The perfect accompaniment to a saucy dish. Let this light and airy, bread-like dough soak up what’s left on the plate to really complete your meal!
Naan is perhaps one of the most preferred Indian breads. I have yet to come across a person who does not like naan. This soft, and slightly chewy bread, makes a great accompaniment to any type of curry. With Naan on the side, one is sure to polish of every last bit of gravy. It is that good.
Until my teenage years, I believed that naan was something that could never be made without a tandoor. Hence, it could never be made at home. But all that changed when a classmate of mine got these yummy Naans from her house. At that moment, I realized that restaurant food can be made at home. And it can taste great if not better.
There are different ways to make naan. It can be made by using yeast, which is the traditional method. It can also be made by using baking soda and/or baking powder. Which, I have heard that it is a quicker version but I am yet to try that method.
Like sandwiches, Naan can have different flavors and fillings. It can be flavored stuffed with potatoes, cheese, meat, or a simple, spiced, onion mixture. I have also read a few recipes, which had sweet fillings in them. I have used sesame seeds and chives on top to flavor this. But you can use cilantro, mint, chopped garlic, chopped green chilies, etc. With Naan, the sky is the limit. So you can really let your imagination run wild.
The naan can be enjoyed in many ways. It can be used in wraps, as a pizza base or you can enjoy it with a mughlai curry on the side. Do not be intimidated with the long preparation time. This delicious bread is worth every bit of the effort. Try making naan in the comfort of your home and find you own ways to enjoy.Print
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.