August 25, 2011

a fan of naan

One of my favorite places to grab a little lunch is Noodles and Company. The streamlined modern design, delicious meals, and the peaceful atmosphere lends to a welcoming place to sit and sip izzes with friends. My favorite meal is pasta fresca with parmesan crusted chicken, topped with feta cheese and paired with the cucumber and tomato salad. However, I always look forward to their flatbread at the end of the meal.

When I saw this recipe for naan, I knew I had to try it. I substituted gluten free bread flour for regular flour and despite a slightly denser texture, it was delicious. If you go the gluten free route, I would recommend flouring your hands before kneading it, because it was a little sticky. It also didn't rise as much as normal, but that was due in part to some really old yeast.

adapted from this recipe
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 cups Pamela's Gluten Free Flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 large egg
Olive Oil (for drizzling)

Stir the water, sugar, and yeast together and let sit until foamy. After five minutes, stir in the flour, salt, oil, egg, and yogurt. Knead until the dough is soft and malleable, then cover with a towel and let rise for an hour (all while waiting impatiently as the clock slowly ticks). Roll the dough out (make sure to flour the rolling pin and the surface) and cut into circles (as large or small as you'd like). In a hot skillet drizzled with olive oil (on a little lower than medium heat), cook each naan until they're nice and golden and are fairly blistered (though not burnt). Serve with honey, jam, curry sauce, butter, syrup, or whatever you'd like. Enjoy!

Everyone loved the naan. In fact, by the time I had finished tidying up the kitchen, there was just a half piece left. I cut it into a small circle and attempted to grab a photo, but due to a hungry boy who wanted his share, the photo-taking was short lived. Luckily, I made another batch the next day and topped it with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey.

Baking and cooking have been exciting me lately and I would love to hear and try out your favorite recipes!


  1. Sounds delicious! I love fresh bread, and bread-like things. I've been excited about cooking lately, too. I made a recipe for really chewy cookies last night, and they turned out very well.

    Keep it up with the cooking! :)

  2. your pictures really make me want to try making naan at home!

  3. Oh goodness. I want to pin that last picture on my inspiration board. It's so beautiful.
    My family has THE most excellent bread book -- and, the recipe for naan bread is in it! We've (my family and I), made it plenty of times. We're always up to trying a new recipe -- so I can't wait till we try this one out... but no gluten free for us... I'm going to substitute gluten for normal flower... would that be okay?
    xox Acacia

  4. Love this post! The pictures are gorgeous!! Love the colors of the place mat and the lighting is beautiful. That naan looks pretty delicious! I shall add it to the growing list of things I want to bake, haha! (:

    ♥ Kailyn

  5. Oooh that looks really good! Thanks alot Hannah, now I'm hungry. Haha.


  6. Oh, man. You are a girl after my own heart! Noodles and Co., plus izzes? My favorite! In fact, I went there and had an izze with my meal just last week! I almost always get their Indonisian peanut sauce dish. So yummy! And my favorite izze is peach. Mmmm. :)

  7. mmm, yes, I love naan so very much.

  8. This looks crazy delicious. I can't eat very much gluten, because I get sick, so I'm really excited to try this out. Oh, and I know I already said this before. But, you're food photography is fantastic. :)

  9. i must try this nummy looking naan. it's the first i've ever heard of it. also, you have motivated me to get some white dishes. : )

  10. I love naan and your looks especially delicious. Hmm...I might just have to try out that recipe now. :)

  11. I have always wanted to try and make it. You might have just been my inspiration!

  12. your naan looks so good!

    a family friend of ours had the most delicious recipe EVER for bran muffins. i would share it with you, but it's somewhere in my bedroom at my parents' house. when i find it, though, i'll email it to you!

  13. I love naan and am THRILLED to have a recipe. It looks WONDERFUL!! Thanks for sharing. I will be making this one soon.

  14. that looks DELICIOUS! :)

  15. mmm....that sounds so good! I love baking all types and kinds of bread.

  16. Oh my, that looks pretty good! It looks a bit like something of a pancake, but still delicious.

    One of my favorite recipes that I {think} may be gluten free is THIS:

    Peanut Butter Bars
    1. 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter
    2. half a bag of powdered sugar
    3. 1 stick of margarine
    4. 1 bag of chocolate chips

    {what do to}

    1. Melt Margarine and mix with peanut butter and powdered sugar.
    2. Spread mixture in 9x13 pan.
    3. Melt chocolate chips in microwave {Make sure to open microwave every 10 seconds and stir chips so they don't burn}.
    4. Spread melted chocolate chips on top of peanut butter/sugar/buter mixture.
    5. Place in fridge and let chill for approx. an hour.

    Enjoy! They are super easy to do and oh so delicious.

  17. YUM! i adore anything pita bread related so I'm sure I'd love this!!

  18. i have never had or heard of this, but i am intrigued! it looks delish!

  19. i'm ashamed to admit that i don't think i've ever had naan before....but looks like i'll have to try this recipe! beautiful photos as always :)

  20. That looks really good! Love the photos :]

  21. Ooh! My boyfriend is going to be so excited that I found this recipe. Lovely blog and photographs!
    --KB of l'ours et le renard

  22. Oh I'm sooo glad you like naan.I'm an Indian and i love naan too!=)

  23. one of my friends makes a really mean naan bread, but i've never tried it! i just love (mild!) indian food!