Friday, January 31, 2020

Homemade Sesame Seed Burger Buns


These soft Sesame Seed Burger Buns are so easy to make, taste amazing and go perfectly with all kinds of fillings! Plus they are eggless and need only 7 ingredients to make! 





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Homemade bread is one the BEST things ever! Freshly baked rounds that pop out of the over taste so good with just some butter slathered over them. And if you can resist that and continue to make a sandwich out of them; it is EVEN better! 


For the longest time I have baked bread at home and burger buns are no exception. I like mine soft, perfectly risen and without a sweet taste. The best way to get buns that satisfy these is to bake my own! And that is what I have been doing for a while now. 


Why bake burger buns at home?

A great sandwich is defined by its elements. So a great burger starts with the bun. When feeding a crowd, I prefer to make a big batch of these buns a day before. They are great for all kinds of sandwiches or even as a cheese sandwich. And they stay fresh for a couple of days. 



A lot of people are intimidated with the thought of making bread at home, but this one is REALLY simple, I promise. Requiring only a handful of ingredients; this one comes together in under 40 minutes of active time. Rest of the two hours is only required to rise the dough. 


This recipe makes 8 buns perfect for any bbq party. Convert them into your favorite sandwich by swapping the fillings. With a thin chewy outer crust and soft inside, these buns take all the moist fillings without crumbling. Unlike a lot of store bought buns, these do not crumble as you bite into them. 



And one more advantage of making your own bun is customization. You can make them any size you like. These are large but there is an option to make them super tiny or super XL. Plus, swap the sesame seeds for poppy seeds or add some cheese and jalapeños on top. You can make the bun of your dreams with just a couple of substitutions! 


Getting the buns right each time

As the list of ingredients below suggests; you need just SEVEN ingredients to make these buns. A lot of recipes call for bread flour but I have used all purpose flour all the time and it worked well each time. I would stick to APF for my buns for sure. 

Measure all the ingredients correctly as they affect the final result. Make sure the butter is room temperature or slightly warm so that it spreads evenly in the dough. And using yeast that is not very old is key. Dated yeast does not give the best result so make sure you make your bread with a new one. 



The method is fairly straightforward. Making sure the dough rises perfectly is key. A well risen dough gives perfect tops to the bun and a great crumb. If making it in winter, it helps to place the dough in the oven with the light on. Or use the Instant Pot for proofing the dough. 

It is a great idea to spread some butter on the buns after they are baked. Not only does that keep the buns moist, it also helps to give them an amazing shine. Skip the step if you are cutting down on the amount of butter you are consuming. 


How to enjoy these buns?

Once you have made a batch of these burger buns the possibilities are endless! From whipping up a traditional hamburger to making a breakfast sandwich or just enjoying the bread with butter or cheese is a great idea. 

I love to slather them with butter and dip them in my Masala Chai. They make a GREAT breakfast for me. 



The last time I made these buns I ended up making a Vegetable burger out of it. The components included coleslaw, ketchup, lettuce, onion, tomatoes and store bought patty. The buns were strong enough to not get soggy with all the wet ingredients but not super tough .hey are perfect carriers for all kinds of burgers and sandwiches. 


So now with all the information and this easy to follow recipe, I hope you make your own burger buns. I would love to see the creations! 


Ingredients

Water 1 cup
Unsalted Butter 3 tbsp (Room Temperature)
Active Dry Yeast 1 sachet (2 1/4 tsp)
Salt 2 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Sesame Seeds 1/4 cup






Method


Warm the water to about 105-110 F and add 1 tsp Salt and Sugar to it. Mix well. Add Active Dry Yeast, mix and cover with a lid or plate. The yeast will bloom in about 10 minutes.

In the base of a stand mixer or a large bowl add the the All purpose Flour . Mix in the Unsalted Butter, remaining Salt and bloomed yeast. Run the mixer till the dough combines into a soft ball. Smoothen out the dough ball and coat with oil or butter. Place a lid on and let the dough rise for an hour in a warm place. 



After an hour or once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide into 8 equal size parts. 

Using each part of the dough, roll into a tight round and place on a greased baking tray. Grease the top with some oil/butter and sprinkle some Sesame Seeds. Rest covered for an hour. 

