My favorite brand of naan (which I consider an occasional treat and not a staple bread of Indian cuisine) is usually found at Whole Foods Market or Central Market here in Austin. The brand is Fabulous Flats. It’s not cheap but it’s all natural, made with ghee and, as it says on the package, it is baked in a tandoor. When I first discovered these, I was elated!
I’ve always wanted to bake naan but of course don’t have a tandoor. I have tried naan on the barbecue grill according to a recipe in the BBQ Bible cookbook by Steve Raichlen. Turned out fabulous but since it’s a leavened bread and needs to rise not once but twice, naan is not something that is worth my time.
It is also made, after all, from refined all-purpose flour and has virtually no nutritional value. So, I’d rather buy it and have it just on occasion. If I’m going to have all-purpose flour, it has to be something baked and something sweet!
So it was meant to be since I found a large package at Costco for the same price as a package of 2 naan elsewhere. On an impulse and not having any entertaining to do in the near future, I purchased it. And that is how Costco makes me so happy.
Because of my superfluous naan packages, pizzas had to be on my cooking agenda for the week. Take a naan out of the refrigerator or freezer. And simply layer on the ingredients. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. These were the components of the pizzas:
- Good quality plain marinara sauce from a bottle opened earlier in the week.
- Thickly sliced fresh mozzarella, sparsely scattered over the marinara.
- A sprinkling of grated carrot, left over from the morning routine of packing the kids’ lunchboxes.
- A sprinkling of coarsely chopped cilantro, some leaves left whole.
- Some red and green bell pepper slices.
- Leftover morsels of ginger, garlic, and green chili-laced chicken pieces from a family recipe called “Red Chicken”. You can always use some kind of leftover tandoori chicken from a restaurant or any kind of meat or paneer dish from an Indian restaurant. This is the quicker “leftover” option.
- Fresh jalapenos or serranos would be an excellent addition if more heat was desired.
The kids’ pizzas, since one of them is vegetarian, was made without the chicken on half of it and no cilantro. They enjoyed the pizza and I enjoyed preparing a very quick weeknight meal. It always feels great to re-invent leftovers!