Family Friendly Fridays: Homemade Naan Bread

Would you believe it’s already time for another addition of Family Friendly Friday?  As you probably already know, today we are going to put together the much anticipated finale to our delicious Indian dinner; the naan bread. Yum!

I know, I know, I probably should have braved the roti and believe me, I wanted to.  But as is typical for me, I was lazy and didn’t have the proper flour to do it nor did I have the fancy equipment that Ekata used to puff it up and make it all delicious looking, so in the end I settled for a homemade naan with what I had available in my pantry.

I have to also confess that I can’t take credit for this recipe.  I honestly had no idea how to put together naan before I tackled it for this meal, so I figured it was better left up to someone who knew a bit more about Eastern breads than I.  I tracked down a worthwhile recipe at the BBC’s Indian Food Made Easy and it was indeed, easy as well as tasty. And of course I was, again, lazy and made it without any additions, but feel free to add in any flavors you’d like to the bread.

Finally, before we get started, I need to do a little housekeeping.  Just in case my site goes completely bonkers this weekend, I thought I’d give you all a heads up that I’m in the process of switching over to wordpress.  I expect the switch to take place in the next day or two and have no idea what I’ll end up with.  It could be beautiful or it could look like a pile of rubbish all over the internet floor.  So bear with me while I tackle this new world and hopefully I’ll come out of it a bit shinier and nicer on the other side.

And last but not least, don’t forget to add your family friendly link to the bottom of this post.  There’s no link back required and no hard rules as to what to link up so long as it’s family friendly.  Vacations, recipes, stories about your kids, it’s all good.  So have fun with it and have a great weekend!

Ok, on to the good stuff!  Let’s make some naan, shall we?

Ingredients Needed:

Recipe taken from BBC’s Indian Recipes Made Easy

9 Oz of Flour (just over 1 Cup)
2 tsp of Sugar
1/2 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/2 Cup of Milk
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

First up, sift your dry ingredients, the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together into a bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together your oil and milk.

Now, grab your bowl of flour and make a well in the middle.  Dump in your oil milk mixture.

Slowly incorporate the flour into the oil until you have a dough ball.  Knead the dough for about 6 to 8 minutes until soft and smooth.  Add more flour is your dough is sticky.

And let me step in here and say that I needed to add quite a few extra splashes of flour to achieve the right consistency and texture of my dough so don’t panic if yours initially seems a bit sticky. Here’s my dough ball in all its glory.

Grab a hunk of dough off your ball, throw some flour on your counter and roll it out nice and thin.

Grab a large saute pan and heat it up on high heat.  When the pan is good and hot, throw your rolled out dough into the pan.  Cook it up for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.  Here’s side one….

And…. FLIP!

Repeat with the rest of your dough and serve it up!  And now you have everything you need to put together a tantalizing Indian feast.  I hope everyone enjoyed walking through a taste of India with me this week!

Enjoy your weekend and on tap for next week I’ll be sharing up a little rhubarb strawberry goodness, reviewing part II of my Bison stash and learning a bit about the science of peppers among other delicious endeavors.  See you all on Monday!

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Homemade Naan Bread

Ingredients:

9 Oz of Flour (just over 1 Cup)
2 tsp of Sugar
1/2 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/2 Cup of Milk
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Directions:

First up, sift your dry ingredients, the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together into a bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together your oil and milk.

Now, grab your bowl of flour and make a well in the middle. Dump in your oil milk mixture.

Slowly incorporate the flour into the oil until you have a dough ball. Knead the dough for about 6 to 8 minutes until soft and smooth. Add more flour is your dough is sticky.

Grab a hunk of dough off your ball, throw some flour on your counter and roll it out nice and thin.

Grab a large saute pan and heat it up on high heat. When the pan is good and hot, throw your rolled out dough into the pan. Cook it up for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

Repeat with the rest of your dough and serve it up!

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40 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Homemade Naan Bread”

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    Brenda — August 13, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Julie, your naan looks gorgeous! I make indian food a fair bit, especially in the fall and winter, but I have yet to make my own naan. It seems so easy, I can't wait to try it! Good luck on your new website, can't wait to see it.

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 13, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    My favorite Indian place in Charlotte is Spice 9, and they do a paneer-stuffed bread — I'd love to try stuffin' this with some cheese :) I <3 naan!

    Hope your move to WordPress goes smoothly!

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    Sanjeeta kk — August 13, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Wow an authentic Indian bread in a different style I like it.

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    Cocina Savant — August 13, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    I absolutely love homemade naan bread, especially with chickpeas. Yours looks excellent.

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    5 Star Foodie — August 13, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Your homemade naan looks just perfect! This is definitely bookmarked to make soon!

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    Chef Eureka — August 13, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    I absolutely LOVE naan bread. It's so good and goes so well with a good hot curry! Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and for sharing your recipe of naan bread. I'm going to have to try it!

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    Biren — August 13, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    Wow…homemade naan! Everything on the plate looks great!

    You have decided to move to WordPress. Hope everything turns out well. I am still wondering whether or not to migrate.

