Cook Together #27 // Recipes: Diwali

 

Naan

2 tsp active dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

1/2 cup water lukewarm

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg large

1/4 cup yogurt plain

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

12 tsp olive oil

4 tbsp butter melted

2 tbsp parsley chopped

  1. Heat the oven to 200 F degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Lightly whisk it all together, then let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the yeast dissolves and starts to foam.
  3. To the same bowl, add the oil, yogurt, egg and whisk well. Set aside.
  4. To the bowl of your mixer, combine the flour with the salt. Add the yeast mixture and mix for a couple minutes, until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, starting with a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be nice and soft but not sticky.
  5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Turn OFF your oven, place the bowl inside and allow to rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size. I use this trick all the time to speed up the rising time. Mine only took about 40 minutes, so the time depends on your yeast and your environment.
  6. After it rises, cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a small ball. 
  7. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1 tsp of olive oil. Roll out one ball at a time until it’s about 1/3 inch thick and about 5 inches in diameter. Add the piece of rolled dough to the hot skillet and cook for about 1 minute, the skillet should be very hot, so you’ll see bubbles forming as you cook the dough on the first side. Flip the dough and cook the other side until the bottom is golden.
  8. Repeat with remaining dough until all of the pieces are cooked. Keep the naan covered in a towel so that it doesn’t dry out. When all of them are cooked, brush each one with the melted butter and garnish with some parsley. 

Alo Gobi

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 cup water, divided

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 large serrano pepper, split down the middle leaving halves attached

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 russet potato, peeled and cut

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons freshly minced cilantro leaves, to garnish

  1. Mix the Ginger-Garlic Paste, coriander, turmeric, and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl. This is a simple wet masala (spice mix). Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the serrano pepper, wait 30 seconds, and then add the cumin seeds and wait until they’re done spluttering.
  3. Add the wet masala (careful, it will also splutter). Cook until the paste thickens, deepens in color slightly, and oil oozes out of the perimeter of the masala, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cauliflower and potatoes, stirring to coat the vegetables with the masala. Season with salt and add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes. Then, remove the lid, stir, and cook until the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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