13 January 2011
an experiment with home baked naan
I got this from a book called The Bread Machine Bible, and unfortunately I returned it to the library without copying down the recipe. But fortunately, it wasn't that great so you aren't missing out on much. Although in fairness, I know I messed with the recipe a little bit (used part white whole wheat flour and Greek instead of regular yogurt) so perhaps that was the problem.
Verdict: it was too much like regular bread and not enough like delicious naan. The mixing and kneading of the dough was all performed by my bread machine and then I shaped the loaves by hand and allowed for a final rise before brushing them with melted butter and baking in the oven. They were definitely good, but not quite authentic.
Has anyone had really good luck with making naan at home? I'm not above ordering naan from a restaurant to serve with a homecooked meal, but it would be great if I didn't show my face there every single week. You know, for pride's sake. Also, has anyone made pita? My doctor friend learned to make chappati in Kenya, but he never taught me the recipe.