Naan is the Persian name of bread that is integrated into the culture of Persian people deeply. There are several types of flatbreads such as Naan Lavash, Naan Sangak, Naan Barbari, Naan Taftoon, and Shirmal, which you can see on every Persian family table. You can consume them with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening meals. In this article, we are going to talk about “Naan Taftoon” (تافتون).
It has another pronunciation Taftan or Taftun (تافتان). This type of bread is very similar to Indian Naan. Naan Taftoon is well-known in Pakistan, India, and all over Iran. Taftoon is a delicious traditional bread that you make it with enriching flour. You serve it in breakfast or even along with the main meal at lunch or dinner such as soup, Adasi, Borani, or other spicy side dishes. A piece of fresh warm Taftoon would be so pleasant at evening meal with Non-o-Panir-o-Sabzi which means bread, cheese, and herbs.
Different types of Naan Taftoon:
As mentioned earlier, different types of bread can appear on the Persian table that the raw materials of them are almost the same. Naan Taftoon is one of them. So we have a variety of loaves of bread that have different names depending on their baking methods and some of their sub materials. You can choose one according to your taste and preference.
It will help if I add it here that we can make some changes in the Taftoon recipe and make various appearances for it. For example, you can add sesame seeds to its top, or you can add some turmeric or saffron to the recipe and make a beautiful golden yellow.
Important Nutrition facts of Naan Taftoon:
Naan Taftoon has high calories with 392cal per one serving (that is about 100gr). 62cal of total calories are from fat. So it is an energy producer dish because of its notable amount of carbohydrates with 71.3gr per 100gr obtained from flour and fat with 6.8gr. It has no cholesterol and 1.3gr saturated fat. Also, Naan-e-Taftoon is a good source of protein with 9.7gr per 100gr. It includes sodium with 254mg per 100gr and selenium with 16% per 100gr. Selenium can improve the body’s immune system against bacteria and increase good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
The dietary fiber properties are almost 2.6gr per 100gr, and it contains sugar with 2.1gr per 100gr. The amount of thiamine or vitamin B1 is remarkable in it that helps our body to improve its energy level. So be careful if you are on a losing diet, it will make you gain more calories and stop losing weight. But it would be the right choice for those who are fast in Ramadan’s days and will need more energy after a long day of hunger.
All kinds of slices of bread, as Naan Taftoon, in Persian recipes are available and suitable for vegetarians and vegans since all its row materials have a planet base like wheat flour, water, salt, and oil.
Serving style of Naan Taftoon:
This traditional bread is very popular and suitable for breakfast. Some people like consuming it along with their meals like different kinds of soups or Ash, Adasi, Borani, and so on.
I love to have Naan Taftoon for a light evening meal with Non-o-Panir-o-Sabzi which means bread, cheese, and herbs. If you serve Naan Taftoon hot, it would be more pleasant. So if it gets cold, you could reheat it in the microwave.
What are the ingredients?
To make a simple homemade recipe of Naan Taftoon, you need some base ingredients including all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, water, yeast, and olive or vegetable oil. You can also add some sesame seeds to your recipe. Some other elements that you can add to this recipe according to your preference are cardamom powder, brewed saffron, and turmeric. But as mentioned earlier, it depends on your taste, and it is an option.
How to cook Naan Taftoon?
This easy recipe is so simple that every chief likes to test it at least one time. At first, you should sift the flour. Then you should mix sifted flour, salt, sugar, hot water, and yeast. Then you need to knead the dough well for some minutes. So you should oil your hands and start to knead the dough. After that, you have to cover the dough with some oil and plastic and wrap it. The dough needs to rest for almost 60 minutes until it doubles in size. After one hour, you should uncover it and knead the dough again.
Now you can divide the dough to how many parts you want in a ball shape. The balls need to rise for some more minutes. After rising the ball, you have to roll out the balls thinly on the tray. You can spread the sesame seeds if you like. Finely you can put the dough sheets in the oven that you have preheated to 400 F for 30 minutes. You should let it bake for 10 minutes. You have to repeat it for the balls that you have. It would help you to add that you just need to bake only one side of each sheet.
This recipe is adequate for four people. The preparation time of Naan Taftoon is 60 minutes, and its cooking time is 20 minutes.
- 1⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon brewed saffron
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- Sesame seeds as much asneeded
- Grab a small bowl. Pour hot water in it. Add yeast, sugar, salt, turmeric, cardamom powder, and olive oil in it. Stir thoroughly.
- You need a large bowl. Sift the flour in it.
- Add flour to mixture gradually as you stir the mixture. mix them and make the primary dough
- Grease your hand.
- Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes with greasy hands until it gets ball shape.
- Oil another bowl. Place the dough in it. Coat the dough with extra oil. Cover it with plastic.
- Let the dough rise at room temperature in a warm place for one hour until it doubles in size.
- After one hour, uncover the dough. Knead it again for 5 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 430 F for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 4 parts and make the ball shape. Cover the balls and let them rest for some more minutes.
- Now uncover the balls. Put them on the baking tray. Roll them up.
- Spread the sesame seeds on them. Brush some oil on the dough's sheet.
- Put the plate in the oven. Bake them for 10 minutes.
- Take out the tray. Separate the baked Naan Taftoon sheets from the plate.
- Serve it warm.
- Some people like Naan-e-Taftoon simple without sesame seeds. So when you make it, make sure that your gust or your family like it.
- If you serve it warm, it would be more pleasant.
- You can store the Naan-e-Taftoon for several days. So put them in an airtight container in a dry and cool place or a refrigerator.