Cumin and sundried tomato naan

by Sunita on May 20, 2009

Hmm, just a couple more days for the long weekend and the kid’s half term. Yaay! I just hope that the weather holds up!

I am actually quite excited since the last couple of days. There was this girl with a cheeky grin, who was in my class in school. She used to tell the funniest jokes and was probably the most unconventional friend ever…her taste was always different to ours, her mind was always somewhere else in the distant horizon, dreaming of all sorts of exciting experiments. If you sat next to her in class, you’ve got to be on your guard…for it was always a struggle to stifle a giggle. Life was never boring with her around.

But, then, it was finally time to leave school and we  all went our separate ways. And then, after nearly two decades of losing touch, there she was! We are still to meet face to face, but we’ve been exchanging messages. She’s been doing  things befitting her…she was always beyond the clouds and now, as she flies her plane, she is where she belongs. Well done E ! I’m so proud of you. May you reach the stars next…if anyone can, it’s definitely you !

After all that emotion we need a hearty meal :-)   I made some  mini cumin and sundried tomato naans the other day. Ever since I started making my own, store bought naans have not made an appearance. I have made them quite a few times now, and have also stuffed them as well. This time I infused the naans with cumin and sun dried tomatoes.

What’s needed-

4 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
2 tsp fast action dried yeast
2 tblsp cumin seeds
2 tblsp cumin powder
1 tsp crushed red chillies
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tsp sundried tomato paste
5 tblsp low fat natural yogurt
1 and 3/4 C of hand hot water ( more or less)

How to-

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the  flour, sugar, salt, yeast, cumin seeds, cumin powder, crushed red chillies.
  2. Add the sundried tomato paste and rub into the flour mixture.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and tip in the yogurt and 1 C  of water. Start kneading and add more water as necessary to form a smooth and supple ball of dough. You may or may not need the whole of the 1 and 3/4 C of water.
  4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover the bowl loosely with an oiled plastic wrap. Leave the bowl, in  a preferably warm place  for about 1- 1and 1/2 hours or till doubled in volume.
  5. Place a baking tray or pizza stone on the upper rack of the oven. Now, pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  6. Knock down the  dough with your knuckles and knead for a few more minutes. Divide the dough into 19-20 equal portions and shape into balls. Roll out a few of the balls ( my tray could fit 3 at a time) into a triangular shape of about 2mm in thickness. **Keep the rest of the dough covered to prevent drying out.
  7. Open the oven. With wet hands, transfer each rolled out naan from one hand to the other and place on the hot tray/pizza stone.
  8. bake for about 5 minutes or till the top starts to brown and puffs up.
  9. Transfer to a rack and brush th tops with some melted butter/ghee.
  10. Serve hot with some curry or even just with some raita/plain yogurt or pickle.

We had ours with some yummy potato curry.


Related posts-
Plain naan
Vegetable stuffed naan

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy Cook May 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Why do you ant to torchure us with tha tlast pic, i am drooling here.
I think it is wonderul that you can meet up ( soon) with a friend you have lost touch.
Shyama is in London, her class is visiting london for three days.
And we haveholiday here from tommorow onwards, a long weekend.
Hop you have sunny weahter when the kids have their break.


2 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks HC. Hope Shyama has a great time :-)


3 Rosa May 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

What gorgeous naans! I love that flavor idea!




4 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks dear Rosa :-)


5 Bong Mom May 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

See what you have done here, I am cutting down on the carb thing and you make me want to eat all this delicious stuff :) Loved the last pic


6 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am

Lol! Well, once in a while will do no harm, I guess :-)


7 Jayashree May 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm

The last pic showing a piece of naan dipped in the curry has me drooling.


