To go with the delicious Chana Masala I made the other day, my friend suggested preparing Naan.
Naan is a flat Indian bread. I was surprised to learn that it originated in Central Asia.
Roti is another popular variation, but that one is made in a skillet on the stove. And just as delicious.
Naan is made with a little yogurt which gives it a nice softness.
2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Warm Water
2 tbsp Oil
2.5 tbsp Yogurt
Pinch of Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Yeast
-In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, oil, yogurt and baking soda. Don't mix it yet!
-On a separate smaller bowl, mix the warm water sugar and yeast. Let it rest for 3-5 minutes until the mix is bubbly.
-Mix the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. Kneed for a few minutes until everything is well incorporated. Then shape into a ball and let it rise for one and half hours or until it doubles in size.
-Once the dough has doubled in size, divide into two smaller balls and roll each one into 7 inches long. then cut those into three smaller balls. Or just make 6 small balls, whatever is easier for you.
-Let them rise again for 10 minutes. Then flatten into round shaped dough.
-Grease a baking dish with a little oil and bake for 3-4 minutes each at 400 degrees.
Serve hot from the oven. You can brush them with a little Ghee (clarified butter).