I had curry on the brain yesterday, so Indian Wednesday was celebrated. I had the fixings for a coconut chicken curry, but was not in the mood for a ricey side dish. Thankfully the image of mouthwatering naan bread appeared in my mind.
Naan bread and curry are a match made in heaven; like PB is to J and like spinach is to a green monster. Curry is the vehicle to enjoy a good bite of naan. Nothing beats biting into a fresh and steamy piece of naan.
So I have never made naan before, but I am always up for a new kitchen endeavor. Even without a tandoori, a grill, or an oven, my naan turned out perfectly. Just a good hot pan on the stove top will do just fine.
Easy Peasy Naan Bread: (Adapted from here)
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 white sugar
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 baking soda (this I added to make more bubbles in the bread)
- Approx. 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp. minced garlic (optional)
- oil or butter for the pan
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, soda 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. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
- Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Heat up your pan with a little oil
- On a floured surface, roll your little dough balls out into thin circles. Place your dough on the pan, and cook for 2 minutes per side. When it gets nice and brown and bubbly flip it over. I covered my pan to ensure even cooking.
- Continue to same process until all your naan are complete. I kept the finished ones tucked in a clean dish towel so they would keep their heat and softness.
Rollin’, rollin’ rollin’
And yes, I do use a wine bottle as a rolling pin. You gotta be resourceful sometimes.
Tossed into a hot pan…beautiful bubbles start to form
Time to flip it over
Patiently waiting in a dish towel to meet their new best friend coconut curry
I couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Please try and enjoy this recipe for yourself, I promise you, it will be a success!
The curry was also great, but the naan was the star of the evening.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the naan leftovers…Ideas anyone?