Thursday, 6 November 2008

Naan ~ Naan Bread

Naan is a round flatbread made of white flour. It is a variant of roti. It is a staple accompaniment to hot meals in Central and South Asia.
It bears a resemblance to pita, but is softer in texture. In Persia the word 'Naan' literally means "Bread". The word and bread later spread to South Asia into India and the surrounding regions. More recently it has spread to the UK, owing to the popularity of Indian cuisine. It is popularly known as Naan bread in UK and Brits relishes Naan Bread with Korma and Tikkas.
Source:- Wikipedia.

My experiments in kitchen are usually over the weekend. I was planning to bake bread from many days. It was Diwali and time to relish rich dishes, it was perfect time to make Naan and to accompany Naan it has to be rich Mughlai dish, which will be posted soon.

250g Maida (All purpose flour)
1 Teaspoon Dried Yeast
1/2 Teaspoon Baking powder
1 Tablespoon Kalonji (Nigella seeds)
Teaspoon Salt
Teaspoon Caster Sugar
2 Tablespoon Curd (Yogurt)
2 Teaspoon Oil
1/4 Cup Warm Milk
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1 Egg (Optional)
Chopped Coriander for garnishing

1. Sieve Maida, salt, baking powder together in a bowl. Add Kalonji in the flour.
2. In warm milk dissolve dry yeast, let it dissolve till it becomes frothy.
3. If using egg, beat the egg with caster sugar and add it in the flour.
4. Add oil to the flour and mix it properly.
5. Use warm water for kneading the dough. After adding the warm water knead the dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes for fluffy and soft Naan.

6. Once the dough is kneaded brush it with oil and cover it with cling film. Let it rest for 1 - 2 hours in warm place. The dough will get double in size.

7. Make small balls from the dough and let the balls rest for 20 minutes. Now roll out the naan in desired shape, preferrably oval in shape.
8. Pre heat the oven on 180 degree celcius. Grease the bakin tray with butter and place the rolled out Naan and bake the Naan for 15 - 20 Minutes till it becomes fluffy and you see brown patches.
9. Once the Naan is ready brush it with butter and sprinkle chopped coriander on top. serve it with any rich Curry.


Unknown 6 November 2008 at 15:33  

wow... nice entry Purva!!! looks really yummy & delicious...thxs for sharing..

Laavanya 6 November 2008 at 15:56  

Naan looks fluffy and delicious.. love the addition of herbs to it.

ST 6 November 2008 at 16:08  

Naan looks fluffy and perfect...Never tried making naan at home...Will try now...Love the colour...

Indian Khana 6 November 2008 at 16:08  

You have make naan...that's so cool...looks dear

Unknown 6 November 2008 at 16:45  

Naan looks yum. perfect. adding herbs is new.

Deepthi Shankar 6 November 2008 at 16:58  

thatz lovely .. i love naan .. looks very fluffy N yummy

Finla 6 November 2008 at 17:00  

Every time when i made naan it was a disaster, never was same like in the shops.
This looks realy good

anudivya 6 November 2008 at 17:04  

I made the plain version a few weeks back, loved it.

Mahimaa's kitchen 6 November 2008 at 17:26  

hey looks soooo good. my goodness! love the pic as well.

Recipeswap 6 November 2008 at 19:14  

Nice soft naana,I'm more curious abt the gravy:)

TNL 6 November 2008 at 19:48  

I have yet to try making these at make it sound so easy...!
Your Naans really look delicious!

cheers, trupti
the spice who loved me

Priya Suresh 6 November 2008 at 19:52  

Naan looks fluffy n drooling over..

Unknown 6 November 2008 at 22:17  

Naan looks perfect...and very tempting...good one Purva :-)

Gita Jaishankar 6 November 2008 at 23:18  

The naan looks so fluffy and tasty. Can this be made with whole wheat flour?

Purva Desai 6 November 2008 at 23:31  

I have never tried making it with whole wheat flour, but one can try...the only reason All purpose flour is used to get its fluffy and soft texture...

Uj 7 November 2008 at 00:41  

Naan looks perfectly done.. I have to make them soon.. Last pic has come out really good..

Bhawana 7 November 2008 at 01:20  

Hi Purva. thanks for visiting my blog. u have beautiful blog. n nice recipes. will explore more tomorrow. added in my favourites. well nan recipe is mouthwatering.

jayasree 7 November 2008 at 04:09  

Naan looks soft and fluffy. Perfect.

Uma 7 November 2008 at 05:04  

those are some delicious naans Purva! So fluffy!

CurryLeaf 7 November 2008 at 05:23  

Lovely Purva,I love naan,but did not have the recipe.Its lovely,rich and tempting.The addition of kalonji is perfect.

Vijitha 7 November 2008 at 05:35  

Nice soft perfect naans!

Jaishree Iyer 7 November 2008 at 05:42  

Naan looks fluffy and delicious...Never tried making naan at home...Will try the pic purva:)

Unknown 7 November 2008 at 07:27  

nice fluffy naan purva looks so so yummy

lubnakarim06 7 November 2008 at 07:52  

Wow looks yum yum yummmmy.

Anonymous,  7 November 2008 at 15:24  


This is right in time. I have never made Naan, and had been wanting to do it for years. just yesterday i got yeast thinking that i have to do it now. ur recipe came right on time.

love the kalonji in it. saving this.


Anonymous,  7 November 2008 at 15:29  

when do i use the yogurt? just mix it when making the dough?

Purva Desai 7 November 2008 at 15:36  

Soma add the yogurt in the flour, add water according to the consistency needed while kneading the dough...If the dough becomes bit sticky add more flour to it..

Yasmeen 7 November 2008 at 16:04  

Naan looks fantastic,I wonder what the curry is? will be back for the recipe:)

Ramya Vijaykumar 7 November 2008 at 16:19  


raaji 7 November 2008 at 17:52  

i still couldnt believe u made the naans at home.....:! purva..i still couldnt.....let me try this and tell u .......

Madhavi 7 November 2008 at 18:24  

Awesome naan dear, great recipe and looks divine!!!

Joie de vivre 7 November 2008 at 21:33  

I've never heard of Nigella seeds before. What do they taste like and what are they used for?

Suganya 7 November 2008 at 23:09  

Nan looks so good. Turned out perfect for u. YUM! Love to have it with panner butter masala.

Unknown 8 November 2008 at 05:19  

Hey Girlie...Naan looks perfect. Now what cury is this? looks yumm! Is it the tilwale aloo curry? but on second thoughts looks like some kinda kofta?!

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vidhas 8 November 2008 at 12:21  

Hi purva nice recipe. Can u check out my blog for an award

Malar Gandhi 10 November 2008 at 12:18  

Hi Purva..i have something for u on my blog..pls check it out..

Pete 11 November 2008 at 15:09  

Naan taste good with curry. A very stomach filling food.

Anonymous,  4 December 2008 at 17:12  

Your naan bread came out beautifully! I'd like to include your recipe on our blog :). Please let me know if you're interested!

Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

Premyscakes 9 December 2008 at 15:20  

Naan looks perfect and yummy, going thru your blog for first time and really enjoyed it. Thanks hey, catch u later.


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