Once more Friday rolls around and there is not much left in the fridge. Not quite so little as to go shopping but not quite so much as to have many options. What to do with some organic pumpkin, carrots, and some flaccid celery and still get the monkeys to eat it? Carrying on from the Indian theme from last Friday, I think it was going to have to be dhal. Add a little red lentils, vegetable stock, some garlic, a fistful of spices and I had myself a tasty, healthy, budget friendly, monkey friendly dinner. Add a little natural yoghurt on top, and some fresh naan bread and dinner was done for ‘Frugal Friday’.
Naan bread I had tried to make a number of years ago, with the end result being little hard round bricks. That was the last time I had attempted them. Naan bread being a firm favourite here and with an excellent little Indian take away around the corner to happily oblige us when the taste for naan over comes us.
But not today. I wanted to give it another crack…..
160ml warm water
1tsp dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbls oil/or ghee
2 tbls yoghurt
Mix the water, yeast and sugar together in a bowl until dissolved. Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes. Add flour salt, half the oil and yoghurt. Mix to a soft dough then knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a bowl with wet tea towel over the top in warm place for approx 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Knead dough on floured surface for 5 minutes, then divide into 6 portions. Roll out into rounds. I pulled one side to get the traditional ‘teardrop’ shape that you would get if cooking in a tandoor oven.
Cook in a very lightly oiled frying pan and pop the frying pan under the grill to get those distinctive brown puffy circles to finish it off. Brush naan with remaining ghee or butter.
Well done! Who needs a tandoor? 🙂
Thanks! I was a bit excited when I was cooking them. They turned out way better than I had expected. To be made again for sure.
It is difficult to get this right. It needs plenty of practice and patience.
Thanks again. Coming from someone in India I take that as a big compliment 🙂
That naan looks fantastic! Love how it dips and swells like a restaurant naan! 😀
It really did dip and swell like restaurant naan, there was a little clapping of hands when that happened.
Those naan look delicious! I’ll definately give these a try thanks.
Thanks also for visiting my blog. I’m glad to have found another ‘city hippy’ 🙂
Very impressive looking naan – well done!
Oh, the bread looks so good! I have been craving bread so bad lately!!!
Wow looks great! My first and only experience with making my own Naan breads was like yours – small hard rocks. Your post makes me feel like definitely I should try to make those again!
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I love naan, and have been searching for a good recipe. Though I’m going to have to use vegan yogurt, I’m very excited to try this out. Thanks!
This is a fab recipe, have come back to it so many times! Thank you!!!
That’s wonderful Renee, thank you for letting me know!
your whole meal sounds so creative brydie and the bread is stunning..i’m looking forward to giving it a go..x jane
I hope you’ve warned your local Indian…I think they’re about to lose your business 😉 Great effort, and a great meal!