Naan (Indian Flat Bread) - 7/19/04

Naan (Indian Flat Bread)

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs double-acting baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
6 tsp ghee or melted butter

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs, stirring them into the mixture. Add the milk in a thin stream (or a little at a time if you only have two hands), and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.

  2. Gather the dough into a ball and knead for about 10 minutes, adding a little flour as needed to prevent sticking, until the dough is smooth and can be gathered into a soft, somewhat sticky ball. Moisten your hands with a teaspoon of ghee, rub it over the ball of dough, and place it in a bowl. Drape a kitchen towel over the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for about 3 hours.

  3. Place two ungreased baking sheets in the oven and preheat the oven and the sheets to 450F. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and flatten each into a tear-drop, or leaf shape about 6 inches long and 3+1/2 inches across at its widest point. Use your fingers to do this, and moisten them with ghee as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. The ghee also assures the proper texture of the bread, so moisten your fingers with it even if the dough is not sticky.

  4. Arrange the bread “leaves” side by side on the preheated baking sheets and bake them for about 6 minutes, or until they are firm to the touch. Slide them under the broiler for a minute or so to brown the tops lightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Servings: 6
Yield: 6 pieces

Source: Culinary Café