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Indian Bread

May 6, 2007 by  
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Interesting Facts
While in India, we learned to love Naan bread!  And, once our hosts realized we liked it, they made sure we had it at every meal … more than we could possibly eat!  We ate it buttered, plain, and even made with vegetables.  Whatever way it was served, it was good.  For those of us who found the Indian food overly spicy, the naan bread helped mask the heat of the chilis and curry.  Since we’ve been back, the naan bread is something we miss — it’s simply delicious!

Naan Bread (Indian Bread)


4 cups White Flour (Maida)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Milk
1 tbsp Sugar
1 Egg
4 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Nigella seeds (Kalunji)

•   Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
•   Mix the sugar, milk, eggs 2tbsp of oil in a bowl.
•   Pour this into the center of the flour and knead adding water if necessary to form soft dough.
•   Add the remaining oil, knead again, then cover with damp cloth and allow the dough to stand for 15 minutes. Knead the dough again and cover and leave for 2-3 hours.
•   About half an before the naan are required, turn on the oven to maximum heat.
•   Divide the dough into 8 balls and allow rest for 3-4 minutes.
•   Sprinkle a baking sheet with nigella seeds and put it in the oven to heat while the dough is resting.
•   Shape each ball of dough with the palms to make an oval shape.
•   Bake the Indian bread naan until puffed up and golden brown. Serve hot.

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India, a country located in southern Asia, is one of the most captivating places in the world. Unlike many other countries, India has a very unique culture. The Indian people are very big on tradition, customs, and their religion. Almost every state of India has molded and carved their own ways of doing things, which makes the country vastly more interesting than most. Making music is a hobby that most Indians partake in; and the architecture is beautiful. India’s food is well known for the rice, wheat, and meats. The Indians are very humble, hard working people, and this shows through the country’s history.

Melissa Coffel (age 14)


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