Thursday, December 4, 2008
Naan is a bread that is served with every meal in India. You use it to wrap around your food, scoop up the food, or just eat it by itself. It is made with flour, water, and some yeast for fermentation. The bread and is baked in a tandoori oven. It was fun to watch it be made, first, at our one of our hotels, and then, on a roadside stop, at someone’s house at the side of the road.
The steps for making Naan are as follow:
1. Create your dough mixture, allowing for the fermentation to take place. Form the dough into little balls.
2. Take a little ball and flatten it. This can be done using your hands, and flipping the dough back and forth, or with a rolling pin. The Naan Man used his hands.
3. Lay the doug on a wooden rounded block (as necessary to place it in the oven).
4. Place the dough on the side of the tandoori oven.
5. When cooked, remove the dough from the oven.
7. You can make variations such as the garlic one you see here.
Below, you can see some shots taken when we stopped on the road to watch a woman making Naan for her family.