good one!:)

    Have a great weekend dear girl.

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  17. Wonderful recipe divya, looks divine. we r neighbours to me aati hu khane :P

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  19. They look beautiful and would love to have it during teatime. nice pics...

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  20. Wow, nice tea time snack Divya !!
    Loved ur piroshki !! French Samosa's :) !!

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  21. Simply gorgeous, Divya. I love the color.

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  22. wow, that indeed looks yummy Divya! nice recipe:)

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  23. Awesome recipe, Divya! And the bonus is that you don't have to feel guilty abt eating them! :)

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  24. Yummy Piroshki..and that too baked to perfection..I love the golden color...A delicious crunchy tea time snack...

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  25. Thats really a nice filling snack.
    Looks very nice.

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  26. Wow awesome dear.....looks great.Must tasted great.

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  27. very yummy looking....will try and let u know how it came....

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  28. These are like pierogies, aren't they ? They taste good almost like samosas

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  29. These look very delicious Divya..A nice and different snack!!

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  30. oh the style with which u have done it.. and that brushing with egg yolk.. u r so creative... looks like a firangi samosa.. :) cool yaar...

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  31. these look awesome Divya! thanks for sending it to MM:)

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  32. that looks delicious...very different from the pierogies though - pierogies are boiled and then sauteed and taste more like wontons than stuffed bread. These are like masala buns - Mmmm - now I think I'll stop by Hot Breads! :)

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Thanks for dropping by my blog and rendering your valuable comments..Hope you had a nice time reading my recipes..Thanks for your encouragement..

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