naan sammiches . sprouted kitchen

I worked at a deli for a short season during college. I suppose it was my first job making food for people, though I'd had a number of other jobs prior. I would go between classes and on the weekends, I liked people and the hustle of the lunch hour, and how hard could it be to whip together a sandwich? The deli was known for having these perfectly soft baguettes for sandwiches, a few of the specials were made on sliced bread, but those baguettes were why people came in. None of the sandwiches were particularly ecentric or creative, but the simple art of a good sandwich is getting the ratio of fillings correct. Here in also lies personal preference. I like lots of mustard or sauce, if there is mayo, I don't really want to see it, but I can appreciate it's moisture contribution. The owner of the deli taught me to take the rib out of the lettuce so the lettuce layer is even and consistent, and also that more filling is not always better. I agree with that. You've got to be able to get your mouth around it without a gigantic mess, especially since a number of sandwich eaters are on the go or sitting on a bench. I don't remember a lot of details about that job, or what exactly I took from it, but getting your sandwich just right is like how someone takes their coffee. Little tweaks but usually you know what you like.

This is a recent veggie sandwich that pushes beyond the sprouts, avocado, lettuce, tomato limits. It folds over like a taco, but we're going to call it a sandwich anyway. I would consider it pretty simple, especially if you opt to purchase the naan instead of make your own. There is a creamy component, almost like a rustic hummus of sorts, a crunchy, raw vegetable, a hint of acid from the onions and the bits of feta that are bold enough to make the whole naan'wich a real treat. It's tough to give exact amounts here, but the fun of a sandwich is to make it as you wish. Hugh likes his with extra sriracha, I like easy onions, triple greens. Here's to a little something different for lunch either way.

naan sammiches . sprouted kitchen

VEGGIE NAAN'WICH WITH FETA CHICKPEA MASH // makes 4 sammys with a few extra naan

The chickpea mixture could be made in advance and kept covered in the fridge. If you need a GF option, I would stuff these items in a charred brown rice tortilla and just fold it in half.

// Naan //

Naan recipe adapted from Indian Simmer

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup of warm milk
1/2 cup of yogurt

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

ghee or coconut oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together and make a well of flour.
Mix milk and yogurt together and pour half of it into the well and slowly combine it together.
Add the liquid slowly and combine it all together slowly until a soft dough is made. The dough should be soft and tender. If dough sticks to your hand, use little bit of oil.
Cover with damp cloth and let it sit in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

Preheat a heavy bottomed, seasoned skillet or cast iron. Flour your work surface and knead the dough a few times, working in the minced garlic. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 pieces depending how large you'd like your sandwiches. Roll them out into a thin, oblong shape. Brush one side with water and add it to the pan, damp side down. Cook for about one minute until it browns, flip and cook the other side for another minute or two. Once lightly browned, run it over an open flame on the stove to get a few char marks. Brush the warm bread with a thin layer of ghee or coconut oil and a pinch of salt. Repeat with remaing dough. Keep covered with a dish cloth until ready to prepare the sandwiches.

naan sammiches . sprouted kitchen

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • giant handful of chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons tahini paste
  • zest and juice of one small lemon
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled sheep's milk feta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 carrots, thinly peeled with a peeler
  • 3 cups sprouts of greens of choice
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sriracha for spice, if needed

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. In a food processor, give the beans and cilantro a few quick pulses JUST to rough them up, you don't want a paste. I'm talking like 2 to 3 pulses. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the tahini, lemon juice and zest, pinch of red pepper flakes, feta, olive oil and lots of fresh ground pepper. Stir to blend. Add a tiny splash of water if it looks too dry.

Combine the onion and vinegar in a bowl with a pinch of salt and toss with your fingers to coat just to soften them a bit. Set up your space with the carrots ribbons, vinegared onions and greens. Make each sandwich with a hearty swipe of the chickpea mash, a generous layer of onions, carrots, greens. Drizzle the vegetables with a bit of olive oil and your hot sauce on the side as needed.

naan sammiches . sprouted kitchen

naan sammiches . sprouted kitchen

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This sounds soooo good!

I've never made Naan before, looks lovely though!


June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarina

Ooo! Looks and sounds delicious. Can't wait to try...

I keep trying to get my husband to be more orderly with his sandwich making (I believe it makes the sandwich that much better) but he is just so stubborn! Haha!

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon-Burnsed

Yep. Totally need to make this happen. It is totally calling my name.


xo Jennifer

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

This looks amazing, and I can't wait to try it! I just need to figure out how they tuck and wrap the whole thing into that neat little envelope, so I don't drop anything out the other end, as I almost always do!

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane @ Vintage Zest

Yummy! I love to make naan and this is a great way of using naan for a sandwich -- which in fact turns out as naanwich :)

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @

This may well be the sandwich of my dreams.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I love naan bread! The chickpea filling sounds delisc.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Oh my goodness Sara, these look beautiful! Well actually, they look delicious and your photography is beautiful! I've tried making my own naan before but it came out a little dry, so I'm going to try this recipe instead. LOVE the vibrant fillings!

