Friday, August 31, 2007

Baby Butter Naans and Confessions of an Addict

I am addicted. And I confess, I need help.

Those secret assignments with the computer.... Posting and deleting till I get it just right. Logging on furtively every hour or so just to check if there are any new comments.... Wandering around all the time thinking of what to cook next... What new thing to make and impress all my "new" friends...

I am sure a lot of you bloggers out there know exactly what I am talking about.

This started as a hobby combining many things that I liked ...Food... Internet.. Writing. Now it has become an all consuming passion. I have this fanatic desire to blog all the time. I am busy thinking up new ideas, new foods... and photography???!!! Trying to outdo myself.. I go to a store and look at the crockery cutlery and napkins.. trying to buy just those which are sold as single pieces. Imagining my next photograph against the new background...

I am not sure whether blogging has been a boon or a bane. Is there a 12 step program for blogger de-addiction somewhere? Please let me know.

The pros that have come out of it are a) kids are happy that we have come out of the culinary rut we were in and they get different things to try out, b) My photography skills have improved exceptionally and c) I simply ENJOY it.

Cons? None at all as far as I can see now :).

Now for the butter naans.

These little babies are the cutest thing you can see, tiny morsels of yumminess. Goes perfectly well with anything. Very versatile breads. Imagine scooping up a bit of paneer butter masala gravy or some dum aloo, koftas... I can go on and on but now for the recipe.


5 cups maida ( all purpose flour)
2 teaspoons instant yeast ( see note below on yeasts)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons curd (yoghurt)
warm water as needed ( warm not hot - should feel warm when you dip your finger into the water, not hot)

Mix the flour, salt, sugar , and instant yeast well. Add the yoghurt and enough warm water to make a dough which is firm. When the dough holds together, keep kneading for about 15 to 20 mins till it is pliable. Leave aside to rise for about 2 hours.
When needed, make a small ball ( maybe golf ball size)
Roll out into a 3 or 4 inch round. Pull one end till it gets a longer shape one one side.

Put on a hot tava till it gets brown spots on the bottom. Put the other side directly on a naked flame till it gets the same brown spots.
If you like, you can place it under the grill or in an oven till it gets done.

Apply a little butter on top and serve hot with gravy of choice.

Note on Yeast:

There are various yeasts you can use. I used the instant yeast which is mixed with the dry ingredients.
You can also use yeast which is called active yeast here in India. For this you must mix a little warm water with the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top along with a teaspoon of flour. Leave aside for 10 minutes till it turns frothy (if it does not turn frothy then the yeast needs to be changed.) Then mix this yeast mixture into the remaining flour, add salt and make a dough.
I am not sure on how much fresh yeast to use, but the same method can be followed as for active yeast.


TBC said...

ha ha ha... liked your post. We've all been there at some point or the other.If there is a support group for people like us, tell me where to sign up!

Yeah, u too are a "tbc" :-)
Your butter naans look great.

Happy cook said...

Yeah same here i am also thinking what dish i should make next time to add in my blog and i've been only doing it for a month.

I would love to make naan at home , never tried it your look easy recipe.

Madhu said...

Hi Kamini,
Naan looks soft and buttery delicious. Addiction.....:) I don't see anything bad in it, it eventually slows down...I think.

Suganya said...

Kamini, Been there, done that. Give it some time, then u vl realise that you are not that much obsessed with blogging. You will be surprised when you find that out!

Rajitha said...

kamini.. so with you there.. my fav haunt is home-goods, i think those sales ladies might start off on a first name basis with me really really soon...i am even buying groceries keeping the events and what will i make different in mind.. i think and hope we get sane soon ;)

baby naans are so cute.. good post before the long weekend hmmmm...

TheCooker said...

Am there and doing most of it!
Nice post.
Like the name of your blog...very Asterix-like.

Srivalli said...

yes I empathize with you on this...great looking naans

Padma said...

Sure I should admit.... this addiction is whipping all the budding bloggers as well as the graduated ones....Loved ur naan recipe and they have come out beautiful.

archana said...

:D))) I totally identify with you :)I too want to know info on de- addiction center.
Your Naan is looking PERFECT :)

sra said...

LOL! That's exactly what I feel. The cons are trips to the ophthalmologist for itchy and dry eyes, a stiff neck from all that staring into the computer and stiff other places from all that photography!

Raaga said...

I can so relate to that!!! :-) Lovely stuff

Nupur said...

baby butter naans: the name itself is so delicious, and your naans look perfect.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Kamini dear, Your stiry is my stiry too! Only difference, I am not guilty to be an addict! As long as you make sure you finish up all your regular work,it is ok! this addiction is harmless and brings happiness to all parties!
BTW my hubby has opted for the next level of broad band so that I can freely surf as I like!!:D

Latha Narasimhan said...

Please do correct the spelling of story!!

Namratha said...

Hahaha! I totally know what you are talking about Kamini..I've been blogging for a little over two weeks now and I'm already obsessed..tee hee! I guess that just shows our dedication..what say? ;)we all are in the same think on!:)

Butter naans...absolutely delicious!

sandhya said...

Great looking naans !!
I was wondering where did you buy the instant yeast ? I am from US and would like to make them this weekend. I somehow dont like dry yeast, it gives a unique smell to it when the product is done.. I havent tried instant yeast and hopefully this one doesnt smell as much..

sandhya said...

Also can you think of the no of Naans that you made with the same qty in the recipe.