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Naan Bread Recipe


Food is important, we all know that. And eating what we make is more important. For more than eighty percent of us, cooking is a passion and we invest in numerous cookery books. I am always poring over recipes!

Yesterday, I decided to show off my naan bread that I made myself, on Facebook, and was astounded to receive so many messages! So, I decided to share the recipe via a blog. Here it is guys, enjoy!

naan2Ingredients:

4.5 cups strong bread flour

1 packet dried yeast (7 grams)

1 cup warm, tepid water

milk (optional)

Salt – to taste, but usually 2 tsp

1/4 cup sugar

1 clove minced garlic

1 cup Fresh or frozen coriander

1 tbsp olive oil

Recipe

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in water, and leave for ten minutes to ferment. This will make the yeast ‘live’, so aiding the dough to rise .

In another bowl, add  flour, sugar, salt, garlic, coriander, olive oil, and mix together. Add the water and yeast, and mix.

At this stage, you can add more water if needed, or add milk. Knead the dough for ten minutes, until is soft and round. It must not be sticky.

Later a thin layer of olive oil, and stick it in clingfilm. Then, leave it to rise in a warm place (near the boiler is usually a great place!) to double in size.

Once risen, roll the dough out, and then cook evenly on both sides on a hot pan, or you can put the flat dough under the grill, which brings better results. It still amazes me to watch it literally rising! naan 1

You can leave it plain, or add butter on it, once cooked.

So there you have it, your perfect naan! You can eat it with any curry, or spiced vegetables. Go on, try it!

I welcome any comments or feedback on this post.

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Celebrating Eid with Food


Today I am joining Pavarti K Tyler from Fighting Monkey Press and many other bloggers in the celebration of Eid. Although I am a Hindu/Jain, I believe all faiths are important as well as supporting one another through communities.

Eid, like Diwali and Christmas is a time for celebration. Eid marks the end of the fasting month for the Muslim community so today, I am sharing my favourite Indian recipe of Paneer.

Paneer is an Indian cheese which is called cottage cheese in English. However, it is nothing like the clotted, white cheese we get here in England. It has a moorish flavour anc can be bland, but when cooked with the right spices, it is just amazing!

The recipe I will show today will be something I created by experimenting. Luckily for me, it worked! The recipe is Tandoori Paneer and can be eaten with naan bread or rice.

TANDOORI PANEER (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

Paneer, cut into cubes

Jeera seeds

Red food colouring

Oil – sunflower/olive

FOR TOMATOE SAUCE

A can of tomatoes

Garam Masala powder

Tandoori Masala powder

Fresh or frozen coriander

Sunflower or olive oil

Salt

RECIPE

1. Add two tbsp of oil into a pan. When hot, add Jeera seeds and let it sizzle for a second. Add some cubed paneer pieces, a tbsp of tandoori masala powder and a pinch of red food colouring. Fry altogether until the paneer is soft to touch. Repeat this for the rest of the paneer pieces and set on once side when done.

2. For the sauce, open a can on tomatoes and grind them in a food processer until smooth. Add fresh or frozen coriander, salt to taste, a tbsp of tandoori powder and garam masala powder, a tspn of oil and cook in a pan for 5-10 mins until thickened.

3. In an oven tray, lay down all the paneer and pour the sauce over it. Make sure to cover the paneer well.

4. Put the paneer under a hot grill and let it cook until it is ‘barbequed’, in other words, when the paneer is black and crispy on top.

5. Serve with naan bread or rice.

6. Enjoy!

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I hope you will like the Paneer recipe I have shown. Any comments would be great!

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