My kids LOVE naan and an Indian dish called "Butter Chicken." I recently found two sources of this magical Butter Chicken sauce, so I haven't made my own yet, but naan is certainly something you can make at home without having to go out in search of exotic spices or unfamiliar ingredients. You may actually have all of these very common ingredients on hand already.
Naan is an oven-baked flatbread from Northern India. It is found in the cuisines of West, Central, and Southern Asia. Generally, it resembles a pita bread and is leavened with yeast. Naan would authentically be cooked in a tandoor oven, from which tandoori cooking gets its name. Buttermilk or yogurt is used rather than water to give the bread a distinctively tangy taste, and also results in a softer dough. The bread is often used to scoop up other foods, like soups or gravies, or sometimes stuffed with a filling. Often the dough may also be filled filled with aromatic seeds of this region of the world.
- 2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups all purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 large egg