Thursday, February 4, 2010

Garlic Naan

Naan is a North Indian bread, traditionally made in a tandor oven (Indian clay oven). Naans are very popular in America throughout Indian restaurants.  Even though it is hard to achieve similar results without a tandor oven, I think this recipe is close. 

This is a richer bread than the original naan recipe. The addition of egg to the dough makes it silky smooth.

Yield 8 - 10 pieces
• 1 teaspoon yeast
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• ¼ cup milk, warmed to 110ยบ F
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• 1/3 cup yogurt
• 2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil

• ¼ cup ghee
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro/coriander

Add yeast, sugar and milk to a bowl. Stir and set aside for 5 - 10 minutes to activate yeast. Add flour, salt, egg, yogurt and ghee or oil to yeast mixture. Knead for 5 minutes until dough is smooth and silky.
Brush a large bowl with oil and transfer dough to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Let it rest for 2 - 3 hours. This allows the yeast to ferment and makes the dough rise to double its size. You can also refrigerate the dough for a day at this point.
Meanwhile, make the topping. Warm the ghee in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cilantro. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 10 - 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 8 - 10 balls. Let them rise again for ½ an hour. Set the metal rack in the oven 5 - 6 inches below the heating element. Preheat oven to broiler at high temperature.
Roll out each ball into 6 - 7 inch circles. Transfer 2 - 3 circles at a time onto a baking sheet. Place them under the broiler. Broil until bread puffs up and acquires a few golden spots. It takes about ½ - 1 minute. Carefully using the spatula, turn the bread and cook for another 1 - 1 ½ minutes. Remove bread from the oven and baste with topping. Transfer naans to a platter and cover them with foil or a clean kitchen towel. Proceed with the remaining dough. Serve warm with any curry with gravy or with soup.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. It sounds wonderful. I enjoy learning about foods from other countries, and I don't know that much about Indian food. I'm so glad that you joined with us and hope you'll be back on future Foodie Fridays.

    Speaking of which...

    Happy Foodie Friday!


    Sheila :-)

  2. We love Indian food and naan. My husband just spotted some in a local supermarket, but it was very expensive for a small quantity. Now I can try this recipe and surprise him. Thank you so much for sharing this :)

  3. I love naan -- thanks for a recipe so I can try making it at home!

  4. Yum on the garlic addition. Very tasty!


  5. This is my FAVORITE bread of all times! Thank you SO much for your recipe. I will be sure to try it...