Bread, in one form or another, is something that can be found in pretty much any home or restaurant. If anything, something’s probably amiss if a restaurant doesn’t have some kind of bread product.
Indian cuisine has a lot of breads, and one of the more versatile is naan. It goes well with just about every meal and is not only tasty in its own right, but helps a person truly “clean their plate.”
Here are five popular Indian dishes that go well with naan.
Red Lentil Dal
Dal is essentially a lentil soup and one that is common to virtually every corner of India. Not a thin soup, but not quite as thick as a chowder, you can certainly take your time scraping up the last little bits out of the bowl. Or you can take a piece of naan and mop up that way.
From a structural standpoint, naan bears a close resemblance to pita bread. So much, in fact, that you can take a piece of naan, form it into a pocket, and stuff it with anything from lamb to chicken to veggies or even cheeses.
Chicken Tikka Masala
You know how garlic bread goes well with Italian food? The same thing goes for garlic naan, particularly with chicken tikka masala. Just tear off a strip, wrap it around a piece of the chicken, let the naan pick up the masala sauce and some of the rice, and you’ll get a flavorful bite every time.
This dish may be almost as popular as chicken tikka masala, owing to its lighter degree of spice. In much the same way with the tikka masala, you can use naan to pick up pieces of chicken and mop up the korma sauce.
Here’s a bit of kitchen trivia: tandoor ovens aren’t just used for cooking up meats and vegetables. They’re also used for baking naan. With this in mind, it’d be silly not to have the two together during a meal. It’d be like eating a hot dog without a bun.
Little India’s menu has dishes like these and others, and plenty of naan to go around. Come down today, pull up a chair and dig into the wonders of naan.