Naan Bread

SERVES 10

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour (2 whole wheat, 2 unbleached wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

Directions

  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Stir in the yogurt till the dough is too stiff for a spoon, then knead it in the bowl till it holds together well, adding more flour if necessary.
  3. Turn it out on a floured surface and continue kneading for about 5 minutes till the dough feels smooth and elastic.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and put it in an oiled bowl, covered with a towel, to rest for an hour or longer.
  5. Take the dough out and cut it into 10 equal pieces. Form each into a ball and press the balls flat into round discs. (The flatter the better if you want it to really puff up and form a great pocket in the center.)
  6. Heat a large frying pan or griddle to medium heat.
  7. Heat your oven with the broiler.
  8. Take 1 piece of dough at a time and roll it out on a floured surface till it is about 8-10 inches across and less than 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Lay it on the hot griddle and cook it over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  10. It will puff up in places or all over, and there will be some blackish-brown spots on the bottom.
  11. Slide a spatula under the naan and transfer it to the oven, directly onto the rack, for a minute or two, just till it finishes puffing up into a balloon and begins to color lightly on top.
  12. Remove naan from the oven and brush it lightly with melted butter if you like.
  13. Continue this way with all the dough, stacking the breads into a napkin-lined basket.
  14. Serve the breads hot, fresh from the oven, or let them cool and wrap them up.



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