When it comes to enjoying Indian food, no meal would be complete without a serving of flatbread on the side. There are several different types to choose from and each offers a distinct flavor and texture. Here’s a quick explanation of the different varieties:
- Naan: Made with refined white flour for a smooth yet chewy texture and a bit of leavening so it puffs up. It’s cooked in a tandoori oven and served plain or flavored with garlic.
- Roti: A much thicker flatbread, roti is generally made with whole wheat flour with no leavening and is cooked in a hot pan with no oil. It is thick and heavy, yet still soft and flavorful.
- Puri: A deep-fried roti. Puri puffs up and has a crisp outer layer.
The next time you crave Indian food takeout or eating in an Indian restaurant, don’t forget the flatbread. If you are in the Denver area, check out Serene Cuisine of India.