“ Brand: Sharwoods / Type: Mix „
Naan bread is a leavened, oven baked flatbread. Typical and popular in South Asia and popular with curries. Originally made in the Punjab and shaped in a tear shape, it was thrown onto the Tandoor oven wall, where it puffs up and scorches. I admit to not being a fan of very hot curries but my husband makes a tasty mild one which I love along with some rice and naan bread. It is fairly easy to make your own bread but my recipe uses natural yogurt which I don't always have in the fridge - fruit yogurt just doesn't work as well! Plus it takes quite a long time so you need to start making it a couple of hours before dinner.
Recently when buying some things from Approved foods we decided to try a packet mix made by Sharwoods, a name we are used to and like. The mix is available in Asda for 75p at present, recommended price is £1.39, although our packet was a lot cheaper.
The packet is a light burgundy colour and has some delicious Naan on the front. It says it is quick and easy to make and you just add water. The packet is shiny on the inside and is not recyclable at present. The instructions are on the reverse and some ideas how to create other naan breads. On the side of the packet is a list of all the ingredients, and a warning that it contains wheat, gluten and milk. But on a positive note it does not contain artificial colours and preservatives. This is a high calorie food, I was surprised to see just how high! An 88gram Naan - which is approximately one fifth of the mix, has 259 calories. With 6.7grams of fat and 0.5grams of sodium.
The packet contains 325grams of mix and you add 170mls of warm water. This can be mixed by hand for 5 minutes or in a food processor on low speed for just 1 minute. Then rest for 10 minutes on a lightly floured board, covered by a bowl. Then knead for another minute and divide into 5 pieces. Rollout into tear drop shapes about 4mm thick and place on a tray to rest for 20 minutes. I was surprised to see this doesn't go into the oven but just under a hot grill for 1 -2 minutes on each side until golden brown. There is a warning that the dough will rise during cooking so allow room under the grill. For people not watching their waist or cholesterol, you can brush with melted butter for a special finish!
I thoroughly enjoyed this naan bread and was surprised just how easy it is to make and the result so much nicer than bought naan bread. It has a soft doughy inside and firmer outer. It is worth noting the warning about it rising as we have discovered when the bread started to burn a little! Great to break off and dip into your curry.
We divided the mix into half as only two in our family, this was easy to do and meant we could cook it freshly on another day, rather than freeze it and reheat.
With each passing year i can start to feel myself getting more and more middle aged. I've taken up hobbies such as knitting, and even started making my own breads and pizzas. My mum and sisters are always laughing at me as they can't understand why i do it, but when you taste something made with your own fair hands, then i think it is totally worth being the family laughing stock.
One thing i have wanted to make for ages is a naan bread, but recipes i have seen include using yoghurt, and i have convinced myself that it all sounds a bit too tricky. When i saw this bread mix pack from Sharwoods, i instantly knew that i had to try it as my family love nothing better than a good naan bread. They even like to dip them in carrot and lentil soup.
The bag is a purpley/red colour in appearance, with 2 tasty looking naans on the front, alongside the Sharwoods logo and the instruction: just add water, makes 5 naans. Could this really be that easy?
The mix really does contain everything you need. Wheat flour, onion seeds, yoghurt powder, sugar, salt, yeast, as well as other preservatives and emulsifiers to bind it all together. The pack contains 325g of the flour mix, to which you add 170ml of warm water.
I made sure i followed all the instructions so that i wouldn't end up with a dud product, but it is pretty hard to go wrong with bread mix packs.
I mixed these together in a bowl, but found as i do with all bread making that i got annoyed with it all sticking to the spoon, so i tipped it onto a floury board and mixed it with my hands for the required 5 minutes, reflouring my hands when it got a bit sticky. I then left the dough on the board and covered it with the mixing bowl. I left it about half an hour, and the yeast had performed its magic. It is normally about 20 degrees in my kitchen.
