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04/28/2010

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thanks, can't wait to try this. the yeast packet you refer to is one 7 grams, right?

Hi Nasi - You bring up a good point about the usage of "nan" and "bread together. In Dari "nan" is also one of the words for food. So, I don't see a problem using "nan" and "bread" together but then again we all have our preferences don't we? - Humaira

Nan is Afghan word for Bread. Bread is an English name for Nan. I don't get Nan Bread.

Hi Isaac - Thanks for writing, great to hear from you. Is it the Americans who call is foot bread? I have never heard an Afghan use that term. How are you doing in Kandahar? It must be scorching hot right now. Thank you for your service - Humaira

Humaira and Cassy. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I very much believe that this is the same bread. We do call it "Foot/Feet Bread" out here and make fun by saying they kneed it with their feet. Knowing that the bottoms of the foot are "unclean" and a sign of disrespect, I also doubt it's made by that process. The bread is similar shaped. Kinda looks like a football field with rounded ends. BTW, I'm in the Kandahar Province.

Dear Cassy, Wonderful to hear that your search for Afghan bread recipe landed you on my site. What was your son doing in Afghanistan? I have not heard of Afghan foot bread, actually the whole idea is very un-Afghan to mix feet with food. Would you be able to ask him the shape of the bread and what part of Afghanistan he ate this bread? I wonder if something was lost in translation. There is a kebab, called Chabli Kebab, which translates to sandal kebab but as sandal is not involved in making it. The kebab is meant to be as thin as the soul of a sandel. I hope to hear from you again Cassy from Oaklahamo - Humaira

Hi! I have really enjoyed this information. My son took a trip to afganistan years ago and has never stopped talking about the "foot bread" he enjoyed while there. I have hunted the Internet to no avail and am wondering if this foot bread is also known as "nan". He believed it was made with the feet while pressing the dough?? I have wanted to make this for him time and again. Do you know about foot bread and how I can obtain this authentic recipe? So very grateful!

Cassy in Oklahoma

Hi Alex, This will make around 3-4 nan depending on the size which will be determined by your oven. It will generate around 20 pieces of bread which should be sufficient for eight people as long as they are happy with a couple of pieces. - Humaira

Hi there! I was just wondering how many people this recipe serves and how long in total is the cooking time? Thanks so much!

Hi Davis, The Kabul restaurant bread is delicious isn't it? I believe they use a good amount of oil and some yeast to make the bread thick and chewy. There are many ways to make Afghan nan or Afghan flat bread. As you can see in my nan recipe on this blog that I don't use oil at all which is how it is done traditionally. Oil is very expensive in Afghanistan, people only use oil in bread for special occasions, perhaps an afternoon tea party. For every day consumption they only use water. As for Kabul, I guess they make the bread in a way that is most tasty and addictive to their customers, I know I am hooked on it. - Humaira

hello, not sure how else to contact you, but have you tried the afghan bread at kabul afghan cusine. it reminded me of focaccia but do you know if it has another name. they simply called it afghan bread. trying to find a recipe

This article is very nice.
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Thank you for the explanation and the pictures. Grabbing my spray bottle to give this one a try tonight!

Yes, clay oven is ideal but a hot oven, especialy with convection and a good amount of humidity works too. The naan sold at Afghan stores around the Bay Area are all made in pizza ovens. You could use a pizza stone but my experience is the spraying of the bread while it's in the oven helps with the elasticity. Don't skip that step. Give is a try and let us know how it goes.

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and for including our recipe in your blog.

Ladies, I just wanted to let you know that I've included one of your recipes and a photo in the Vegetarian Ramadan round-up on my blog - hope you'll find it interesting to check out the rest too http://www.myconsciouseating.com/2010/08/vegetarian-iftar-ramadan-recipes-from.html

I don't really think you can make naan bread without a clay oven can you? The texture in my opinion is what makes naan so different than other breads.

Does cooking this at home change the soft almost elastic texture into standard bread?

thnx

That is wonderful. Nos e Jan.

Ohhh nice nice thanks, always remembered how the bread tasted when i was back home with my parents, unfortunately we dont live together, since i live in denmark, but thnx a lot humairajaan, saved my dinner :)

Wow, you are amazing and so fast. Glad it worked for you Courtney.

Just got done making it, amazing, if only missing the "cooked in a wood stove" taste, thank you!

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