My little one loves Naan, he can have it for bf, lunch and dinner. I always thought it involved lot of work, last Friday night I was thinking about week end breakfast. Somehow Naan just came to my mind and thought of trying it. I first thought of baking it, but felt like experimenting. Heated up my cast iron tava ( skillet, pan anything will do, but it needs to cast iron) and just 2-3 mns per side and it came out all puffed up and soft. This week I made Naan twice, my little one was so happy. I made it eggless, if you want you can add 1 egg and it makes it rich.
All Purpose Flour- 2 cups
Yeast- 1 tsp
Luke warm water- ½ cup
Sugar- 1 tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Milk- ¼- 1/2 cup (room temperature)
Minced Garlic, onion, Kalonji ( for topping , optional)
In a bowl mix the luke warm water, yeast & sugar, mix well. After 5-10 mns it will rise. In a mixing bowl add the flour, salt and mix well, to this add the yeast mixture and mix well. Add milk to this little at a time, the dough will be very sticky. Drizzle some oil on top of the dough and close with a lid or towel. Let it rise for 30 mns - 1hr.
After an hr open the lid and punch down the dough and mix well. Oil your hands well before that. Take some oil and flour in separate bowls. Oil your hands well, take a ball of dough and make a smooth ball. Dust it with little flour. Dust the work station with flour and put the dough and press it down with your palm. When it reaches a small round disc shape, you can either toss it between both palms or roll it. Make a tear shape by dragging one end of the dough.
Heat the skillet or pan to the highest , once it’s hot bring the heat down a little bit and put the naan, 2-3 mns per side, turn the naan and you can apply little butter. Continue the same process with rest of the dough. You can add toppings before putting the naan on the tava. Enjoy….
Note: If you don't have a cast iron tava or pan, you can bake it in oven. Pre-heat the oven at the highest heat (500/ 550). If you have Pizza stone , keep it in the oven while preheating the oven. Once the oven is heated take the stone out place the naan on the stone and place it on the top rack close to the source of heat .If it's a cookie sheet ,lay them on the sheet and place on the rack close to the heat .