Naan is an Indian flatbread. It is made up of refined flour or Pure Maida. Naan can either be baked in the oven, tawa-fried or as a leavened flatbread. It is in mostly found Western Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Central Asia, Caribbean and Indian Cuisines. There are however different varieties of naan available in the market. In this post, we will talk about the different types of naan flatbreads.
Different Types Of Naan bread
Plain Naan is made using Refined flour. There are different cooking methods such as oven baked, Tandoor baked and or Tawa Baked.
Main Ingredients in making a Naan includes Baking powder, Refined flour, Buttermilk or Curd used for Yeast Purposes.
Butter Naan is the most popular and most famous Indian Naan in India. In fact, it is the only Naan variety that is usually served in special occasions such as in Weddings.
This type of Naan has a soft and chewy texture because butter is used in making this naan.
Laccha Naan is another type Naan but this one is unique, as the name suggests it has many Laccha or what we call layers in the bread. The ingredients in this type of naan are baking powder, refined flour and Butter milk or curd (for yeast).
Butter Garlic Naan
Butter Garlic Naan Bread is one of the most popular naan variety. It is made using salt, sugar, flour, years and yogurts.
Since Garlic is the main ingredient in this type of naan, there are those that are is not a fan of garlic. However, if you are the type that loves to eat garlic so much then this naan is the perfect bread for you.
After the dough is baked in the hot tandoor oven, the cooked (golden) Naan is removed from the oven and then brushed with Butter then sprinkled with minced garlic.
Paneer Naan is another variety of traditional Indian flatbread. It is considered to be the kid’s favorite because kids love Paneer. It contains high amount of protein.
Paneer Naan is made from yeast, sugar, salt, flour and yogurt. Once Paneer naan bread is rolled, it is then stuffed with grated paneer cheese, onions, cum, masala spices and coriander greens.
Best eaten when served with your gravy of choice.
Pudina Naan Bread or also known as Mint Naan. This type of Naan is usually stuffed with Pudina to get that minty smell and delicious Naan taste.
The main ingredients for Pudina Naan Flat breads are Baking powder, Refined Flour, and Buttermilk or Curd for Yeast purposes.
It is a mildly leavened bread prepared Naan bread made by using all purpose flour. A yeast is no longer needed when making Kulcha but uses leavened yogurt and baking powder instead.
Also, a tandoor oven is not necessary since the use of a griddle will simply do.
Chilli Cheese Naan
If your the type that loves foods with spices, then Chilli Cheese Naan is the perfect Naan for you. Abundant amount of chilies are sprinkled in this Naan and the cheese are used only for stuffing purposes. Therefore, it goes by saying “cheesy on the inside, spicy on the outside”
Best serve with your favorite gravy dishes.
Amritsari Naan is a common naan and considered to be a simple naan. It is a think Naan and its texture is rubbery.
Made using ingredients such as Refined flour, baking powder, butter milk or curd ( for yeast purposes) and Amritsari Pinch.
Coriander Green leaves are also sprinkled o the top of bread, making sure naan is still hot so that Coriander will stick to the Naan.
Aloo Matar Naan
Aloo Matar Naan is a simpler variation of Naan, but taste extremely good. This Naan taste so good that you won’t be needing gravy sauce for it. Although Punjabi individuals prefer to eat this naan with gravy dishes.
Other ingredients for making Aloo matar naan includes Baking powder, Refined flour, Curd or Buttermilk and Aloo Matar naan as stuffing.
Oven Baked Naan
As mentioned, Naan can be cooked in different cooking methods including baked, tandoor baked and or tawa baked. Since this type of Naan is oven baked, it is consider to be a healthy variation of Naan due to the fact that it contains less or no excess oil at all.
Other main ingredients when making Oven baked Naan includes Refined flour, Baking powder, Curd or Buttermilk (yeast purposes).
As the name presents itself, Onion Naan is a Naan with Onion on it. The finely chopped onions mixed also with other spices. Aside from the onions stuffing and other spices, Onion Naan also includes the main ingredients used in making the regular Naan.
This Naan is best serve with or without gravy dish.
Coriander is also known in other names as Chinese Parsely, Dhania and Cilantro. It is used as a herb or as a spice.
This type of Naan is called Coriander nana because aside from the regular ingredients used in making Naan, Coriander leaves are sprinkled on top of the Bread. Although the bread should still be hot before sprinkling the Coriander Leaves so that it will easily stick to the Naan surface.
Stuffed Naan is another variation of Naan wherein as the name itself present it is full of stuffings. This means that other ingredients are also stuffed inside the Bread. Stuffings include Parsely, Paneer (Cottage cheese) and Gobi.
Gobi is a kind of Cauliflower, therefore Gobi Naan is a bread made with Cauliflower. It is considered to be a healthy Naan because of the cauliflower or Gobi stuffing. It actually counteract the refined flour which is a main ingredient of Naan that makes bread unhealthy but with Cauliflower stuffing, this Naan is one healthy flat bread.
Egg Naan is another Naan variation. You can either place an egg that is half fried on top of it, or you can beat the eggs then place the fried beaten egg on the Naan.
The only difference with Egg Naan are the eggs, but the other regular ingredients in making Naan is still the same.
Keema Naan is another Traditional Indian flatbread. The dough that are soft and chewy are made using the regular ingredients used in making Bread.
Once the Naan bread is rolled, it is then stuffed with Keem. It is actually a stew that contains either lamb meat or goat meat, ginger, chili, garlic, onions and spices. After stuffing it with the Keema, it is then baked using a hot tandoor oven until Naan bread is cooked.
Sesame seeds sprinkled on top of Keema Naan is an option. Served after brushing warm butter on top of the Keema Naan bread.
Peshawari Naan or also known as Peshwari Naan is a traditional Indian Flat bread that is an origin from the Peshawar region in Pakistan.
The fillings and stuffing in Peshwari Naan Bread includes desiccated coconuts, almonds, and raisins. The dough used for making this bread are water, flour, sugar, yeast, oil and salt. The filling are then ground and pounded into paste.
Melted butter is then brushed then served hot.
Garlic Methi Naan
Garlic Methi Naan is a type of Naan Bread made using the same regular ingredients as in making a Naan bread but there is a combination of Garlic and Methi.
Best served with gravy dishes such as a Paneer or a Palak.
Amritsari Choor Choor Naan
Amritsari Choor Choor Naan is another Naan variation that originate in Amritsar, a city located in the north western region in India.
Naan Amritsari Choor Choor, it is brushed with lots and lots of butter. It is called as Choor Choor because of the manner of preparing this Naan wherein the bread is crushed in between the palms before this Naan is being served as a whole Naan.
Now that we have tackled the most popular Naan Breads, you are already familiar with the different types of Naan. Have you chosen which one is your Favorite? Let us know what you think.