Recipe: Naan Bread

The perfect accompaniment to a curry, this Naan Bread recipe from the kitchens of Constance Halaveli is quick and easy to make.

Jing restaurant at Constance Halaveli Resort

Jing restaurant

  • 300g flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 10g salt
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 50ml oil
  • 1 egg

1. Sift the salt and baking powder into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
2. Mix the sugar, milk, eggs, and oil in a bowl.
3. Pour this into the centre of the flour and knead adding water if necessary to form a soft dough.
4. Add the remaining oil and knead again then cover with a damp cloth, leave for 2-3 hours.
5. About half an hour before the naan is required, turn on the oven to 200°C.
6. Divide the naan into 8 balls and allow to rest for 3-4 minutes.
7. Shape each ball of dough with the palms of your hands to make an oval shape.
8. Bake the naan bread until they are puffed up and golden brown.

Try this naan bread with our delicious Constance Chicken and Prawn Curry in coconut milk

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Christopher Barber and team celebrate end of culinary festival

With bags almost packed in the knowledge of a job well done, the team behind the successful 7th edition of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau head out to sea on a luxury catamaran to have some well earned fun.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here, Christopher Barber shares the day with us.

What sadness, the last day in paradise.

Yesterday was the final organised event - a catamaran trip along the coast, lunch on board washed down with copious amounts to drink.

Executive chef Dominique Grel is as comfortable looking after guests as he is in the kitchen. He is the ultimate professional, looking after everyone whilst having a great time himself. He epitomises everything that is wonderful about Constance Hotels and the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau - having fun, making friends and looking after people. He is ably assisted by Vincent and Guillaume from Belle Mare Plage, they exude friendship and charm, making sure that the chefs have an appropriate send off.

Star of the day is Angela Hartnett’s boyfriend Neil Borthwick. He sings, dances, swims and drinks, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

Bruno Le Gac and team with Patrick Bittner

Bruno Le Gac and team with Patrick Bittner

The Constance team have once again shown us that gastronomy alone is not enough - great food and hospitality is also about people and personality. Through the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, they have shown the world that they have this in abundance.

Behind the scenes photos of the final festival dinner

Visit our Constance Facebook page to see some wonderful photos of the Michelin* chefs and island cooks preparing the 6* dinner on the final night of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Two days until the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Excitement is building in Mauritius as the stage is set for our fabulous culinary celebration – the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012.

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

This week-long festival starts on Sunday 25 March. We’ll be posting every day to bring you the latest action, insight and photos as our 6 island chefs train with their European Michelin* chefs in preparation for the final cook-off competition on Thursday 29th and prize-giving on Saturday 31 March. We’ll also be a running a fun competition and lots more.

As the Michelin* chefs and judges fly into the island, it reads like a who’s who of the most accomplished stars in the world of food and wine.

The judges are:

  • Christopher Barber – former personal chef to the Prince of Wales
  • Enrico Bernardo – world class sommelier
  • Patrick Bertron – protege of Bernard Loiseau and world class chef
  • Serge Vieira – world class chef
  • Dominique Loiseau – wife of Bernard Loiseau and founder of the festival
  • Claus Meyer – co-owner of Noma

The  Michelin* chefs are:

  • Fabrine Biasolo
  • Patrick Bittner
  • Jacques Decoret
  • Dominique Gauthier
  • Angela Hartnett
  • David Johansen

 The island chefs are:

  • Ankur Daru – Ephelia, Seychelles
  • Kamlesh Doorjean – Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
  • Nuwan Hiettiarachchi – Halaveli, Maldives
  • Ravish Mukri – Moofushi, Maldives
  • Jayram Seenanum – Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius
  • Hildy Sinon – Lemuria, Seychelles

Find out more

 

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Hillside villa at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

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Recipe: Fillet of red snapper roasted in a coconut chatini crust

Prepare this delicious fish dish using the coconut chatini recipe we posted last week, and serve with a warm dhal salad with spinach and tamarind vinaigrette.

Fillet of red snapper

Fillet of red snapper

Serves 4
Preparation time:
30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Soaking time for tamarind: 1 hour

For the fish:

  • 4 fillets of red snapper (also known as bourgeois fish)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 240g coconut chatini
  • salt and pepper

For the warm dhal salad with spinach:

  • 200g lentils/split peas
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/4 dried red chilli
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 50g fresh coconut flesh
  • 100g fresh spinach leaves
  • salt and pepper

For the tamarind sauce:

  • 500g tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 small stick cinnamon
  • sugar

Finishing touch:

  • 3 1/2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 3 1/2 tbsp tamarind sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

1. Make the tamarind sauce: in a bowl, pour lukewarm water over the tamarind paste and let it soak for 2 hours.
2. Crush the tamarind with your hand to remove seeds, then sieve it into a dish and weigh the resulting juice. Measure the same weight in sugar. Pour tamarind juice and sugar into a saucepan, add fennel seeds, star anise, dried chillies and cinnamon stick. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring and checking often so that the mixture does not scorch. Rub this sauce through a fine sieve and set aside.
3. Prepare the dhal and spinach salad: peel onion and garlic. Chop them. Shred the dried chilli. In a saucepan, fry the onion in the oil for 1 minute without colouring, add garlic, ginger, chilli, lentils and turmeric. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add 1 litre water. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. The lentils should be slightly crunchy. Drain and let cool.
4. Finely dice the coconut flesh. Tear off the central rib from the spinach leaves. Fry the lentils in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, add spinach and coconut. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
5. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
6. Season the fish fillets with salt and fry them in oil for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove them from the pan, spread coconut chatini on top of each fillet and bake fish for 10 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, pour off the oil from the pan and replace it with the white wine. Reduce by half on a high heat, then remove from heat. Add 3 1/2 tablespoons of the reserved tamarind sauce, lemon juice and olive oil. Correct seasoning.
8. Put the warm dhal salad in a serving dish, top with the fish and pour some sauce around the salad.

Don’t miss our other recipes

We publish a recipe every Friday. Don’t miss other favourites from the Constance kitchens in our culinary section.