Sunday, April 22, 2012

HEALTHY NAAN BREAD


Naan is a bread made in India and it is delicious. Typically this bread is made with a loads of butter (ghee which is clarified butter) which makes it very high in calories. This recipe is a healthy version. Instead of butter this recipe uses olive oil and some whole wheat flour. Many think that the wheat adds to the flavor.  Isn’t it fun to try something different once in awhile. When we first made this bread we were thrilled with the ease of this recipe. It was also a great surprise that it was so delicious and much healthier than the original Naan bread. This is a great bread to serve not just with Indian food but also with soups and stews.   
  • 2 cups flour (I use 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup white because I like the flavor best that way while still maintaining some of the whole wheat goodness)  
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 1 Teaspoon salt 
  • ⅔ cup warm water 
  • 2 Tablespoons flaxseed oil 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt at room temperature 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and knead until dough has a soft, smooth consistency like pizza dough. Cover with plastic wrap and leave for ½ hour.

Dust a working space with flour and then take a piece of dough about the size of a tennis ball. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin into an oval shape about 7 – 9 inches long and 4 – 5 inches wide at the widest point. It should be about ¼ inch thick.

You can then cook it either on the BBQ or in the oven.

To Cook on BBQ
Heat the BBQ to medium. Place the Naan on the BBQ and cook, turning occasionally until there are brown spots on each side. To keep it moist, rub the bread with a drop of flaxseed oil (or just use butter if you want to splurge).

To Bake in Oven
Preheat the oven and a Pizza Stone to 425 degrees. Place the Naan on the Pizza Stone and cook, turning occasionally until there are brown spots on each side. Rub in the oil or butter to keep it moist. You can also use a greased cookie sheet in the absence of a stone.


This recipe is taken from the book "Every Day Indian." We hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as we did. This just might become one of your family's all time favorites.

1 comment:

  1. ooooh la la! i've been wanting to make naan bread! can't get enough of it at our fav indian restaurant. :)

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