Although I consider myself to be somewhat adventurous when it comes to food, I had never experienced Indian cuisine until last summer. On a whim, I decided I wanted to go out for Indian food; Brian reluctantly obliged.
We had preconceived ideas of Indian dining, specifically the sweating scene from Along Came Polly, so we weren’t sure what to expect.
We started our meal with an order of Naan and honestly, from the moment I tasted it, I was smitten. We also ordered Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala. Every single item we ordered was absolutely amazing, but the Naan was the real stunner!
I have made this Naan recipe several times and it is always the most sought after item on the dinner table. The meal pictured in these less than stellar photos consisted of a Tandoori Chicken recipe*, grilled asparagus and jasmine rice. This was a satisfying meal that we talked about for days. Although Naan is great by itself, it’s also pretty versatile. Definitely consider using it to make pita type sandwiches, and even as a pizza crust! If I have your craving some Naan, definitely give this recipe a whirl and come back here to let us know what you think!
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise.
2. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
3. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball.
4. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
5. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
6. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.
– If you use the Tandoori Chicken recipe that I linked to above, I wanted to note that I did not use the food coloring. I thought it was unnecessary, but to each their own!
from allrecipesAll images and text ©
Follow Jamie on Instagram. We love to see what you're baking from MBA! Be sure to tag @jamiemba and use the hashtag #mbarecipes!
Friday 3rd of May 2019
What if we use a George Foreman grill?
Monday 6th of May 2019
Hello! I honestly have not tried using a George Foreman Grill, so I can't really tell you how that will go. -Jamie
Monday 11th of March 2019
I made this naan last night and it was FANTASTIC! One of my teenager’s friends stopped by while we were eating, and I gave him a naan to go. Well, this boy texted my son about 15 minutes later raving about the bread - there were expletives involved, he loved it that much.
I followed the recipe exactly, but my flour was so dry that I only needed 3 1/3 cups of bread flour. Plus, one of my children has a garlic sensitivity, so I didn’t knead the garlic into the dough. For those of us who love garlic, I brushed our bread with butter and garlic.
Conclusion: This recipe now belongs in the family recipe archive, in perpetuity. THANK YOU!
Wednesday 13th of March 2019
So happy to hear you and your family (and son's friend!) enjoyed the bread, Penny! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Wednesday 3rd of August 2016
If ever in Jacksonville, FL check out India's Restaurant it is the best Indian food I have ever had 5 Star and Very affordable
Thursday 4th of August 2016
Thanks for the recommendation, Troy!
Sunday 14th of February 2016
Tried this out tonight with a Rick Stein curry from his India travels series - Pondicherry . Your recipe was fantastic and the Golf Ball size doughs stretched out to a nice sized Nan to go with the curry. I made up a garlic butter and painted it on as suggested. Tried yours because I didn't have Yogurt which is a suggested ingredient in other recipes . Have frozen the remaining uneaten Nan and hope that they will be of use at a later date. Thanks again for the guidance ! Gavin
Monday 15th of February 2016
So happy to hear you enjoyed it, Gavin! -Jamie
Tuesday 2nd of September 2014
I tried SO MANY naan recipes and they all just didn't taste as good as what I get in the indian restaurant near here....but this recipe is GREAT. Best homemade naan ever! I make it every week, so happy to have found a "definite" recipe!
Tuesday 2nd of September 2014
AJ- I am so glad to hear the recipe was a success for you. Thanks for stopping by. Jamie