Making Homemade Naan Bread! Incredibly versatile, easy and yummy.
Naan is a famous leavened (thick) flat bread… a staple in Indian cuisine.
It is often served as a side-dish or along with other Indian dishes. However, my favorite way to enjoy it is to use it as a pizza crust. After all, pizza crust is considered a flat bread! And this way is oh! So good!
If the idea of homemade naan bread makes your mouth water and your heart sing, then it’s only natural that you’d want to pair it with the perfect toppings for a sublime dining experience.
So, what are some common naan bread toppings to satisfy your cravings?
Let your imagination run wild as you explore the endless possibilities.
You might go for traditional toppings like garlic and cilantro, or mix things up and add some goat cheese and roasted red peppers.
Don’t forget about using it as a pizza crust!
There are also sweet options, like chocolate and fresh strawberries, or Nutella and banana slices.
And of course, it goes wonderfully with soups, chili, and stews! (My family favorite vegetarian chili recipe is coming up soon!)
Whether you opt for savory or sweet, there’s no wrong way to top off your homemade naan bread masterpiece. So gather your ingredients, get your creative juices flowing, and step into the delicious world of naan bread toppings.
Here is the step-by-step method on how to make homemade naan bread. I’ve included every detail you need to know to achieve the perfect, soft, and fluffy naan bread!
Step 1: Gather the Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you’ll need –
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1/4 tsp of baking soda
- 3/4 cups of warm water
- 1/2 cups of plain yogurt, and 1 egg
Step 2: Make the Dough
Mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together the warm water, beaten egg, and plain yogurt.
Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously until everything is mixed together.
Once the dough forms, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Step 3: Let the Dough Rest
After kneading the dough, place it inside a large bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel.
Let it rest for an hour or until it has doubled in size.
Step 4: Shape the Naan Bread
After the dough has rested, divide it into six equal parts (give or take).
Roll each part into a ball and use a rolling pin to roll them out into a circle shape.
The naan bread should be about 1/4 inch thick.
Step 5: Cook the Naan Bread
Heat a skillet over medium heat.
Cook each naan bread for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until it starts to bubble and has golden brown spots.
Brush each naan bread with melted butter and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro before serving.
Homemade Naan Bread FAQs
Naan bread is like a soft cloud of dough that magically appears on our dinner tables, leaving us wondering
What are the origins and traditional uses of naan?
Well, let me tell you, dear reader, that naan bread has been around for centuries and was born in ancient Persia.
Naan bread is traditionally used to scoop flavorful dips like hummus, or to mop up rich curries and stews.
However, with the rise of food experimentation and all the DIY enthusiasts like us who are out there, naan bread has become a blank canvas for culinary genius.
How long can this heavenly bread last?
Fear not, my fellow bread enthusiasts, for I have delved into the depths of naan knowledge to uncover the answer. As it turns out, homemade naan can last up to three days if properly stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature, of in the refrigerator for five or so days. You could also freeze it.)
However, let’s be real, if you’re anything like me, that bread is not making it past day one. So, go ahead and indulge in that warm, pillowy goodness, and let the worries of naan expiration date fade away.
What is the difference between naan bread and pita bread?
When it comes to bread, there are endless varieties to choose from. Two that often get confused are naan bread and pita bread, but they are actually quite different.
While pita bread is thin, airy, and perfect for stuffing with all kinds of delicious ingredients, homemade naan bread is thicker, softer, and has a slightly chewy texture.
It’s the perfect side dish to any Indian-inspired meal, and can be eaten just as easily on its own as it can be used for dipping and scooping up all kinds of flavorful sauces and dips.
So whether you prefer the delicate crispiness of pita or the cozy warmth of naan, one thing is for sure: there’s nothing quite like biting into homemade naan bread.
What are some popular naan bread recipes?
Homemade naan bread is a delicious and versatile addition to any meal. With so many tasty variations out there, you’ll never run out of options to spice up your dinner routine.
From garlic and herb to onion and cheese, your taste buds are sure to be tantalized.
Looking for something a bit sweeter? Try adding raisins and cinnamon to your naan dough for a delectable breakfast treat.
No matter what recipe you choose, the warm and fluffy texture of fresh naan bread is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
And there you have it!
Making homemade naan bread from scratch is easy and straightforward. The recipe only takes a few simple steps, and the result is soft, fluffy, and delicious naan bread.
You’ll see how easy it is to make homemade naan bread from scratch. And I promise you’ll never go back to store-bought again! (Not to mention it costs a lot less to make it yourself! Have you seen the prices for a package of two? Now that is expensive bread!)
Homemade naan bread can be topped with everything from garlic and herbs to cheese and veggies. So go ahead, unleash your creativity and enjoy this delicious and versatile bread.