For those of you who have eaten at Indian restaurants, you know that one of the distinguishing factors between a good Indian restaurant and an average restaurant, is their Naan. It is a perfectly puffed thick rolled pita, which can be used to serve sandwiches, dip into sauces, and eaten alone.
After hunting online for recipes, I found a delicious recipe at www.allrecipes.com. I have to say that I was truly blown away by how wonderful this recipe was, it was truly delicious and better than any restaurant recipe I have tried.
The Naan recipe is as follows…
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
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- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
- Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
- At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.
I actually accomplished step 4 in a nonstick stovetop pan, and it worked perfectly. Enjoy!!!