When i came back to the dough, i decided to make 10 mini naan breads as the pack suggests you might. I chopped the dough in half, then each half into five pieces with a blunt knife. I then kneaded each ball before rolling it into shape with a rolling pin. I couldn't recreate the authentic tear drop shape, but i did make rather nice ovals of dough.
I covered a baking tray in tin foil, which i then sprayed with oil so it was non stick. I grilled the naans on one side. I then took them out, and spread some of them with garlic puree. The second side was then cooked.
I found this mix was really easy to use, and produced really nice naans. The mix having in the onion seeds gave it the flecked appearance of takeaway naans, and added a nice subtle flavour. I found that the dough rose for me really well, so although the pack said roll to 4mm thick, my end product ended up a little too thick because it rose so much. I will definitely roll them thinner next time.
Overall, this was a really easy method to use to get really tasty naan breads. They were a lot lighter in my opinion in their texture to naans that you buy and then warm under the grill, which must be down to the freshness of the bread. I will definitely be buying this mix in the future unless i am short of time. Very tasty and filling indian meal accompaniment.
I bought my sharwoods naan bread mix for around 88pence in a local supermarket.
I already have a bread maker which I use and thought I would try this. Saying that according to the packet, you do not have to use a bread maker there is a recipe for making it by hand.
The mix comes in a purple colour packet of 325g, this makes about 5 naan breads.
On the packet front is a sharwoods logo, picture of naans and the statement that you only need to add water. On the back, are various sections split easily so you can read them.
The standard ingrediants section, which is quite comprehensive. It listes all items, but no amounts stated. There is also a highlighted part indicating allergy advice due to the fact that the product contains:- wheat, gluten, milk and is made in a factory which uses egss and soya. Also noted that is highlights free from preservatives, artifical colours and is suitable for vegetarians.
Under this is the nutrion section. Gives you details for 100g and 88g which is apparently about each naan.
The section over gives you the instructions on how to make your naan.
Basically you mix the pack ingrediants with water, allow it to rest for 10 minutes, knead it for 1 minute and divide into 5 pieces. Shape them out and again allow them to rest for 20 minutes. Once this is done you grill naan for about 2 minutes.
Very simple and can be done whilst cooking a curry.
The final two sections I particulary like.
One gives you little ideas for how to alter the recipe for garlic and corriander, tomatoe and mini naans.
Best of all is the last section which gives you infomation about the naan bread.
I think personally they would be really simple and fun for children to make too.
Importantly they actually tatse really good! Just like naan from the indian curry house. Light and fluffy on the inside, with slightly a cripy shell.
I will definatly buy and make these again!
When it comes to cooking it's something I really do enjoy doing. I'm not the best cook in the world and to be honest at 35 years old I've never really had to cook for myself before now due to living at home for so long and when in the past I lived on my own I lived on take aways and when I lived with my ex's I made them cook lol. Now though I'm staying with my mate and after years of not cooking I'm feeling my way around a bit more in the kitchen.
Ok I'm not a fully fledged cook. I cheat a wee bit but still like to feel that I'm making some things fresh! So the other day when I decided to cook us a curry for a tea and then I spotted this mix costing a mere 75p to make up 5 naan breads I thought that sounded like excellent value!
Light burgundy coloured bag and on the front of it there is a photograph of a couple of the naan breads and I am told that they are Sharwood's Naan Bread Mix 'Just add water, makes 5 naans'. Other information listed on the bag includes being told a bit the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given, recipe ideas and cooking instructions are listed, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the weight of the product is stated (which in this case is 325g) and contact details for Premier Foods Group (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice easy to open bag this is and it it really does appear quality and it's certainly all informative enough.
Me And The Naans:
These are so easy to prepare! All you do basically is mix this bag of fine white powder which has a large amount of black onion and kalonji seeds in it with 325g warm water. You can mix it with food mixer or by hand (which is the method I used). It doesn't take long to get this into a smooth dough and once kneaded well you simply shape it. You can make of course the recommended 5 naans (which make very large one's) or simply choose how big (or small) you want them for yourself! You then pop them under a grill after brushing them with a little oil or on a foil lined sheet and then cook them for around 1-2 minutes on each side. It really is easy!
