We’ve been craving some Indian food lately, but unfortunately there is not a good restaurant near us. The only one we really liked on campus was shutdown due to health code violations. So there’s that.
Before the Oscars kicked off on Sunday night, we whipped up our own Indian meal (this butter chicken recipe) complete with delicious homemade naan (original recipe found here). What’s naan you ask? Well, according to the ever knowledgeable Wikipedia, naan is a leavened, oven-baked flat bread. But according to Declan, “It’s like an Asian tortilla.” He also couldn’t go 5 minutes without singing, “Naan, naan, naan, naan… Naan, naan, naan, naan… Hey, hey, hey… Goodbye.”
But we digress. Naan does sound a bit fancy and foreign (technically it is), but naan is actually pretty simple to make. As long as you have your hands, a rolling pin and a pan or griddle, you have all the right tools necessary to make a delicious batch of naan.
But first! Speaking of the Oscars, can you name these famous movie quotes that contain the word “naan”:
- “I’m going to make him a naan he can’t refuse”
- “Go ahead, make my naan”
- “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my naan”
- “I love the smell of naan in the morning”
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve some yeast in a cup of warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to get those little buggers going! Give them about 10 minutes and the water will soon become nice and frothy.
Next, stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and flour. Mix together with your hands. Once everything begins to come together, transfer the dough to a floured surface.
Kneed the dough for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the dough is nice and smooth.
Look at these magical hands.
Add the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and let it rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.
Punch the dough down and then roll in your hands golf ball-sized pieces. Line these onto a baking sheet and let stand for another 30 minutes. Hint: we took half the dough balls, wrapped them in plastic wrap, and put them in a ziploc baggie to freeze. The recipe makes a lot and it’s easy to take the frozen balls out, let them come to room temperature, and then pick up where you left off.
Roll each ball into a thin circle and set aside.
While you are heating up a pan or grill pan, melt about 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave (mix in some garlic powder for extra flavor).
Once the pan is hot, lay down one or two of the circles onto the pan. Brush the upward facing side with butter. Once the dough begins to bubble, flip over and brush the other side with butter. Each side of the naan will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook.
Let the naan cool down before enjoying it with some delicious Indian cuisine!
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4½ cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Dissolve 1 packet of yeast in one cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy.
- Add in the remaining sugar, milk, egg, salt, and flour and mix together with your hands.
- Once a dough begins to form, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and let stand for 1 hour for it to rise (will double in size).
- Pinch off golf-ball sized pieces and roll with your hands into a ball. Line these on a baking sheet and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Roll out into thin circles.
- In a bowl melt 3 tablespoons of butter and mix in a teaspoon of garlic powder.
- On a pan or large grill pan, lay down one or two circles and cook until bubbly. Brush with the melted butter and flip over. Brush this side with butter as well.
- Cook for another minute or until dough begins to turn light brown.
- Serve and enjoy!
Answers to the quotes above:
- The Godfather (1972)
- Sudden Impact (1983)
- Sunset Boulevard (1950)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Citizen Kane (1941)