Saturday, December 27, 2008

Indian Flat Bread-Whole Wheat Naan-For a good cause-Breadline Africa

I have been procrastinating this for so long..Malar had tagged me for the noble event of "Breadline Africa".Thanx a ton for including me in this venture Malar.

Now now,I dont bake at all.Regular readers might have noticed that.I do make something like puffs or Tandoori items in oven..Thats it.But then we are never cake lovers or bread lovers.Bread is only meant for lazy morning breakfast,when am not in a mood for some cooking.So we try out different varities of breads from shop.Now I always make sure that I have the best n nutritious kinda food,when I buy some.So is with bread.I always buy whole wheat with honey or Oats or some goodies like that.Hmm..so I was laying out here, some excuses for not posting a real bread recipe and my humble intention of giving in here a healthy Naan dish.Its a nutritious Indian bread afterall and I am happy that I have the company of Malar here..:)
Something about the Breadline event:



The following is quoted from the Breadline Africa Bake-Off site:

On 15 October, we launched The Breadline Africa Worldwide Blogger Bake Off. The Blogger Bake Off is an online campaign that challenges blogger to get involved by baking bread, and then acting by donating to end poverty. And then, challenge their readers and five other blogger to do the same.With the money raised, we will be supporting grass roots community projects aimed at ending poverty and hunger in Africa. We’ll be placing container kitchens, vegetable gardens and more in poor communities, sending emergency food relief where needed
and helping these poor communities to help themselves.

The rules for blogger are outlined below:

  • If you are tagged, copy and paste the rules into your post.
  • Bake bread, do something you would’t normally do, and blog about it.
  • Upload your picture and recipe.
  • Give dough, donate to Breadline Africa and help us end poverty.
  • Tag five blogger, and ping us so we know you’ve done so.

The person who raises the most funds will get to name a Breadline Africa community kitchen and win $500 Amazon Vouchers. There are also three minor prizes of $250 Amazon vouchers for people who receive the most votes in the following categories: Most Unusual Recipe; Most Nutritious Recipe and Most Traditional Recipe. Breadline Africa is a registered charity in South Africa that is seeking to put an end to poverty in South Africa and further afield in Africa. Their aim is to break the cycle of poverty and help communities to achieve long term self-sustainability. Breadline Africa was founded in 1993 by social workers and communities in South Africa with minded colleagues in Europe, (who were well placed to source out donations). They are geared to help fund small ground level projects in Africa which are most likely to succeed with financial help. On Blog Action Day Breadline Africa launched their Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off campaign. The aim is to raise $1 million in funds for a project to convert shipping containers into locations for food production and distribution in Africa. It is hoped that these sustainable community kitchens will not only provide food such as bread and soup to those in need, but also opportunities for skills development within poor communities.This bake-off gives us baking blogger the power to make a difference in this world. What do we do? Bake bread. Give Dough. Feed Africa. Vals says, "You can sign up for the campaign, make a donation, upload your bread recipes and document your culinary adventures in the media center to spread the word. You don't have to donate money but simply just mention the campaign and create awareness."

I guess we all understand how lucky we are as compared to the less priveleged group ,scattered all around the globe.Even though,we cant be always there to lend a helping hand to those poor in Africa,doing atleast this much through blog is a sure a noble thing,and am happy to be a part of it.

I am tagging :

Hema

Ann

shama

Yasmeen

Tina

to join with me for this lovely event..:)

So here goes the recipe of Indian Flat Bread,a healthy Whole wheat Naan.This is the conventional Naan recipe,I read in some other site,(but cant remember which one) with the only replacement of Whole Wheat Flour for the All purpose flour.This was my very first attempt and I wouldn't say it came out in great shape.I found it difficult to get the shape.Rolling pin dint work well,and I used hands most the time.So the thickness was more than what you need.Anyhow, I bet it sure is nutritious.Hope it comes out nice for you..:)




Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 Cups Whole wheat Flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
6 tsp butter
3 tbsp yoghurt
3 tsp onion seeds (optional)



Add the dry yeast and sugar to the warm water and stir till the yeast is dissolved. Now cover and keep it in a warm place for 10 minutes or more, until the mixture begins to froth.Meanwhile,mix both the flours and salt to taste and sift through a very fine sieve. Put it into a mixing bowl and now add the yeast mixture, ghee and yoghurt.

Mix the whole thing into a soft dough. Now flour lightly a large, flat surface and knead the dough till it is smooth and kind of elastic. Grease a large bowl with a few drops of cooking oil and put the dough in it. Cover and keep it undisturbed for about an hour n half , till the dough doubles in volume.

After the time,take the dough,punch it and knead again for 10 minutes. Divide the dough and roll into 8 round balls. Lightly flour the same surface and roll out each ball into circular/square shapes.

Preheat your oven 400 F

Lay an aluminium foil in an oven tray and grease it lightly with a few drops of cooking oil. Place the Naans ,with space in between on the tray. Spread some ghee on top of the Naans. Put the tray into the oven and cook till the Naan begins gets lightly browned. Flip the Naan and repeat.

It can be also done in gas-top,on Non-stick pan.But as the event is Baking Bread,I gave out this one..:)

Happy Holidays to all..:) StumbleUpon

6 Luv'ly people shared their views..:

Shama Nagarajan said...

Thank you dear for tagging me.....feeling good to participate in this venture........will try a different healthy bread soon.....lovely naan looking perfect.....

Ann said...

Thanks Varsha..I love baking and someway addicted..Afterall,this is for a good cause..
Happy New Year

Adlak's tiny world said...

nice naan for good cause... Thanks for tagging me. unfortunately my oven is not working at present dear. once it ll get recovered i ll join this event...

Yasmeen said...

Lovely naan for a worthycause.Varsha,I've already been tagged for the event,take a peek.

Usha said...

Naan looks good Varsha and for a great cause!

Varsha Vipins said...

Shama n Ann,waiting to hear from you..:)

Akka,hope your oven gets ok soon..:)

Oops,I missed it Yasmeen..will check it..:)

Usha..thanx dear..

 
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