Friday, 21 June 2013

Naan (Indian Bread)

Naan ( Indian bread )

This Indian bread doesn't need any introduction .It's also very famous among westerners.Many a times when I talk to people in europe about Indian cuisine the first that occurs to most of them is this most delicious indian bread. Many of us think it's very complicated to make them but  actually not !!!. I would say it's much easier and faster than your normal roti or paratha's.Please do give it a try as it tastes better and good for you when eat it fresh.
I have also included in this recipe a susbitute for egg.
Serving tip : It can be paired with any indian curry especially mughalai type of curries. It can also be used as wrap with some tandoori chicken and mint chutney.

Ingredients :
All purpose flour - 3 cups
water - 1 cup
Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
Instant yeast - 1 tea spoon
egg - 1 ( you can use 1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg  but I never tried it!!!!).
sugar - 1 tbsp
Method :
1.Add yeast and sugar to the 1 cup luke warm water a ( temperature = approx 50 deg ) and set it aside for 10 mins untill you notice froath on the top ( its called proofing yeast).
2.Add egg and yoghurt to the yeast mixuture.
3.Take all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl and start adding yeast,egg and yoghurt mixture slowly untill all the flour comes together( I prefer it to be little sticky dough).
4. Let this dough rest for 1hr -2 hrs depending on the time you have.
5. Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, form small balls and roll them to the desired shape you like.
6.Preheat your oven to the max temperature possible along with baking tray or pizza stone.( very important to  preheat oven with baking tray or pizza stone and in case of baking tray lightly grease it).
7. Place them on the preheated baking tray or pizza stone and bake them for 5 to 7 mins ( but please do keep an eye on them as each oven is different).

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