Bread of Life

 The word Naan is derived from the Persian word ‘non’ which refers to bread, and initially appeared in English Literature dating back to 1780 in a travelogue of William Tooke.  The Naan is one of the most popular flat breads served with South Asian food. In particular, accompanying food from the Northern Area of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajizkistan and surrounding areas.

Have you ever been spoilt for choice for the vast selection of Naan today and wondered about its origin? We explore and discover more about this delightful and enjoyable flat bread which is popular in many parts of the world including the UK, USA and Canada. The Naan originates from India but is today eaten in most types of South Asian restaurants and homes around the globe. It has transformed from a basic form of bread for many to experimental creations by chefs and food enthusiasts today with different fillings and flavours.

 There are various derivatives of South Asian flat breads. These are: Chappatti, Bhatura, Dosa, Romali, Puri, Luchi, Tandoori Roti, Pitta Bread, Kulcha, Paratha and of course, Naan. There are also many varieties of Naan, including:

  • Plain Naan – simplest form which is brushed with ghee or butter.
  • Garlic Naan – topped with crushed garlic and butter.
  • Kulcha Naan – has a filling of cooked onions.
  • Keema Naan – includes a filling of minced lamb, mutton or goat meat.
  • Roghani Naan – sprinkled with sesame seeds, and is popular in Pakistan.
  • Peshawari Naan and Kashmiri Naan -  filled with a mixture of nuts and raisins including pistachios.
  • Paneer Naan – stuffed with a filling of paneer (cheese) flavoured with ground coriander and paprika.
  • Amritsari Naan – stuffed with mash potatoes and spices and also known as ‘Aloo Naan,’ originating from Amritsar, India.

The Naan has made its mark in history as being a staple form of flat bread fully enjoyed by millions around the globe. Enjoy our Naan Selection from our Menu