Focaccia is a flat oven baked Italian bread. It is topped with variety of seasonings. It goes well with soup, Curry or even tea or coffee. I have used indian seasonings, fenugreek leaves and flax seeds in this recipe. Healthy and best option for kids tiffins or breakfast.
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Yield / Serves
Flour/Maida - 1 cup + 3-4 tbsp for Flouring work surface and kneading
Dry Yeast - 1tbsp
Warm Water - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek/Methi leaves - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Flax seeds - 1tbsp
Green Chilli - 1 tsp (Coarsely ground)
Roasted Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Roasted carom seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic minced - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1tbsp kneading + 2 tbsp tempering, greasing dough
Butter - 1 1/2 tbsp for greasing bread
Water for kneading
Dissolve sugar in a warm water. Add dry yeast. Keep aside for 5-10 minutes. The mixture will bubble up and become frothy.
In a large bowl, Take Maida. Add activated yeast. Mix well.
Add flax seeds, roasted cumin, carom seeds, salt and coarsely ground Green chilli.
Add roughly chopped fenugreek / Methi leaves. Mix well.
Add Oil. Add water slowly at a time and start kneading a dough.
Dust work surface and hands with flour. Take the mixture out of the bowl. Using the heel of your hand start kneading a dough. If dough is sticky sprinkle small quantity of flour.
Continue kneading until dough is smooth and elastic.This process will take 10-15 minutes.
Transfer it in a bowl. Grease with some oil. Cover with cling wrap and keep aside at warm place for 1hr- 30 minutes or until it doubles up.
Lightly flour work surface. Take out dough and punch it.
Keep punching and form a ball.
Transfer it into a greased baking tray or pan. Flatten evenly with fingertips. Cover with cling wrap and keep aside for 45 minutes- 1 hr for second rise.
Use fingers to dimple the dough. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
In a pan heat oil, Add minced garlic. Saute for few seconds.
Drizzle top with garlic-oil mixture.
Bake it at 200° C FOR 15 minutes in preheated oven. Later increase temperature to 220° C and bake again for 4-5 minutes for until golden brown.
Spread oil or butter evenly on top. Cover and keep aside.
Serve with hot tea or coffee or any soup or curry.
Flour needs to double or triple up to get spongy and soft bread.
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