Indian style naan is a staple in south Asian and Arab countries and is usually eaten with curries. It is different from roti, which is another type of bread, because rotis are usually made of whole-wheat flour and naans are made of all-purpose flour. Naans can be made in many ways with different fillings and toppings. For example, vegetables like potatoes and cauliflower can be used as filling mixed with spices. In addition, minced meat and chicken are used as delicious fillings and herbs like mint and cilantro are used for toppings along with butter for mouth watering Indian style naan bread.
To learn how to make Indian style naan bread, you will need one and a half cups of all-purpose flour to make ten to twelve naans. Other ingredients needed are one packet of yeast, one tablespoon of sugar, three- fourth cup warm water, salt to taste, one fourth cup oil or clarified butter and 4 teaspoons yogurt.
To prepare the naans, add the sugar and yeast to three fourth cup of warm water so that the yeast can become active. Let it sit for five to ten minutes covered with a wet paper towel until the yeast dissolves and becomes frothy.
To make the dough for the naan bread, combine the all purpose flour and salt in a bowl big enough to knead it. Add the yogurt, oil or clarified butter, and yeast and knead for six to seven minutes to form a soft dough. Cover this bowl with a warm wet paper towel so that the dough remains moist and can rise. Place this bowl in a warm place for about an hour until it rises and has almost doubled.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When the dough has risen, pour a little oil over the whole dough to cover. This makes it easy to pull out the dough and divide into ten to twelve pieces. Using your palms, make the pieces into rounds and roll it on a floured surface with a rolling pin. Place the rolled out naans on a greased cookie sheet or foil. Cook for five minutes then brush with butter and let it cook until the naan bread is slightly brown and has risen a little. Indian style naan bread is best when served hot with curry or dipping sauces. You can also make these beforehand and freeze, when you want to use them, pop them frozen into an oven or toaster oven.