Winter is clearing way for spring,but spring can still be cold and frosty at times.Warm soup and bread for supper packed with herby flavors and aromas,nothing could be simpler yet so satisfying.
If you can't find Fenugreek leaves(I always get mine from Indian stores),use other aromatic herbs like thyme or rosemary.Also can use other kinds of seeds like flax seed ,pumpkin seeds or sesame for Sunflower seeds.
Recipe : Methi Sunflower Seeds Buns
2 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour(fine ground)
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup fresh Fenugreek(Methi) leaves
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1 1/2 tablespoon Extra virgin Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pack active dry yeast(about 1 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 cup warm water
In warm water mix in the dry yeast. Let sit for 15-20 minutes in the warm corner.
In a bowl mix all the ingredients along with the yeast mixture. Make a smooth dough and place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for an hour in a warm place until double its size.
Knead the dough for few seconds and divide in to about 6-8 equal portions. Take one portion of the dough and shape round.Cover with wrap or bread basket and allow to rise for another hour.
Preheat Oven to 400F. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Serve warm.Can store in air tight container for 1-2 days.
Minty Barley Soup
1 cup Barley,hulled
1 cup fresh mint leaves,chopped
3 cups vegetable stock or water
2 teaspoon Extra virgin Olive oil
1/2 a medium Onion,peeled and chopped
1 small ripe tomato,chopped
2 cloves garlic,peeled and minced
1 inch piece of ginger root,minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin(zeera powder)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
Saute onions in a skillet until translucent,add the garlic and ginger after a minute,add the spices;saute another minute until aromatic.Now add tomatoes,cook until soft about 5-6 minutes then mix in the stock.Bring to a boil,add the barley ,salt and mint;cover and cook 15-20 minutes until barley is soft and cooked through.Serve warm preferably with bread on side.
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