Every time someone tells me they’re cutting out carbs I want to cry. Both in frustration and because of all the delicious carby goodness they won’t get to eat like this Garlic Naan Bread.
Let’s talk Carbs for a minute. They always seems to be the first thing to go when somebody’s trying to loose weight like they’re some kind of evil entity. I feel like carbs are extremely miss-understood little guys. They get the blame for making people fat generally because they’re found a lot in foods associated with weight gain such as burgers, pizza and donuts. But you know what else is found in these foods? Free sugars, and bad fats. Carbs are also found in vegetables, pulses and grains which are essential for a healthy diet. Carbs are our bodies preferred source of energy so cutting them out can lead to a lack of energy, being easily fatigued and can delay your recovery.
Carbs DON’T make you FAT just like anything else, if you over eat you will gain weight. So unless you’re coeliac, stop missing out on the deliciousness that is Garlic Naan Bread and let’s stop this carb shaming – they’re cool guys!
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Okay back to the original point of this post this pillowy soft Garlic Naan Bread.
If you’ve never had it (sorry, what!?) it’s a slightly leavened type of Indian flatbread that is similar to pita bread but much softer and chewier thanks to the yogurt used in the dough. It’s an absolute MUST at any Indian restaurant to soak up allll the curry gravy. And it goes extremely well with this Creamy Cashew and Coconut Lentil Curry
Hell, curry gravy isn’t even needed, it’s so good on it’s own with all that garlic butter.
Traditionally Naan is made in a tandoor (clay oven) but not everybody has one of those lying around. You can still get those soft pillowy slightly charred results with the help of a hot skillet.
If you have a fear of making bread/dough don’t worry this is the easiest recipe and really hard to screw up. Even better you don’t need perfect round pieces. Smother that all in some garlic butter and it’s pure carb heaven!
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- 2 tsp yeast
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup natural yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced into a paste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 50 grams butter, melted
- fresh parsley, diced
Combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Leave to sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Whisk together flour and salt and make a well in the centre. Add yogurt, yeast mixture, garlic paste and oil. Mix until a dough begins to form. Knead for two minutes on a floured surface until dough is smooth.
Oil bowl and place dough in, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot for an hour or until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 8 portions and roll each portion into a ball. Roll each dough ball out until ¼ inch thick.
Heat large cast iron skillet over medium – high heat. Add some olive oil and let heat, place the rolled dough into the hot skillet and cook until bubbles start to form on the surface, flip and cook until golden about 2 minutes. Place cooked naans in a warm oven whilst you cook the remaining breads.
Melt butter and add chopped garlic, brush onto cooked naans and sprinkle with chopped parsley
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