Naan

Experience the joy of making your own homemade naan, a popular Indian bread that's enjoyed worldwide. This recipe guides you in creating naan that is soft, fluffy, and slightly chewy with a beautiful golden crust that is simply irresistible. Infused optionally with minced garlic and brushed with melted butter, it brings an elevated taste that pairs perfectly with various Indian dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

Start by dissolving the yeast in warm water in a large bowl and let it stand for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy. Next, stir in the sugar, milk, beaten egg, and salt. Gradually add enough flour to form a soft  and slightly sticky dough. Knead it for 6-8 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place it in a well-oiled bowl, covering it with a damp cloth. Let it rise for an hour or until it has doubled in volume.

After the first rise, punch down the dough and knead in minced garlic if you’re using it. Shape small portions of the dough, roughly the size of a golf ball, and place them on a tray. Cover with a towel and let them rise for about 30 minutes, until they double in size.

Preheat your grill or griddle to high heat. Roll out each ball into a thin circle. Lightly oil the cooking surface before placing the rolled-out naan on it. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until it puffs up and attains a light brown hue. Enhance the flavor by brushing each side with melted butter as you cook it. Continue this process until all your naan breads are perfectly cooked. This recipe yields 4-5 servings, making it a great choice for family meals or small gatherings.

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