I’ve made Naan before or I should say I’ve tried making Naan before. It was not perfect so my search was still on for the best naan recipe. When the Blogging Marathon was announced for this month, I eagerly took the Bread baking as my first week’s theme indicating my passion for baking. I was little nervous about the outcome due to my previous not so perfect try. But this recipe that I got after an intense search is a definite winner with some minor modifications I made to the original recipe. If you would like to taste the best home made Naan then look no further, my kids and my husband were very impressed by the soft and tasty Naan. I served it with Koftas and it was just perfect!!! Here it goes for BM#15, Day 1…
Dry active yeast — 1 package
Sugar — 2 tsp
Salt — 1 tsp
Warm water (temp between 107 to 110)– 3/4 cup
All purpose flour — 2 1/2 cup
Ghee or Vegetable shortening — 1/4 cup (I used melted butter)
Vanilla flavored yogurt — 3 Tbsp (I used plan yogurt with a tsp of vanilla extract mixed with it)
Melted butter for brushing
1. Microwave water for 30 seconds. Check the temperature with a cooking thermometer for the correct temperature. Add sugar and yeast. Allow yeast to soften and stir until yeast is dissolved. Cover measuring cup with towel and allow yeast and water to froth for 5-10 minutes.
2. In another bowl, combine flour and salt. Add yeast water, yogurt, vanilla extract, ghee and knead for 5-10 minutes until a soft dough is formed. (Note: The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of flour measurement only, but I needed 2 1/2 cups of flour to get the correct dough. So start by adding 1 1/2 cups of flour and keep adding flour little by little until a soft dough is formed.)
3. Place dough in bowl coated with oil and turn dough around to evenly coat. Cover bowl with towel and allow to rise in a warm area for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled. (Note: I heated my oven under broil 550F for about a minute. Switched off the oven. Kept my bowl with the dough to rise in that warm oven.)
4. Preheat oven to 400F. Divide dough into 10-12 pieces and roll out on floured surface into circles. Place rolled out dough on greased cookie sheet or baking stone and brush with melted butter. I added some chopped garlic and cilantro for variation. Cook in oven for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and puffed up.As an alternative, you can set your oven under broil, and keep the cookie sheet and broil the Naan for 2-3 minutes. I liked the broiled naan more than the baked version.
5.Serve naan immediately or store in pantry or freezer. Enjoy!!!
Combine flour, salt, yogurt, vanilla extract and ghee. Add the proofed yeast and sugar mixture to the flour mixture. Knead well to form a soft dough (about 5-10 mins in hand).
Place the dough in well greased bowl. Coat evenly throughout the dough. Let it sit in warm area for 1 hour. The middle photo is taken after 40 minutes. The last photo is taken after an hour.
Divide the dough in to 10 equal parts. Roll the dough in to tear shaped and place it in a cookie sheet. Brush it well with melted butter and garnish with your choice of topping. Bake/broil in 400/550F oven for 8 or 3 minutes (depending on baking or broiling option). Enjoy!!!
To Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15 click here.
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