Something on the side

2017-03-16 06:03
Naan bread.PHOTOS: sourced

Naan bread.PHOTOS: sourced

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Naan bread to compliment butter chicken

I ngredients


• 250 g plain flour

• 2 tsp sugar

• ½ tsp salt

• ½ tsp baking powder

• 110-130ml milk

• 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing


Nigella seeds, poppy seeds or sesame seeds, or chopped garlic and fresh coriander

1 tbsp butter, melted, to serve


• Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the milk and oil.

• Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid mixture. Slowly mix the dough together 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.

• 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.

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

• 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 one to two minutes, or until lightly browned.

• Brush with butter and serve hot.

Kachumbar salad:


• 1 red onion

• juice of 1 lemon

•½ teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground

• ½ a cucumber, diced

• 3 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped


• Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Serve with butter chicken.


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