Like everyone else who’s tried it, I absolutely love the Naan, Indian flatbread sold in two-packs at the grocery store for a ridiculous price. So when I made Naan Bread at home with four ingredients in a rather short time, I felt very cheated. (But also very glad that I never will be again!) Here’s how to bake Naan Bread yourself:
Quick and easy recipe to Bake Your Own Naan Bread
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Stir in yogurt.
- Knead in bowl so that it all mixes well, then turn onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Add flour to hands and surface as needed to reduce stickiness.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl and let sit for one hour (letting it rest is supposed to help with the gooeyness).
- Set oven on broil.
- Divide dough into 10 pieces.
- Roll each into a ball, flatten, and then on a floured surface flatten with rolling pin to 1/4 thick, and roughly 8-10 inches long. It ends up being just a tad smaller than the store bought naan.
- There’s 2 parts to cooking this. First, toss it in the frying pan over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. There will be brown spots and a couple bubbles.
- Second, take the naan from the pan and put it in the oven, directly on the rack for just a minute or two. This will make it puff up.
- And, you’re done! Serve as-is, or brush with butter.
Suggestions and Tips for Baking Your Own Naan Bread:
Add one or more of these spices to your dough: chopped garlic, fennel, cumin, coriander, cloves. (The peppercorn or rosemary on sale at Mountain Rose Herbs may be good!)
Use as a base for pizza and cover it in your favorite toppings.
If your naan ends up thicker, and a bit chewier, it tastes very much like the frybread served at Native American powwows (but is a bit easier to make). Top with chili beans (or this delicious homemade chili), cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions for an “Indian taco”. Or turn it into a dessert bread with honey and cinnamon. For these, I would recommend that when you go to flatten the dough, keep it at least 1/2 inch thick.
Make sandwiches or hamburgers with naan instead of loaf bread or buns.
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