May 15, 2009

Naan



I cook so much Indian food you all must think I am Indian, lol. Well sorry to say but I am not. I just love the food and all the delightful flavors. I have tried making naan a few times and never had any luck. But today must have been my day because this recipe is the the key to good naan. The only thing I was sad about was that I did not make more.

3 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup warm water
Nigella (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)
Sunflower oil
Melted butter for brushing tops

1. Take all racks out from the oven but one and place it on the lowest rail, this will make it easier to work with the bread later. Pre-heat oven to 500 F.

2. Add some oil (about 3 tablespoons) to a large plate, sit aside. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt, blend. Add buttermilk, and mix persistently. You will still see quite a bit of dryness. Add water a little at a time, adding more until you get a sticky dough. Knead with your hands about 2 minutes, do not be tempted to add more flour although you can add some to your hands to make it easier to work with. Divide dough into 4 even balls; shape into about the same size as a hamburger bun. Place into oiled plate and wrap with plastic wrap. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, place a baking stone, unglazed tile or cookie sheet in the oven to get hot before use. With hands, evenly make dough into round shape about 7 inches by 7 inches. Sprinkle seeds onto bread at this time, carefully pressing into dough with fingers. Open oven and carefully place bread onto hot stone/sheet. You will see bubbles arising, this is the correct method. Naan will take about 10 minutes to fully cook; you will see top starting to get golden when finished. Brush butter atop naan when finished then cover with a towel to keep warm.

Yields: 4 servings

1 fabulous comments:

meeso said...

Hehehe, I make tons of it too! How can a person resist, It's an amazing cuisine :)