Jun 5, 2012

Oasis Naan: TWD

I've always had an interest in naan, the Persian flatbread, though this is my actual real-life encounter with it.

Oasis Naan is the recipe for our TWD group. It's from the book Baking with Julia and was contributed by bakers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

The recipe was quite easy, very pizza-like without the olive oil. Mix together flour, yeast, water and salt, let it rise and then shape and bake the little breads in a very hot oven. Very, as in maximum mark, at least in mine.
The mixing of the dough specifies using a wooden spoon and stirring in one direction. I followed it exactly, just found it curious. My dough was pretty wet, like the fougasse. 

Since it was my first time baking these, I only used half the recipe first and put the rest in the refrigerator. This is an additional step that can be used if you can't mix and bake in one stretch.

I did it just in case everything had to go into the trash; I would still have the other half to try to make it right. The dough is shaped in individual flat rounds, pricked all over in the central part and sprinkled with coarse salt, chopped scallions and cumin seeds.
They came out as I imagined in the first try, so I still have the rest of the dough in the fridge.
The thing is, I could've mistaken them with individual pizzas. And I think others around me will think so too. Naan is not a known bread here.

There's a post in one of our fellow doristas blog that used the bread to make a mushroom naan pizza, and now I see how that's a natural choice for this bread.

I really liked the flatbreads, and would've liked to have a wood burning oven or a really good pizza stone (I have one and it does a pretty good job) to have it come out with dark spots all over. But I really had to fight the urge to add some tomato and cheese on top. I might not fight it with the second batch.

I made some spicy white and purple eggplants and potatoes, a recipe I found at Shayma's blog. It's easy and full of flavor and, paired with some natural yogurt and the just baked naan, made for a great quick dinner.

This week's hosts are Maggie of Always Add More Butter and Phyl of Of Cabbages and King Cakes. The complete recipe can be found in their blogs.



  1. Your photos are beautiful. The whole meal looks delicious!

  2. mmmm, mmmm, yummy looking dinner and naan!

  3. Paula, you know that I just love the pictures of your Naan! You actually made a side dish of eggplant and potatoes - I just could not manage anything else but the breads yesterday. Your Naan and the veggies looks so delicious and appetizing, wonderful!

    And I would like to send a great big thank you your way for giving me the One Lovely Blog Award - I am a bit speechless right now but extremely happy! I will be working on my post with respect to the award in the coming days.

    1. You´re welcome Andrea, it´s great to have you as a blogging friend!

  4. I love the way your naan turned out so flat, not puffy like mine. Still, I really enjoyed this recipe.

  5. I agree with the pizza comment! Your naan looks lovely and the eggplant and potatoes, yummmm!

  6. I am green with envy because you naans are so flat ..

    Ulrike @Küchenlatein

  7. Very lovely - and I agree that sauce & cheese would be perfect :-)

  8. Paula,

    Love your photos...yes, I too, was tempted to put tomato sauce and cheese on the breads. Had to remind myself...this is not pizza! ;)

    Been so busy lately...put social media somewhat on the back burner. Hope to get back soon.


  9. Paula, Great photos and beautiful looking Naan! Love that you paired this with such lovely dishes…the eggplant and potatoes looks wonderful! Have a great day!

  10. yours are the first ones I've seen that look flat like the ones in Indian restaurants. Nice color too. Along with the eggplant and potato dish, you're making me hungry! Great job, Paula!

  11. You naan looks so tasty! This type of flatbread is one of my favorites and by the price of it in the grocery store-it is pretty popular. I prefer to make mine at home, less expensive and fresher.
    I am sure your naan bread did not last long-yum!

  12. I'm not sure if my first comment, when through, but great looking naan!

  13. what a unique dinner you put together!

  14. Your naan looks fantastic! I agree with making a pizza out of it, the dough would be perfect for it!

  15. I love naan and am definitely going to try this using my pizza stone! I also like the toppings and your eggplant and potato dish looks so good. This with some nice chutney and a raita would be all I need! ~ David


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