These not only looked amazing and home made they tasted it too! I loved the fluffiness of them and once heated through they rose slightly and took on a lovely golden colour. They were well seasoned and had a light scattering of spices throughout them and they were not gooey or dried out once cooked!
I feel these are fantastic. Sure I got a little in a mess and made plenty of washing up in the process of making these but it was worth it and my friend was convinced I was a genius at making my own naan breads from scratch lol.
Nutritional Information Per 80g Naan:
Energy: 259 Kcal
of which sugars: 3.1g
of which saturates: 1.4g
salt equivalent: 1.25g
Available in all good supermarkets costing around 75p a bag.
This is a great product. I tried it for the first time tonight to accompany my (from the jar) curry.
Basically, it is a naan bread mix that costs under £1 from the supermarket that you make yourself at home.
How to Make:
Very simple, anyone could do this - you simply pour the contents of the packet into a bowl and add warm water, give it a bit of a mix and let it stand (the pack says 20 mins but I only gave it 10 and my bread was fine), then put it under a hot grill for 1-2 minutes and your bread is ready! The back of the packet does suggest that you can 'jazz them up' but adding extra ingredients such as tomator or garlic and corriander, but I just made the plain ones and they were fine.
They taste amazing, fresh and doughy but without the greasyness of the nan breads that you get from Indian Take Aways. THe pack make 5 good sized individual breads, they arent as big as the ones you would get from a take away, but defintely sizable enough to accompany a curry at home, especially if you are having rice aswell.
I think this is another great product from Sharwoods and will definetly be picking it up again.
I love naan bread, and when I saw this packet mix to make your own, I decided to give it a go.
The mix comes in a purple paper packet, and the back has clear instructions on how to make the naan breads. The only other thing you need to add is warm water, although there are also instructions on the packet advising how you can vary the bread to your own taste and make either garlic and coriander flavour, or tomato flavour naan. Given my absolute love of coriander (I put it in everything I possibly can!), I decided to try the garlic and coriander version.
To start you simply need to mix the contents of the packet mix with the warm water (it must be warm to activate the yeast). You can mix either by hand or in a mixer, and being the lazy thing that I am, I put it in the food processor. The mix came together very quickly to form a slightly sticky dough.
You must then rest the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes. If you are planning to add garlic and coriander then do it at this stage. You then knead for one minute, before shaping the bread into five tear drop shapes and leaving for another 20 minutes to rest.
I made a bit of a mistake when shaping the bread. It said on the pack to use a rolling pin, but I flattened them with my hands and I made them as thick as you would expect a naan bread to be, obviously not taking into consideration that they contain yeast and would rise!! This was my own fault for not reading the instructions properly and it lead me to have very thick naan breads, but never mind, I'll know better next time!
Once they have rested, you simply need to grill them for a couple of minutes each side until they're golden brown. It also states to brush them with melted butter before serving, but in the interests of my already too fat thighs, I decided to miss this last step out!
The naan breads tasted absolutely delicious. Despite being quite thick, they were lovely - they had a fabulous texture, just the right dough-iness to them, and made a fabulous accompaniment to the Rogan Josh me and my friend were having. To be honest, I'd go as far as saying they tasted nicer than shop-bought naan (there's modesty for you!) because they had a sort of fresher taste to them, and there was no going hard round the edges or anything like that.
One 325g packet of mix will make 5 naan breads or 12 mini naans.
A pack of this mix costs just 75p from ASDA. Given that you get 5 naan breads out of one pack, this is actually excellent value, especially when you consider that a pack of just 2 of ASDA's own brand naans cost £0.68
Overall, I was very pleased with this mix, and will definitely buy a couple more next time I do an online shop. The bread was very easy to make and good value for money too. A fab product, well done Sharwoods.