I made it at last…

by Sunita on November 16, 2007

We woke up today to be greeted with this sight of a cold and frosty morning…

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Is winter here?

The ground was covered in a layer of frost, well, why only the ground, everything that was exposed to the cold air was dressed in a light frosty coat… even the empty packet of sweets that some civilised being(?) managed to chuck on the pavement, was so attired too. Somehow I like it when it’s frosty…I know, I know, Dinesh and many of you who have to start scraping their vehicles in the morning, before setting out, must be shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. But, as I don’t have to worry about such things, I can look and enjoy the beauty around me. I love it when the leaves go ‘crrruunch’ under my foot…and so do Agastya and Rengoni. They went crazy prancing around. It’s like nature’s refrigerator is at work…it’s cool temperatures trying to preserve it’s beauty in a coat of frost. I don’t know, I just adore the feel in the air …something magical about it…the green blades of grass and the multi -coloured fallen autumnal leaves strewn all over with their frozen coats, at times peeping out from their hoods, and, inspite of the drop in the temperatures, the sun shone bravely.

And the people…of course, there were more red noses and numb hands, younger children groaning under the weight of their heavy coats and happy to blow smoke from their mouths; and some of the older children(read high schoolers), still refusing to surrender to the cold and courageously venturing out in their short sleeves… although as one approaches closer to them, their goosebumps do manage to give them away!

Of course, as I now click away , those blade of grass and those multi coloured leaves have long been uncovered…they have long awaken, having shed their frozen coats, and now are probably getting ready to jazz up again to put on a show at dawn…but the very thought of that early morning scene manages to give me immense pleasure, even now.

Coming back to the title of the post, so, what did I manage to make …well, naans. There’s a restaurant in Guwahati, whose naans are among the best ones I’ve ever had. But since that restaurant is not around any more and the one’s that are to be found here come nowhere near that standard, and the craving is no less, I got down to business and tried my own. And how were they… not disappointed with my first try… but would probably make them a little thinner next time. Any other suggestions are most welcome :-) We had them with a nice side dish of paneer(recipe here).

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What’s needed
(for 12 small naans)-

4 C of wholewheat flour
2 tsp of fast action dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
6 tblsp of plain yogurt
3 tblsp of oil and a little more
a little ghee/butter for brushing the naans
a pod of crushed garlic and a tblsp of dried thyme(optional)
3/4 C of hand hot water

How to-

  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 3 tblsp of the water and leave for around 10 minutes in a warm place …it will puff up and become frothy.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, yogurt, baking powder and 3 tblsp of oil.
  3. Add the yeast mixture and mix in.
  4. Add the water, a little at a time and bring everything together.
  5. Knead thoroughly to form a smooth ball of dough.
  6. Brush the dough with a little oil, place it in the bowl and cover with a plastic wrap.
  7. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 1-1 and 1/2 hrs till doubled in volume.(Placing the bowl in front of a heated oven with it’s door’s open should work in the cold weather).
  8. Punch down the dough with your knuckles and divide into 12 equal sized balls.
  9. Spread the balls with your fingers to form a circle of about 4 inches in diameter.
  10. Pull one end to make a tear shape and place on a non greased baking tray.
  11. Repeat for the rest of the balls, cover with a damp kitchen towel and leave for a few minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, pre heat the oven at 230 deg cel.
  13. Place the tray in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 5 minutes or till the top turns into a golden colour(do keep an eye on them to avoid burning) .
  14. Melt the ghee/butter along with the garlic and thyme and brush the naans with a little of that while the naans are still hot. Only ghee/butter is also fine.
  15. Serve hot with your preferred vegetarian /non vegetarian side dish(especially one with a gravy) .

We liked them…no one complained…but as I said earlier, would probably make them a bit thinner next time.

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Enjoy and have a great weekend! And keep warm :-)

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wonderful Destiny November 17, 2007 at 12:21 am

Hi Sunita,

I am new to the blogging world and have been following your blog for a while now.Though I am not a good cook, I love following your wonderful recipes which urge me to try them.

I was thinking of making some paneer dish this weekend and found a lovely recipe through the link on this post. The naans look so unique too. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!


2 Sig November 17, 2007 at 12:41 am

Clap clap… I have never made naan ever… :) Yours look soo good… they look like glazed… it must be the last step, brushing with butter … that makes these look soo special!


3 Pravs November 17, 2007 at 1:07 am

So beautiful those frosty leaves look. So far no snow flakes here…
Naan looks so good for the first try.


4 TBC November 17, 2007 at 1:11 am

I love winters. It’s my fav time of the year. I am waiting for the first snowflakes of the season:)
Naan is looking good.


5 Siri November 17, 2007 at 2:05 am

Loved ur cute little, buttery naans Sunita ..:)


6 musical November 17, 2007 at 2:30 am

Sunita, that first picture is so pretty! no words can do it enough justice!I love winters too…..but here, in Los Angeles, we had really hot weather till a cpl. of days back :) .

And your naans really look very sumptuous and very different from regular naans. They must have been really great, especially on a wintery day!


7 Rajitha November 17, 2007 at 2:36 am

yum! those naans look fab!! i would love to have them with malai kofta..boy! i am drooling here…and btw…i love winter and love when everything around is white..people hate me here when i say this ;)


8 Madhu November 17, 2007 at 3:05 am

Looks so good….I have to try it.Does cooking on griddle gives the same or similar result.


9 KayKat November 17, 2007 at 3:22 am

*yum*! Ok, Sunita, you’ve totally inspired me to start making naans again – this look *so* good!



