White, unbleached all-purpose flour used in East Indian baking. Maida, also called maitha, is highly refined, with all the bran and wheat germ removed. It's used for many foods including cakes, breads like naan and pastries like samosas.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.