8 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am
9 prathibha May 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

OMG…Those Naans are just mindblowing..Loved the idea of sundried Toamtoes in it..Looking yummy…yummier..Yummiest…..:)


10 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am

Aww, thanks Pratibha :-)


11 CurryLeaf May 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Wow,Its great to meet a friend with whom you have lost touch.Love the naans with a twist.Were they a little bit tangy due to sundried tomatoes?Love all the pics.


12 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

Yes, it is :-) The naans were not too tangy, but had a mild flavour…next time, I’m going to put in more tomato paste :-)


13 pavithra May 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Hey those are my fav ingredients looking fantastic and pictures too. I have bookmarked it.. Nice twist.. Let u know the outcome soon.


14 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

Thanks Pavithra…do give it a try :-)


15 Lisa May 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

What a fantastic idea to add sundried tomatoes. I’m lovin’ this recipe. You are always so creative!


16 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

Thanks Lisa :-)


17 SuperChef May 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm

cumin and sundried tomatoes must have been such a gorgeous combination for the naan!! nice twist!


18 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

Thanks…we did love them :-)


19 lisaiscooking May 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I’ve never made naan, but I’d like to try. Your version with cumin and sun-dried tomato looks delicious.


20 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

Thanks give it a try :-)


21 Soma May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I do mine with different things too:-) That potato curry looks awesome:-)


22 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

Thanks Soma :-)


23 A&N May 21, 2009 at 12:12 am

I love the flavor combo considering I’m a sun-dried tomato sucker!


24 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

Me too :-D


25 Sonu May 21, 2009 at 1:26 am

I made wheat naan from Sia’s blog. And I am sure your this version will definitely turn out good. Haven’t try the oven though. Will try sometime.
Thanks for sharing. :)


26 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:49 am

I always make my naans from whole wheat, in fact it is included in my cakes, cookies, and other flatbreads too. Plain flour hardly makes its appearance :-)


27 Shreya May 21, 2009 at 4:56 am

this looks so delicious. Baking naan is something i never knew about, and it seems such a perfectly delicious way with cumin and sun-dried tomatoes:-)


28 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:49 am

Try them, Shreya…you’ll fall in love with them :-)


29 Nirmala May 21, 2009 at 7:04 am

Tomatoes in naan? Thats a brilliant idea and I literally licked the screen on seeing the last pic! Potato curry must be th perfect match along with a cup of fresh curds.


30 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thanks Nirmala, and yes, it was a good match :-)


31 Purnima May 21, 2009 at 8:04 am

Sunita, not only are the naan’s scrumptious, the images make me drool as well..the aloo looks wonderfully done! The poshto is clearly captured..can we hv the priviledge of having the yummy aloo recipe as well? :D


32 Sunita May 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thanks Purnima…actually, the aloo recipe is to follow soon :-)


33 Hélène May 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Everything looks so good. Fresh Naan must be the best.


34 Sunita May 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Thanks..and yes, it is :-)


35 Bharti May 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm

That looks insanely delicious. I hope I get a chance to try out this recipe soon.


36 Sunita May 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Thanks…make them soon :-)


37 pronami May 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hi Sunita
as promised to u on facebook i promptly visited your blog.
By d way that story about d school friend…. is it about Eju?… i have a gut feeling it is and how right u are….where is she? and what is she up to?
lovely presentation .mean to pick up a few recepies and try them.
will keep u posted.


38 Sunita May 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Hi Pronami,
thanks and great to see you here, and yes, your guess about Eju is right. She is in Germany at the moment :-)


39 Sia May 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

simply stunning!


40 Anne May 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

They look delicious, must get round to making some naan’s!


41 bee May 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm

what great flavours!!! it’s been a while since i made naans. will try some this weekend with my new pizza stone,


42 Raaga May 24, 2009 at 4:41 am

Lovely naans and I am glad you got in touch with your friend… the simple joys of social networking have gotten me back in touch with friends I lost tough with 20 years ago :)


43 hb May 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

That’s a great idea and it does look yummy!


44 Kevin May 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Adding flavours to naan sounds really good!


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