There’s a hole in the wall Indian restaurant down the street from my work. They happily sell me Chicken Tikka wraps for $8.00 a pop. I go there occasionally (it’s a little pricey) and more often than not, I find myself putting the chicken to the side and tearing off bits of the naan wrap to eat separately. I’ve considered ordering only the naan one time but thought that might make me weird. While I’m not always the hugest curry fan, I’ve always been a fan of naan – whether it’s dipping into a sauce or eating it plain. If you are a fellow naan lover – or even if you aren’t but are game to try something other than french bread as a side dish – the Tandoor Chef has a great selection of naan products for you to check out.
Founded in the early 1970s by Mrs. Bhagwati Amin, Tandoor Chef is a family-owned business that bring the taste of authentic Indian cuisine to the states. How authentic? The package of naan bread I had said it was actually a “Product of India.”Available in the frozen food aisle, Tandoor Chef offers tandoori and garlic flavored naan, in addition to their new line of naan pizzas which come in Roasted Eggplant, Cilantro Pesto, Margherita, and Spinach & Paneer Cheese varieties. Eager to try their pizzas, I went to Whole Foods only to find that they were sold out of the Tandoor Chef Naan Pizzas. I consoled myself with a box of their Tandoori Naan.
Let’s be honest – the box makes the naan look delicious. Especially with that little slab of butter slowly melting across the top. O.M.G. It’s described as “Authentic Indian bread hand-stretched and baked in a traditional Tandoor oven.” It is also touted as being all natural, with no preservatives or additives. Taking a look at the ingredients, I was happy to see that I knew what all of them were: wheat flower, water, milk, sunflower oil salt, levure. (I did have to look up levure – it’s essentially yeast.) When you open the box, you’ll find a sealed plastic bag that contains 3 pieces of what I assume are pre-cooked pieces of naan bread. It might not look like it, but this is a picture of my frozen Tandoor Chef naan.
Looking at the cooking instructions, I was surprised that preheating the oven took longer than the actual heating of the naan. They recommend that you preheat the oven to 400? for 10 minutes, then heat for 60 to 90 seconds. Finally, glaze the naan with butter and serve it hot. I’ll admit that I was feeling lazy and instead I let the toaster oven heat up for about three minutes, then I put the frozen naan in for the full 90 seconds (sometimes a little longer if I was too slow to get to it after the time went off.) But I did diligent rub a stick of butter all over the top of the breads to give them a nice buttery glaze. Do you see the glistening of the butter in the light?
Fresh out of the oven, the naan bread brought an aroma of freshly heated bread. I was quick to rub on the butter and watched with satisfaction as it slowly melted across the piping hot surface of the naan. I’m all about eating with my hands and tore off chunks of the naan to enjoy with my salad. The bread was easy to tear off into pieces, with a slightly crusty exterior and a soft interior. The butter was clearly on the naan, yet the bread had its own distinct flavor. I’m not sure if it is 100% authentic, but I do know that it tastes just like the bread I get from the Indian restaurant down the street (although slightly smaller) and I would not be surprised if some restaurants served Tandoor Chef Tandoor Naan on their own tables.
If you’ve been curious to try Indian cuisine, or are currently a fan, then you should take a look Tandoor Chef. Tandoor Chef is available in stores nation-wide. Some of their products are also available for purchase on Amazon. For more information, as well as recipes, you can visit their website at www.tandoorchef.com. You can also stay up-to-date on their latest happenings by Liking Tandoor Chef on Facebook or Following Tandoor Chef on Twitter.
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