Naan – Indian Flat Bread

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I love Indian food, I think I’ve said that before. Like a lot. I always gorge myself and end up feeling like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka after she eats the accursed gum.

I promised that I would share this recipe with the Apricot Chicken Masala post

We eat Indian food a lot a home. And while I feel like I can make a decent curry or a tikka masala, I have always felt like the flat bread has alluded me. I’ve made a lot of naan bread and it’s been fine, but never tasted like it does in a restaurant. I’ve tried grilling it, using a skillet and cooking it on a pizza stone. But it just was never quite there.

UNTIL NOW!!!

The revelation came to me while watching a documentary called Cooked on Netflix (which was amazing BTW, you should watch it!) Anyway, there was a snippet about 1.5 seconds long that caught my eye. An Indian woman was making flat bread. And I noticed that she pulled the pan off the stove and threw the already cooked flat bread directly on the flame. Seriously 1.5 seconds.

As Gru would say, “Lightbulb!”

Indian flat bread always has a little char flavor to it. The stuff I cooked on the stove top or pizza stone didn’t have that little char. And when I cooked it on the grill, it still wasn’t quite right.

This recipe is technically a naan recipe (leavened) using a chapati technique.

The recipe is secondary here, actually. I bet you could use almost any recipe and it would be fine. But the technique is the clincher.

 

First roll out a ping pong size ball of dough using a good amount of  flour so it doesn’t stick.

naan indian flatbread

You want it to be very thin when you’re done.naan indian flatbread

Now pat of any excess flour and throw it onto a preheated skillet. It will cook quickly because it is so thin. Flip it over and let the other side cook for 20-30 seconds.

naan flatbread

 

Here comes the magic part. Remove the pan, or use a different burner and toss the flat bread directly onto the grate above the burner. Let it sit for 5 or so seconds, then flip it over to the other side. It will puff up all magic-like.

naan flatbread

naan indian flatbread

Keep going until you have a beautiful pile of naan. Then savor it with your favorite Indian dish.

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Naan – Indian Flat Bread

Naan – Indian Flat Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cup bread flour

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, proof yeast and sugar in 1 cup warm water until yeast starts to bubble and foam. Add egg, milk, salt and enough flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Knead until dough is smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Dough should be soft and tacky, but not sticky. Turn out onto counter top and knead into a ball. Place in large bowl and cover. Allow to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from bowl and separate into ping pong ball sized dough balls. Roll out each dough ball with a generous amount of flour into a very thin disc.
  4. Place on a skillet over high heat. Cook on each side for about 30 seconds. Then, remove the skillet place cooked flatbread directly over the flame for 5-10 seconds.
  5. Continue with rest of the dough balls.
  6. Serve with your favorite curry or Indian dish.
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