How to make Saffron and Basil Breadsticks -

Saffron and basil leaf flavoured bread sticks – enjoy with a bowl of piping hot soup

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Saffron (kesar) (केसर), Fresh basil leaves (ताज़े बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Breads

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Saffron and Basil Breadsticks

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Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 1.30-2 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Saffron and Basil Breadsticks Recipe

  • Saffron (kesar) a pinch

  • Fresh basil leaves chopped 1-1½ table

  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup + 1

  • Oil ½ teaspoon

  • Fresh yeast 1 teaspoon

  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease a baking tray with oil.

Step 2

Add saffron to three-fourth cup of water and set aside.

Step 3

Put yeast in a bowl, add one tablespoon warm water and set aside for two minutes to activate.

Step 4

Put flour in a bowl, add salt, dissolved yeast and water as required and knead into a soft dough. Add one teaspoon oil and knead again. Divide the dough into small equal portions.

Step 5

Grease your palms with a little oil and roll the portions into thin long sticks. Place them on the baking tray and set aside for ten to fifteen minutes to prove.

Step 6

Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for twenty minutes or till golden.

Step 7

Remove, cool and serve as an accompaniment with soups.

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