Monday, March 11, 2013

Naan Bowls/ Bread Bowls/ Roti Cups

           Naan is a leavened flat bread popular in West, Central and South Asia. It's very popular throughout India. I love this soft and thick bread. It pairs nicely with almost all the Indian curry i make. It's getting popular in United States too, now i can find naan in my local stores. 
          I made naan in the shape of a bowl. I love bread bowls with hot chilli or chowder. I fill the naan bowls with vegetarian and non-vegetarian stews i make.
Naan Bowl
Bread bowl!

2 cups       all purpose flour/ maida
1 tbs          wheat flour
3/4 tsp       yeast
2 tsp          yogurt/ curd   
1/2 cup      lukewarm water
1/2 tsp       sugar 
2 tbs          oil
1 tbs          melted butter/ ghee
1/2 tsp       salt
roti bowls
Cute & yummy bowls
1. Mix yeast with water and sugar, let it stand for 10 mins/ until frothy.
2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients with the yeast mix, except melted butter.
3. Knead it for 6- 8 mins or till the dough becomes soft and pliable.
4. Make it into a ball and keep it in a bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel, set it aside for at least 1 hr.
5. Knead the dough again for few minutes, turn the dough on a floured surface and divide it into lemon sized balls.
6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
 7. Pre heat the oven to 350*. Roll the dough balls into 1/2 -1/4 inch discs.
8. Make sure the outer side (circumference) of the disc is smooth.
9. Take 6 - 10 oven safe bowls and place it upside down on a baking tray. Slightly coat the bottom of the bowl with oil.
10.  If using cupcake pan, turn it over and brush oil slightly to the mold. 
 11. Place the discs over the upturned bowls/ cup cake pan. Gently pat the dough disk, on the top and around the side of the bowl or the upside down cupcake pan.
bread bowls
naan bowls

 12.  Bake for 10- 12 mins. Remove the bread/ naan cups from the mold and brush them with melted butter.

Yummy bowl!!!
11. Fill the bread bowls with your favorite soup or stew and serve.