There are many kinds of Indian breads some of which are unleavened
and are more like a Western style pancake. They are made with a
variety of grains, including rice flour and semolina. They can be
plain or stuffed with various fillings. There are deep-fried breads
such as poori or oven-baked ones such as naan.
Chapatis are the daily bread of
millions of Indians, cooked on a griddle and eaten with every meal,
or simply with a bowl of dhal. Parathas are also usually stuffed,
and are a light tasty snack, good to serve as an entree.
Naan is a favourite bread to eat at
Indian restaurants. It is traditionally made in a tandoor oven, the
dough being slapped against the sides of the oven. But you can make
it in your own oven with good results. Naan is served just plain, or
you can spread buttered dough with crushed garlic for a very tasty
Serve any of these breads with a
variety of curries and accompaniments, using the bread to scoop up
the food, in true Indian style. Practice this before trying it in
front of your guests!!!