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    The Mom Chef — August 13, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    I'm a huge believer in homemade naan/pita bread now. I made it once and can't go back. Yours looks divine. Great job.

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    italianmamachef — August 13, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Julie, I just wanted to let you know I linked to your blog from mine today. It's part of another meme called Friday Favorites. I love this recipe and plan on trying it, maybe tonight!

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    Monet — August 13, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    How simple! I love ordering Naan bread at restaurants, but I've never made a batch at home. Now that I see how easy it is…our Indian feasts are going to improve further! And the daal was delicious last night!

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    anniebakes — August 13, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I am totally into naan right now, but haven't attempted to make it, will hvae to give this a try, thanks JULIE!!

    anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — August 13, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    I knew you'd hit me up with the bread recipe soon. I LOVE NAAN. Especially the garlicky oniony ones that they have in the Indian restaurants. I'm salivating right now.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    http://www.mawhatsfordinner.com

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    Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds — August 13, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    I've never consumed an Indian dish, so I've been shying away from this recipe series. I'm super excited for the strawberry rhubarb though! Yummy!

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    Sage — August 13, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    You are so smart making Naan bread; I can only imagine how good that must be..fresh; wow! Love that stuff.
    Rita

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    grace — August 13, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    naan is far and away my favorite component of indian food. excellent post. :)

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 13, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    I LOVE naan. There's a local Indian restaurant near us that has amazing Paneer (cheese) naan. It's so good!

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    The Bitch Stopped Cooking — August 13, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    All these Indian recipes look great! I can't wait to start trying them soon! Thank you for sharing these delicious dishes!

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    Miel Abeille — August 14, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    I love Naan! Who knew it would be so easy to make at home! Thanks, Julie!

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    Miel Abeille — August 14, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    PS- Good luck with the WP transition!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — August 14, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Oh, how I love naan! This looks fabulous. I usually grill mine, but I'll have to try this method. They look softer than mine!

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    Mary — August 14, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Your bread looks really lovely. I hope your transition to WP goes smoothly. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Maranda — August 14, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    I LOVE naan bread!!! I tried a recipe once that didn't really work out so I will need to try this one too. After being in Afghanistan The Hubble would love it if I perfected making this bread. I'm so excited! Thanks for sharing!

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    Chow and Chatter — August 14, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    great job, I haven't made chappatis in a while, my hubby is Indian have a fun weekend Rebecca

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    DrayaAnn — August 14, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Oh man that looks soooo yummy!!!

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    Leslie Limon — August 14, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    That looks delicious! And it looks kind of like a flour tortilla too! :)

    Stopping by and following from LBS! :)

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    Chef Dennis — August 14, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    I had Naan bread for the first time a few weeks ago! Thanks for a great recipe, they remind me of my mothers flour tortilla's!

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    alicia — August 14, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    This would probably be so yummy with hummus too. I'd love for you to share it for my tasty tuesdays next week if ya can.

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    Retrodiva — August 15, 2010 @ 12:06 am

    I love, love, love naan bread, and this makes it look easy. I'll be trying this ASAP. Thanks!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella — August 15, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    You make making your own naan look very easy not to mention delicious! :D

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    Lynn — August 15, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    That looks so delicious! I love Indian food but a few years ago we moved out to the boonies & now there's no Indian restaurants within 40 miles. I'm going to have to try this recipe now to get my fix!

    …stopping in from SITS!

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    Veronica Lee — August 15, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    Yummy! I love naan!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
    Have a nice day!

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    Kim — August 15, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    The naan bread, as well as the entire meal looks terrific! (I enjoy making pizzas on naan as well).

    I posted your Mexican chicken with jalapeno popper sauce today at my site. I made it again for the second time and we loved it! If you'd like to add it to your reviews tab that would be great! Let me know if you need any info to do that. Thanks a bunch for a great recipe.

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    Mom on the Run — August 15, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    I love Naan but have never attempted to make it myself. It looks great. Brand new follower. Found you through Mom Bloggers. I am also a fellow mom trying to make great family recipes.

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    simplysandi — August 15, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    This is great! I can't wait to try it!

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    Fresh Local and Best — August 15, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    This post reminds me of the many days that I would order these comforting chewy crisp flat breads from the local Indian restaurant after work. It's one of my favorite memories.

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    Salsa Verde — August 17, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    I love naan bread!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Holly — August 18, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    I am excited to try this. We have been making our own tortillas and would love to try this!

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    OMG! Yummy — August 22, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Saying hi from SITS! So excited to find your blog. I plan to start following you. I’m pretty new to blogging and tweeting but I’m learning. We love bread in our house, although I must admit I am timid about making it from scratch. Still learning to tackle pastry and dough with confidence. Though I have been known to make a mean challah (egg) bread on occasion, which I will be documenting in my blog soon. Thanks for sharing this tutorial on naan. I didn’t know you cooked it in a pan. Fascinating.

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    Leon — October 18, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Why don’t you “JERKS” try the recipe instead of, “UM LOOKS GREAT”,”CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT”,”I LOVE NAAN”,ETC…You people need to get a life!!

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