10 Puspha November 17, 2007 at 3:34 am

Lovely naans.


11 shilpa(AR) November 17, 2007 at 4:05 am

I have been thinking to make naan for a long time now, but never got to making them. Very beautiful picture(as usual).


12 Red Chillies November 17, 2007 at 4:38 am

Beautiful as usual Sunita! Two new things that I have learnt are making naans with wheatflour and also making it in the oven. Lovely recipe.


13 Dhivya Karthik November 17, 2007 at 6:20 am

U jus blow me away with ur snaps! who bothers if ur naans are thin or thick…Luking at them is bliss enough..(growl) Oh thats my tummy appreciating u :-)


14 Happy cook November 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

Sunita I’ve been waiting for some to make naan and post it. Thankyou. I’ve tried few trrimes them but was never watisfied with the results and have given up making them to avoid the disapointment.
Your naans lokk so good that i am going to try them.
Whole wheat flour do you mean the chapati flour?
The pic of the frst frost is beautiful


15 Rachel November 17, 2007 at 9:18 am

Those look so tempting..did you glaze them with butter?


16 PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. November 17, 2007 at 10:23 am

WOW…Love the idea of the whole-wheat flour. Great post. Looks like a MUST try for me!!
Am still thinking GINGER…and am trying to get my post together!!


17 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:39 am

wonderful destiny,welcome to my world ..glad you enjoy being here…the paneer recipe is one of our favourites too.


18 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:41 am

sig,I bow to the ovation :-) and you’re right about the glazed bit :-) enjoy your weekend.


19 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:44 am

siri, thanks…glad you dropped by :-)


20 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:46 am

tbc, I love the season too…the naan came out better than expected.


21 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:49 am

musical, they do look pretty…so it’s still hot in your neck of the woods?Last year we too had really warm weather at this time of the year…but this year,winter seems to have come early.

We did like the naans…smaller than the regular ones.


22 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:51 am

rajitha, thanks…malai kofta! now you’ve got me tempted…please invite me over when you make them :-D


23 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:53 am

madhu, thanks…I haven’t tried the griddle, …would love to know how they come out when you try it :-)


24 sunita November 17, 2007 at 10:54 am

kaykat, thanks…get going with those naans…I bet you make lovely ones :-)


25 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:06 am

Pushp, thanks…enjoy your weekend.


26 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:08 am

shilpa, thanks…will check out your version when you make them :-)


27 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:09 am

red chillies, thanks…glad to be of help…enjoy your weekend.


28 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:12 am

dhivya, tahnks dearie…and you better do something about that growling tummy…poor thing…I wish I could offer you more than a virtual treat :-)


29 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:14 am

happy cook, thanks…this was my first time and I too have a long way to go…and yes, I mean chappati flour…the stoneground one.


30 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:15 am

rachel, thanks…and yes, I did.


31 sunita November 17, 2007 at 11:16 am

passionate baker, thanks…we love our wholewheat a lot…looking forward to your ‘gingery’ post :-)


32 Nupur November 17, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Ah, those gorgeous images of frosty leaves juxtaposed with warm naans really brings to season to life!


33 Asha November 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm

We had some frost too but it gets warmer quickly in the day.
Naans looks great Sunita, like puffy Yeast bread.
I made about 4 kinds of Naans so far but still not satisfied.I want to create Yeast less and Indian restaurant like thin crispy in the end ,soft in the middle Naans, I will keep on searching for that kind!:))


34 Linda November 17, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Hi Sunita, the naans look wonderful, and I really love the photo of the frost — just beautiful! :)


35 Mike November 17, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Looks good. My last bout with Indian food included an attempt at pooris which didn’t poof up. But I could never turn down naan…


36 sunita November 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm

nupur, thanks…it’s really started to cool down in our neck of the woods…much earlier than last year…as for the naans, yes, they did contribute towards a nice meal…not disappointed with my first try.


37 sunita November 17, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Asha, it’s really cold here, although the trees are yet to be completely bare…as for the naans, pleeeeeaase tell me when you find the perfect recipe :-)


38 sunita November 17, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Linda, thanks…I too love it …glad you dropped by :-)


39 sunita November 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm

mike, pooris take a little bit of practice, like eveything else,you just need to get the hang of it. This is my first try with naan, still have a long way to go.


40 Deborah November 17, 2007 at 5:51 pm

I love naan, and even tried to make it myself once – but this looks like a much better recipe!!


41 sunita November 17, 2007 at 7:14 pm

deborah, thanks…it’s my first try…would love to know how you do it.


42 DEEPA November 18, 2007 at 12:33 am

Lady you rock dear …awesome .. my mouth is just watering ….i want to eat them now ….i wish i was at your place


43 sagari November 18, 2007 at 4:59 am

woww naan looks wonderfull sunitha


44 sunita November 18, 2007 at 9:20 am

deepa, thanks dear..I too wish you were here :-)


45 Shivapriya November 18, 2007 at 11:22 pm

I’m going try these soon. Looks easy and delicious.


46 sunita November 19, 2007 at 8:59 am

Shivapriya, thanks…do try them.


47 sandeepa November 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm

The nannas look lovely…like the glazed look


48 sunita November 19, 2007 at 9:04 pm

sandeepa, thanks..glad you like them.


49 Rachna November 21, 2007 at 8:41 am

gosh ive never seen such beautiful naans!!


50 sunita November 21, 2007 at 11:51 am

rachna, thanks…glad you dropped by.


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