Naaaaaan

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Naan.

naan

Naan: the Indian flatbread with an attitude.

Naan is an Indian flatbread. You probably knew that though. It seems intimidating to the layperson with no handy tandoor to cook it in, but rest assured. This is a super simple recipe and is also tasty.

While you are making this bread, I recommend listening to the Beatles song about naan. You know, the one that goes “Naan, naan naan naan naan naan naan. Naan naan naan naan. Hey Jude.”

Ingredients:

4 c flour
2 c plain yogurt
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder.

Throw all the ingredients together in a great big bowl. Make sure to throw them with conviction. If you splatter some yogurt on the wall, that’s an acceptable risk. Once thrown, mix them with your hands a lot, in a process called kneading.

Preheat the oven to broil, and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat a heavy pan on the stove on a medium-high flame.

Cut up the naan-dough into about 10 pieces. Flatten each one so that it’s no more than a quarter inch thick, and if it’s even that’s a plus. Rolling pins might help there. Use plenty of flour to keep it from sticking.

Put the flatbreads one at a time on the hot pan until they start to blacken on the bottom. They won’t puff up quite as much as you want, which is why you then transfer them to the oven to puff up. Once they do that second thing, apply melted butter liberally and commence noms.

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3 responses to “Naaaaaan

  1. I have always, always, always wanted to make my own naan. Thanks! :)

  2. I made these today, James! It was a little difficult because I was trying to keep a four-year-old under control at the time, so some distractions led me to have problems. That is, I don’t think the oven was hot enough when I put the first batch in, which slowed things down. Nonetheless, they’re pretty tasty and I’ll totally make more – thanks! :D

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