Serves 6 : Makes 12 small sized Naans
For the Naan Bread:
- 300g Strong White Bread Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1.5 tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 160 ml Warm Water
- 25g Melted Butter
- 1 tbsp Milk
- Butter for brushing the cooked Naans
- Nigella (Kalonji) Seeds (optional)
For the Tandoori Paste
- 4 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
- Juice of half a Lemon
- Juice of half a Lime
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 3cm piece of Ginger
- 1 Green Chilli
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 1.5 tsp Paprika
- 0.5 tsp Tandoori Masala
For the Yogurt Sauce
- 6 tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 3 tbsp Green Chutney (click for recipe)
For the Pickled Onions
- 1 Red Onion, finely sliced
- 0.5 tsp Salt
- 0.5 tsp Sumac
- Juice of half a Lemon
- 1 tbsp of Coriander (finely chopped)
- 320g Chicken Mini Fillets
- 450g Paneer (cut into thick slices)
- 250g Baby Spinach Leaves
- Sunflower Oil
- Mix all the tandoori paste ingredients together and then divide the paste into two bowls, one for the chicken and one for the paneer. Mix well and marinate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Prepare the dough for the naans. Mix together the fast action dried yeast, with the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the warm water. Leave this for 10 minutes.
- Mix the flour and the salt. I use a food processor with the dough hook, but you can do this by hand.
- After 10 minutes add the yeast mixture, the melted butter, milk and warm water and mix into the flour until all the ingredients are incorporated and you've formed a sticky dough. If you're doing this by hand, knead for 5 minutes.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rest in a warm place, and allow to prove for 60-90 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Whilst the dough is proving, prepare the onions. Mix all the ingredients together, in a bowl; the onions, salt, sumac, lemon juice and coriander. Refrigerate until required.
- In a separate bowl mix the yogurt and the green chutney together and refrigerate.
- Once the naan dough has doubled in size knock the air out and divide the dough into 12 balls.
- Heat a frying pan on a moderate to high heat. Roll each ball out on your board to the size of a small plate. The dough is quite elastic so you can shape it if you wish. You may need to use some dry flour to prevent sticking.
- Cook each naan on the frying pan until cooked and slightly charred on both sides. Brush with butter and sprinkle on nigella (kalonji) seeds. Keep the naans warm in a low oven.
- Put 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil into a griddle or frying pan. Cook the paneer until browned on each side and keep aside. Repeat in a separate pan with the chicken. Its better to do this in batches.
- Place the naans onto a platter and drizzle some of the yogurt sauce, then top with spinach leaves, add cooked, sliced chicken onto half of the naans and pieces of cooked paneer onto the other half of the naans.
- Top randomly with the pickled red onions. A few more drizzles of the yogurt sauce and then serve.
- Since I don't have a traditional tandoor oven, the closest I can get to the original naan is cooking it on a hot frying pan. However, if you are cooking for a crowd, double the recipe and you can always cook several naans together under a hot grill. Just keep a close eye on them, otherwise they burn easily.
- This recipe is ideal for a summer barbecue, eating al fresco. The naans can be cooked on the barbecue, as can the chicken and paneer. Put all the ingredients out and let everyone make their own. There's plenty for everyone, including the paneer for the vegetarians
- We can't always make everything from scratch, and if you're short of time you can always use shop bought naans as a substitute. I do urge you to make your own when you can, you will not be sorry!
- As always the recipe is open to personal interpretation. If you haven't made the green chutney, improvise! Substitute it with grated cucumber enhanced with some salt and chilli and use this raita as your sauce. Alternatively, if you prefer, add a little mango chutney into the plain yogurt. Play around with flavours and have fun.