12 October 2010

Naan bread

We had a curry down on the menu list for one day last week, which hubby was cooking.

However, when he dished up, he had a surprise for us in that he'd made his own naan bread - and completely gorgeous they were too!

I was amazed at how light and fluffy they were inside, just like a gorgeous little flat cloud on which you could scoop up your curry.  Absolutely top-notch.

He'd flavoured ours with Cumin seeds as opposed to the Nigella seeds, as we didn't have any of the latter.  However, the cumin did the job admirably.


1 tsp dried active yeast
1 tsp sugar
200g/7oz plain flour
pinch black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
2 tbsp milk


1.  Preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1.
2.  In a small bowl, mix the yeast with one tablespoon of warm water. Stir in the sugar and leave it in a warm place for five minutes until the yeast is covered with froth.
3.  Meanwhile, mix together the flour, onion seeds, salt and baking powder. Stir in the oil, yoghurt and milk, then stir in the activated yeast mixture.
4.  To knead the dough, clench your hand into a fist, wet your knuckles with a little water, then press them repeatedly into the dough. Continue pressing and kneading until you have a soft, pliable dough. It should take about ten minutes.
5.  Place the dough in a mixing bowl, cover it with cling film and leave it in a warm place to rise for 10-15 minutes.
6.  Divide the dough into four balls and place on a floured surface or board. Roll each into a long oval shape about 0.5cm/¼in thick. Don't roll them out too thinly or they'll turn out like crisps.
7.  Place them on a greased baking tray and put them in the centre of the oven for 10-15 minutes. They are ready when they have puffed up a little. They should be soft and crumbly, not chewy.
Serve fresh from the oven.

1 comment:

  1. You make Naan Bread sound easy! I will try this. Where I live (Tennessee), it can be hard to find Naan.


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