Skillet Made Naan: An Easy Recipe for an Indian Cuisine Staple.

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Indian cuisine is a household favorite.

Each time we prepare Indian food, it becomes a small buffet. We so enjoy all the various flavors and textures and find it difficult to decide on only two or three dishes. We try to prepare different dishes, attempting to expand our palate and try as many recipes as possible, however, one thing is always on the menu and that is naan.

Not too long along, it seemed easier to simply purchase a package of naan at our local market. There a few brands that we have tried and both are fine. But then, I decided to make my own naan to determine if the extra work would be worth my efforts. I can tell you this; we have never purchased store bought naan again.

Cookbook Recommendations:

The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes
The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes

Indian foods work well in a slow cooker. If you prepare your meal beforehand, making the naan will be your only chore and that just takes minutes.

 
Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking
Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking

Madhur Jaffrey is one of my most favorite chef/author. I recommend all her books, but for those of us that are very busy, this is a great book to have.

 

Pronounced NAHN

Traditionally, naan (sometimes spelled "nan") is baked in a tandoor oven. Using similar methods as the one showed here, the dough is is slapped onto the sides of the tandoor and cooks very quickly. The classic teardrop shape of many naan is due to the dough being stretched during the baking process.

If you ever have the opportunity to see a tandoor oven, I recommend that you do. It is an impressive piece of kitchen equipment. A commercial tandoor looks like a top-load washer with a clay cylinder inside for cooking. While the dough cooks it takes on a smoky flavor and, due to the tandoors extreme heat, the dough will create billowy puffs and dark spots.

Naan can be made with different flavors, spices or herbs. Try adding a teaspoon of curry to your dough or sprinkle in chopped scallions.

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Cook Time:

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8 - six inch pieces

Ingredients:

  • 2.5-3 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • A Pinch Of Saffron
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Chef Anjum Anand Teaches You How To Make Naan

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Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, saffron and water. Stir to dissolve and allow to sit for a few moments or until the yeast becomes frothy.
  2. Stir in oil, yogurt and egg until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour with salt. Next, add the bowl of wet ingredients to the bowl of flour/salt and stir until just combined. Continue to add more flour, a half cup at a time, until you can no longer stir mixture with a spoon (about 1-1.5 cups).
  4. Form into a ball and turn ball of dough onto a well floured counter. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes, adding more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. The dough should be soft, smooth and should not be sticky.
  5. Leaving the dough on the counter, loosely cover it with a clean towel and allow it to rise until double in size. Gently flatten the dough and cut into 8 equal wedges. Shape each piece into a small ball by stretching the dough back under itself.
  6. When you have formed the dough into 8 balls, heat a skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with a non-stick spray or lightly coat skillet with oil. Working with one ball at a time, roll each ball out until it is about 1/4 inch thick or about 6 inches in diameter. (personally, compared to store bought, these smaller naan are preferable)
  7. Place the rolled dough onto the heated skillet and cook until golden brown and large air bubbles form on the surface. Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown. Brush with melter butter and keep warm in a preheated oven set on low until all the dough has been cooked. Serve.
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Cooking the naan in the skillet is very quick. Be sure to keep an eye on the burner so as not to burn the dough.
Cooking the naan in the skillet is very quick. Be sure to keep an eye on the burner so as not to burn the dough. | Source

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purl3agony 3 years ago from USA

Oh, I love naan! Thanks for the recipe!! I'll have to try it next time I make chicken tikka marsala. Thanks!!


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

Yea..My family love naan..can't wait to give this a try..voting up


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Thank you both for stopping by - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this hub (thanks for the Vote up, too).

I'm a big fan of Tikka Marsala, as well. It's early, but my mouth is beginning to water ;)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The naan look delicious and have come out just perfect inspite of the fact that they were made in a skillet and not in a tandoor.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with great pictures.

Rated 5 stars, up and awesome.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

rajan, thank you! Pretty good, huh in a skillet? I wasn't sure, but after trying this recipe, I'm hooked.

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