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grandma, grannyView synonyms
- ‘She returned home to find a holdall missing and a note from her daughter to herself, stepdad George, her dad Colin, brother Jason and her nan and grandad.’
- ‘A holiday to Disneyland Paris is also planned, so Holly can go away with her grandfather and nan, who has terminal cancer.’
- ‘When I'm home, I see my mum, my dad, my nan, my grandfather, my auntie and my cousins every day.’
- ‘I live with my nan and grandad and it will be extremely difficult for me to pay as we do not have enough money.’
1940s: abbreviation of nanny, or a child's pronunciation of gran.
(in Indian cooking) a type of leavened bread, typically of teardrop shape and traditionally cooked in a clay oven.
- ‘The naan bread should drip with garlic butter, the chicken glisten with chopped coriander and ghee.’
- ‘I visit bakeries and want to try everything, from Mexico's delicious tortillas served warm with butter, to Indian naan breads just from a tandoori oven.’
- ‘The sag aloo was excellent, the potato chunks moist and tender, and the naan bread was fine.’
- ‘The naan breads in particular were lovely and light and fluffy.’
- ‘I liked the look of the mushroom balti, which came with wild rice, two small garlic naan breads and salad.’
- ‘Pilau rice and garlic naan bread gave us something to mop it all up with.’
- ‘A variety of unleavened breads like naans, rotis, and parathas are also widely eaten.’
- ‘If the sauce is poured over the kebabs, it can be served as the main dish along with naan, roti or chapatti.’
- ‘Many main courses on the menu come with pilau rice or naan breads, but do ask for an alternative if you prefer (I chose plain boiled rice instead).’
- ‘Turn spicy masala potatoes into a meal with some wilted spinach and warm naan or roti bread, or serve with seared fish or roast chicken.’
- ‘Sam's stew came with salad, a naan bread and mango chutney - in small, but-perfectly-formed portions, given this was a light lunch, not an evening blow-out.’
- ‘We would be surprised if a writer covered Parisian restaurants without ever going to Paris, or wrote about naan bread without visiting India.’
- ‘Her starter was two light, succulent onion bhaji with Vegetable Kori with dinky little metal dishes of lentils and chickpeas with pilau rice and a huge naan bread.’
- ‘Breads in all its variety, including Indian breads, as rotis, naans, and kulchas are called now, make a meal complete.’
- ‘Add the naan bread, chilli, ginger and herbs and mix well.’
- ‘The price of the meals was just under £6 and consisted of one chicken korma, one chicken tikka, two naan breads, two onion bhajis and two generous servings of pilau rice.’
- ‘Now towards the end there are nine rice styles and fourteen breads with all the usual favourites, naan, roti and paratha.’
- ‘Roti is a flat bread, similar to the Indian naan, that is filled with curried beef, chicken, lamb, and beef, and cooked vegetables.’
- ‘However, there is no need to feel let down, for our naan, roti, parathas and chapattis are a form of bread too.’
- ‘Then there is the whole spectrum of tandoori breads, including silky roomali rotis, naans and parathas.’
From Urdu and Persian nān.
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