Naan Bread (made from scratch)
Great for soaking up a delicious curry sauce

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Naan Bread (made from scratch)

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Adjust Servings:
165g / 165ml Water
110g / 105ml Milk skimmed or whole
4 tablespoons Sugar
1 level teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Onion Seeds (Kalonji/Nigella)
1 level teaspoon Baking Powder
1 medium Egg (Whisked)
500g Self Raising Flour

Naan bread is often shaped like a tear drop and it's name is derived from the Persian word 'non' which refers to bread

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The dough for this recipe can be made in advance and stored, covered in a refrigerator for up to 3 days before cooking. It makes 5-6 large naans but you can increase/decrease proportionally to make as many or few as you like

As this dough needs to rest a while once mixed I suggest making this in the morning, ready for cooking in the evening?

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Place the water, milk, sugar, salt, onion seeds, baking powder and egg into a bowl and combine gently with a fork. stir frequently until the sugar dissolves properly


add the liquid mixture to the flour and stir gently to combine with a fork (it's easier than your hand as it tends not to stick as much) until it lumps together. You can also use a bread mixer or food processor to bring all the ingredients together. There is no need to knead, you just want it all combined


place in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and leave on your kitchen side for around 3-4 hours to rise slightly


oil or flour your hands lightly (it stops the dough sticking), punch down the dough to release the built up gas. You can store in the refrigerator (covered) now if you need for 2-3 days


remove from the bowl and divide into 5-6 roughly equal portions, moulding the dough into ball shapes. Flour generously then place them on a plate to relax for a further hour or two, the longer you leave them the more relaxed the dough will get


At this stage, the dough balls can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, frozen (which is what I do in little plastic bags) or used immediately but however you use them make sure they are at room temperature before you cook them, it makes all the difference


To cook, start heating the pan or tawa on full heat. Iron tawa's are not non stick and are perfect for this recipe allowing a naan to be completely cooked in about 60 seconds

(If you are using a frying pan or a non-stick tawa you will need to grill the top of the naan so also heat your grill to its highest setting (250+) preferred.

Flour the table slightly and roll/stretch into the shape required. Dust off the excess flour, brush the top side with a little oil, add any flavouring you require such as sliced / crushed garlic and coriander and press down well


Lift the naan and flip over your hand. Dab a bit of water on the other side (this will help it stick to the tawa and create steam to rise then flip the wet side onto the pan or tawa and cook for about 10-20 seconds on the bottom until it starts to bubble

-- using a tawa --
turn over and hold 10 inches from the flame and move slowly in a circular motion for about 60 seconds. It will quickly bubble and brown.

I have this one:

- using a pan --
slip the naan onto your grill and watch it bubble, takes about 1-2 mins under the grill but make sure your pan handle is safe to go under the grill in case it melts


brush with a little butter, serve and enjoy


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