Thursday, November 12, 2015

Naan "Fried Bread"

One of our dear friends invited us over for dinner, she was cooking Indian food. I never realized how delicious and flavorful the food was. There was this one item that I could just eat like chips. Naan is fried bread and is good with just about anything, even just by itself. I made some last night just to try it out and my husband and I were pulling a Forrest Gump, listing everything that it would be good with naan. We even ate them as snacks with hummus. They really do just go well with everything!


1 package active dry yeast
1 c warm water
1/4 c white sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 c bread flour (all purpose flour also works)
2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
1/4 c butter, melted

1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for 10 minutes. 
2. Mix in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and flour (1 c at a time). Stir until a soft dough forms.
3. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes. 
4. Place dough in a oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let sit for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in volume. 
5. Punch dough down. (You can knead in the garlic at this point). Pinch off small handfuls of dough (golf ball size) and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and cover with towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.
6. In a skillet, heat lard or oil. (We used lard the first half and peanut oil the second half both were just as good.)
7. Take dough ball and roll out into a thin circle. Place in grill. Brush the top side with butter and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The side being cooked will be lightly brown. 
8. Flip over and brush the cooked side with butter and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. 
9. Remove and place on a plate with paper towels. These are best served warm.