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    Some time ago we had a eastern restaurant here that made lovely curries (not durban curry). The owners were not from here but probably Pakistan or one of those places, they did not look anything like local indians. Anyway the one thing that stuck in my mind is the lovely soft Naan bread they made. It was soft with a bit of stretch in it and absolutely divine.

    The local durban indians don't seem to know what naan bread is and when I explain it to them they think I mean rottis.

    So, anybody got a decent recipe for me?
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    I don't have a naan recipe, but if you are ever up in Johburg, we have a "Proper" Indian restaurant across the road from us with 380 items on the menu, all the Curries you can want and their Garlic Naan is to die for!

    Banjaara is the place in Linden

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    Some time ago we had a eastern restaurant here that made lovely curries (not durban curry). The owners were not from here but probably Pakistan or one of those places, they did not look anything like local indians. Anyway the one thing that stuck in my mind is the lovely soft Naan bread they made. It was soft with a bit of stretch in it and absolutely divine.

    The local durban indians don't seem to know what naan bread is and when I explain it to them they think I mean rottis.

    So, anybody got a decent recipe for me?
    How abt the naans from Pick n Pay ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SinghDude View Post
    How abt the naans from Pick n Pay ?
    Do all PnP stores stock it as I don't recall ever seeing it at the local one but I would prefer to make my own though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberbob1979 View Post
    I don't have a naan recipe, but if you are ever up in Johburg, we have a "Proper" Indian restaurant across the road from us with 380 items on the menu, all the Curries you can want and their Garlic Naan is to die for!

    Banjaara is the place in Linden
    Ta, will keep that in mind if I ever travel past the boerewors gordyn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    Do all PnP stores stock it as I don't recall ever seeing it at the local one but I would prefer to make my own though.
    Well the Pick n Pay in the indian surburbs stock 'em.

    I know Phoenix and Verulam do.

    How about checkin local indian bakeries if they still doing business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SinghDude View Post
    How about checkin local indian bakeries if they still doing business.
    We don't have any of those.
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    Easy recipe for you. Made it before and it works. Not as great as a traditional Indian one, but its so simple, because it uses ingredients you have in your cupboard
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/naan_86626
    Naan bread
    Anjum Anand’s simple naan breads, flavoured with garlic and fresh coriander,

    contain no yeast.

    Ingredients
    For the dough
    250g/9oz plain flour

    2 tsp sugar

    ˝ tsp salt

    ˝ tsp baking powder

    110-130ml/3˝-4˝fl oz milk

    2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing

    For the topping
    nigella seeds, poppy seeds or sesame seeds, or chopped garlic and fresh coriander

    1 tbsp butter, melted, to serve

    Preparation method
    1.For the dough, sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the milk and oil.

    2.Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid mixture. Slowly mix together the dough by working from the centre and incorporating the flour from the edges of the 'well', to make a smooth, soft dough. Knead well for 8-10 minutes, adding a little flour if the dough is too sticky.

    Technique: Kneading bread .Watch technique
    2:35 mins3.Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea-towel and leave in a warm place for 10-15 minutes. Form the dough into five balls.

    4.Preheat the grill to medium and place a heavy baking sheet on the upper shelf of the grill to heat.

    5.Roll the dough balls out quite thinly, ideally in a teardrop shape, but really this is just aesthetic. Sprinkle over your chosen topping and press into the surface of the dough. Place the naans onto the hot baking sheet and grill for just 1-2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Brush with butter and serve hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinghDude View Post
    How abt the naans from Pick n Pay ?
    Or Woolworths.

    Personally I do not like naan bread that much, it is too thick for me.

    I often buy brown rotis in bulk from Akhalwayas and freeze til needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinghDude View Post
    How abt the naans from Pick n Pay ?
    No, please! Seriously, stay away from those... they are nothing like what the OP is talking about!

    This is what the OP is talking about....

    Last edited by Garyvdh; 18-03-2011 at 11:09 AM.

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    Here's that recipe by the way...
    http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2007/05/22/naan-bread/

    Naan is traditionally cooked in a clay oven or “tandoor.” This recipe uses a regular home oven.

    Makes 6 Naan.

    Naan Bread

    Ingredients:

    * 2 cups of All Purpose flour (Plain flour or maida)
    * 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1 teaspoon sugar
    * Pinch of baking soda
    * 2 tablespoons of oil
    * 2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt (curd or dahi)
    * 3/4 cup lukewarm water

    Also needed:

    * 1 teaspoon of clear butter or ghee to butter the Naan
    * 1/4 cup All Purpose flour for rolling

    Method:

    1. Dissolve active dry yeast in lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
    2. Add sugar, salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well.
    3. Add the oil and yogurt mix, this will become crumbly dough.
    4. Add the water/yeast mixture and make into soft dough.Note: after dough rise will become little softer.
    5. Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and keep in a warm place for 3-4 hours. The dough should almost be double in volume.
    6. Heat the oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone for at least thirty minutes so stone is hot. Using a pizza stone will help to give naan close to same kind of heat as clay tandoor.
    7. Next turn the oven to high broil.
    8. Knead the dough for about two to three minutes and divide the dough into six equal parts.
    9. Take each piece of dough, one at a time, and roll into 8-inch oval shape. Dust lightly with dry flour to help with the rolling.
    10. Before putting the Naan in oven, lightly wet your hands and take the rolled Naan, and flipp them between your palms and place onto your baking/pizza stone into the oven.
    11. You can place about 2 Naan on the baking/pizza stone at a time. The Naan will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, depending upon your oven. After the Naan is baked(Naan should be golden brown color on top).
    12. Take naan out of the oven and brush lightly with clear butter or ghee.
    13. wait 2 to 3 minutes before baking the next batch of naan. It gives oven the chance to get heated again to max.
    14.
    Serve Naan with Daal, Chola, Palak Paneer or any vegetable. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyvdh View Post
    No, please! Seriously, stay away from those... they are nothing like what the OP is talking about!

    This is what the OP is talking about....


    That looks burnt


    does'nt even have an sesame seeds on
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyvdh View Post
    ....and who the hell is manjula ?????
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    Thanks for the recipes people
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    Thanks for the recipes people
    let us know how tasty it was......
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