Similar to pita bread, naan bread is leavened using yeast or baking powder. It is a staple food in south and central Asian countries and comes in a huge variety of different flavours. In India, where bread is a central part of that countries cuisine, naan bread can be a meal in itself or more often than not, as a compliment to a main dish. It can be eaten plain, buttered with ghee (a type of butter), or even stuffed with mutton, as in keema naan. When done well and no matter how it is prepared, Indian naan bread is a very tasty and satisfying food.
Naan bread is a classic accompaniment to any Indian meal and is a traditional yeast-free bread, similar to pita. Traditionally, Naan bread is baked on a griddle in a stone oven, but you can make it at home as well. This traditional recipe, by Indian vegetarian gourmet Manjula, walks you through how to make six naans in your own kitchen.