HOMEMADE NAAN BREAD

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garlic butter (optional for serving): Melted butter mixed with minced garlic and chopped parsley.

Instructions:

Step 1: Activate the Yeast

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.
  2. Make sure the water temperature is around 110°F (45°C) for optimal yeast activation.
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Step 2: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
  2. Add the activated yeast mixture, yogurt, egg, and olive oil to the flour mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour as needed.

Step 3: Let the Dough Rise

  1. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.
  2. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.

Step 4: Shaping and Cooking the Naan

  1. Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy frying pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface into an oval shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Cook each naan in the hot pan for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until bubbles form and golden spots appear.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

  1. Brush each cooked naan with garlic butter.
  2. Serve the naan hot. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and reheat before serving.
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Additional Tips:

  • Properly kneading the dough is essential for the final texture of the naan.
  • Ensure the pan is hot before cooking the naan to achieve the desired bubbles and charred spots.
  • Enjoy your homemade naan bread fresh for the best taste, but reheating leftovers in the oven wrapped in foil can also be done.

Enjoy making and savoring your homemade naan bread with your favorite dishes!

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