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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

09 August 2005

Nan II The Product of the General......

This past weekend I once again threw myself into baking mode. It is becoming surprisingly common. I gain made an effort at a form of Nan. (for those not in the know that is a southwest asian/Indian subcontinent flat bread) This recipe was provided to me by one of you, the readers. And I thank thegeneralx for it.
I have decided to enclose the recipe this time too.

1&3/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unflavored yogurt
1 egg slightly beaten
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
vegetable oil
Poppy seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients except milk, vegetable oils and poppy seeds. STir in enough milk to make a soft dough. turn dough onto lightly floured surface: knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bow: turn greased side up. cover: let rest in warm place 3 hours.
Divided dough into 6-8 equal parts. flatten each part on lightly floured surface, rolling it into a flat 6x4 inch oval shape about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with vegetable oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
Place two cookie sheets/pan into the oven: heat to 450 degreee. Place bread on pans. Bake until firm, 6-8 minutes.


I varied this only in that I cooked the bread on a pizza stone instead of cookie trays. It makes a nice light tasty bread. Again, not the Nan I remember from afghanistan but good. This is the first Nan attempt I have done that was not labeled "AFGHAN" and I rather suspect it's origin is more India, simply because that is where more of this stype stuff comes from. The biggest difference I saw between this and the other recipies I have tried is the others have all called for yeast, or a sourdough starter. This works fine without it. The nan baked here is great with rasberry or apricot jam, honey, or as a dipping bread when eating something dippable, I did clam chowder (and I avoided cutting my hand open this time) I was going to try chili but found out I didn't have the makings too late. The nan keeps pretty well, I have one loaf left. I have kept it wrapped in a dishtowel and it hasn't gone stale at all. 15 seconds inthe microwave heats it up nicely. I'll probably eat this one for breakfast today.

I have pretty much given up the dream of getting my nan exactly like that I had in Afghanistan. the water here is different, the flour is different and unless I build a charcoal/wood burning oven in my backyard, the oven is different. But I will keep experimenting. And reporting results. I really wish I could find my digital camera so I could take pictures of the fresh bread and post here. It looks good.

9 Comments:

Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Why is it, every time I don't have breakfast, I come across somebody's blog who is talking about food? Weird.

That sounds pretty good. I'm going to have to try that. I'll let you know how it turns out.

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Dang. I have no access to a kitchen. I love doing completely foods, so I'll have to copy this recipe and try it when I have access to a kitchen again.

Never had Afghanistan food though, so nothing to compare this to.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

I LOVE NAN bread.

Having it with curry while its snowing outside and dark as sin for 20 hours a day in Edinburgh takes a lot to be beaten.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Stephalupogus said...

So when are you going to build the outdoor fire pit?
And stop tormenting me with bread!! AAARRRGH!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

Politics AND recipes? I should have visited your blog a long time ago! And I would have, except
that I didn't know about it!

Now, is the addition of jam
your idea originally or do
people in Afghanistan really
put some on?

Wait, wait. Is that the bread that's pronounced Na-an or
is that something else?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I demand that you post more often.
I'm all addicted and there's not enough to read.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Heya, Betty Crocker, why don't you make your way to my place and get your bake on? I'll let you. I won't even ask questions!

12:06 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

I never had jam on Nan in Afghanistan. It was my idea. (Although I suspect they do it there, jsut seems too logical)

I spent years telling peopel I could cook, I just didn't. I have finally decided to prove it everyone.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Stephalupogus said...

As a long time friend of exmi's let me state for the record that the man can definitely cook. Amazingly well in fact. All of the recipes involving chocolate fall under I will fight over them like a rabid dog if someone else's fork gets between me and my piece.
However, he insists on making items I am allergic too and then tormenting me with them.
If only the bread did not smell so good!

9:52 AM  

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