Who fancies a curry? Curries are one of my favourite dishes – easy to throw into a slow cooker, cheap to make and tasty, tasty, tasty. Sometimes though, rice just doesn’t cut it. Especially not if what you’re really hankering after is a takeaway. These awesome naan breads cost less than 10p each, freeze well and are surprisingly easy. Clever Husband makes a big batch, freezes most of them and we reheat as and when we need a quick meal so it’s no more time consuming than using pre-made naans from the supermarket (excluding the initial bake-off).
100mls milk – 4p
30 g butter – 12p
30 g sugar – 3p
1 tsp salt – 1p
1 egg – 15p (Aldi free range – can reduce cost by using lower welfare eggs)
25 g fresh yeast (free from Tesco bakery)
450 g white flour – 18p
2 tbsp nigella (black onion) seeds (optional)
TOTAL: 9p for each bread, not counting the nigella.
1. Bring water, milk, butter, sugar and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool until it is luke warm.
3. Pour contents into a bowl, mix in the the egg, and dissolve the yeast in the liquid.
4. Pour in the nigella seeds, add flour a bit at a time and knead into a smooth elastic dough (add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky – a mixer is ideal for this, or the ‘dough’ setting on a bread machine).
5. Put the dough in a bowl with cling film or a tight fitting lid on the top, and set aside to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes.
6. Remove the dough from the bowl, knock it back and divide into 6 equal pieces.
7. Spread a bit of flour onto a work surface, and roll each piece into a flat tearshape, about ½ cm thick (tip: shape the piece into a cone before rolling).
8. Spread a little bit of oil on a large, flat non-stick pan – either by spraying, brushing or by adding a few drops and wiping after with kitchen roll.
9. Heat the pan to medium heat, and fry the naan breads until bubbling start forming randomly. Spray/brush/drip the upper side with a bit of oil, and turn them over. The naan breads are done, when the oiled bits have turned brown.