Naan Bread is a leavened oven-baked flat bread and it is very versatile! It is especially prepared in West, Central and South Asia but, thanks to Thermomix, it is now loved by many more food lovers around the world!
It resembles pita bread, and it is usually leavened with yeast; in some regions it can be prepared without yeast and it is more similar to the dough used for roti bread.
A typical naan recipe includes flour, yeast and yogurt to make an elastic dough. Then it is kneaded for a few minutes and baked after a few hours of leavening. Once cooked it is typically flavoured with fragrant essences such as rose or vetiver and then served with butter or ghee melted on it. Actually in Britain Indian restaurants usually sell it flavoured with garlic and fresh coriander.
However as I've already said it is a very versatile bread, you can flavour and season it with lots of different spices. As to its use, it can accompany vegetables, cheese and also meat. And what about dipping it in soups? Mmmh so tempting!
There are many recipes I suggest you try along with this special bread. First of all the dips: Hummus, Tuna Mousse, Philadelphia Cheese, Tuna, Heavy Cream and Anchovies Sauce, Tuna Dip, Chilli Peppers Hot Sauce and all the delicious Sundried Tomato Dip included in the Warm Chicken Salad with Pumpkin and Couscous.
Then I'd eat Naan bread with one of these soups:
- Asparagus Norwegian Soup
- Quick Pea and Corn Soup
- Lentil Soup
- Thermomix Potato and Leek Soup
Enjoy these two marvellous recipes I have found around the Web: the first one is from the always tempting Tenina's blog, and the second one is form the creative Chook Woman's blog.
Hope you like them! And please let me know how you eat your Naan Bread, if you make your own version of it with personal flavourings or if you prefer it plain, as it is.
Ingredients- 220 g Milk
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil (can use ghee to be authentic)
- 80 g Greek style Plain Yoghurt
- 2 tsp Instant Yeast
- 550 - 600 g Baker's Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
How to prepare Thermomix Naan BreadCombine milk, egg, oil, yoghurt and yeast in Thermomix bowl and blend 3 Sec. Speed 7.
Warm for 3 Min. 50ºC Speed 2.
Add flour, salt, sugar, baking powder to Thermomix bowl.
Knead for 3 Min. Interval Speed.
Add a little more warm milk if the dough does not come together.
Place into a large oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to rise for up to 2 hours.
Preheat Pizza stone on Cross Fire BBQ with hood down until temp shows at least 200ºC.
Turn dough onto floured surface and knead by hand until smooth.
Divide dough equally, about 100 g per portion.
Roll out to 1/2 cm thickness. Stretch by hand into a tear shape.
Place onto hot Pizza stone for approx 5-8 minutes.
You should not have to turn them over.
Serve immediately with toppings of choice.
by Chook Woman
Ingredients- 500 g Bread Flour. (she used Laucke Crusty White Mix)
- 1 tsp Salt (if not using mix)
- 7 g Dried Yeast
- 300 ml Warm Water
- 2 Tbs Plain Yogurt.
- 1 Tbs Vegetable oil (she used Rice Bran Oil)
How to prepare Thermomix Naan BreadSet oven to 230°C. (She used fan assist). Place heavy metal tray in oven to heat.
Add all ingredients to TMX bowl and knead. 4 Min. Dough Mode.
Leave in bowl and place in warm spot for 30 Min. or until it doubles.
Turn dough out on to well floured mat, flatten and roll into long sausage. Cut into 5 pieces , for large naan or 8 pieces for smaller ones.
Working with 2 pieces at a time, roll and stretch until 5 mm thick.
Brush with oil, (can be flavored with garlic) and sprinkle with sesame seeds or herbs.
Place on hot oven sheet and cook for 10 Min. until a bit puffed and light brown on top.
Remove from oven and wrap on clean tea towel.
Repeat until all are cooked.
How to prepare Naan Bread without Thermomixwww.bbc.co.uk/food