Sunday, July 27, 2008

Butter Naan and Matar paneer..

I heard people saying Naan is really difficult to make at home and they assume it takes lots of effort and requires special I took it as a challenge and tried this at home..Voila, it turned out so well and they are so easy too.And the taste?!ummmm..they are as spongy as the one u get in the restaurants..
We savoured them with 'Matar paneer'(cottage cheese and green peas gravy) and they are awesome!!

You will need:
Makes 3 Naans
1 cup of all purpose flour( u can use wheat flour that case use wheat flour and all pur flour in 1:1 ratio)
1 1/2 tsp of curd
1/2 tsp of active dry yeast
a pinch of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of sugar
1-2 tsp of oil
2 tsp of butter

In half a cup of lukewarm water disslove the yeast..

In a large mixing bowl seive the flour,baking soda,salt and sugar

Add the curd and the yeast water and mix gently to make a soft dough..Add a tsp of oil and knead gently ..
Cover and keep it undisturbed for 4-5 hours..This will allow the dough to raise..

Take the raised dough and knead the dough gently with some oil applied in hands..

Divide them into 3 equal portions and dust them in flour..

Put a plastic sheet or cling wrap on the kitchen counter and roll the dough balls in oval shape in 1/4 inch thick using a rolling pin..Dust in the flour if required..

Wet your hands with water before placing the rolled out dough on the baking stone..(this would prevent the Naan getting dry)
Bake them in a 250 C preheated oven for 5 mins or until the bread is puffed up and brown spots appear..
This can be done on a stove top iron griddle also..
Brush some smelted butter on the Naan and serve hot..

Matar Paneer

You will need:
250 gms paneer -cubed
1/2 cup fresh green peas
2 tomatoes
1 onion
1 green chilly
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of garam masala powder
1 tsp of cumin seeds
salt to taste
1/2 tsp of sugar

Fry the paneer cubes in 2 tsp of oil till golden brown.

Blend the tomatoes,onion,ginger garlic paste to a smooth paste.Heat 2 tsp of oil .Add 1 tsp of cumin seeds and let it splutter.Add the blended mixture and chopped chillies.Add turmeric,chilli,coriander powder and salt.And cook till oil separates..

Add the fried paneer cubes and peas .Add garam masala powder and sugar.Add 1/2 cup of water.Cook in low flame for 2-3 mins.
Garnish with chopped coriander and fresh cream and serve..

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