1-in-3 Amish Friendship Starter

When Nupur sent me that sour-sweet smelling package, I meticulously followed the tradition and baked Pineapple-Cherry Bread. But after working with the starter and understanding how to use it, rather manipulate it, opened a door of opportunities, or recipes, I should say. This 1-in-3 series is about my experiments with the starter.

I am not going to give instructions on how to feed the starter. You can find it here, along with other recipe ideas. If you are looking to make the starter on your own, this recipe may be of help. But I cannot vouch for the recipe as I haven’t tried it.

With many thanks to Nupur for sending me the starter, here is 1-in-3 Amish Friendship Starter.

Garlic-Herb Naan

Most of the recipes I develop are by intuition. Things I strongly believe will work, even though I am trying it for the first time. After observing the active starter, one thought that screamed inside my head was flat bread. Unsure, I set out to make Naan, the Indian flat bread, to be on the safer side. I had no reason to be unsure. The naans were A-Class.

Garlic Herb Naan

Ingredients

Amish friendship starter – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – about 1¼ cups
Salt – 1 tsp
Garlic – 1 clove, minced
Mint, cilantro – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Oil – 1 tbsp

Method

Combine starter, salt and flour to form a stiff dough. Add more flour depending on the moisture in the dough. Cover and rest the dough for 6-8 hours. When the dough has risen, punch down, knead well, cover and rest for another 2 hours.

When ready, preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine garlic, herb and oil and keep ready. Pinch an orange sized dough, and roll into a tear shape. Place on a hot pan, and cook until both the sides develop light brown spots. Transfer the naans on to a cookie sheet and broil until dark brown spots develop, about 30 – 45 seconds. Brush naans with garlic oil when they are hot out of the oven. Serve with your favourite masala. This recipe yields 7 medium sized naans.

Garlic Herb Naan with Aloo Masala

Naans serve with Indira’s Aloo Masala.

43 comments:

lakshmi said...

you seem to love garlic a lot - posted poondu rasam yet?

the starter must have been ideal for naan - with all the milk and yeast culture

Cinnamon said...

The Naans look delicious.. I just love the pics!!!!

Mythili said...

Ah! Brilliant, I say!! KUDOS.

Gopinath Sundharam said...

Hey There: It would be much nicer and pleasant (at least for me) to look at the "Ingredients" and "Method" section titles/headers in a different color (mainly to distinguish it from the actual contents).

Not that I'm going to follow it step-by-step once I know where the headers start, but it would make your blog even better to read. ;)

Again, it is just for my eyes.. hmm.. I guess it's time for my eye check up now!!

Raaga said...

yummy

sunita said...

The naans do look 'A-class' indeed!

Lakshmi@TOM said...

Those naans looks inviting! am hungry now....but how is this starter prepared?

Srivalli said...

suganya..naan looks wonderful...and to think you thought of using that starter to make naans...nice idea..

Nupur said...

So you saved some starter and are having fun with it, eh? This creative naan is just awesome, Suganya!

Happy cook said...

Wow then Naans look so good.

Asha said...

Cool! I got one more Naan recipe! Looks plump and soft!:)

Richa said...

lovely!
how come ur naans are so light in color even with whole wheat flour, maybe it's the brand i guess?

grihini said...

looks goooooooooood! and pics are simply gr8

Sirisha Kilambi said...

what a nice way to use the starter..........loved them :-)) YUM !

Kribha said...

I'm a garlic lover and this looks like a perfect one for me. Superb pic. Nice presentation.

Namratha said...

Fabulous, looks gorgeous!

Padma said...

I love the way those naan looks specially garlicky... I am really amazed on how the starter really works on that dough...simply incredible when I did Zucchini bread out of it!

Mandira said...

what a great idea suganya! I am going to try this Naan with the starter :)

musical said...

Naan is a great idea with such a starter! It must have given a unique taste to them! Lovely pictures too!

bhags said...

nice looking naans....

bee said...

what a great idea!!!

Sia said...

beautiful pic and wonderful idea of sing starter.

Tee said...

Genious! Naans look superb! :)

Sharmi said...

the naan looks so attractive and tempting Suganya! very nice creation out of the dough:)

Anjali said...

Suganya..that is really thinking outside the box. The nans look nice and plump. Once I had kept the bread dough for proofing while I was getting the curry ready. The curry turned out good and needed an equally good accompaniment so I experimented and made bhature with the bread dough. They just melted in the mouth. Try it out.

Shyam said...

I think I might be getting some friendship starter (Customs rules allowing) and hooray, there are so many recipes I can try from so many blogs! :) Lovely, lovely, lovely photos, as always. Can you take any bad photos, just for a change? :D

Rachna said...

wow the naans look superb...

zlamushka said...

Wow, for the very first time i hear about savory friendship bread. I am amazed, this I definitely try soon :-)

Latha said...

Looks delicious Suganya! Cant wait for my starter from Linda! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

Mishmash ! said...

this was quite a clever and innovative take.Good one!

Suganya said...

Thank you for your encouraging words. I am glad to share this with you all.

Lakshmi, Garlic will mask any odd flavours. Safety net ;)

Gopi, You said it right. Time for yr eye examination :p.

Lakshmi@TOM, the starter was sent by Nupur.

Nupur, I hope I make you proud :)

Richa, I think it may be bcoz of the artificial light. True colours are hard to acieve with tungsten balance.

Anjali, Thank you so much for the idea. Sometimes these crazy ideas just click.

I think you can, Shyam. I sent one to Cynthia in Barbados. She got it after 2 weeks, but it was ok. And, if you look closer, there are bad photos in this blog too :D.

Pravs said...

Looks yummy. Love garlic taste..must be very tasty.

Nabeela said...

Wow, my numerous times at naan never produced good results...but you seem to have it down with just one try...and that too with your own recipe! Kudos to you!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Wow! I didn't know you could make naan out of the amish starter! I just got mine from Archana, mama of twins. I've also been dying to make naan!

wow, wow, wow, just wow. I am so excited. Thanks for posting this so much!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suganya!!!!
naans are looking delicious!!!!!!!!! lovely pics!

Cynthia said...

You make such good food!

Priyanka said...

The Naans look delicious:)

click said...

there's something for you at jugalbandi, dear suganya.

Linda said...

Suganya, I've been MIA too long. When may I come over for some frienship naan :):)

Puspha said...

Looks so lovely.

Susan said...

Oh, Suganya, another great and easy idea! A good thing, too, since I still have lots of starter to use up.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Suganya,

I did step one, added the flour to the starter yesterday,and it was VERY stiff. I rose a little but not a whole lot.

Kanch

AnuSriram said...

U have a wonderful blog here full of delicious recipes... Really attractive! Love them.... That bread with filter coffee is really tempting me this morning for breakfast.... Hmmmm...

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