March 26, 2011

Happy Naanday!

Yes, it deserves an exclamation point. Not because it turned out fantastically, mind you, but just because it was naan.

And I made it. At home. Four pieces of buttery naan bread for (and I'm just estimating here) about $0.63.

It started the way all these 200 (Non-Contiguous) Days of Bread recipes start: with the (revised) master recipe. But then it got interesting:

Oh, pardon me, that was meant to be this:

How embarrassing. I seem to have fallen in love with a bowl of melted butter. Whatever could have come over me?

Now, remember that I'm supposed to be following the rules, so my first two naans (seriously, what's the plural?) went in the oven on the pizza stone with the requisite pan of boiling water on the bottom rack. I had my doubts, because I think naan should be soft, not crisp.

Eight minutes later: crisp naan.

We ate it - obviously. I mean, it has butter on it for goodness' sake - but it wasn't what I had hoped for. So the next batch went in without the boiling water.

It was the best part of the meal. Hard beans in an almost sauce-less curry with wild rice (urgh) anyone? I didn't think so.

So I'm looking for a better recipe for this naan. Sorry, Judith.

Also, does that bean in the center foreground have a face? And is that face sticking out its tongue at me? That's what I thought. My food is now mocking me, along with my fridge.