Toasted Nan & Dahl, 38p a portion

Nov 26, 2013 | 3 comments


I have had this a few times, I have a clipping in my little brown book from where I cut it out from somewhere. It is extremely tasty and amazingly quick, you need to prepare the nan in advance, otherwise it just takes a few minutes.

Toasted Nan & Dahl

tblsp medium curry powder, 79p/80g, 3p
50g creamed coconut KTC £1.48/200g 37p
Squeeze of lemon or lime 2p
Heaped tsp brown sugar 1p
Tin chick peas KTC Asda 35p

serves 2

Approved Foods often have curry pastes of various kinds that you could use. They also regularly do pre-cooked Nan’s that are usually just a few pence each. I bought a massive pot of curry paste for hardly anything and froze it in ice cube trays.

Heat the curry paste, or powder (in a little oil). Add everything else and simmer for a few minutes.

Divide between 2 bowls and serve with a nan bread, either bought, or you can make your own.




125g self raising flour 3p Asda smart price, 52p/1.5kg, 4p
1tsp sugar 1p
Pinch salt
55ml-65ml milk. 3p
1 tbslp veg oil 1p
Mix everything together and give it a good knead, as if it was normal bread. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and leave for at least an hour to double in size. When risen, punch down, divide into two and roll out to a naan shape.
Preheat the grill and grill for 1-2 minutes until there are brown spots on the surface. If it works better for you, you could cook it in a frying pan. Brush with melted butter or similar, eat straight away.

Total nutrition of Dahl 639 calories, 47g carbs, 41g fat, 21g protein
per serving of Dahl (2) 320 calories, 23g carbs, 20g fat, 10g protein

Total nutritiion of Nan 577 calories, 93g carbs, 17g fat, 14g protein
per serving of Nan (2) 288 calories, 46g carbs, 8g fat, 7g protein

Repriced at Asda, using mySupermarket 23Oct17
Total cost of Dahl 78p
per serving of Dahl (2) 39p

Total cost of Nan 9p
per serving of Nan (2) 5p


This is very filling and sustaining, as most things with pulses are. Strangely, that little squeeze of lime juice makes quite a big difference, so do use it if you can. I just use a cheap bottle of juice.


The dough keeps well in the fridge for several days.

The nan can be sprinkled before grilling with nigella, poppy, sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chopped garlic or fresh coriander if you have anything.

This dough can also be used as pizza bases, with cheese on, or to make wraps

I’ve used tinned chick peas in this version, which are convenient. Use dried chick peas and the cost will be even less.

Any other robust pulse can be used. Dried peas, green or brown lentils, butter beans, pinto beans, or even rinsed baked beans.

I’ve used curry powder in this version, but I’ve also used individual spices, curry pastes (Pataks are excellent) and various different curry powders all to vary the flavour.



  1. Jo

    Ah! Thank you. Not a brand I have seen round here but the prices look good.

  2. Lesley

    KTC is just the brand name Jo. I was trying to be as specific as possible showing what I bought to achieve the price

  3. Jo

    Sorry but my brain has not woken up yet and this morning I can’t think what “KTC” means…

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