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What can I put together tonight that’s EASY? What is a light and fun dinner? Something simple I can quickly whip up and have the family crowding in the kitchen, but it won’t take a decade to cook.
Standing there, staring into the fridge, an idea popped in my head, or rather a memory, and there I was grinning. I have long wanted to make Naan (flatbread). There is no Indian bread (or Asian for that matter) that is more famous than it. Soft and delicious, Naan will always put a smile on my face and remind me of the trip to India I made with my good friend Yifat
Food in India has its own time, waiting for dinner for about three hours was part of the experience (we would bring cards and play), we would always order Garlic Naan, oh and when it came, it would come hot and fresh, and it was so so mind-bogglingly delicious!
Naan is like pita, yet softer and most of the time, larger. It is found in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and course India, where they bake it in a tandoori oven (we’ll be making it in a pan!), place toppings (the options!), and serve it warm and heavenly for stuffed, for dipping and of course, mopping up the gravy in Indian dishes (curry YUM!).
A dinner staple in many households, and now yours: no physical distance will keep you from the Indian experience and your new go-to bread recipe!
Why this Homemade Naan Bread Recipe is A MUST-try:
- Makes for a light and fun dinner!
- No hard-to-come-by ingredients – simplest Naan you’ll ever make.
- It can be made with 50% whole-wheat or spelt flour.
- Made by hand – no stand mixer needed!
- Pretty quick – save for the rising time – and how rewarding once you taste!
- Top with anything you feel like, Unlimited options!
- Big batch? Freeze it up and enjoy yummy Naan all month long!
- Tandoor? Earthen oven? No sir. Make it right in your pan at home!
- Serve this delicious bread hot, with popular staples like tandoori chicken or all kinds of kebabs.
- Still not sold? Pair with your favorite homemade shawarma or Indian curry (with extra gravy). Mind = Blown.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE Naan Bread
In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and water and allow it to rest for two minutes.
Stir in oil, yogurt, and egg, then add the spices.
Mix together 1 cup of flour and salt in a medium bowl.
By gradually adding the liquid bowl to the flour bowl and mixing, you can merge the two bowls.
Once you get a smooth and stretchy dough ball that holds its shape, you can add the remaining flour and knead it with your hands for about 3 minutes.
Wrap the dough in a towel and allow it to rise for about an hour (or until its volume has doubled).
Roll each dough ball into a circle after dividing it into 8 balls.
Place the nan (the circle dough) in the pan, add the Za’atar and Oregano, and cook for a few minutes.
Then flip it once bubbles appear, and continue cooking until the other side is done. Keep going until all the dough balls are cooked.
If using parsley, sprinkle over warm pasta.
Easy Homemade Naan Bread Recipe
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ½ cup warm water
- 3 cups flour (recommended 50% 50% Whole wheat flour/Spelt flour)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup canola oil (or any vegetable oil)
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons Za’atar or fresh chopped Oregano (recommended, additional ideas above)
- In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let stand for two minutes.
- Once the oil, yogurt, and egg are added, stir well
- Mix 1 cup of flour with 1 teaspoon salt in a separate medium bowl.
- By gradually adding the liquid bowl to the flour bowl and mixing, you can merge the two bowls.
- Knead the dough for about 3 minutes using the rest of the flour, Work on the dough until it is smooth and elastic (the dough should hold its shape).
- The dough should be allowed to rise in a bowl covered with a towel for about an hour (or until it doubles in size. (hint: the warmer the place, the faster it will rise).
- Make a rectangle out of our dough by placing flour on the surface and shaping it (add more flour if needed to prevent it from sticking).
- Make 8 equal portions of the dough.
- Cast iron skillets or skillets with heavy nonstick surfaces should be heated and rolled into circles.
- Pour a little olive oil in the pan, place the circle of dough, add Za'atar/fresh Oregano (chopped), During the cooking process, flip the pancake when bubbles appear, and cook the other side for about a minute. Make sure to cook all the dough balls.
- If using, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot.
- Making the dough ahead of time and storing it in the refrigerator is possible.
- Do not overmix the dough. You should knead the dough until it feels soft and slightly tacky. You can add a little extra flour to keep it from sticking to surfaces and your hands.
- By baking the naan in the oven, you will save time in the preparation process: Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease lightly. Place dough balls without touching each other, brush with melted butter, and cook until the naan puffs out and gets a light brown color (8+ minutes). Turn it over and continue cooking.
- If you haven’t made them yet, should you? Heat in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil for approximately 10 minutes (or until hot) and serve at dinner! Store in a Ziploc bag (up to 3 days).
- The Naan can be frozen for up to three months. After the pieces have cooled completely, wrap each separately in plastic wrap and put them in a plastic bag before freezing.
more Recipe Variations:
Tried and tested fun Ideas straight from our fans
- Do you not have Za’atar or thyme? Use 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro instead.
- Would you like some extra flavoring? A hint of licorice flavor can be achieved with anise seeds, or a subtle onion flavor can be achieved with nigella seeds, and as always, sesame seeds (black or white) can raise any bread to a whole new level.
- Naan Bread, mini-naans, and even folded flatbreads for stuffing can all be made with the same wonderful dough (Naan Bread).
- Brush it with garlic butter for even more flavor! Garlic cloves, pressed or minced finely, should be added along with wet ingredients to the dough.
- You can add some sesame oil to add some extra nuttiness; it slowly develops on your taste buds after eating, in a good way!
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