Naan Bread

As Soon as I make it Again i will make sure to not eat it so fast and take a picture.

I love bread making; and I love the cuisines of other countries. I wish I can tell you that i learned them by traveling to all this exotic places; but that wouldn't be true. My love is for my books and for reading, why do the people in that area eat or cook in certain ways, or with certain ingredients. I always try to put myself in the house of someone from the region, I try to think what they have in hand. I like to read about what the costumes are, in a very personal way.
With all great middle Eastern or Indian food, Naan Bread is serve accompanying dishes like Curries or meats. 
I leave you here with an exact transcript of Naan Bread from one of my books, "The Complete book of Bread and Bread Machines" from Hermes House. I am giving you the basic recipe, you can add variations, like adding spices or herbs.
I will add my comments at the end of the recipe, some little changes i have made or even cutting steps to make it easier. 


(Breads of India and Middle East)

From the Caucasus through the Punjab region  of northwest India and beyond, all serve these leavened breads. Traditionally cooked in a very hot clay oven known as a tandoor, naan are usually eaten with dry meat or vegetable dishes, such as tandoori.

2 Cups Bread Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 oz fresh yeast
4 Tbsp lukewarm milk
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp Plain Yogurt
1 Egg
2-3 Tbsp melted Ghee or Butter, for Brushing

  1. Sift flour and salt together into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, cream the yeast with the milk. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the yeast mixture, oil, yogurt and egg to the flour and mix to a soft dough.
  3. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Placed in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with lightly oiled clear film (plastic wrap) and leave to rise, in a warm place, for 45 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Preheat the oven to its highest settings, at least 450*F. Place Three heavy baking sheets in the oven to heat.
  5. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knock back (punch down). Divide into three and shape into balls.
  6. Cover two of the balls of dough with oiled clear film and roll out the third into a teardrop shape about 10 inches long and 5 inches wide and with a thickness of 1/4 inch.
  7. Preheat the grill (broiler) to its highest setting. Meanwhile, place the naan on the hot baking sheets and bake for 3 to 4 minute, or until puffed up.
  8. Remove the Naan Bread from the oven and place on the hot grill for a few seconds. or until the top of the naan brown slightly. Wrap the cooked naan in a dish towel to keep warm while rolling out and cooking the remaining naan. Brush with melted ghee or butter and serve warm.

My Comments

  • Change the fresh yeast to dry instant, divide amount of fresh yeast by 3 to convert into dry.
  • I like to use my Kitchen-Aid to make dough. And the first thing that i always do is to mix my yeast with the warm milk in the bowl i am going to use. I mix it nicely and let it stand for 5 minutes. then i gather my other ingredients except the ghee.  When my yeast is bubbly I add all of the gather ingredients into the bowl and mix for 5 minutes. Then I form into a bowl and place in a lightly oiled container and oiled the top as well. Cover with plastic wrap and wait until it doubled. Continue as recipe tells you.
  • Also this recipe makes large breads that are place on the table, they are torn by hand and share as a group. I love to make them small, by individual portions, but i like to keep the tear shape. If you make them round they will look like Pita Bread. 
  • Also I like to heat a pizza stone in the oven, and a well oiled griddle pan on the stove.
  • Now to explain a  bit , this bread is usually cooked in the Tandoor, that is a clay oven that looks like a cylinder, like the old fashioned planters. 
Image result for tandoor bread

  • My fun suggestion, find a clay stone at a hardware store, like home depot. Go to the Flooring department, find a flat clay slab.
  • Another Fun Suggestion, when you are camping, find a flat stone and heated in your fire pit , oil it and make your bread. 

Have Fun Cooking and Enjoy !!!


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