It’s not that homemade naan is especially cumbersome, exactly, but I still resent the effort that goes into making it. I just can’t be bothered with cooking one or two at a time in my largest pan when I want eight or nine on my plate post haste.
It’s delicious. I can’t not make it. A lot of it. Enough for dinner and more to heat up in the microwave later to slather with butter and some garlic. I put it off as long as I can manage and then make as much as I can until I’m annoyed again.
It’s delicious on its own, delicious dipped in thick sauces, delicious as a pizza crust. I bet it would even taste amazing with peanut butter and jelly.
What am I waiting for? Let’s make some naan!
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2½ teaspoons dry active yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Pam cooking spray
- In one bowl, mix together the sugar, yeast and warm water.
- Let sit for ten minutes (until nicely frothy).
- Stir in egg, oil, and yogurt until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine half of the flour in with the salt and mix well.
- Add the salted flour to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Keep adding remaining flour until you can no longer stir the dough and it is smooth instead of too sticky to handle.
- Knead for about 5 minutes until very smooth.
- Cover and let sit for 45 minutes (longer, if you have a cold kitchen).
- Sprinkle some flour on your work surface.
- Cut dough in half, and cut each half in half.
- Shape each section into a ball.
- Heat pan on medium, spray with Pam, and then roll out one of the sections of dough until medium thickness and about 6" in diameter.
- Place in hot pan and wait until top begins to bubble before flipping.
- Cook other side until golden brown.
- Repeat with other seven pieces and enjoy!
She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.
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