Making Naan Bread

Naan bread is a delicious Indian bread that is served with curry, shish kabobs, and other meals. It is very easy to make, and takes just a few minutes to assemble. Here's how to make Naan bread:

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon oil or melted ghee (clarified butter)
  • Fresh sprigs of cilantro, for garnish
  • Large bowl
  • Sifter
  • Small bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Clean dish towel
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 cookie sheets
  1. Sift the dry ingredients. Into a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients in preparation for mixing with the wet ingredients.
  2. Prepare the wet ingredients. In a small bowl, beat one egg, and then mix with 1 1/2 cups warm water. Pour this mixture into the well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix the dough. Mix the ingredients together until they form a heavy dough. Shape the dough into a ball. Soak a clean dish towel in hot water, wring the towel out, and cover the bowl with it. Let the dough sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough. At the end of 20 minutes, brush melted ghee or oil onto a countertop or another flat surface. Ghee is clarified butter; it is traditionally used in many Indian dishes. Then flatten the dough with a rolling pin. Finally, shape the dough into 10 equal balls.
  5. Let the dough rise. Cover the dough again with a wet dish towel, and let rise for 1 hour. While they are rising, preheat 2 cookie sheets in the oven at 450 degrees.
  6. Shape the naan bread. Roll the dough balls into teardrop shapes, about 1/8" thick. Grease the cookie sheets with oil or ghee, and arrange the naan bread on the sheets.
  7. Bake the naan bread. Bake at 450 degrees for 5-6 minutes. They will be slightly puffy, and will turn golden brown. When done, brush with ghee or oil, and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately, while still hot. If you must wait to serve them, wrap the finished Naan bread in foil to keep it hot.

There are many variations on this traditional bread. You can sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds over the dough before baking, or add a little garlic to the oil to serve the naan with pasta. Naan is a traditional Indian bread that goes great with many different meals, including chicken dishes or with hummus.


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