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Indian cuisine with Joyita: Naan bread

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups of All Purpose flour (Plain flour or maida)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of baking soda
2 tablespoons of oil
2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt (greek)
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon of clear butter or ghee to butter the Naan
1/4 cup All Purpose flour for rolling

PREPARATIONS:

  • Dissolve active dry yeast in lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Add sugar, salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well.
  • Add the oil and yogurt mix, this will become crumbly dough.
  • Add the water/yeast mixture and make into soft dough.
  • Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough with a wet towel and keep in a warm place for 3-4 hours. The dough should almost be double in volume.
  • Heat the oven to maximum. (Using a pizza stone will help to give naan close to same kind of heat as clay tandoor.)
  • Knead the dough for about two to three minutes and divide the dough into six equal parts.
  • Take each piece of dough, one at a time, and roll into 8-inch oval shape. Dust lightly with dry flour to help with the rolling.
  • Before putting the Naan in oven, lightly wet your hands and take the rolled Naan, and flip them between your palms and place onto your baking tray into the oven.
  • You can place about 2 Naan on the baking/pizza stone at a time. The Naan will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, depending upon your oven. (Naan should be golden brown color on top).
  • Take naan out of the oven and brush lightly with clear butter or ghee.
  • Wait 2 to 3 minutes before baking the next batch of naan. It gives oven the chance to get heated again to max.
  • Serve Naan with Rezala. Enjoy!

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