How to make plain Naan bread

Naan is a leavened Indian bread. The agent for leavening the naan tends to vary across regions, such as yeast, sour dough or baking soda.

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It is ideal for accompanying dhal, curries and spicy foods. Since homemade bread is always the tastiest, making your own is a great way to accompany any at-home Indian meal. Follow these directions to make fresh, piping hot naan bread.

Ingredients; Serves 9

  • 150ml milk
  • 15g cube yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 500g all-purpose (plain) or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 150ml yogurt
  • 1 egg

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Steps to follow

Pour the milk into a saucepan.

Warm it over low heat. When lukewarm, transfer it to a bowl.

Crumble the yeast into the bowl of milk.

Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir well to combine. Set aside for a quarter of an hour. This will be sufficient time for the yeast to dissolve.

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.

Add the salt and baking powder and stir through.

Slowly add the remaining teaspoon of sugar, and the milk and yeast mixture, the oil, yogurt and egg. Mix to form a dough.

Knead the dough well.

When it is smooth and well formed, shape it into a ball. Cover and place aside in a warm place. Allow to rise for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 225ºC/425ºF.

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. (You could grease it instead, if preferred.)

Knead the risen dough.

Then divide it into nine even pieces and roll each piece into a ball.

Place the first ball onto a floured surface.

Using a rolling pin, roll the ball out flat. Repeat for all the other balls.

Place the flat bread on the prepared baking sheet or sheets.

Place straight into the center of the oven, as many as sensibly fit. (Do the baking in rounds.)

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

The naans are ready when they are slightly browned. Wrap baked naans in a fresh tea towel while baking the remaining ones.

Serve hot.

Naan goes well with dhal, curries and seasoned vegetable dishes.

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Here’s a list of things you are going to need

  • Saucepan
  • Small bowl for yeast preparation
  • Flour sifter
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing implement
  • Cover for the bowl (for example, a clean tea towel)
  • Baking sheet(s)
  • Parchment paper or a silicone sheet
  • Rolling pin

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