I absolutely love naan bead. I thought it would be time consuming and difficult to make in any authentic way, however I have found a recipe that is wonderfully simple and the results are spot on.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy
2 Add salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Knead dough on a floured workspace about 20 times and form into a tight ball. Put dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel.
3 Put in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes. Dough won't rise much, but it doesn't need to.
4 Turn dough out onto a floured workspace. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thick.
5 Grill naan pieces on a grill or electric griddle. In a pinch, a frying pan sprayed with some nonstick cooking spray will work. Grill for 1-2 minutes on each side.
I used the food processor from start to finish for mixing the dough.
This is what I did: Put the warm water, yeast and sugar into the processor, short pulse to mix, wait until foamy, add the flour and salt, mix until smooth and elastic.
A few notes:
- I needed to add around a half cup of flour as my dough was a little too wet
- If you use a food processor don't overmix as the dough can overheat causing the yeast to die off. This is easy to avoid though, you can do a few shorter sessions of mixing with a cool off period between each mix. My food processor was able to mix the dough to the correct stage without overheating, but it may depend on the processor. Of course you could kneed by hand.
- I used a dough blade which is slightly shorter than the regular blade.
- I left my dough to rise for quite a few hours (only because I had other things I had to do) so my dough had risen considerably, more than double , when it came to rolling it.
- As the naan came off the griddle I brushed them with a little melted garlic butter.
- I put the leftover cooked naan bread in the freezer to be reheated in the oven.
Some other ideas, season the dough with cumin or nigella seeds, top with sesame seeds, or herb butter (cilantro). You could use naan bread to make wraps, filled with leftovers maybe for lunch or a gorgeous salad and some garlicky yoghurt dressing!
Other healthy Indian recipes can be found here.