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Naan

Every time I prepare Indian food, I like to have naan around to complete the meal.  Until recently, I used to buy the packages from the store and heat them on the grill.  But I was never satisfied and neither should you.  Once you find the way, Naan is very easy to make and the results far superior to what you can buy in a package.  As an option, add garlic to the butter for additional flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-½ cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup butter

 Procedure

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the water and let stand about 10 minutes. Add the sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 8 minutes or until smooth. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour.
  2. Punch down dough. Break the dough into balls the size of a golf ball and roll between your hands until well rounded. Place on a tray and cover with a towel for 30 minutes.
  3. Naan is best cooked over charcoal but a gas grill can be made to do.  Light your charcoal, allow the flames do die until we have coals.
  4. Roll one ball of dough out into a circle. Place dough on grill, and cook for 1 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 one or two minutes.
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