Naan a type of flatbread popular in Western & Southern parts of Asia. If you are new to baking, this is an easy recipe to develop your skills and learn about chemical leaveners such as baking powder. A warm and wet environment activates baking powder, creating a gas releasing chemical reaction. These gas bubbles are what make many baked goods rise. Have you ever cracked open a muffin and noticed tiny air pockets (or holes) inside? That’s the result of the baking powder doing it’s job.
Yield: 9 naan
Preparation time: About 35 minutes
Resting time: 1 to 1 ½ hours
Cooking time: About 7 to 8 minutes
- 3 ¾ cups (925mL) all purpose flour
- 1 tsp (5mL) baking powder
- ¼ tsp (1mL) salt
- About 1 ¾ cup (425mL) plain yogurt (start with about half and add more if needed)
- Large bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Silicone spatula
- Bench scraper (A.K.A. “Fred”)
- Rolling pin
- Frying pan
- Pancake flipper
- Measure the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Mix together.
- Stir in 1 cup (250mL) of yogurt. Mix together. Add more yogurt if needed and mix well until you have a soft dough that holds together.
- Dust a clean work surface with flour. Scrape dough on to flour and knead for about 10 minutes, until soft and smooth.
- Shape it into a ball and place in clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or clean tea towel. Set in a warm place for about 1 hour.
- Remove dough from bowl. With a bench scraper or a knife, cut the dough into 9 equal sized pieces. (Cut into 3 equal pieces – a Y shape – then cut each piece into 3 equal sized pieces.
- Cover with tea towel. Working with piece of dough at a time, roll dough into a ball then flatten with your hand. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a circle until the size of a dessert plate.
- Repeat with other pieces of dough. Cover.
- Place frying pan on stovetop and turn on to a medium heat. Once pan is heated up, place rolled dough into dry pan. Turn heat to medium-low and cook slowly for about 4 minutes. It may puff up in spots.
- Flip over to the other side and cook until puffed up. Remove from the fry pan. Place on plate and cover with clean tea towel.
- Repeat with the other naan.
- Enjoy warm.
STEP-BY-STEP – NAAN!
Accurately measure the flour. The only measuring cups I had available were a 1 cup-size and a ¼ cup-size. How did I measure 3 & 3/4 cups of flour?
Today we are enjoying this recipe with the Yellow Creamy Curry recipe.
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