N is for Naan bread

Usually, I am pretty good in choosing a healthy whole wheat roti or chapati when I eat out, but occasionally I like to indulge in these pillowy, white and inviting naans.

They are perfect for soaking up curries and daals, but if, like me, you can’t resist fresh, hot bread, these are equally delicious to munch on their own with a smidgen of melting butter.

I’ve always wanted to try these at home but I thought I needed a special clay oven to do that. Noted chef Anjum Anand has dispelled that myth with her recipe for Instant Naans, replicated here. Take a bow, Anjum, you’ve certainly made my day.

This makes 6 medium sized naans.

Ingredients:

300 grams plain flour, extra for dusting

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda bicarb

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

4 tablespoons milk

4 tablespoons plain yoghurt

85-90 mls of water

15-20 grams melted butter, extra for brushing over the naans

Hot buttered naan

Hot buttered naan

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas 9 (475 F), higher , if your oven permits. I know, these are almost furnace temperatures we’re talking about!

2. Place a baking tray in the oven to preheat.

3. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add in the wet ingredients and the water.

4. Mix well with your hands and knead to a smooth dough.

5. Roll out the naans about 3/4 cm thick, using more flour, if required.

6. Place 2-3 naans on the hot baking sheet.  (I did this in 3 batches of 2 each).

7. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the upper surface is dotted with crispy brown spots.

8. Remove from the oven and brush with the extra butter.

9. Serve hot.

Hot, pillowy and very satisfying

Hot, pillowy and very satisfying

 

A satisfied belly and a happy soul – what more could you ask for?

Notes:

1. Keep a couple of plates handy. One to keep the rolled out naans and the other to transfer the hot naans.

2. Keep a pair of oven gloves and tongs handy. These can help you work efficiently and safely. That’s a very hot oven!

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22 Responses to N is for Naan bread

  1. obsessivemom says:

    Ooh that nan looks tempting. I too avoid it for it’s refined flour. I should try it though for the kids.

  2. S(t)ri says:

    My mom will love this!!! I will ask her to try it for me!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

  3. nabanita says:

    I want to have butter naan and butter chicken after reading this!!

    N for Nauseated-Random Thoughts Naba

  4. sunila says:

    yum-yum, so inviting so spongy, each post I see of yours I wish I lived close to you 😀

  5. elixired says:

    I love cooking and I have bookmarked this page… yummmm!!! 😀

  6. Finley Jayne says:

    This sounds delicious, may have to try it 🙂 Great post for the letter ‘N’!

    Finley Jayne
    http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com/

  7. catchats says:

    MMMM, I just adore Naan bread when we go out to an Indian restaurant. Thanks for giving us the recipe to try making it in the oven. I’d love to try that. Now to figure out conversions to my Canadian way of doing it as I am a real mixture of half metric/half imperial which can be so confusing. Thanks for converting your Gas number to the Fahrenheit. I find all the differences in recipes from country to country so fascinating and mysterious. I like reading recipe books in the book store but get confused if things are in grams and mls and if ingredients have funny names like castor sugar. But then we use metric for stuff like road mileage and use kilometres and we use centigrade for weather temps but not for cooking where we use Fahrenheit. Confused yet? I know I am but it doesn’t take much, believe me!

    http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2014/04/n-is-for-now.html

    • Cathy, this recipe has been adapted for home baking so the naans will taste a bit different to the restaurant versions. However, I think the oven version works equally well and if I have the option of home made naans, I’ll take it any day. 🙂
      My measurement systems are a bit muddled too, growing up in India with centigrade, gas temperatures in the UK and following American recipes. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. elzbthc says:

    I will try this. I am surprised that these are baked in the oven. As I am in the US, I will have to work out the conversions.

  9. Eli says:

    Yeeeees! This one I will do even before we come to May! Was searching for a good NAn – bread recipe and people kept telling me that it is not possible to make good nan breads at home… HAH! – I’m gonna make these and serve them to those people:-) Looks very tasty:- )

    • Thanks, ELi. This is slightly different from the version you get in restaurants as it has been adapted to suit oven baking. But I think it’s a very good recipe nonetheless. Enjoy and do please let me know what you think of it.

  10. Carol Graham says:

    I have never put yogurt in my Naan — what does it do?

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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