Let it rest for 6 - 7 minutes till there is a foamy layer on top.
This shows yeast has been activated nicely.
Now add flour and salt. Mix the flour and yeast water with a spatula till it is mixed.
If required add a little water slowly gradually till it makes a perfect dough.
Then knead it gently for 3 - 4 minutes.
Now grease the bowl with oil and also rub little oil on the dough.
Cover with a damp cloth or cling wrap and place in a warm place for 1 hour.
Take out once the dough is doubled in size.
Sprinkle flour on the surface and knead the dough for 4 - 5 minutes.
Divide it into equal 12 - 16 pieces depending on size you want.
Take 1 portion and cover the rest.
You can also use store bought pizza dough as well for this recipe.
Shaping the knots
Now take a ball and roll it into a log shape or strands of 1/4 inch thick.
Roll it smooth using your palms and fingers only. Make a knot out of the log.
IN a small bowl add olive oil/ vegan butter or butter. Add salt, garlic powder/ minced garlic, other seasoning. Stir well and keep aside for further use.
Air fry the garlic knots
Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 4 minutes.
Now place the shaped knots in the air fryer basket. .
Brush them lightly with the seasonings and oil mix (or vegan butter or butter).
Start the air fryer at 355 F (180 C) for 10 minutes or until they turn golden brown in color.
Check it the halfway. Here also you can brush a little seasoning. But optional.
Once the knots are done, brush it again with the seasoning and herb mix with butter/vegan butter/ olive oil mix. It's optional but makes the knots more flavorful.
Vegan garlic knots are ready to serve. Serve with any of the favorite dips.
** Time mentioned above doesn't include the fermentation time which may be 30 - 60 minutes depending on the weather, the temperature outside, and the method of fermentation.The store-bought dough also works well for the recipe. And reduces the extra effort of making the dough. You may use fresh herbs or dries herbs to season the garlic knots.