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Is there such a thing as "quality" ready-to-eat naan bread for home?

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munkdogg Nov 18, 2009 06:59 AM

I've sampled the various PC frozen varieties, with pleasant but lackluster results.

Got a great batch of lamb korma cooking at home, looking for that extra touch of warm naan to go with it.

Has anyone come across a reliable source for decent bake-at-home naan bread (or dough?)

Thanks!

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    ManAbout Nov 18, 2009 09:24 AM

    Check the freezer section of the South Asian grocery store in your area. The "Deep" brand out of New Jersey is usually decent. They should have frozen naans and the like.

    1. food face Nov 18, 2009 03:53 PM

      Not Naan but at Ghandi's Roti on Queen St. just east of Bathurst on the north side of Queen you may be happy with their product. They sell the Roti dough. I bought it when I made home made curry once and was delighted the way it turned out. What's even more fun is that you make it in a frying pan and it puffs up nicely. I can't remember how much it was but each dough ball made two nice size pieces. Best of Luck.

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        pakmode Nov 19, 2009 07:12 AM

        The only way to make a proper tandoori naan-like bread is with a home-tandoor oven. If you really have to have real, fresh authentic naan local restaurants are the main option since they have the clay ovens .
        If not, just do what most South Asians do - buy a pre-made "naan", which is nowhere near as good as fresh naan, but is a passable substitute. Your best bet would be to check out Iqbal Foods beside the Iqbal Kebab restaurant. Their variety of breads, rotis, naans, parathas etc is the most I have seen in any Indo-Pak grocery store in the GTA. They sell Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, Persian, South Indian, Sri Lankan, and even Malaysian versions of all the aforementioned bread products. It's worth a look-see.

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        Iqbal Kebab
        2 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto, ON M4H, CA

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          youdonut Nov 19, 2009 01:32 PM

          you said you tried the frozen pc varietys but what about the "memories of" ones you get in the bread section of your local no frills or roblaws store, i have tried these before and found them to be quite decent, just warm them up a bit in the oven and there you go.

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            EASTENDCURRY Dec 2, 2009 05:47 PM

            I do agree there is no such thing as a good pre made naan. I have had some pretty good frozen paratha. There is a canadian one in a yellow package the word "leaf" is in the name, I can not remember the trademark . They have pretty good whole wheat version. I have to try to eat whole grains, I eat a brown basmati too . I get them at Iqbal. If you go try the carrot pickle!

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              vorpal Dec 2, 2009 06:37 PM

              Agreed. I've never had a very good preprepared naan (the PC "fresh" one is tolerable, but nothing like restaurant naan), but I've had some fantastic frozen paratha. If you insist on going this route, do give it a try - it's quite delicious and rivaled some of the best I've had in restaurants.

              You can make a perfectly suitable naan-alike with a breadmaker and an extremely hot barbecue, in my experience. Not quite as good as real naan, certainly, but far, far better than any store bought version.

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                munkdogg Dec 3, 2009 10:51 AM

                Given my limited options (and all the fringe benefits it will bring), I've started designing an outdoor brick charcoal oven for the backyard....it might not be a real tandoor oven, but its gonna be close!

                I'd actually never heard of paratha before, but after a quick read of Wikipedia - you can bet dollars to donuts I'll be hot on the trail of this item as well!

                Many thanks to all who replied :)

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                  foodyDudey Dec 3, 2009 11:10 AM

                  You can get the paratha at BJ supermarket on Gerrard St. They have many other useful items there also.

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                    vorpal Dec 3, 2009 12:37 PM

                    Just a heads up: I got my parantha from the No Frills at Gerrard and Coxwell (in the freezer case), and it was superb.

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