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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Naan



This recipe for naan is not a traditional recipe, but it makes a pretty good version. I found another version that includes yogurt, which is more traditional for Indian naan. Since we didn't have any yogurt in the house (my dh loves the stuff, and gobbles it up practically as soon as we're back from the grocery store), I decided to try this one out. This bread goes well with soupy Indian dishes to sop up the mess.

By the way, this stuff freezes beautifully. I had way too much when I made it last week, so I popped it into a freezer bag. I pulled it out last night for dinner and heated it up in a frying pan (in the 90 degree Florida heat, there was no way I was turning on the oven!), and it worked great.

Ingredients
2 1/8 tsp. active dry yeast (one packet)
1 cup warm water (bathing temperature)
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 cup ghee or butter, melted

Directions
1. Whisk the warm water with the yeast and sugar in your stand mixer until the yeast is dissolved. Cover and let stand in a warm place for 10 minutes.

2. Stir in the milk, egg, and salt. Begin adding enough flour to create a ball of dough (about 3 1/2 to 4 cups), and then switch out your beater attachment for the dough hook. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes, adding flour as necessary to create a smooth, elastic dough.

3. Remove the dough from the bowl, oil the bowl and the dough, and place the dough back into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours or until the dough is doubled in size.

4. Punch down the dough, and then knead again for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece out into 8 inch round naans.

5. Cover an oven tray with foil and grease the foil. Brush the naan with the melted ghee or butter. Cook naan under a very hot grill for about 2 minutes on each side or until puffed and just browned.

4 comments:

SarahKate said...

I made homemade naan a while back (when we still lived in Australia) and was surprised at how easy it was to make! I forgot to get pics of mine though... yours looks great!

Marnee Jo said...

I've never heard of naan. I need to go out to eat more often....

Aubree said...

Naan's yummy. It's sort of the Indian equivalent of Italian garlic bread...as in, they usually bring it out to your table in a big basket that everyone shares, and you use it to sop up the extra stuff on your plate. At least that's my take on it, but I actually haven't been to too many Indian restaurants myself. I'm adding that to my "things to do" list...

Abby said...

Sounds delicious! :)