This is a really good and fairly simple recipe for naan. I pair it along side every indian dish. I found this recipe when searching google for a true naan recipe.. I think I found it on allrecipes.com. Since it's so good, I thought I'd share it with every other RecipeZaar member.
- Note: the cook time does not include rising time. This is a pretty time consuming recipe, but it's well worth it!
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
- Punch down dough, and knead in garlic (you can put more, less or no garlic depending on your taste). Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- During the second rising, preheat the grill (or skillet) to high heat. A grill would be best, but if you don't have a grill ready to use, you can use a skillet, they just won't come out as pretty.
- At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.
I don't think I have to pay the high price of Naan ever again. Very easy to produce. I didn't need all of the flour in the end and I also skipped the last two ingredients. Baked them on my baking stone as well. I shaped them into ovals. They make really nice pizzas too. Thank you for posting it. :)
I've only been to one Indian restaurant in my life. I wasn't served bread there. Perhaps I'm not the best judge of whether this is a good naan recipe or not. However, I have a bit of experience working with yeast. About the only thing I can say for sure is this recipe does produce a flat bread that tastes good. Two risings and garlic in the dough made for a nicely flavored bread. I tried to keep the dough a bit slack, or moist, while kneading. I still ended up with a somewhat heavy bread. I suspect it was because I accidentally added the garlic in the beginning and some yeast might have been killed off. I baked the dough on my pizza stone in a 550 degree oven. The first 3 came out like flat bread. The rest puffed up like pita bread. I'm not sure if naan usually does that. I will try this recipe again. Thanks for sharing it. :)
These are so good. I have made them many time. These are so much better than the store bought, and much less expensive.