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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Homemade Naan

Bread.  I don't know how you people feel, but I would definitely take bread over chocolate any day.  I love the scene in America's Sweethearts (probably the only redeeming scene in that vapid little flick) where Julia Roberts talks about dreaming of bread.

This naan is lovely, and EASY.  If you have an electric stove, just flip it for the second cooking.  No need to start a fire.  Enjoy with grilled indian chicken and tomato yogurt sauce.

Homemade Naan
adapted from Indian Simmer

2 cups all purpose flour or wheat flour
1/2 cup of warm milk
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Now mix milk and yogurt together and pour half of it into the well and slowly combine it together.
The dough should be soft enough for you to be able to dig your finger into it without applying any pressure. If dough sticks to hand too much then use little bit of oil on hand and then punch into the dough.

Cover with damp cloth and let it sit in a warm place for at least 2 hours.  Or skip this part if you are really pressed for time.

After a few hours, dust your working board, take out the dough and knead it for about 2-3 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 smaller balls.

Dust the board again and flatten the balls to make bread which is a little thick and elongated.

Now sprinkle one side of the bread with any of the following:  cumin, minced garlic, chopped cilantro or butter naans.
Brush the other side with water.
Heat a thick bottom skillet or a wok or any heavy bottom pan with a lid. Once its nicely hot place the naan wet side down which would stick and cover it with a lid.

Let it cook for about 30 secs or until you see bubbles on it.  Now cook the other side of the naan over direct flame of the burner with the help of tongs. When you see some charred brown spots then you know that the naan is done.

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