Cheater’s Naan

July 6th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Dinner, Quick, Sides, Salads, Soup

My friend Sara is a genius for a lot of reasons (the iPad birthday cake she baked for her eight-year-old comes to mind immediately), but I think her idea to repurpose pizza dough as naan has got to be my favorite. You just roll out a ball of storebought dough, then fry it in about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat for roughly three minutes a side. I split the ball of dough into two pieces so they cook more thoroughly and aren’t as doughy inside. Last week we served them alongside curried chicken with apples and the girls couldn’t believe their luck.

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  • 1 Epicurea // Jul 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    so simple yet pure genius. thanks! if you really want a fast meal, just eat the naan with plain jogurt mixed with curry powder and cardamon.

  • 2 bridgit // Jul 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    We live with a batch of artisianbreadin5.com whole wheat master dough in the fridge at pretty much all times. We fry or bake up flat rounds for use with all sorts of things (pb&j, tuna melts) but my current favorite is serving it with a smorgasbord of curried lentils, caramelized onions, and assorted veggies.

  • 3 Mendy // Jul 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I’m definitely adding this to my bag of tricks! Thanks for the idea.

  • 4 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique // Jul 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Great idea! :)

  • 5 Rachel // Jul 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    You can make super easy and incredibly delicious pita bread with pizza dough too. Just roll it flat, pop it in a 450 oven on your pizza stone and watch it puff up – a perfect kids activity while you pull the rest of dinner together.

  • 6 Alison // Jul 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    EXCELLENT idea! I live in a rural area so any way to make something taste ethnic without an hour plus drive for ingredients is awesome. Thanks!

  • 7 Maria // Jul 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oooooh, I will definitely try this. I’ve been slowly mastering some Indian recipes from Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook (which is great, by the way. Once I committed to investing in the basic spices, it’s been way easier than I thought.). Even my husband who has actually travelled to India likes my dishes, but I’ve always been too intimidated by naan (bread in general) to try it. This sounds possible. :)

  • 8 marion // Jul 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    funny, since I often use some homemade naan dough for a pizza base… ^^

  • 9 CharmedEarth // Jul 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This is amazing. It’s like we are on the same cooking wavelength: this week I made Idian; I’m sad I already bought the naan. This will be next week.

    Then, about a week back, I needed to make slaw to go with my pulled BBQ. And there you were. The first post like magic just for me: a slaw recipe. I can’t wait to get your book!

    xo.

  • 10 christi @ burlap and basil // Jul 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    growing up our local library did something very similar. you earned little prizes, tickets for a local ice cream shop, dinner, movie tickets, etc. this is a great idea and i like how you put it all together and have them reading various forms of media.

  • 11 Tara // Jul 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    We did cheater’s naan on the grill tonight and served it with grilled chicken tossed in a Seeds of Change Tikka Masala simmer sauce. We used the side burner on the grill to warm the sauce. Perfect for a ‘too hot to cook inside’ night. Just brush the grill with olive oil and cook the bread 2 or 3 minutes per side. Thanks, as always, for the great idea.

  • 12 Maggie // Jul 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hello,
    I stumbled upon your post through google reader. I’m from Newfoundland, Canada and here a very traditional dish is called toutons is made exactly the same way. Homemade dough is fried up and served with molasses.

    Cheers!

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