I am a big fan of Popeye and so a big fan of Spinach. During pregnancy I used to make spinach twice a week. I could eat spinach in any form. But to make him eat spinach....hmmmmmmmm...
I usually bribe him with chicken whenever I make spinach or else I would sneak some spinach in his favourite snacks like cutlets, pizza, lasagna or pakoda:) This is one such way to make him eat spinach.
(Yields 6 rolls)
1/2 packet of 7g /14oz rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup Whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
3/4 cup warm water (110F to 120F)
3/4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp butter
For the filling
2 cups washed and chopped spinach(You can use frozen spinach also)
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
1 tsp pepper powder
2 garlic minced
salt to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
To prepare the filling:
In a pan heat the olive oil, when the oil is hot enough add the minced garlic. Saute the garlic for 2 mins at low flame. Then add the red chilli flakes and saute for a minute. Now add the chopped spinach(squeeze out the water completely), salt and pepper. Cook till all the water from the spinach is absorbed.
To prepare the rolls:
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt and 1/2 cup of all purpose flour and beat until smooth. Now stir in the remaining all purpose flour and wheat flour to form a soft dough.
Turn this onto a floured surface and knead for about 6 mins to get a smooth, elastic dough. Apply some oil on the surface of the dough. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled for about 30 mins. Punch dough down. Turn this dough into a floured surface and roll into a rectangle(approx. 6-in x 5-in). Now top this with the filling leaving 1/2 inches on each side. Sprinkle the cheese over it. Roll up like jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch the seam side to seal. Then cut this into 6 rolls. Place rolls cut side up on a baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled for about 15 mins. Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 mins or until golden. Let it cool completely before serving.