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No Indian meal without Naan! I could go without the basmati rice. I often do eat my Indian curries without basmati rice. Don’t get me wrong, I really like basmati rice, it’s my favorite kind of rice. But Naan bread is just SO much better! So when I do have the choice – rice or naan, it’s gonna be Naan! A lot of Naan!
If you want to be really authentic: Try to eat your indian meal using the naan bread the grap the veggies and suck up the sauce. No knife, fork or spoon needed! Okay, that’s for pros. Might be easier than chop sticks, though.
My twist on Naan bread was to use whole wheat flour. It fills you up and makes you feel much better. I also prefer the hearty flavor! However, feel free to use either whole wheat flour or just normal white flour – it both works in this recipe. Just keep in mind that whole wheat flour need a little bit more liquid than white flour.
inspired by “The Lotus and the Artichoke” (have a look – it’s a great website and a unique approach)
- 1/2 package dry yeast (or 20g fresh yeast)
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbs warm water
- 1 3/4 cups / 220 g wholewheat pastry flour (Germany: Weizenmehl 1050)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbs soy yogurt
- 2 Tbs water or soy milk
- 2 Tbs oil
Whisk yeast, sugar, warm water in a small bowl. Let it rest and rise for 10 min. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix soy yogurt, soy milk, oil in another small bowl and add this to the yeast-water mixture. Add combined wet ingredients to dry mix in large bowl. Fold, mix well. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough is soft and rubbery. You can add slightly more water or flour if needed. The dough should form well and not be sticky. Cover dough and let it rise in a warm place for 2-4 hours.
Heat a large pan on high heat. Separate the dough into 4 different pieces and form long, oval naans. Cook dough in the pan. Each side should cook 4-5 min on high heat. Once there are brown spots and bubbles on each side, this delicious bread is done!
I am getting hungry by looking at it. And so does my little zoo right here…
So, it’s your turn. What’s your favorite part about indian food?
Coming up: Navratan Korma and Mango Lassi!
Mhhhhhhhhh! I like! :)
Playful and Hungry said:
Aw, thanks! ;)
Awesome! I have never made naan bread before, and cool that you used whole wheat flour. I’m a sucker for vegetable korma…really want to try that soon–it would be perfect with your naan bread!
Hannah (BitterSweet) said:
Naan used to be my favorite flat bread, but I still haven’t tried making it myself, or vegan. Thanks for taking all the work out of it- Your recipe looks perfect!
Looks a lot healthier than the variety at the indian restaurant!
Playful and Hungry said:
But it tastes just as great! =D
Chef Amber Shea said:
Ooh, I ALMOST made this very recipe the other night! I’m usually a tad intimidated by yeast breads, but it sounds like this one is great for a non-bread-baker. I’d make mine whole-grain too!
I only eat home-made naan! whole wheat is so much better! :) Yummy!
totally agree.. a curry without naan bread isnt a curry :)