Sunday, September 6, 2009

Recipe: Half-Hour Naan

If you've ever been to an Indian restaurant, you've probably tried Naan...a soft, buttery, wonderful flat bread, often with inclusions such as scallions and meat, that one uses to soak-up creamy sauces or temper the palate from the rich spices in-between bites. If you haven't been to an Indian restaurant, you've probably still been exposed to the recent addition of various flat breads to menus of chain restaurants around the US, many of which have their roots in Indian Naan.

Real Naan is made soft through the use of yogurt, is a yeast dough, and is cooked in an Indian tandoori oven. I dunno about you, but I don't have a tandoori oven and I rarely think about dinner far enough in advance to make a yeast dough and let it rise. Never fear! There is a solution.

Kenji, one of the fantastic authors over at came-up with this fantastic recipe for 30-minute Naan. I've tried it and it's quite fabulous and every bit as easy as he makes it out to be. He adapts the recipe to work on a standard grill (gas will work just fine) and uses baking powder and some light kneading to approximate the effect of the yeast. Give it a try! You won't regret it.


  1. Jon had the same dough consistency problems you did when he made it tonight. Our was almost underdone inside. I'll try to handle it next time and let you know what I come up with to fix it.

  2. Sarah, let Kenji know on his blog too. He doesn't think there's anything wrong with the recipe.

    I'm going to try bread flour next time and see if it helps, but it shouldn't make that kind of a difference. I still think something's way off.


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