Friday, April 1, 2022


 Here is a recipe of rich, soft and delectable Nawabi Naans. A perfect party dish that you can make and impress your friends. They are so delicious that you cannot stop with one. They can be relished with shahi curries.

APF / Maida ......... 2 cups or as needed
Almonds .............. handful (soaked)
Pistachios .......... handful (soaked)
Ghee / clarified butter .... 2-3 tbsps to brush on the naans
Oil ......................... 2 tbsps (for the dough)
Salt ...................... 1/2 tsp
Sugar .................. 1 tsp
Dry Yeast ............ 2 tsps
Milk powder ............ 2 tbsps
Silver varq ----------- few sheets (optional)

1. To activate the yeast, take half cup of luke warm water. Mix the sugar and yeast. Cover and set it aside in a warm place until it becomes frothy.
2. In a large bowl mix the milk powder with maida / APF
3. Add the salt and 1 tbsp of oil on the sides and make a well in the center.
4. Start kneading with the yeast mixture adding it little by little. If needed take more luke warm water.
5. Finish kneading with the help of the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil and make a smooth dough.
6. Gather it into a ball. Cover with a cling wrap and set it aside for rising.
7. Meanwhile slice the soaked almonds and pistachios.
8. Take the risen dough and knock it gently to remove air bubbles.
9. Take a small portion as needed and roll it out into an oval shape.
10. Put some almond and pistachio slices and roll it further so that they stick in the naan.
11. Apply some water on the reverse side of the naan with your fingers.
12. Heat the griddle / tawa and put the wet side of the naan on it.
13. Cook on medium flame for 30 - 40 seconds or until done.
14. Invert the tawa and cook the other side directly on the flame moving the tawa to roast it evenly.
15. Spoon some butter on the naans and garnish with silver varq if you like.
16. Serve hot with any curry of your choice.

Yield: 6-7 naans of medium size

Note: Water for activating the yeast should be luke warm. If it is hot the yeast will be dead.

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About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was " Flat Breads " It was chosen by Anu Kollon. Check out her recipe of Sindhi Koki
My partner of the month is Radha Rajagopalan who gave me MILK POWDER and SALT as my secret ingredients. I made the Nawabi Naans using them. 
I had selected Quinoa and Peanuts as the secret ingredients for her. She made a delicious and healthy Multigrain Veggie Roti with them.

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 Check out the process of making these gluten free thin jowar or sorghum flour phulkas. It is a very healthy grain and perfect for weight watchers as it has proteins, carbohydrates and fibre content.
Jowar is a grain that is being used since ancient times. It is gaining popularity these days. People have started using it a lot in various forms. We have many innovative recipes with this flour like cookies, breads, etc etc

Ingredients: Jowar / sorghum flour .... 1 cup Water ............................... 1 cup Ghee /clarified butter ..... 2 - 3 tbsps

1. Take a thick and heavy pan and add the jowar flour.
2. Add the equal quantity of water which is 1 cup here.
3. Start mixing with the ladle immediately breaking all the lumps.
4.Continue mixing until it thickens and becomes like a dough that we knead for rotis.
5. Immediately remove from the pan onto a plate as the pan is still hot and it will be over cooked. So do not leave it in the hot pan for cooling.
6. Spread it on the plate with the spoon so that it cools faster.
7. Once you are able to handle it start kneading it until smooth. Gather the dough together.
8. Take a small portion and roll it out into a thin roti sprinkling little dry flour as needed.
9. Using a spatula transfer the roti on to a greased griddle so that it does not get stuck.
10. Flip it a couple of times. When it is half done roast it directly on the gas with the help of tongs.
11. Remove and spoon some ghee / clarified butter on it.
12. Put them in a casserole lined with foil paper to keep them soft.
13. These can be served with any veg or non veg curry, sabzi, dal.

Yield - 6-7 rotis from 1 cup flour

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is J - I made Jowar Ke Phulke

Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele Ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter gourd stir fry )
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle )
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ( Moong Dal with mustrard greens )
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji ( Indian Lemon Drink with jaggery)

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