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Old 12-20-2005, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question What is the difference between Naan and Pita?

I have had Naan a number of times. Sometimes it seems like it is just pita bread. Other times it seems flatter and sometimes has things like scallions in it. I am assuming that there really is a difference and that maybe most of the Indian restaurants I go to might just not make very good Naan. So what is the difference. What should good Naan look, feel, and taste like?

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:27 PM   #2
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Naan is 'puffier' and more spongey than pitta bread. It can be plain with coriander leaves, and I've also had it with a kind of onion bhaji filling too.

It is not 'dry' like pitta.

Here's a photograph of naan bread - it isn't a very good one, but it was the first one that came up on a google search! http://www.fotosearch.com/IMP162/ingufyth0029/
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:38 PM   #3
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Pita can also be more 'breadlike' than naan. Although it is sometimes quite flat it is more commonly as Ishbel said puffier and more breadlike (sometimes looking like a hollow bread roll) than naan. Naan is also a denser bread, possibly due to the fact that it is sometimes made with an unleavened dough and may contain yoghurt in the dough.

Also I find naan to be moisture and richer, possibly due to the use of ghee? Who knows. Seeing naan cooked in a tandoor and come out toasty hot for consumption is mouth watering.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:38 PM   #4
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Thanks Ishbel! Wow the Naan I have had has been the exact opposite. I wonder if it can even really be called Naan. Before this post, if I were to have taken a guess that the differences based solely on my experiences I would have said pita was puffier and Naan was more flat. So interesting!
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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So many different cultures have similar quick cooking flat breads. They are often interchangeable in their uses.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:59 PM   #6
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If you ever go to a Southern Indian cuisine restaurant, try the dosai, which is their version of a flat bread.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:11 PM   #7
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I am going to make some Pita Bread for Xmas. Yummy!
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:12 PM   #8
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I believe true Naan is baked in a Tandoor oven. That's what sets it apart... not the ingredients.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:18 PM   #9
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I believe true Naan is baked in a Tandoor oven. That's what sets it apart... not the ingredients.
I wish I had one of those ovens. The pita I make comes out very good in my oven. It usually gets eatin all up within minutes of cooking it.
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:46 AM   #10
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hey!!! bang's back!!!! good to see you man, hope you and yours are well.

my favorite indian bread is called aloo paratha, which is a naan like flat bread, but it is stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes. yummmmmm.
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