Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to Cook Naan with either a Gas or Electric Range

As you know I love Indian food.  Naan is certainly no exception.  Delicious, flavorful, soft and puffy, I can eat a meal of just Naan.  Most recipes you find for Naan instruct you to cook it over the gas flame on the stove.  The result is wonderful but not everyone has a gas stove.

If you have a pizza stone and a broiler oven you can make great Naan.  Make sure your stone is preheated for at least 30 minutes so it will start to cook as soon as you place it on the stone and then you broil the top.

adapted from Indiansimmer

2 cups all purpose flour or wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup of warm milk
1/2 cup of yogurt

optional seasoning:  Garlic, cumin, cilantro

Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and create a well in the center.  Mix the milk and yogurt together.  Pour about 2/3 of the yogurt milk mixture into the well in the dry ingredients.  Stir to combine and make a soft dough adding more liquid if necessary.  The dough should be able to come together in a ball but still be moist.  Cover the dough with a damp towel and set aside for about two hours.

If you are going to be cooking your Naan in the oven you will need to preheat your oven with the pizza stone in it as high as it will go.

Divide the dough into six portions.  Roll out the dough thin into a long oval shape if you are talented, or if you are like me just get it into whatever shape you can.

If you are cooking on your gas stove:

Place a fry pan over high heat and make sure it heats fully.

After the naan is rolled out brush with water.  Place the naan in the pan wet side down.  You can keep your naan plain or if you would like you can sprinkle on cumin, garlic salt, or other desired seasoning.
If you want to add cilantro I recommend mixing the cilantro into the dough because the cilantro seems to be more likely to burn in the flame.

Cook in the pan until bubbles form (about one minute, just long enough for you to season it).  Remove from the pan with tongs and cook the other side by placing directly on the flame from a burner.  Move the naan as needed to get it evenly cooked.  It is done when it gets some blackened spots (about 30 seconds).

If you are cooking in your oven:

Make sure your oven is preheated to 500 with you pizza stone in it.  Have all of your naan rolled out that will fit on your stone.  Sprinkle your naan with your choice of seasonings if desired.  Place naan on the hot pizza stone (be careful not to burn yourself!).  Broil for 2 minutes or until puffy with some charred spots on top.

Finish your naan by brushing with melted butter and enjoy!

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