NAAN – INDIAN FLAT BREAD

I do get a bit irked when people refer to these Indian flat breads as “Naan bread”. Naan implies it is a flat bread and there is no need to say naan bread, just as there is no need to say chai tea or roti bread.

Normally naan is baked in a tandoor (clay pot oven) but my recipe has been adapted for regular oven. Pizza stone or pizza steel works well but I had neither so just used baking trays.

This is a recipe that requires time for proving so allow yourself enough time.

Naan

INGREDIENTS

350g all-purpose flour

1tbsp butter, melted

10g instant yeast

1tsp baking powder

75g natural unsweetened yoghurt

60 -75ml milk

Couple of tablespoons of warm water

Salt to taste

Nigella seeds, garlic flakes to sprinkle

Melted butter to brush on cooked naan

METHOD

Sieve flour with salt and baking powder. Rub in the melted butter. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast, yoghurt and milk to make a dough. Knead for 5-6 minutes. I used the stand mixer for the kneading process.

Grease a bowl and place dough ball in the bowl. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and leave to rise until double in size. This can take a two to three hours.

Preheat oven to 235 degrees Celsius. Place two large baking trays in the oven so they are pre heated too.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Work one at a time while you keep the rest covered to prevent drying out. Generously dust a work bench with flour and using your palm and knuckles shape each dough into a tear shaped naan. Place shaped naan on the back of the preheated oven tray. Sprinkle with nigella seeds or garlic flakes. Repeat with remaining dough.

Naan with dhal makhani

 Place in oven for 8-10 minutes. Brush with melted butter and serve immediately. I served mine with dhal makhani.

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