Methi Sunflower Seeds Buns with Minty Barley Soup

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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Cool Lassi(e) said…
Spring may be around the bend but it doesn't feel that way with snow on the ground! Those rolls and the barley soup is an excellent way to warm up and feel all toasty on the inside!
Asha said…
We had snow 2 days ago but very sunny and warm now. It will be 61F on Saturday! YAY!

Love the buns, I baked them too last week. But since my edit post isn't working since Monday, I can't publish anything!:(
Sayantani said…
oh wow!Never seen meti leaves buns before and the sound simply sounds very very tasty. barley soup looks perfect too.
Nina said…
I loved the rolls.Rolls and what a perfect combo.
Parita said…
Soup and buns both looks healthy and delicious!
Tina said…
Both sounds healthy and perfect...
Finla said…
Wow i love that you made buns with these leaves that is really a very cool idea. And they look so beautiful.
SE said…
wow...delicious...those buns and the soup !!!!
Bergamot said…
the buns look really delicious...never had barley before so wonder what it tastes like but I must say the color of the soup looks refreshing.
The soup looks very flavoursome!
Dewi said…
I love cooking using methi leaves, I am pretty tempted making this delicious sounding buns.
Deepa G Joshi said…
the buns and the soup look so delicious and tasty..
Joie de vivre said…
Looks wonderful and healthy. Great recipe.
Joanne said…
A good bun with a warm bowl of soup...can life get any better?
A fabulous meal! those buns look so good!


Simplyfood said…
Lovely soup and rolls looks amazing and so healthy.
Priya Suresh said…
Wat a healthy bun with fantastic and wholesome soup....lovely..
ruchikacooks said…
Love the barley soup with mint. Sunflower seeds in a bun, new one! Would be great with the soup.

Yasmeen, I have already linked a recipe for bitter health.I am hosting an event called home remedies, if you have any handy remedies, do share it with us..
Unknown said…
looks yumm..i really love those buns..
Chef Jeena said…
When I saw the picture my first reaction was how much I really wanted to be are your house the day you cooked these tasty foods! Lovely pic and amazing recipes YUM!
CurryLeaf said…
Wow So innovative Yasmeen.Never ever thght of using methi in breads,Too good to be true both the buns and the soup.Here is summer summer and summer..
Raks said…
Soup and buns look so filling! Nice clicks!
Malar Gandhi said…
Like this wonderful innovative buns, very earthly flavours with methi and sunflower seeds. Minty-barley soup sounds refreshing and energetic:)
Cynthia said…
I'd like my buns to be thoroughly sodden with that delicious soup!
Those sunflower seeds buns look damn good! I've imagined myself dipping thos buns on the barley soup. Can't wait to make some for me and my wife! The recipe is pretty easy and the ingredients are quite cheap and easy to find. Perfect for a rainy day breakfast!