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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Phudina Naan and Chole

If it weren't for Jai and Bee (Jugalbandi) , I had given up on making naan at home. It's not like I had disasters, but the results were okay. But when I saw Jugalbandi's naan, I was tempted to make it but didn't get a chance. But here it is now. I have tried to follow their recipe but with some modifications. I have used dried mint which I sprinkled on Naan. As I have always had Naan with dried mint and not fresh.
And I read in this book "The Professional Chef's Techniques of Healthy cooking" (The Culinary Institute of America) that any time you replace white flour with whole wheat flour, double the amount of yeast the recipe calls for. Ofcourse that was for the pizza dough, so I thought why can't it work for the Naans too? right?, so that was the other change I made to the original recipe. I did use the potato but in dry form (the potato flakes). See the naan for yourself!
I baked this naan in my regular oven under broiler and they came out perfect. I set the oven first at 450 degrees F and then turn the broiler and I placed the naan on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil so they don't stick and baked for about 5-7 minutes and they were done.

For the Chole recipe:
1 can of chickpeas (drained)
1 small onionn chopped finely
2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp kasuri methi
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil,
1/2 tbsp punjabi chole masala (any)
1/2 tsp haldi
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dhania powder
1 tsp jeera powder
2 tomatoes chopped

Heat oil in a pan and saute onions on high heat till they are slightly brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for few minutes and then add the kasuri methi and stir for couple of minutes. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the oil floats on top. Now add all the masalas except the garam masala and cook for about 2 minutes and then add the chole and simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the garam masala and check the seasonings. You can adjust the salt and spices according to your taste. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve with Naan or Bhature, onion rings and lemon/lime wedges.


Kajal said...

Hi Pintoo,

Your naan look very soft and chole no words my dear this is great dish forever. I never try naan at home but after see your dish I surely try. Take Care.:)

Kajal said...

Ohhhhh....first to comment my dear.:)))

Asha said...

Pintoo,great tips for making Naan.I have a great garlic naan recipe too with yeast, I will try your version as well.Looks fabulous.
What I really want to learn is Dhaba style Naans,without yeast and all.I have tried googling,but without success.With yeast,it's like a great bread but I don't think Dhaba prople use yeast.I will keep looking!:))

bee said...

what a gorgeous meal. i have tried the potato flakes version and it works out equally well. a question about preheating the oven and then using the broiler. after the first batch, do you preheat the oven again?

Foodie said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Kajal I am glad you liked the naans.
Ashaji, I think the Dhaba Naans are more proofed for about 8-10 hours without yeast, but the dough has yogurt and baking soda,I guess and the other thing most of the dhaba people use for naan is egg to make it more softer, and without yeast.

Bee, I had to reheat the oven not every single time I made the Naan, but after 2-3 Naans the temperature tends to fall so reheat to the same temperature and then again turn the broiler on.
Thanks all for your comments.

ushaprashanth said...

Tips are useful! chole looks delicious!! will get another recipe thru asha ! thanks to you!

Suganya said...

Everybodyz into naan these days. Its so hard to resist not making one.

Dee said...

tha nans look fabulous....

Tee said...

Delish! The naans look absolutely perfect...have to make them soon! :)

Minik Kus said...

I love the naan. It looks like breads that are baked in small villages in my country, Turkey. Now, I can make it at home. I'll try it :) Thanks!

musical said...

Lovely, just lovely. Not just the naan and chhole, but the pigeon peas and rice porridge as well! and the coral broccoli is gorgeous to say the least :).

Foodie said...

Thanks again, ushaprashanth, suganya, tee, dee, minik kus and musical, for your comments. It's one heck of encouragement guys.

Vcuisine said...

Naan looks lovely. Viji

Roopa said...

wow nice recipes! first time at your blog. have a lovely collection of recipes esp the naan looks awesome....

Rachna said...

yur naans look great!! now i have jai and bee's wholewheat naan and yur maida naan recipe, thank u!!!