Friday, March 18, 2011

Naan Bread

As promised, here is the Naan bread which accompanied the Chicken Tikka Masala Indian dinner from last week.  This is a very simple recipe and quite fun to make. The results were spectacular. Give yourself time though as it does take awhile to get through the rising processes and then rolling out and cooking each piece of bread.  It's well worth the effort!

Naan Bread

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.

2. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
3. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
4. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all are cooked.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes approximately 14.


KandN said...

Mmmm, Naan!
Thanks, S!
I always end up with a craving when I read your blog. :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I always wanted to make naan and chicken tikka masala. You're inspiring me to give it a try.