When the hour is almost up, preheat oven to 400 F/ 210 C. Bake for 15-18 minutes, till the top is nice and golden. Remove and cool. 



Slice the bread from the centre and fill it with ketchup, sliced onion, sliced tomato, lettuce, patty and coleslaw. Serve immediately. 





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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Instant Pot Curd Rice | South Indian Yogurt Rice

This post is sponsored by Greek Gods Yogurt but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

A super simple yet delicious one pot meal; Curd Rice is the perfect recipe of comfort food! 


2020 is here and I am back on the blog with a perfect comfort food recipe. Curd Rice is a popular dish from Southern India. As the name suggests, the recipe is made with cooked rice, yogurt and some add-ins. 

Video Recipe

 


Over the past few weeks we have been enjoying all kinds of fancy recipes. From Halloween treat to Thanksgiving feast and from Christmas cake to New Year party recipes. Now that 2020 is here, it is time to enjoy easy recipes that are perfect for any meal. 



Light on the stomach, easy to make and not laded with spices, this yogurt rice is the perfect dish for dinners this New Year. After all the Holiday recipes I definitely crave a bowl of yogurt rice with some Indian pickle on the side. 


Ingredients needed to make Yogurt Rice

This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients that are easy to find at Walmart. Here is what you need to make this recipe:

Rice: Any short grain rice works well for this recipe. The grains have to cook well and are generally crushed lightly using a ladle. So any variety of rice works great. 



Yogurt: I used Greek Gods Plain Greek Yogurt for the recipe. The perfect texture of the yogurt makes it a great addition to the recipe. Plus, it is good for you making the recipe great for any meal.


Tempering: The ingredients under tempering below are the ones most commonly used in Indian cooking. From mustard seeds and cumin seeds to curry leaves and green chili, these can be skipped if you do not find them.

Toppings: As the rice is super smooth and creamy adding some crunch to the recipe is a great idea. I like to add diced onions, carrots and cucumber to the rice. 


How to make Curd Rice in the Instant Pot

This recipe is super simple to make, needs a handful of ingredients and comes together pretty quickly. 

I use the Instant Pot to cook the rice and for the tempering. The 'Rice' function cooks the rice to the perfect texture that is required for the recipe. Plus, the pot is great to mix everything after the rice has cooked. 


With a total time of under 30 minutes, this recipe is great for busy weeknights or even for a gathering. Make a big bowl of this rice before hand and serve it chilled. 


Variations

This recipe of curd rice can be modified to suit your preferences very easily. 

I have used just water to cook the rice but adding a mix of water and milk makes the rice super creamy. Or add some milk after the rice has cooked. That will give a creamy texture too. 



The toppings I used for the recipe are onions, carrots and cucumber. Adding grapes, pomegranate seeds and green chili is an option too. Plus, if you like you can add some more tempering on top too.  


Ingredients

Short Grain White Rice 1 cup
Water 3 cups
Salt 1 1/2 tsp

For the tempering
Oil 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Asafetida a pinch
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Ginger 1/2 tsp, grated
Green Chilies 2-3 chopped
Curry Leaves 4-5 chopped
Urad dal 1/2 tsp

Toppings
Pink Onion 1/4 cup, diced
Cucumber 1/4 cup, diced
Carrots 1/4 cup, diced
Cilantro as required



Method

Wash the rice a few times till the water runs clear. Drain and set aside. 

Set the Instant Pot mode to Sauté. In the pot add oil and let the display read 'Hot'.  Add mustard seeds, asafetida, cumin seeds and mix well. Then add urad dal, ginger, chili and curry leaves. Let everything sizzle for a few minutes.

Add the drained rice, water and salt. Mix well. 

Close the lid and set the mode to 'Rice'. Move the vent to sealing and let the rice cook. After the Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then remove the pressure and open the lid. 


Mash the rice slightly by using a ladle. Let the rice cool completely. 

Once cool, stir in the Greek Gods Greek Plain Yogurt Plain and 1 cup water. 


Once it is mixed, add onions, carrots and cucumber and mix well. Top with cilantro and serve cold.