Making Naan The Easy Way

published by Miguel Robertson on Apr 28, 2010

This is a very simple and easy naan recipe for the american household. It produces a great result that is good by itself with ghee or as an amazing sandwich wrapper. It’s like making pancakes, quick and easy on the frying pan. An excellent way to enjoy fresh bread all the time. It is not authentic, but cheap, easy and tasty. You can impress your friends with this one.

Naan has become popular in the western household lately, it is easy to make but not all of us have a tandoor, or even a pizza stone. Here I will show you how to make due without these and produce excellent naan that is tasty and flexible for sandwich making. 

Naan traditionally contains yogurt and eggs, amongst the typical bread ingredients. This recipe only contains milk, which has a similar effect to yogurt on the consistency(makes it flexible, chewy). I always use a bread machine to mix and rise the dough, but this is not necessary. This recipe is so simple, it is a real testimony to the power of care in preparation. The ingredients are bland and simple, yet the results are delicious and amazing for sandwiches. 

Use a bread machine on dough setting or mix by hand:

  • 3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t instant yeast
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 1/2 C warm milk
  • a little oil or butter, about a tsp
  • You want to rise this dough until it is about doubled, then you can beat it down and knead it a little, forming balls which you can flour and roll out. You want to roll them out pretty thin, especially for this cooking method, only a few millimeters thick. 

    Make some ghee while the dough is rising. Its always suggested to add lots of garlic unless you have a good reason not to. 

    Heat up a frying pan to medium heat, grease it lightly with ghee, roll your dough out thin and brush it with water, slap it water side down on the frying pan and brush the top with ghee. let it cook a few minutes until it bubbles nice and is satisfactorily colored on the down side, then flip and cook for less time on the other side. serve.  

    The result is a soft and chewy, tasty fresh bread. I always eat them fresh and often make sandwiches with them. I will melt cheese onto them then add whatever else i like. Or i will just dip them in garlic ghee. I wrap a variety of sandwich fixings inside, a favorite is the BLT. Avocados are also an amazing thing to encase in this naan. You can make some really tasty burrito style sandwiches with these.

    They’re also good to eat with curry and other gooey foods. 

    While this recipe is not authentic, it works well and is cheap to make. It is amazing how well these simple ingredients can combine together. This is a great way to have fresh bread all the time, you can just keep some of the dough in the refrigerator for about 2 days and cook them as needed. The dough will start to taste like sour dough as it gets too old. 

    I hope you all enjoy this recipe, it is tasty and cheap, it has helped to keep me eating well during tough financial times. The best of luck to you all with this recipe, check back for more from me soon :)

    One Response so far | Have Your Say!

    1. # 1 by lonelyplanet
      December 8th, 2010 at 2:39 am #

      Wonderful post here home cooking

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