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Oct 20, 2011

Braided Bread With Spicy Potato Stuffing / Stuffed Braided Bread

I love baking bread from the scratch. Blogging helps me to try more baking recipes from the scratch. For this Stuffed Braided Bread i used Spicy Mashed Potato/Potato masal stuffing but you can try it with any desired savory or sweet stuffing. If you like cheese you can also add some shredded Mozzarella or any favorite cheese. Now off to the recipe..

Preparation Time : 10 Minutes + 15 minutes
Resting Time : 2 hrs
Baking Time : 10-12 minutes
Makes about   two 8" bread
For Bread
  1. All Purpose flour(APF)     1 and 1/2 cup
  2. whole wheat flour(WHF)   1 cup
  3. Instant   yeast   1/2 tbsp
  4. Olive Oil    2 tbsp
  5. Salt    3/4 tsp
  6. Warm Milk   1/2 cup + as needed for brushing
  7. Water    as required to make dough

  • First sift both the the flours and keep aside.
  • Take a large mixing bowl, and add 1 and 1/2 cup sifted APF and 1 cup sifted WWF, mix well.
  • Then add Instant yeast mix well.
  • Add olive oil and salt mix with the flour.
  • Now using warm milk and water,form a dough. Do not add more water.
  • Then start kneading the dough for about 5- 10 minutes. Knead well to a soft, smooth dough.
  • Cover the bowl using cling wrap or damp cloth and keep the bowl in a warm place( keep it in the oven and turn light on) for about 1.30 hours.
  • Meanwhile prepare the stuffing and get ready.
Ingredients For Spicy Potato Stuffing
  1. Potato   3 no.s (medium)
  2. Onion   1 medium(finely chopped)
  3. green chilli    2 no.s(finely chopped)
  4. Chilli powder   1 tsp
  5. Garam Masala   1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
  7. Cilantro   2 tbsp(finely chopped)
  8. Salt    to taste
  9. Oil    2 tsp
  10. Fennel seeds   1/2 tsp
  • Boil the potatoes and peel the skin and mash well and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok/pan, add fennel seeds wait till it sizzle.
  • Then add finely chopped green chilli and onions, saute well till onion turns soft.
  • Now add chilli and turmeric powder, fry not burn it.
  • After that add mashed potato , enough salt and mix everything well and stir fry for a minute.
  • Then add garam masala powder, and stir fry for a minute.
  • Lastly add some finely chopped cilantro mix well.
  • Thats it spicy potato masal is ready and allow ti to cool completely before stuffing it to the dough.
  • This masal cane be also used as a side dish for puri/roti, making masal dosa, stuffed paratha ,bread sandwich or to your desired choices.

How to make braided bread with stuffing
  • After 1 to 1.30 hour , see how the dough has raised.
  • Then punch it down and again knead the dough for few minutes.
  • And divide the dough in to two equal parts.
  • Take one portion, on a well floured surface roll the dough in to oblong or oval shape 15 " long and 1/4" thick.
  • Now place the potato masal in the center.
  • And now make slanting cuts on both sides(see picture) make as much number of cuts and leave the edge as such.
  • Then start braiding the strips one after the other and fold the bottom end as if to cover the stuffing.
  • Now arrange this braided bread dough on a oven safe tray or plate .
  • Then again cover the dough with plastic wrap and keep aside for 20-30 minutes to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit
  • After it has risen, brush the dough with milk or egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds(optional) on top.
  • Bake it for 10-12 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
  • Then remove from the oven, allow to cool for a while and then Slice it  n enjoy !!!

Baking time may varies from oven to oven...for within 11 minutes it turned to such color and done.
Egg wash - take white alone from one egg add 3-4 tbsp water mix well and use this for brushing.
But brushing with milk alone gives you nice golden crust.
If you are using dry yeast or non active yeast, take 1/2 cup of warm milk, add yeast ,1/2 tbsp sugar and 3/4 tsp salt mix everything well and allow it rest for few minutes or till becomes frothy.
Add this  to the flour and knead the dough.
If you like you can also add 1/2 tbsp Italian Seasoning along with flour, yeast for more flavor and taste.


  1. Lovely bread..perfect colour..yum filling and perfect shape as well.

  2. Perfectly baked delicious bread...lovely filling..

  3. Breads luking Awesome!! Really wanna try some time..

  4. Perfect looking bread...I am sure it tasted great...

  5. Ohh.. Sangee.. engayo poitinga.. i love this.. even this sounds super healthy,,no butter n all.. super super.. will make this very soon.. bookmarking.. :)

  6. bread looks perfect n filling is delicious ..yummy!!

  7. Excellent braided bread, any leftover there...soo tempting.

  8. beautifully explained and beautifully executed!! hats of Sangee - I am bookmarking your version for trying really soon! Thanks for this detailed and clear recipe dear :)


  9. Wooooow Sangee......This is awesome......great filling & perfect braids. I have to make this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  10. book marking it sangee with no doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Yummy bread with potato filling and the braid is perfectly done.I am drooling.

  12. Good job Sangi !!perfectly baked and explained..

  13. lovely the crispy crust........

  14. wonderful bake,bookmarked this to try...luks so perfect n yum...

  15. perfect bread that too with stuffing looks yummy!

  16. Bread looks soft and perfectly baked. I liked the stuffing. Wonderful preparation as well as presentation.

  17. wonderful braided bread recipe dear.Luv it.Very impressive step/step recipe.

  18. wow perfectly made and they looks delicious ......

  19. Braided bread is just awesome.Tempting a lot.Nice attempt.

  20. Wow yummy looking bread...very tempting too

  21. OMG. wonderful effort sangeetha. Kudos to you. I'm yet to try my hand at this one.

  22. Very nicely done...I used to always wonder how to achieve this braided look...Your picture has cleared my doubts..

  23. woww excellent preparation..pls pass me the plate!!

  24. Very beautifully done, Sangee. Looks simply awesome.

  25. Braided bread looks perfect and beautiful..Luv the veggie filling..Following uuuuu..

  26. This looks the filling. First time to your blog and really like it. Now following you! Please visit mine: Chocolate and Chillies

  27. love this bread definitely trying it!soon!following u!

  28. Perfect looking bread are very helpful..thanx dear

  29. Can we use baking powder instead of yeast

  30. Hello Sangeetha . Today after seeing your blog , I tried this recepie wit both savory and sweet version . Both turned out to be super hit . Thank you so much for such awesome recepies.

  31. in most of your bread recipes you have used instant yeast. Can I use active dry yeast instead as instant yeast is not available in my neighbourhood. If yes the let me know the quantity of active dry yeast that should be used in the recipe. thanks

    1. Yes.,I mostly use Instant Yeast for Bread Baking. You can use Active Dry Yeast, just add 1/4-1/2 tsp extra to the mentioned instant yeast quantity. For this recipe use 3/4 tbsp allow to proof with warm water with sugar and use it in the recipe.


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