Last night, as almost every Monday, I planned on making my Dairy- Free Chicken Tikka Masala for our Masala Monday (because MM is the only thing I love about Mondays). While dreaming of the spicy deliciousness which was going to be in my tummy for dinner, I thought I would go all out, and make Naan Bread as well.
Although Naan bread is a little lengthy to make (the dough needs to rise 1 1/2 hours), the process is real simple. I mean really, really, REALLY simple. If you have children, you can probably make this bread with your little helpers.
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbs milk
- 1/2 tbs salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 pack active dry yeast
- 1 pinch cumin
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
- 2 tbs melted butter
- In a large bowl, pour the warm water and add the pack of yeast and sugar. Stir well to activate the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy. Add salt, beaten egg, milk, oil, and 2 cups of flour to make a soft dough. Knead the dough and remaining flour for 8 minutes.
- Place dough in a previously oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes in a dry and warm place (I usually place it in my turned off oven).
- Punch the dough flat and sprinkle the garlic, cumin, and cloves. Knead the dough again. Roll the dough in balls the size of your fist and lay them on a cookie sheet. cover with a cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes.
- With your hands, flatten each ball until you have a desired size. Use a cooking brush to spread butter on each size of your Naan. Cook the bread in a hot skillet until puffy (2-3 minutes per side).
There ya go! Now you know how to make homemade Naan bread, which you should definitively eat with some Chicken Tikka Masala.
Tutti a tavola e buon appetito![/fusion_text]