Pillsbury Naan: Thinking Outside the (Bread) Box

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As I was browsing through a local Indian grocery store, I came across a large selection of frozen breads. Always a sucker for a good naan, I scanned the array of colorful packages. I was surprised to see the fat, jolly Pillsbury Doughboy staring back at me from a familiar blue wrapping. The package that caught my eye was for Pillsbury's version of Aloo Masaledar Naan, described below as "lightly leavened flat bread with spicy potato."

Although I could have gone for a more exotic brand and usually would have, I was so surprised that Pillsbury made naan that I just had to try it. Plus, any food with double carbohydrates is already a winner in my book, so I scooped up the package and took it home to serve with my homemade curried lentils.

The instructions said to heat and lightly oil a griddle before placing on it one of the package's four pieces of naan. No problem. Or so I thought. The four pieces of naan had not been frozen separately, and I could not pry one piece apart from the others. After ripping apart quickly thawing small chunks of uncooked dough, I threw the whole lot onto the griddle in frustration, hoping that it might separate as it cooked. No such luck. The bottom browned up nicely, but I could not get one piece to detach from the three above it. I tore off small bits with my fingers and was able to brown up a few small doughy bits before I lost all patience and threw 90 percent of the package into the trash.

The pieces I tasted were not very naan-like. The crispy outside was good, but the soft, fleshy innards were unappetizing. I couldn't really taste any potato, and the "spicy" filling was bland. The instructions say that there is "no need to thaw" the bread before warming it, and as I had cooked it immediately after getting home, it was slightly thawed out, so perhaps this mess was all my fault. Regardless, I was not impressed with Pillsbury's naan.

Next time, I think I'll just pick up a couple of already cooked flatbreads at Bombay Sweets.



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Michelle
Michelle

I think this Naan is garbage- even when cooked perfectly, it tastes like some kind of generic pancake.  We bought the "Swad" brand garlic naan and it is like something from a good Indian restaurant.  Forget this nonsense from Pillsbury.

Akak
Akak

Ahhh... glad to see there is a support group for trying to separate the frozen block of naan. I tried it for the first time yesterday, the best results for me was to defrost it in the Microwave and slowly with a knife separate them the best I could. They 3 of the 4 in the package broke in half. Never having naan before, i got it nice and crispy. It was the right amount of spice for me, and I could taste the potato. I'll by them again, but when I get them home, I will re-package with wax paper in between.

TQro
TQro

Bombay Sweets has been ruined for me; ordered puri and some sweets to go and while waiting witnessed roaches crawling up the wall directly behind the counter while prep was going on. Arrrrgh. If roaches are out in full daylight, then I conclude there must be a whole lot of them and was not a random occurrence.

Nana
Nana

The same thing happened to me with a bag of Goya frozen pupusas. Why do they think there will be repeat purchases of their product? Or do they just not TRY them before they market them? Aggravating to throw money away like this, and it taints your entire view (or at least mine) of the company.

Geri
Geri

I don't know what their rationale is. Product testing people!

Chelsea
Chelsea

I JUST had the exact same experience. I even opened the package up straight out of the freezer so they were good and frozen... just frozen into a solid block. not pleasant!

Geri
Geri

That makes me feel so much better to know it wasn't just my ineptitude.

MC
MC

The HEB naan is quite good.

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