Happy Saturday to you! 😀
Arrrghhh…! I have been having a crazy and persistent craving for Naan since Wednesday and I can’t just shake this feeling off! 🙄 Hmmmm, they say that when you body craves something, it means I have some deficiency in something…..oh, I know what it is ===> I really need some Naan! 😆
For some of you that don’t know what Naan is, it is a type of round flatbread that is made of white flour and is a staple accompaniment to hot meals in Central and South Asia. It is usually slapped to the sides of a tandoori ( a huge round clay oven that looks like a giant urn and fired with charcoals) and baked for a few minutes. The Chinese often say that when food is cooked with a charcoal fueled stove or oven, that food tastes the best, when compared to cooking with an electric or gas stove.
In Malaysia, it is very common to find Roti Canai or Roti Paratha in Indian restaurants than Naan, and Roti Canai is not as healthy since it contains a lot of clarified butter or Ghee and is fried in more Ghee in a hot griddle.
And so, I decided to look around for a good and most importantly, a real EASY Naan recipe and I found this wonderful lady’s website, Manjula’s Kitchen, which has very good recipes and videos on Indian vegetarian food. I have already decided to make my first Naans but I have to get a good Chickpea Curry recipe to go with that first….and meanwhile, I think I’ll go have some Naan and Tandoori Chicken at a good Indian restaurant here first.
Meanwhile, I would like to share with you this really good video on how to make Naan at home –
……. and below is a list of ingredients you need for this recipe that makes 6 pieces of Naan bread. Manjula uses a Pizza Stone to cook the Naan as the stone can maintain the heat better but I’m hoping a normal heavy baking tray would do the trick as well because I have not seen a Pizza Stone here in Malaysia yet.
INGREDIENTS (makes 6 Naans) –
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of baking soda
2 tablespoons oil
21/2 tablespoons yoghurt
3/4 cup luke warm water
1 teaspoon clear/clarified butter or ghee
1/4 cup all purpose flour for rolling
I’ll let you know how my Naans turn out when I make them. Good night and sweet dreams from a rainy KL! 😀