9.23.2010

Naan at home-easier that it should be


And I don't even have a tandoori, yet. One of the things I have been missing in our year of not eating out has been Indian food. Oh I miss samosas, vinadaloo but I really really MISS naan. The other day the potato lentil was cooking away happily when I saw my bread was done rising. I got one of those blinding flashes of brilliance when I then spotted the mega griddle ready to head back to it's hiding spot after making 30+pancakes for the week's breakfast. They collided in my head I think I even whispered "naan". It took me about two seconds to pull that baby out and start heating it back up for an experiment.

What a happy lucky little experiment it was! I actually got them all made in less than 15 minutes, once the dough was done rising. You'll need a clean plate to press them out on or a really clean counter, wrong time of year for me on the really clean counter (screen doors, down flies not dead=unclean)

Best Homemade Bread-- makes 2 loaves
in a KitchenAid fitted with a dough hook
add 2 cups flour, 1 Tablespoon SAF yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt
pulse to mix for a bit
add 1 1/2 cups warm water
run to incorporate water, stop and scrape down sides
add 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
run again until all in incorporated, you may need to scrape it down again
now start adding flour 1/2 cup at a time
let it incorporate before adding more flour
as it becomes dough you need to turn it off and check on it if it is still sticky keep adding flour
I usually end up adding between 2 to 3 more cups and sometimes as much as 4 cups, depends on the day, the humidity and if I added a little too much water
once it has taken as much as it will, you'll be able to tell this because it will incorporate less easily and the dough will not be too sticky, let the machine knead it for 5 more minutes or so
when it is done it will climb the dough hook and drop back down repeatedly, or at least that's when I call it done, it should be smooth, moderately stiff and not sticky
turn it out into a greased bowl, flip to grease, cover with a warm damp towel and let rise in a warm place
when it is doubled in size pre-heat the griddle to around 400˚ that's as high as mine goes
let it warm up and swipe it with a stick of butter
tear off a piece of the dough and press it flat on the plate
stretching and flattening to a circle-ish shape--not necessary!!
once it's as flat as possible pull it off the plate stretching as you go
flop it on the griddle and start over again
when one side is browned in spots flip it and cook the other side
while that side cooks swipe the butter over the side you already cooked
remove to a platter and keep warm by covering with a dish towel
repeat until all the dough is used up and your family comes sniffing around for lunch

Make this your recipe, make garlic naan or cheese nan or use extra salt or sugar have fun with it! We ate leftovers with more potato dal and what a satisfying lunch! They reheated really well in a small skillet.




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11 comments:

  1. I love this idea Laura! I've never made naan either, but I love the blistery bits of dark in your picture! Thanks for sharing w/ Friday firsts!

    My name suggestion for cat (which I tweeted to you instead of replying for some odd reason) is Desperado.

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  2. I've always wanted to make that myself, it's one of my favorites. I think I've just been inspired :-)
    Came by to grab your Just Another Meatless Monday badge for my blog. Hope you'll come play along on my Tailgating Time tomorrow at noon. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I figured you would be cooking these in your outdoor oven.

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  4. looks great, and easy too. Thanks so much, sometimes all it takes is someone to show us how easy a food is to prepare.

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  5. Hi Laura, I love those flashes of brilliance in the kitchen when EVERYTHING comes together and all seems possible. I actually made clabbered mozzarella that way last week and it felt STUPENDOUS! I also adore naan and have yet to make it cause I was a bit overwhelmed by the whole tandoor thing! Glad to know you can make it this way! Thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop and blessings on your new baby kitty! Alex@amoderatelife

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  6. Okay, naan is taunting me from afar lately. It's on my list of things to make soon...I've yet to try it...and this pretty much seals the deal. It's so tempting! Thank you for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop this week, Laura =)

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  7. I'm a celiac, and I've gotta say that when I go to a good Indian resto, naan is one of the few wheaty things that still tempts me. I'd love to have some made at home. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    I'm terrible at naming cats. I wanted to call one of my cats Chinook, but then I knew he's end up being called Nookie, which is a wee bit too embarassing to be shouting out loud.

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  8. Laura,
    ah, brilliance strikes! I think naan must be on my short list of food to try and make -
    I say call the kitten Fred, that is what we named our cats growing up - girl, boy didn't matter.
    Thanks for linking this to the hearth and soul hop!

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  9. Great looking naan - I often use my griddle to make pizzas - works a treat.
    Sue

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  10. Hi Laura,
    I am linking this post to a "Best of the Blog Hop Linky Love". Thanks again for linking up!

    http://bit.ly/bf3TMB

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  11. Made these last night and combined them with another blogger's recipe:
    http://realmomkitchen.com/3030/rosemary-ranch-chicken-kabobs/

    Great pairing!

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