“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Bread „
I love love love curries. Not just a basic curry but all the trimmings - nann bread, onion bahjis the lot. Sadly this is not something most diets will allow. The funnyn thing is a homemade chicken curry doen't need to be high in fat, so when I found these I was so happy I wanted to dance down the aisle. These are not a full size nann bread, I would say they are roughly a quarter to half the size of the full fat ones, but thats ok because its better than nothing when your watching your weight. These are very tasty but dont be fooled, they are nowhere near as nice as the real thing. The are a lot drier and I found them a little bit chewy. Like I say, you cant expect them to be perfect, but I could certainly tell they were a low fat option. I had mine with a chicken curry thinking that although smaller they would be just as nice but having tried them I think I would rather save up points and have the real thing at the end of the week.
I bought these Naan breads from the pound shop a few months ago and I would never use anything else for my curry nights - they are utterly scrumptious. For a £1 (although other supermarkets may vary bearing in mind I only purchase mine from my local £1 shop) you get 4 individually wrapped Naan breads which I find great for freezing or storing. they are the mini ones, apox half the size of a full sized Naan that you'd purchase from the supermarked usually. They are jam packed with flavour and you honestly wouldnt know the difference between these and other full fat brands. I reccomend you wrap them in tin foil and generously sprinkle with water, then cover and seal the tinfoil and cook for 5 minutes on the wire rack of your oven. I find cooking it on a baking tray can make one side firmer and not as fluffy, although to overcome this is simply to cook it for less time on a baking tray - for 3-4 minutes, and then the Naan will come out soft.
I only brought these because I had a voucher for 50p off them and they were only 99p at the time in Morrisons so I thought they were worth a go even though I don't usualy like Naan bread that hasn't come from the curry house! I warmed it up in the oven for a minute and its more like a pitta bread than a naan bread because it fluffs up and goes into 2 layers that you can cut down the middle. I haven't tried using it for a pitta bread but I reckon the flavour would be good with chicken and salad. You can taste the garlic but it's not too strong and the coriander is good as well. The tastes go nice together and I thought they went good with the biryani I had because the sauce was creamy and it soaked into the naan bread wicked. The naan bread is a bit dry and that means it doesn't taste like proper naan bread from the curry shop but it's still dead nice and I couldn't tell it was a low fat one by Weight Watchers. They're nicer than other ones I've brought in Tesco and they're quite small so it's not like they overtake your meal like some of the bigger ones do. I reckon you're better off not thinking of these as naan breads because they're not fluffy enough and are a bit crispy instead of being soft but they're nice to go with a curry anyway. You get 4 in a pack and they keep for a few days but Weight Watchers have put 2 on each side of the packet and you can just open one side and the other 2 will still be airtight so you haven't got to eat them all in one go.
Recently I've started using my slow cooker to make low fat curries which I can adapt to my decidedly wimpish taste for spices and also fit them in with my healthy eating plan. I skip the rice as it's simply too high in calories, however good it may be for me, so often buy the supermarket own brand Naan Breads to supplement my meal. This works out fractionally less calories than rice, but the fat content in some of them is amazingly high. Imagine my delight then when I saw that Weight Watchers have introduced a range of 'bready' products to their ever expanding catalogue of goodies. The item which caught my eye was the Garlic and Coriander Naan Breads, with a Weight Watchers points value of just 1 ½ per Naan this was much better than a recent M&S Naan Bread I ate which worked out at 4 ½ points! These are very good indeed! Very, very good. They have a lovely tearing consistency which is perfect for enjoying with a curry; obviously these Naan Breads are lower in fat than other varieties so they are naturally dryer, although this shouldn't really be a problem as after heating in the oven the soften up and soak up the curry juices beautifully - and then who cares about the initial dryness? The flavour of the Naan Breads is fairly intense, I can tell that the coriander and garlic haven't been blended terribly well as I can distinctly taste them jostling one another for space. Nevertheless it's a very nice flavour and surprisingly reminiscent of 'real' Naan Breads, note I said 'reminiscent' and not 'similar' as they don't actually taste like Naan Breads from the Indian restaurant but definitely put me in mind of them. The texture is good, they are quite chewy but also soft and slightly flaky on the edges. When used to mop up the curry sauce the Naan Bread becomes wonderfully soft and moist, it doesn't break apart or fall to pieces as I pick it up. There is a bonus feature to these Naan Breads and that is that once heated they can also be sliced across the top and will open out as a pitta-type pocket. I have eaten a couple in this way stuffed with chicken and vegetables with excellent results. The herbiness of the Naan Bread really makes the most of the blander flavours in the chicken and it holds it's shape better even than most proper pitta breads! I cannot fault these Weight Watchers Naan Breads at all. They are full of flavour and help me feel as though I'm not really on a diet as I can enjoy a curry and Naan Bread for far fewer calories than was possible before. The Naan Bread is fairly filling, obviously it's much smaller than one you would buy from a restaurant but in my opinion is perfect for one person without becoming overly filling. Weight Watchers have packaged these Naan Breads in a rather clever way. There are four in a pack but they are in two separate heat sealed compartments, joined by a thick corridor of plastic. You simply cut through the middle and then you can use the first two without worrying about having to munch your way through four before they go off as the other two are still sealed. Currently priced at £1.22 in Asda, they are a little more expensive than the supermarket own brand Naan Bread although this is the Weight Watchers brand so a small mark up on price is to be expected.