One day while I was wasting time on Facebook, I saw a conversation between a few friends about naan. Naan? What is that? I had never heard of it before, much less tasted it. Maybe I should get out more and try ethnically different foods 🙂 So I asked them and we set up a little naan play date! My friend, same one who taught me how to make tortillas, showed me how to make while the kids were playing. We made little naan pizzas. Once the chewy, delicious bread was finished, we added sauce, cheese and pepperoni. My first bite. I knew the Mr. would LOVE it! Little did I know that he had it before, in Kuala Lumpur even! (He says mine is better 🙂 That very week I added it to the meal plan and it has been a regular ever since!
I make naan and serve it kinda like gyros with chicken and shwarma sauce (equal parts mayo, plain yogurt, parsley and garlic, although I usually do more yogurt and less mayo!) A family favorite! It is one of the only recipes that I don’t try to make super “healthy”, meaning I use unbleached white *gasp* flour! It is super easy too! Throw all the ingredients in a standing mixer (if you don’t have one, just use your hands…and ask for a standing mixer for Christmas! 🙂 While it is mixing, put all the ingredients away!
What you need
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white sugar
3 TB milk
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups flour
After it mixes/kneads for about 5 minutes, make the dough into a ball. Cover and let rise for about an hour.
Then flatten it a bit and drop some garlic on it, then knead it just to mix the garlic in the dough.
Pinch off to make 6-8 dough balls.
Cover and let rise for another 30 min. then roll the balls and cook on a skillet, I use my electric griddle (my favorite thing in the kitchen, I got it as a wedding present and I didn’t even register for it!) Cook each side for about 2 min. or until it starts to bubble.
Sometimes we even cut triangle pieces and dip them into hummus! So yummy!!
I literally throw all the ingredients in the bowl, whisking in between each addition, and turn the mixer on and put the stuff away. It takes about 10 min!