However much you love visiting your favourite Indian restaurant, there are always times when you want to indulge in take out. Whether you are catering for an office party, a business function or even a home event like a birthday, anniversary or wedding, you want restaurant-quality food on the go. Sadly, while the rest of the food arrives fresh, hot and delicious, the nan bread might not survive the ride. It’s always a good idea to master the art of home baked nan, you never know when it might come in handy! We’re going to share three sumptuous nan recipes with you that you can make at home anytime you want.
Don’t expect any restaurant to give away their secret recipe but a large part of the taste is the traditional clay oven, the Tandoor, in which nan is cooked. Nan is actually cooked on the sides of these ovens as they achieve much higher temperatures than home ovens can. We’re going to show you three ways to capture some of that fluffy goodness but you’ll always be going back to the restaurant when you want the real thing!
If you want quick and easy nan, this recipe is for you and involves shallow frying the dough to replicate the light, fluffy and golden finish you get with real nan from a restaurant. If you mix 500g white flour with 15g yeast, 10g salt and 30ml olive oil (plus a little water), you get a dough that will rise under cling film in just one hour. This is perfect if your Indian takeaway arrives with soggy nan. If you want you can mix in 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp caraway seeds. This will make two or three nans when you roll it out. Fry in a little olive oil to finish – your friends and family will think you’re a miracle worker!
Whenever you just can’t wait an hour or have a last minute emergency, try this recipe out. Just 250g flour mixed with 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt is all you need to make simple delicious nans in mere minutes. Mix 2 tbsp oil with 130ml milk in another bowl and add it to the flour mixture; once kneaded this dough is ready in just 15 minutes in an oiled bowl under a damp towel. You can add poppy or sesame seeds or even garlic and coriander if you want. Once you roll and cut the dough, these will cook on a hot baking sheet in the oven in just 2 minutes. Brush with butter or ghee to serve and save the day!
To replicate the traditional Tandoor at home, buy a pizza stone and preheat your oven as hot as it will go. Real Tandoors reach incredible temperatures so don’t worry; your oven can never be too hot! To make six nans, dissolve a tablespoon of yeast into a ¾ cup of hot water and then add it to a pre-mixed bowl of 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons of oil, 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon each of salt and sugar. To make authentic nans, find the right curd or dahi in place of the yoghurt and find traditional ghee to glaze the nan with when they finish cooking. This takes 4 hours to rise and a top tip is to use wet hands to pat the dough into shape after you roll and divide it. You can fit two at a time onto the pizza stone and they’ll be ready in three minutes. Your friends, family and guests will be amazed!.