Lockdown is a strange situation for all of us. Something we never experienced in our lives before. If we as adults don’t know how to manage our time productively in such a situation, expecting disciplined behavior from children is very unfair. As parents it is our duty to find out what fascinates them and accordingly keep them busy. My son loves helping me in kitchen, I often refuse him to avoid the fuss and delay in my course. But recently, I realised that as schools are closed I’m stressed about his studies and pester him for the same many a times during the day. Hence, to spend some quality time with him I came up with this recipe. These kind of activities revived the bond and fondness in our relation. I insist you to try and enjoy the innocent joyfulness in cooking together with your children.
Prepation time 1 hour, Cooking time 20-30 mins. Serves 6
- All Purpose Flour/Maida: 2 Cups
- Whole wheat flour: 1.5 Cups
- Dry Yeast: 10 gms
- Butter: 50 gms
- Jeera/Cumin: 1.5 tsp
- Corriandor seeds: 2 tsp
- Sesme seeds: 1 tsp
- Funnel seeds: 2 tsp
- Salt: As required
- Sugar: 1 tsp
In Lukewarm water add 1 tsp of sugar Add dry yeast in it and let it ferment for 10-15 mins. In the mean while in a pan dry roast cumin, funnel seeds, coriander seeds and sesame seeds and coarsely grind them in imam-dasta (mortar-pastal/Khal-batta) or crush them through a rolling pin (belan), as I did with the help of my son.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all purpose flour and whole wheat flour.
- Add crushed dry spices in it. If you like you can also add about 1tsp garlic paste here (optional).
- Add activated yeast water
- and lastly add melted butter
- add water as required and make a soft dough and kneed it for atleast 10-12 mins. Later grease with oil. (make sure that the dough is smooth on the upper side.
5. cover the dough with a damp muslin cloth and let it rest for atleast 45 mins in a warm place.
6. It will rise almost double the size. Now knock back the dough. kids love seeing the dough rise and then enjoy knocking back activity.
7. Now make small balls, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 mins. A very important thing to be remembered while making the balls is that there should not be any cut on the top surface of the ball, otherwise, while rising the buns will crack from there. Hence smooth finish is essential.
8. Give the buns milk wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
9. In a pre-heated oven, bake the buns for 20-30 mins on 200 degree Celsius
10. Take out the buns tray of the oven and brush them with butter and serve hot.
The Aroma of baked buns will cheer you and your children. Soft spongy and oven fresh Spiced buns are ready. I enjoyed preparing it with my two little helpers. They helped me giving shape to the buns. Some buns are small, some are medium and some are big ones. But rather than the shape and size the process was important. and if you follow the recipe both process and end result both will be delightful.