Monday, October 21, 2013


Dear Lauren,

Starting back when we lived in Valencia, CA and for years after, we bought naan at Trader Joe's. It was delicious. Keep in mind, we never actually ate Indian food with the naan, because we'd never tried Indian food. I look back on your younger years and wish we'd broken the Indian food barrier much sooner. I love Indian food. 

And although Trader Joe's naan is good, homemade naan is way better. It can be served as bread with pretty much any meal, dip or sandwich. It can be served by itself, and with or without the Indian food.

adapted from a recipe in From Mom with Love

3 cups flour, plus more for kneading and rolling
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dry active yeast, dissolved in 2 Tablespoons warm water
7 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
6 ounces water
melted butter

Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and oil in a bowl. In a second bowl, mix water and the yeast til well combined and then add the yogurt. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add water little by little until a dough forms. Knead the dough. Add more flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.

Cover the bowl with a towel and set aside for 3-4 hours to let the dough rise. Then knead the dough again and divide it into 8 portions. Shape each part into a ball and set the balls of dough on some flour until you are ready to roll them out. One by one, you will take each ball of dough and lightly press it between your fingers to flatten. Continue to flatten using a rolling pin, until your dough is roughly 3 x 5 inches.

Preheat the broiler. Place a sheet of aluminum foil right on the oven grate nearest the heating element and place up to four naan on it. Shut the oven door and when they puff up, flip to the other side. They will puff again; this will happen quickly, so stand by! Remove the naan and brush with melted butter. Serve hot. They are so delicious they will fly off the serving plate; but they are also filling, so plan on only 1-2 per person.


P.S. The original recipe was posted here on 37 Cooks!

P.P.S. Here is the naan in the oven. GLORIOUS! Don't cook it too long. You want this bread to be soft.

P.P.P.S. I made another naan recipe here. It's definitely not as good as the recipe posted today. So DO NOT make it. OK?