Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Naan

Inspiration:
Adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ghee or oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Instructions:
  1. Whisk the warm water with the yeast and sugar until the yeast is dissolved. Cover and let stand in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift flour and salt three times into a large bowl add the yeast mixture, half of the ghee or oil and all the yogurt. Mix into a soft dough then knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours or until the dough is doubled in size .
  3. Punch down dough then knead for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Let rise for an additional 10-30 minutes if you have the time. Roll each piece out into 8 inch round naans.
  4. Brush the naan with a little of the remaining ghee or oil. Heat oil in a large flat skillet. Pan fry naan one at a time for about 2 minutes on each side or until puffed and just browned, adding additional oil as necessary.

Recipe Notes:
"This is an authentic Indian Naan recipe. I have made this many times. It goes well with Indian curry which has a lot of gravy, such as the Butter Chicken." (Original recipe uses ghee instead of oil.)

My Notes:
This is my best yeast-bread result so far. I have to say I am pretty impressed with myself- this naan tastes exactly like that of our favorite Indian/Nepali restaurant, Everest on Grand.

Tim's Rating: 10/10
Liz's Rating: 10/10

7 comments:

Insomniac said...

Oh I love you. Did you use ghee or oil?

I'm so making this. It's time to move on from the frozen naan from TJs

Dunc said...

I love naan bread - can't wait to make it. Thanks for the recipes!

Liz said...

insom-
I used oil because it was a last-minute decision to make them. I might try it with ghee next time.

Sarah-
I hope you like it!

WeezerMonkey said...

Dual 10s!
Me loves naan.
Num num naan.

Sherri said...

Liz- Made this tonight...it was perfect! thanks :)

Jennifer said...

I'm making an Indian dish for dinner tonight and my husband has requested Naan. I'd love to make some rather than have to buy it. The only problem is I won't have time to get it together and let it rise before dinner.

Do you think I could make it during my lunch break and leave it to rise all afternoon?

Liz said...

Sure! I would just leave it in a cool place if possible.