Naan, an Indian flatbread, might be one of my all time favorite things. The buttery garlic naan at the restaurants is perfect. Recently I have been on a mission to find naan in stores for a good price. I have checked the international stores, the regular grocery stores, and the farmer’s market. They either don’t carry it or 2 pieces are $4.99 (which is just ridiculous!) I knew if I wanted to keep enjoying my beloved naan I had to make my own.
Apart from using my bread maker I’m not big on bread baking. I was nervous how my attempt would turn out, but it actually came out very delicious. I couldn’t get my pieces quite as big as what you would buy in the store, but for a fraction of the price and a recipe that yields about 15 pieces I am happy to keep making my own.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit 10 minutes until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. I added flour in ½ cup increments and ended up using about 3 ½ cups. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, until smooth.
- Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour.
- Punch down dough, knead in garlic. Pinch of small pieces of dough, about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Cover with dry towel and allow to rise about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- Roll (or use hands to flatten like pizza dough) each piece of dough into a thin circle. Brush each side of dough lightly with butter and grill 2-3 minutes per side.