Naan bread is the perfect scoop for sloppy, slurpy Indian foods and as a base for spreadables like hummus. I recently made some to accompany a thick curried soup and it worked quite well. Naan is traditionally made in a tandoor, or clay oven. This recipe that I found calls for cooking on a grill. I used my electric griddle, and they turned out looking a bit like pancakes. But they tasted decent. Not what you'd find in an Indian restaurant, but tasty in its own right, and easy to make.
I adapted a naan recipe from Allrecipes.com, using the suggestions made in the comments by other cooks. Here's my version.
- 1 pack active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 TBS sugar
- 2 TBS milk
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tsps salt
- 4 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat, 3 cups white)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
In a large bowl dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let stand in a warm place until frothy. Stir in milk, egg, salt, baking soda, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6-8 minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place ball of dough in a large oiled bowl, turn ball to coat, and let sit, covered with a towel in a warm spot for about an hour. The dough should double in volume.
Punch down and and knead a few times. Pinch off small handfuls of dough and roll into balls (golf ball size). Place dough balls on a baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Preheat grill (or griddle) to high. At grill side, roll one ball of dough into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until puffy and light brown. Brush uncooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2-4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan is prepared.
Optional: If you make your naan ahead of time, you may want to serve them hot and seasoned. Preheat oven to broil. Brush naan with olive oil and minced garlic, salt and pepper, and broil until hot. Serve immediately.