Growing up in Michigan, I had never tried Indian food; I am not sure why, but I think it had something to do with growing up in a place that didn’t have much diversity when it came to food. Once I moved to California, I started trying all kinds of cuisines, and I started an intense love affair with Indian food. One of my first loves was naan- the perfect Indian bread is warm, soft, dipable, truly the best. I seriously loved it so much, I would seek out Indian lunch just so I could order my favorite, tikka masala, and scoop up the delicious sauce with the naan. So yum. Over the years, I have moved all over, but I have never quit my affair with Indian food. When I found out I could actually make my own naan at home, I was astonished. I’m not sure why, but this totally blew my mind. Then I made it for the first time, and it was so so easy, I knew my love affair with Homemade Naan would continue forever.
Before I bought my Stand Mixer, I had never attempted to make ANY kind of bread – too intimidating. Then, after I bought the stand mixer, it seemed a lot less intimidating because it pretty much does all the work for you. Well, making naan, you don’t need any type of mixer – just your hands. I know, I know, it sounds difficult, but it’s not. To prove how easy it is, I let 2 kids help me make it, and didn’t even wince when they were ‘kneading’ it…but not really kneading it, if you know what I mean. This is pretty much a no fail recipe. It takes very little time, and it is SO cost efficient. Have you ever purchased those popular Stonefire Naan from the store? They are like, $3 for 2 breads!!! You can make this recipe for like $1 total, AND it makes like 8 breads!!!! It’s amazing.
Please don’t be intimidated by this recipe – try it, I PROMISE you it’s super easy. These naan’s are not only delicious for dipping into yummy indian foods, but they are also great for making homemade pizzas, sandwiches (think pita or panini types), wraps, breakfast wraps..the options are endless! Omg, another delicious idea – warm them a bit and make a dessert naan, peanut butter and nutella!!! That would be amazing. For more inspiration, scroll to the bottom of this post!
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- nonstick spray
1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Stir quickly to dissolve; set aside for a few minutes until it's foamy on top. Then stir in oil, yogurt, and the egg until evenly combined.
2. In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of flour and the salt, stir to combine. Add the bowl of wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Continue adding flour a half cup at a time until you can no longer stir it with a spoon (about 1 to 1.5 cups later).
3. Turn the ball of dough out onto a well floured countertop; knead the ball of dough for about 3 minutes, adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking (I ended up using about 3 cups of flour total). The dough should be smooth and very soft but not sticky.
4. Place dough on a plate and loosely cover the dough with a slightly damp clean kitchen towel. Let it rise for about 45 minutes, or until about doubled in size.
5. After it rises, gently flatten the dough and cut it into 8 equal pieces (think pizza slices). Shape each piece into a small ball by stretching the dough back under itself until the top is smooth and round; set aside.
6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray liberally with non-stick spray. Working with one ball at a time, roll it out until it is about ¼ inch thick or approximately 6 inches in diameter (it will seem very thin). Place the rolled out dough onto the hot skillet and cook until the underside is golden brown and large bubbles have formed on the top surface. Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Serve plain or brushed with melted butter and garlic.
Makes 8 naan
Recipe adapted from The Novice Chef.
Here are some awesome ways to use your Homemade Naan (click on photo for recipe)!
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