Chickpea feta mash? You just combined my two favorite foods! :)

I can't wait to make this naan. I love that it's stove-top.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

Amazing. Something as simple as a sandwich, and you take it to the next level. Can't wait to make this soon. xo

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I have been meaning to try my hand at making naan and yours look beautiful! Any idea how long they would keep or is it best if I just make a small batch for immediate eating? My perfect filling would probably be a combo of yours and Hugh's preferences - always lots of greens, onion for crunch but always lots and lots of sriracha or other chili sauce :-)

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

I. lerve. it.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

I. lerve. it.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

That is one substantial naanwich!! Love it.

This is my kinda sammich! Yum!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace @ Earthy Feast

Superb. This looks so tasty. I will ask deepa to prepare this. Beautiful presentation. I love that last shot, beats hell out of tortillas ;)

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGirish

Beautiful. I'm looking forward to trying your naan recipe!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela

I feel like sandwiches are sometimes the hardest things to make. There are so many combinations that I find it all a little too overwhelming. I'm totally digging the naan bread wrap of sorts, definitely a clever sandwich holder!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Just gorgeous! I've never tried making naan before, it's easier than I would have expected!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie @ Little Kitchie

My God.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

wow these look beautiful and right up my alley!
i love feta in anything but ive never used whole
chickpeas in a sandwich, only humus.
and even though i consider myself a
horrible baker, im willing to give these nans
a try. thanks for the great idea.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertina

Looks like a Baco sandwich! I make something similar but will have to try this one.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

This is brilliant! And would be great for a picnic with some olives and watermelon for snacking along with it.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

This sounds seriously amazing!! I LOVE naan and chickpeas. Great idea to use the naan as a sandwich!

I want to shove this in my face...NOW!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

You are so right about sandwich-making- it's a real art and the little touches make all the difference. This naan-wich looks like it has a little of everything. Simply sub an almond feta for the sheep's feta and I've got myself a very special sammie. Thanks for sharing :)

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Do you have any suggestions for making this gluten free?

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee

I am dreaming of this as a vegan recipe and also with gluten free wraps, perhaps garbanzo bean flour??!!
Peace and Health,

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

@Ashlee - I would google a GF naan? Or just use a brown rice tortilla!

June 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

Ah! One of my first food service jobs was in a deli/cheese + gourmet foods shop combo. I learned way too much about the architectural principles of sandwiches/ate the most sandwiches ever when I worked there. So obvi I'm highly particular on that whole scene now. I love LOVE this number you've fixed up here. High five on that big schmear of chickpea spread.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Wow. That looks AMAZING. I wanted to add that I totally agreed with your statement about mayo, you don't want to see it but you appreciate the moisture. That perfectly sums up my opinion.

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Awesome! I am so glad you posted about a homemade naan. I almost made one a few weeks ago then ended up buying them at the last minute and could tell they had preservatives. How do you recommend keeping the naan if you're not going to eat it all at once? Or is it better to keep leftover dough in its raw state? Thanks, Salvegging

Americans are obsessed with their sandwiches, and it is something I still cannot understand :) however, if the sandwich is made out of tons of vegetables it's really worth digging in at times. And this chickpea mash is definitely going to be made and enjoyed! With or without a sandwich. I believe, it is very similar to Mexican mashed beans that I simply adore :)

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMigle

Looks amazing and I`m sure it is more than delicious, do you have any idea about making this gluten free? Thank you for sharing this special recipe, veggie are IN :)

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAgnes

mouth watering!

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertracey

This looks absolutely amazing!

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Now this is my kind of sandwich! This looks wonderful :)

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

A must-try. How about throwing in a couple of olives?

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershellsten

making this tonight. you're making my slow transition to a vegetarian girl funnnnnnnn.

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLana Pribic

Sara, I vividly remember sitting in our room helping you memorize those sandwich descriptions and their names. That list was so dang long, but you did it!

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercourtney leduc


June 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I read your blog religiously and don't often comment but I had to say something today as these look so good! Last night we made the quinoa wraps from your book - I could only buy baby spring greens rather than the large leaves so it was an extremely messy, but utterly delicious, dinner. Thanks for the fab recipes and please keep them coming!

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf

this looks positively perfect - a love letter to my veggie taste buds

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpetal and plume

Great spin on the ol' veggie sandwich using naan! Looks so bright, healthy and super tasty!

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha @ Vignette

Where do you find safe sprouts?

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

@Erin - I buy the pea shoots (believe they're organic?) from trader joes. Any tender green is fine here if you can't find trust worthy sprouts!

June 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

These look simply divine... nature's bounty in a wrap! Look forward to trying them soon... Thank you!

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

We just made these sandwiches for dinner tonight and they were delish! Thanks for the naan recipe too, I've tried a few, and these turned out the best.

June 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz S.

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