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Naan Bread


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"Naan is a Indian and Egyptian bread that can be followed back over 2,500 years and of course variations inspired by naan developed in most cuisines."

Serves 6 Naans | Prep Time 30 Mins | Cook Time 20 Mins

Why I Love This Recipe

I love naan bread because of its simplistic yet delicious recipe that will guaranteed to elevate any curry dish you pair it with.


Ingredients You'll Need

cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife, plus more for rolling (see note)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon instant dry yeast/rapid-rise yeast (see note)
1 teaspoon salt
Heaping ½ teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup warm water (about 100°F)
2 tablespoons melted salted butter, for brushing on finished naans
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley (optional), for serving


Directions

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and if you are using the anise mix that in also. Then set aside for later use.


In a medium bowl, whisk together, the yogurt, olive oil, and ¾ cup warm water (about 100°F). Add the yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, dust your hands with flour and knead gently into a soft, slightly sticky dough (sprinkle more flour, little by little, if the dough is too wet to work with). As soon as it comes together, stop kneading.


Lightly oil or spray a clean bowl with nonstick cooking spray (the bowl should be large enough to allow the dough to double in size). Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Let sit in a warm place for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until about doubled in size (hint: the warmer the spot, the faster the dough will rise).


Fill a small bowl with about ½ cup flour. Dust a work surface with some of the flour and dump the dough on top. Sprinkle some of the flour on top of the dough and on your hands. Shape the dough into a long rectangle and cut into 6 equal portions, dusting with more flour as necessary so the dough doesn't stick. Roll each portion of dough in the bowl of flour to keep them from sticking.


Warm a large cast iron or heavy nonstick pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Using a rolling pin, roll one of the dough balls into an oval shape about ⅛-inch thick (it should be about 9 x 4 inches). Pick up the dough and flip-flop it back and forth between your hands to release any excess flour; then gently lay the dough in the dry skillet and cook until the top is bursting with air bubbles and the bottom is golden and blackened in spots, a few minutes. Flip the naan and cook about 1-2 minutes more until the the bottom is lightly browned and blistered in spots. Remove the naan from the skillet and brush with melted butter. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining naans, adjusting the heat lower if necessary as you go (I usually find it necessary to lower the heat to medium after the first naan). Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve warm.
To keep the cooked naan warm, place them in a 200°F oven. Store leftovers in a Ziplock bag and reheat in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil.


Pairs Well With

Nothing better then naan bread dipped in olive oil or on the side of a curry dish like buttered chicken.


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