Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TWD:BWJ Oasis Naan
I love naan! Mostly because it is bread. But I love to go out to eat at Indian restaurants and get garlic naan in particular. My whole family fights over it, and there is never enough to go around. This week we were supposed to make oasis naan. It is similar to regular but sprinkled with coarse salt, scallions and cumin or coriander. I am not a huge fan of coriander or cumin, so opted for fresh garlic and cilantro instead.
I was excited because I have some flavored coarse salts I wanted to try. This seemed like a great opportunity. I wet them down, smeared the crushed garlic over them, sprinkled them with salt, scallions and cilantro and baked them.
Now, while this bread was very good (because it is bread mind you, and I have never met a bread I didn't like), I do not think this compared with real naan. With real naan, they use a screaming hot oven, like a brick oven and it gets almost burnt in spots. I also found this bread tougher than traditional naan I have had. Now don't mistake my critiques for not liking it. It got eaten. We liked the crunch of the coarse salt and loved the garlic! I also got about 12 pieces instead of the 8 the recipes spoke of. I also formed mine more like traditional naan. I also brushed them with butter when they came out. We enjoyed them with some homemade tzaziki!
Will I make it again? Probably not. I was disappointed that I didn't really get much browning, even after cooking for 8 minutes (the longer cooking time). Plus, I buy a fabulous frozen garlic naan from Trader Joe's that is hard to beat for at home use. And when I want the real stuff, we will just go out to eat.
Thank you to Maggie and Phyl for hosting! You can find the recipe at their blogs or in our fabulous cookbook!