Monday, February 7, 2011

Whole Wheat Naan

A delicious, easy recipe for Whole Wheat Naan, an Indian bread we enjoyed with Chickpea & Spinach Masala.

To make the Whole Wheat Naan you need: 
Whole Wheat Naan Ingredients
1 tsp dry active yeast 
½ tsp sugar
½ cup hot water, about 110º F
1½-2 cup whole wheat flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp canola oil for brushing
In a small bowl, combine the yeast and sugar. Add the water and let it sit for a few minutes. 

Then add the oil and yogurt, followed by the flour (starting with 1½ cups) and salt. 

Knead for 3 minutes adding more flour as needed. Cover and let rise for an hour. 

Punch down the dough and divide it into 6 balls. 

 Roll each ball out on a floured surface until thin and even. Brush each side sparingly with oil. 

Heat a non stick skillet to medium high heat. Cook the bread 1-2 pieces at a time about 3 minutes per side.

Ah they were SO good!

For the Chickpea and Spinach Masala I used this simmer sauce from Seeds of Change. It was full of flavor yet Ross approved the spice level (meaning not spicy at all) and the tiger on the jar. Others we've tried have been much spicier, but this was was tasty without the heat. However, I definitely added some crushed red pepper flakes once my portion was dished up.

This Chickpea & Spinach Masala recipe is mostly from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, but I made a few changes to use what we had (for example, we already had frozen spinach and feta, but not fresh spinach nor fresh cheese). So, to make your own : 

1 jar Tikka Masala simmer sauce (or any Indian tomato simmer sauce) 
1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 
½ cup spinach, blanched, squeezed dry and chopped, or frozen 
1 cup feta cheese (or any type of fresh cheese) 
2 Tbsp butter, melted 

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 

In a 9x13 oven safe dish (or similar size) pour the simmer sauce into the dish. Sprinkle on the spinach and press into the sauce. Then layer on the garbanzo beans, top with the cheese and drizzle over the melted butter. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops of the garbanzo beans and cheese are lightly browned. 
Garnish with parsley or cilantro, perhaps some black pepper, and then fight with your husband for the last piece of Naan. ;) 

I love this dish - it is so colorful and flavorful! 


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Craig and I love Indian food! I will have to give this recipe a try!