Easy Homemade Naan

Thursday, June 2, 20114comments

This is a basic plain naan recipe to which you can add other ingredients to make different versions. Some common additions are herbs, onions, garlic and even minced lamb or nuts and raisins.
Makes about 10 naan
1 envelope regular yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons salt
4  cups bread flour (approximately)
1/4 cup melted butter

Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup water and sprinkle the yeast over the surface. set aside for about 10 minutes until the yeast gets foamy.

Mix together 3 cups of the flour with the risen yeast and all of the remaining ingredients. Knead in enough flour to make a soft dough and continue to knead for 5 minutes after that. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free spot for about an hour or so until the dough is at least double in size.
Knead the dough again for a few minutes before shaping the dough into golf ball sized pieces. Cover and let these rise for an additional 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. 
Heat a cast iron skillet or flat grill over medium heat. An electric pancake grill on high setting also works well.  Roll the dough balls out to about 6 inch circles and cook each one in the unoiled skillet for a couple of minutes on each side until completely cooked through and lightly browned. You can brush them with butter as they come off the grill if you like. Hold the warm naan in a 150 degree oven as you cook the remaining flat breads.
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June 2, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Or if you have a stone pizza pan or other similar stone oven ware, they work great for baking naan in an oven. I've had great success with that method. Will definitely give your recipe a try.

March 20, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Approximately how much is an envelope of yeast?

March 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I am Indian and to date this is the simplest butter chicken and naan recipe I have found. After trying dry cook in sauces which were disastrous, this is great. In addition, I am a huge fan of this blog and simply love all the recipes you showcase.

I would like to know approximately how much is an envelope of yeast?

March 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Thanks, Yeshi! There are just couple of teaspoonfuls of yeast in an envelope.

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