Chef Cyrus Todiwala Promotes Butt Foods' Sourdough Naan
Butt Foods Ltd. has launched artisan naan bread that is said to be lighter and bubblier than other flatbreads typically served at Indian restaurants in the United Kingdom. Distributed frozen by Central Foods under the Baked Earth brand, the sourdough recipe naan is made from a process that takes up to ten days from starter through to mother dough, mature dough and then final dough. No raising agents are used, which results in a more natural product, with pure butter ghee adding color and taste.
The Nottingham, England-based producer commissioned celebrity chef and BBC 2014 Food Personality of the Year Cyrus Todiwala OBE to develop a range of uses to illustrate the new offering’s menu flexibility. He has come up with a variety of serving suggestions that show versatility which goes far beyond the traditional side-of-plate naan presentation, and highlights numerous options for creative applications. Among dishes on his menu are Bombay-style minced beef burritos, roasted vegetable pizzas and Jungli chicken wraps.
“Naan is brilliant – it’s such a versatile bread. Just use your imagination and the world lies at your feet,” said Cyrus, whose portfolio of restaurants includes Café Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Heathrow T5, Assado London and The Park Café.
Available in six-inch and four-inch sizes, the product is promoted as “perfect” for restaurants, hotels, bars and other foodservice operations that are committed to serving top quality naan bread. Also on the target list is the growing number of new wave contemporary Indian eateries.
As a result of its special composition, the Baked Earth artisan sourdough recipe naans can be topped, filled, folded and wrapped. Serving suggestions offered by Cyrus include hand-held sliders, pizza-style topped naans, foldovers and wraps, and cover dining occasions including breakfast, brunch, snacks and main meals.
Videos of the dishes created by Bombay-born and raised Chef Cyrus in the development kitchen of his Café Spice Namaste restaurant in London may be watched online by visiting www.buttfoods.co.uk.
Butt Foods has been making leavened, oven-baked flatbreads for more than 25 years, having introduced authentic frozen naan to the foodservice market in 1991. Among its latest creations is a light and bubbly Indian bread baked with yoghurt and accented with toasted kalonji and cumin seeds to impart a nutty flavor.