Naan

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Naan is an Indian bread made with yeast. It can be made in the oven or in a pan. Perfect for scooping up your favorite curry!

I have eaten at many Indian restaurants in the US. What do all these restaurants have in common? Naan is the typical bread that is served. However, when I was in India, I learned that naan is not the everyday bread. Roti or chapati is what is usually ordered at restaurants, and what is served in homes. Of course, living in an Indian household myself, we usually make roti. But every now and then I like to indulge in the goodness that is naan.   

Naan is an Indian bread made with yeast. It can be made in the oven or in a pan. Perfect for scooping up your favorite curry!

In order to make a really good naan, you’ve got to let the dough rise. Letting the dough rise will give it its nice yeasty flavor. I like to make the dough for naan in the early afternoon and let it sit covered outside all day. If it’s cold outside, I will find a warm place inside. I get perfect results each time. Naan can be made in the oven or on top of the stove in a pan. I get best results with a pizza stone, but I no longer have one because after many uses, it eventually broke. So now I make it with a cast iron skillet turned upside down. Whatever works, right?

Naan
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A delicious yeasty Indian bread perfect for scooping up delicious curries. You can also eat it plain with butter or ghee!
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Ingredients
  1. Maida (white flour), 2 cups
  2. active dry yeast, 1 tsp or one packet
  3. salt, 1 tsp
  4. sugar, 1 tsp
  5. baking soda, just a pinch
  6. oil, 2 tbsp
  7. dahi (yogurt), 2 1/2 tbs, whole fat
  8. water, 3/4 cup between 105* to 110*
Instructions
  1. Put the hot water into a bowl and stir in the yeast. Cover and let it sit for about 10 minutes, or until it has a nice layer of foam at the top.
  2. In another bowl, sift the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
  3. Add the yogurt and oil.
  4. Mix gently, making crumbles, but make sure you get it mixed into all the flour.
  5. Once the yeast is foamy, add it to the flour and start kneading.
  6. Knead until your dough is smooth and soft. Then take some oil and pour a little bit into your hand and knead the bread again for about 10 seconds.
  7. Cover the bowl with a cloth or plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm area for about 4 hours, but definitely no less than two. The dough will double in size.
  8. An hour and 15 minutes before eating, preheat the oven to the highest temp with a pizza stone or flat iron skillet inside. Allow to heat for an hour.
  9. Take the dough and knead for another 5 minutes. Sometimes when I am really hungry, I don't do this step.
  10. Divide the dough into equal parts and roll into balls. Flatten with hand, and dip both sides in flour. Roll the dough out into whatever shape you want.
  11. I usually do oval. It is just easier. Make sure it is not too thin, but make sure it isn't too thick.
  12. However many you think you can fit on the stone, roll out at once. Once rolled, place onto pizza stone and quickly close oven.
  13. I don't take the stone out, I just pull the rack enough to not burn my hands when placing the dough on the stone.
  14. Wait and watch. The naan will start rising and get all bubbly. You can take it out when your desired color is achieved. I usually start a timer and cook for about 1.5-2 minutes.
You can also choose your favorite toppings
  1. Garlic
  2. Paneer
  3. Red Chili Flakes
  4. Butter
  5. The list goes on and on. Experiment and find your perfect naan!
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Naan is an Indian bread made with yeast. It can be made in the oven or in a pan. Perfect for scooping up your favorite curry!
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  1. I just want to say that I needed a naan recipe tonight for my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday meal (who lived in India for years while serving for the Peace Corps), so I searched your site… anyways, I made this and it was DELICIOUS, and my boyfriend and his dad have been raving about how great it was! And it was so easy!! I took pics, I’ll share soon. But BRAVO! Anyways, he also said his favorite Indian dish was Biryani — which I’ve never had, but I saw you have a few to choose from — going to make it for him soon after I find all the special ingredients!

    • Yay! You have just MADE MY NIGHT!!! You don’t even know, Whit! Thank you SO MUCH for trying it out and giving feedback! Happy Birthday to your boyfriend’s dad!

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