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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Naan - Indian Flat Bread Recipe

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Naan is a very popular flat bread which is a staple food in entire South Asia as well as in some part of Middle East. Also it has gained acceptance in the Western Countries as well. Today, I am posting a type of Naan which you may find in many South Asian Restaurants wherever you are. As one picture says a thousand words, I leave it to your discretion to judge by the pics that I have posted. Hope you too love it's taste .....
                                                                    
Yields: 10-12 Naans, Fermentation time: 2-3 hours, Preparation time: 10-15 minutes


Ingredients:
5 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup Milk, warm
1/2 cup Yogurt
1 1/2 tsp Active dry Yeast
1 Egg
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Butter (room temperature) / Oil
1/4 cup water


For Garnishing:
Nigella seeds, Sesame seeds, Fennel seeds/ saunf, chopped coriander leaves, Kashmiri red chilly. 


Method:
Heat 1/4 cup water and pour yeast, sugar and water in a plastic jar. Shake well and let it sit for 20-25 minutes. Foam will be formed on top of the jar.
Sieve flour and salt, make a small well in the center and pour the yeast liquid. Blend in beaten egg, melted butter, yogurt and combine well by using your hand. If the dough is sticky you can dust your palm with little flour. Knead well to make a soft dough cover it with a damp cloth and let it sit for 25 minutes. Knead the dough again, now place the dough in lightly oiled container and keep it in warm place for 2-3 hours or untill the dough has doubled in size.

                                                            
Pre-heat Oven to 250 Degree Celsius for 20 minutes and grease the baking tray. Punch down the dough and take out golf size dough and make a smooth ball. Then roll the ball into a rough oval shape. The naans should be rolled out thick about 1/2 inch. And do not use rolling pin here as these are rolled out by hand. Now  sprinkle nigella seeds, saunf, sesame seeds, coriander leaves and red chilly powder and press lightly with your hand. 

                                                    
                                                                  
Place two naans on the baking tray at a time and bake this for 4-5 minutes. Then change the Oven mode to Broil and place the baking tray on the top rack of the oven and heat it for another 3-4 minutes. This will give the best results in appearance. It will give naan beautiful brown spots just like the way you get in restaurants.
Remove from oven and brush it with butter again. Have this delicious hot and freshly made Naan with  Tandoori Chicken or Dal Makhni. And if you want to have this later then you can stack them and wrap the naans in aluminium foil and keep in hot pot. But my suggestion would be to serve it hot and relish immediately as they tend to become hard and chewy. 

                                                            

63 comments:

  1. Naan looks awesome Deepa..good job!! :)

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  2. Can I come over for the chicken, dal makhani and of course naan?

    These are absolutely mouthwatering

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  3. @ Arundhuti: Thanks dear

    @Archana: You do not need an invitation dear :-) just come over to my place

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  4. Naan looks fabulous..simply irresistible..

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  5. Mouth watering post... and Naan is garnished very beautifully ..and there is one more way to have Naan.. make kabab rolls :)... keep one seekh kabab in between with lots of onion, green chatni :p

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  6. The naan ;ooks very tempting!! Loved the presentation

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  7. Naan looks gorgeous. Perfect in looks and texture

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  8. Thanks Priya, Paaka Shaale and Jayasree for liking this naan
    @ Vineet: My hubby loved the garnishing too :-) And thanks a lot for telling me the secret recipe of kebab rolls ;-)

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  9. Nice texture and lovely color, looks yummy!

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  10. Looks fab!!! Love the aromatic topping!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. The naans came out very perfect...! Nice side dishes too!

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  12. Wow naan looks really wonderful and so easy to make too.

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  13. Lovely naan...looks really delicious..:)

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  14. Deepa, Naan looks restaurant style. The presentation is so superb.

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  15. May I come over? It looks so pleasing n inviting! I love the naan- so perfectly done, homemade is always the best!
    US Masala

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  16. Looks absolutely yummy n tempting...home ares r the best..so soft n perfectly done..
    Sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks incredible! Just perfect ... nice presentation too. I am drooling all over it :)

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  18. Excellent presentation of super soft naan...

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  19. Fabulous,perfectly made naan,home made is the best..lovely presentation.

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  20. looks gorgeous and baked to perfection! looks swell :)

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  21. Was away on a holiday and have come back with some Bengali goodies from Delhi's Chittaranjan Park (have written about it in my latest post)but what do I see here-- some really delicious looking naan and that piece of chicken beside the naan well I am salivating.

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  22. Such perfect naans Deepa..too good.

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  23. Deepa,

    Nann looks awesome perfect and delicious. Sure I will give it a try.

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  24. wow, that is such a great recipe and love your pictures, very tempting :)

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  25. Deepa, gorgeous and tempting naans....I am coming over...one question...can we make it eggless???

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  26. wow looks so perfect and yuummm...going to try this and will let you know.

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  27. Perfect Naan Deepa.. Love the garnishing...
    Bhalo Khabo

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  28. Love to have thses naan with paneer butter masala...

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  29. I love naan with any side dish and urs look so very yum

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  30. Awesome Naan.Presentation is so nice.Looks Yummy and tasty!!

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  31. Naan looks great.wud love to grab a piece.

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  32. The naan has come out so well! great work!

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  33. Those turned out spectacularly! I can smell the galic and feel the warmth of those naans!!!

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  34. Haaah.. Ur naan looks perfect and flaky.. Would love to have some though past dinner time..

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  35. you are a Pro .. making naan at home ! Brilliant .. seriously :)

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  36. your naan looks perfect to T, would like to grab some now !!

    pls do check the event going on in my site : summer coolers

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  37. wow dear....its looking gud.....yummy and tasty

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  38. Oh my my, thats superb preparation, I would like to self-invite myself to ur home. Love the spread. Perfect home-made naan.

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  39. Your naan sounds wonderful, especially with all the seeds on top :)

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  40. Tempting clicks...looks so yummy!!!

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  41. Naan looks so perfect..Naan and tandoori chicken are such an awesome combo. Am drooling over your clicks..

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  42. Hi Deepa,

    Naan looks awesome...thanx 4 sharing the recipe..tc

    Regards,
    http://mugdha-cookingfundas.blogspot.com/

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  43. naan looks so tempting...delicious !

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  44. oh this is one of my favorite things to eat -wish I could have a piece now!

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  45. Naan came out perfect....yummy!!

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  46. Perfect Naan Deepa.I love the nigella & cilantro topping.

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  47. Wow wonderful and mouth-watering Naan,Tandoori chicken and Naan looks perfect.

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  48. Hi Deepa,
    Please collect the FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.

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  49. Naan looks delicious n soft..grt clicks as usually..

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  50. the beautifully fermented dough speaks volumes of the taste the naan would have been- slurppppp ! pass it on deepa and also ur dal makhni!!!!

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  51. this looks perfect like those from hotels.............

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  52. The naan looks very very delicious, Deepa...! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe :).

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  53. Thank you friends for your encouraging words. Do visit me again

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  54. Deepa naan looks very tempting...perfect, I make eggless version...

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  55. I have to try this one. Looks very tempting

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  56. Hi, I have been a silent reader of your blog and I have to admit that I have been 'stealing' receipes from your blog to try them out myself after seeing the nice picture you have been putting up but my outcome is never as nice as yours.

    Papacheong
    http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

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