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Oasis Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala

This week’s Baking with Julia is extra special.  One of the hosts for the recipe is my friend Maggie, who writes Always Add More Butter.  Her blog is fantastic!  You can find the Naan reicpe on there.   Check it out, I know you’ll enjoy it.  Phyl, is the other host.   You can find her blog at Of Cabbages and King Cake

The recipe with week is Oasis Naan.  So, what it naan?   It’s an Indian flatbread.  Most countries have something like it.   In France, they have fougasse, and uses very similar dough to make baguettes.  Naan are cooked quickly, and topped with scallions, garlic or served plain.  They’re pillowy, and so delicious!  There are so many sauces in Indian cooking.  This perfect bread make a great mop for picking up that last bit of sauce.

And sauce it is!  I’ve been feeling badly about writing and not providing any recipes. just photos.  Today, I have a recipe…. without photos of the recipe process.   But trust me, it’s great.   Gary and I love Chicken Tikka Masala.  I wanted to create a recipe that tasted rich and flavorful, but didn’t have the fat and calories of the restaurant version.   I found a great recipe and made some substitutions.   I think it turned out well, and with fresh naan, it was really good!

Here’s the recipe, then on to the naan.  I let the Tikka Masala simmer about 1 1/2 hours on low.  The chicken was very tender and the sauce was rich and thick.   Brown rice will add fiber and extra health benefits.   Invite a few friends over, and have a true Indian restaurant meal!

 

 

The naan got an extra special treatment.  I baked it in my wood oven rather than on quarry tiles.  It was the only the third fire in the oven for the season, so it’s still shaking off the damp, cold winter.  After the oven get up to about 800 degrees, the coals die down, and all the ash is removed.  The oven door is closed and the temperature equalizes throughout the oven.  It’s really interesting to bake with this oven.  It makes the breads extra special.

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I have to admit that I love quirky recipes.  I think it’s because I always spin bread three times, then flip it in the bowl before covering it to rise.  The naan reicpe asked that you mix the dough with a wooden spoon, 100 times, all in the same direction!  LOVE that!  And did I do it?  You bet.  Exactly 100.  The gluten developed beautifully.

 

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The dough had a very long rise.  About 3-4 hours.  I gave it a few turns to push it down, and it didn’t seem bothered at all.  The rounds were easy to shape, and fun to poke.  I have a docker that I rarely get to use so that was my utensil of choice.  It’s was almost the siize of the naan, to it came a little close to the edge.

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The oven floor was 500 degrees when I started.  The naan had a nice crisp bottom and light puffy top.  The scallion and salt made it SO good!  We ate one just as it came out of the oven, then saved the rest to go with our Tikka Masala.

 

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What a fun meal!  The perfect early summer night, great friends and great food!

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15 Responses

  1. Cathleen says:

    Looks fabulous! So jealous of your wood oven..

  2. jennrag says:

    Love the picture of your gluten!

  3. Judy says:

    Love your photos. Wood Oven? I’m impressed.
    I understand your reason for posting early; I did the same thing in March when we had primary election. I hope you’ll get better participation than we did, but somehow I think you will ;)

  4. Ckay says:

    I love your “wood oven” and the step by step pictures.
    Oasis Naan were a winner in our family.

  5. Ckay says:

    Sorry I forgot to say “thank you” for the extra-recipe.
    Absolutely worth trying.

  6. Cher says:

    The picture of the stretched dough was perfect. And love the outdoor oven.

  7. Maggie says:

    OMG I bet your naan tasted amazing because of the wood fire oven! I think I am definitely going to try your recipe because I have been craving something Indian since I made this bread. Great post Susan!

  8. Mary Hirsch says:

    Your Naan/Gluten photo is a treasure — that should be hanging somewhere. Envy your wood fire oven – perfect for this recipe. I’m late with my Posting but eventually……

  9. Lynn says:

    I love your oven. And the butter chicken is the perfect thing to go with naan.

  10. A says:

    Oooooooohh… wood oven!?!? :-) Great pics!

  11. Tammy says:

    I bet the naan made in your wood-fired oven was much more “authentic” tasting, given that most naan is made in tandoori ovens, which can get much hotter than 500 degrees. I hope you make other “heat intense” recipes in there, like tandoori chicken or wood-fired pizzas. If so, let us know how they come out. Great photos!

  12. Betsy says:

    How cool that you have a wood oven, and a docker! Your naan looks delicious. I love chicken tikka masala and I’m adding your recipe to the “try soon” pile in my kitchen. Yum!

  13. Alice says:

    your tikka masala sounds just fab! :) bread’s lookin’ good too!

  14. Beth says:

    Your naan is beautiful and your wood fire over is amazing! I though this dough reminded me a lot of pizza dough (which would also be amazing in your oven!) I have marked your chicken tikka masala as a recipe to try this summer – sounds delish!

  15. Peggy says:

    Great idea to pair with Chicken Tikka — I’m going to use your recipe! Thanks and great photos.

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