Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homemade Naan Bread

This bread is a must have with any Indian dish you make...

Adapted From Companies Coming "Year-Round Grilling"

Warm water - 1 cup
White sugar - 2 tsp
Yeast - 1 Tbsp

Stir warm water & sugar together in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Sprinkle yeast over top. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve yeast.

Milk - 3 Tbsp
Large egg-fork beaten - 1
Add milk & egg to yeast mixture. Stir.

All purpose flour - 4 1/4 cups
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp

                                              1/4-1/2 cup melted margarine (for brushing on)

Combine flour & salt in mixer bowl. Add yeast mixture. Mix till dough forms. It will seem like the dough is really tough, don't worry! Take dough out of bowl, knead for about 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface or until smooth. Grease the mixing bowl and then place dough back in, turn so top of dough is greased. Cover with waxed paper and a tea towel. Let stand in an oven with light on and door closed ( don't turn oven on ) for 1 hour till doubled in size.
Punch dough down. Knead for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Divide & shape into 12 balls. Arrange in single layer on a greased baking sheet. Cover with greased waxed paper. Let stand in oven with light on and door closed for about 30 minutes until doubled in size. Roll out 4 balls on a lightly floured surface to 8 inch diameter circles. Brush one side with melted margarine
Pre heat a pancake griddle to med-high heat. Once griddle is ready, place rolled out dough on the griddle, side with the margarine on it down. Brush the other side with melted margarine. You will get bubbles in the dough... These are pretty skinny so don't take long to cook.... I'd give it about a minute and a half each side... Flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with all 12 balls of dough. Keep warm in oven on a pan. I like to cut mine into 4 triangles and scoop up the curry and eat with my curry, or butter chicken...
There are a few ways to cook the naan, on the pancake griddle like we do... Or on the BBQ like the company's coming recipe book and I'm sure you could do it in a frying pan on the stove top.
At Indian resturants you can often get garlic naan... you could put minced garlic in with the melted margarine which you brush on and then you'd get the garlic naan... and we have sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on one side for a "dessert" naan before... It's seriously the best tasting food out there.. Best fresh!
Makes 12 Naan.

1 comment:

  1. mmmmmm.... looking forward to curry night!