Let's admit that you, me or anyone who has tasted something made from maida has become a lifetime admirer of this wonderful fine white power and carved for it even more. Today whatever mouth-watering goes in your mouth could have been made from maida, from those milky white cheesy bhaturas to those famous Rajasthani kachoris, are all born from this magical white powder. Resturants or even housewives use maida in addition to the wheat flour in order to make their rotis more fluffy and amazing in taste, tastes so good that you want more and more of it. One question that must be arising in your mind, how's it made, Isn't it?
The name Maida is derived from the Persian root word maida meaning fine or finely. Maida in English is known as finely milled wheat flour. Maida is the refined flour of wheat. In the making of maida, the wheat flour is thoroughly milled, refined and fully bleached. Therefore the resulting flour has a close resemblance with cake flour. The various chief applications of maida include a wide range of fast foods, bakery products like pastries and bread and a wide variety of traditional bread and sweets. In South India, maida is extensively used to make parotas, commonly served with gravy. Maida is very rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It has many useful minerals too. Maida can be used as an alternative to wheat flour in most preparations including flat bread, bread, cakes, chapattis, parathas, and puris. Due to its versatile applications, maida is also popularly known as all-purpose flour. Some interesting varieties of dishes made with maida include surya kala, Chandra kala, lavanga latika, fied modak, murukus, kulkul, sweet thukkada, maida puri, suji appam, maida halwa, chocolate burfi, dosa and sweet dhal poli and bakery items like muffins, cakes and pizzas besides several others. Maida is a must grocery item in most homes especially in India due to the versatile applications of this flour. Several preparations in maida can be done quickly and tastily and therefore maida is favorite flour for a large number of people. Use this refined flour in the recipes you make and enjoy the real taste from India’s top manufacturers.
How is Maida made?
It's made from the same wheat grain, that is used in the manufacturing of wheat flour or atta, in general. A wheat grain is made up of three parts, namely the wheat germ, endosperm and the bran. First of all the endosperm is separated from the other two parts of the wheat grain, which is then passed through a separating coarser in order to obtain the refined flour. Bleaching agents are used In order to give is the magical white look, that we all are familiar with.
Difference between Atta and Maida
> Both the Maida and atta have to be originated from the same tiny wheat grain, the difference is in their processing. Atta is made up of a whole wheat grain that includes husk bran, endosperm, and wheat germ. Whereas, on the other hand, maida is prepared by only the endosperm of the wheat grain.
> Atta is a mixture of three parts of a wheat grain, whereas maida is made up of the core of wheat grain.
> Maida in english is also called as refined flour or all-purpose flour due to the wide range of dishes that can be prepared from it, some of them are maida biscuits, pizza, naan, cakes, bhaturas and the list goes on. Whereas on the other hand atta is limited to the certain number of items that can be prepared out of it.
> The lighter texture of maida and the ability use it for multiple dishes make it stand above atta.
Maida flour and the delicious list of its products
No wonders, maida flour has been given the name "All-purpose flour" for some reason. It can be used to make almost every mouth-watering delicious food that everyone loves. Here's the list of some of those items prepared out of this magical white powder.
> Rumali roti
> Gulab Jamun
and the list goes on.
How to store maida and keep it for longer
Storing maida flour safely is as important as storing the vegetables from rotting. If not taken care, it will spoil and become unhealthy for consumption. So, in order to keep it fresh and healthy the following methods must be used:
> Robust metal containers: The use of heavy-duty steel containers is recommended if you want to keep the maida flour for a longer duration of time, say few weeks. These containers keep insects and pests out of the flour and keep it safer and fresh for longer period of time.
> Airtight containers: Another, yet effective storage method is to store it in airtight glass or plastic containers. Without any air, there won't be any moisture and the maida flour will be fresh and healthy for a longer period of time.
> Refrigeration/Freezing: If you're worried about pests and insects in your pantry, refrigeration is the way to go to store your maida flour. Refrigeration can expand its shelf life to more than a year.
Maida flour and glowing skin
The skin, largest organ of the human body. It needs utmost care to keep it glowing and young. Apart from all the above delicacies, maida flour has a secret use too! Surprised? You should be. This magical flour is used to make your face surprisingly better.
> It can be used to prepare face pack for oily skin. Simply combine it with milk, rose water and honey and apply it to your face.
> If you have a darker complexion, it can make you look fairer within few weeks. Mix it with milk cream or malai and apply it until dry.
> Removal of the dead skin cells is very important as it may cause breakouts and dull skin. In order to avoid these problems just mix the flour with water, rose water, milk, and honey and let it sit for half an hour to see the magical effect on your skin.