22 August, 2017

Naan

Posted in : Baking, Bread, Dinner, Diwali, North Indian, Party, Ramadan, Vegetarian on by : sujeesha Tags: , , , ,

Indian meal at a restaurant is not complete unless you have your generous dose of tandoor-cooked bread called “Naan”. Many of us think making naan at home is impossible without a clay oven, but believe me, oven range works just fine.

Two essential items that are needed to make the best naan at home (atleast for the spoilt me) are, a Pizza Stone and Kitchenaid stand mixer. I use my stand mixer to whip up the dough and it takes just 3 minutes in total.

Another pointer to remember is to pre-heat the oven with pizza stone in it for over 30 minutes at 500 degrees F because the stone has to be super hot. Lets dive into the recipe now.

Naan bread

By sujeesha Published: August 22, 2017

  • Yield: 6 (6 Servings)
  • Prep: 2 hrs 0 min
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Ready In: 2 hrs 30 mins

Indian meal at a restaurant is not complete unless you have your generous dose of tandoor-cooked bread called "Naan". Many of us think …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add yeast and sugar to 1/2 cup luke warm water and let rise for about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Dump flour, baking soda and salt into the stand mixer and mix for a few seconds until well combined.
  3. Add oil and yogurt to the flour and mix again for a few seconds until flour gets a crumbly texture.
  4. Texture is right when mixture holds up when you make a fist and crumbles when you tap on it.
  5. Now dump the bubbly yeast water into the mixture and mix up on low.
  6. Mixture will ball up to a soft dough. Don't worry if its a little sticky, fermentation will take care of it.
  7. Remove the dough from stand mixer and divide into 6 equal portions and roll them into balls.
  8. Keep them covered in a warm corner of the kitchen to rise until the dough doubles in size. About 2-4 hours depending on the environmental temperature in your region.
  9. My dough doubled up in less than 2 hours, thanks to Los Angeles summer 🙂
  10. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F with the pizza stone in the middle rack for over 30 minutes. :- Tandoor oven is 800 degrees F, so we need our oven at the max temperature possible.
  11. Meanwhile, chop up the garlic and jalapeños if using. I add some cilantro as well 🙂
  12. Now, its time to roll out our delicious naans: Pick one ball of dough, knead for a few seconds and then roll it out using a rolling pin on a floured surface. Pick up the flattened dough and pull at the corner and place on the pizza stone. Repeat for a couple of more of the dough balls and turn the oven up to broiler.
  13. :- Dont stretch out the dough too thin, or your naan wont fluff up. :- If using toppings, press them over the naan before placing it in the oven :- If you want to double the portions to make more servings, DO NOT double the amount of yeast. 1 tsp is good enough.
  14. Fluffy naan must be ready in about 3-5 minuted.
  15. Brush clarified butter on top of the golden naan and its ready to be devoured.
  16. If you do not have a stand mixer, not to worry. Follow the below process: - Sift flour, salt and baking soda into a large mixing bowl - drizzle oil and yoghurt. Mix well and rub the mixture between your palms to get a crumbly texture - Now add the yeast water and knead to make a soft dough. Dont worry if the dough becomes sticky, it will become after fermentation.
  17. If you do not have pizza stone: - I love my pizza stone. It gives my naan the real naan flavor. I would suggest you invest in one. I bought my 20x13.5 rectangular pizza stone for just under $25 on Amazon. However, if you don't have one, feel free to make your naan on a baking sheet.

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