This recipe makes the best naan I have tasted outside of an Indian restaurant. I can't make enough of it for my family. I serve it with shish kabobs, but I think they would eat it plain.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.

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  • Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

  • During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.

  • At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

Nutrition Facts

51.7 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 4.1g 1% DV; fat 3.7g 6% DV; cholesterol 22.3mg 7% DV; sodium 362.7mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
Great recipe... Tips: I did it severall times and had problems to create the many bubbles I saw in India... Solved by adding a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and putting a lid on the pan... Do this and bubles will pop out everywhere and the bread will melt in your mouth... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/17/2005
This does not take like naan at all. It tastes more like a sweet bread. The recipe is easy but needs some adjustments to make it taste more like naan. I tried cooking the dough many ways; on the grill pan, the toaster, etc. This is the best way I found to cook the dough - I took the slotted tray out of my toaster and put it on top of the burner on the stove. Then I turned the burner on low and placed the dough on the tray. This allows more air so bubbles can form on the dough, making it more fluffy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2005
Great recipe... Tips: I did it severall times and had problems to create the many bubbles I saw in India... Solved by adding a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and putting a lid on the pan... Do this and bubles will pop out everywhere and the bread will melt in your mouth... Read More
(2530)
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
Absolutely better than the Naan served in my favorite local Indian restaurant. A couple of comments to clarify the recipe instructions, however: "Proofing" the yeast means that you must add about 1 Tblsp. of sugar to the warm water and yeast, then allow to double in volume prior to adding any further ingredients (I might not have known that had I not stumbled upon proofing instructions on the package). Also, I found that it took a considerable amount of time for this dough to rise, so keep that in mind when you are planning for this to accompany a meal. High heat was way too extreme a cooking temperature. I burned the first few and ended up keeping the heat on medium-low. This recipe had a wonderful flavor, and you could truly eat them alone with nothing more than a little butter. Tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2006
I have mostly forgotten was naan tastes like, but this was relatively similar. As I live in an off-campus apartment, I didn't have access to a real grill, so I tried the following: 1. Cooking it on an open George Foreman Grill 2. Cooking it on it closed. 3. Cooking on a grill pan in the oven. 4. Grilling it in a toaster oven. The opened George Foreman was best. And another tip: Don't knead in the minced garlic. Add it to the hot melted butter and let it soak in for 10 minutes or so. Then apply the butter- it is delicious, and you don't have chunks of pungent garlic in some bits and not others. I halved the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2005
This was fantastic ! I made it in my bread machine on dough cycle,using only 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour as recommended by others, then removed it, made the balls and let rise about 1/2 hour. The SECRET to getting them to bubble is - when pinching the balls, pinch half in each hand, put the two halves together and then make the ball. Let rise, roll out and fry in butter. One more thing. I made these on a Monday and I had five balls left over so I put the raw dough in the fridge in a zip lock bag and four days later, just floured a board and rolled them out without even letting them come to room temoerature and they were just as good as the first time !Served them with lamb curry the first time and pea soup the second. I imagine that freezing them and letting them thaw would have the same results since there is so much frozen dough in the stores these days.Mine were perfect ! Thank you for the recipe. I have tried to make naan before with another recipe and it turned out heavy and blah. Thanks again - my husband just raved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Greate Naan recipe! My mom (she's Indian) and I have tried making so many different Naan recipes, and this one turned out the best. The trick to having it bubble up and not be tough and chewy is to roll it as thin as possible. Then when cooking it on the grill only cook it until the grill marks get dark brown, do not let the whole Naan brown. Aside from the grill marks, the rest of the Naan should still be white in color. It's the closest you'll get to the Naan they serve in the Indian restaurants. Thanks so much for posting this Mic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2007
This recipe makes a delicious fry bread. Some reviewers were disappointed in how long it took to rise. You must PROOF your yeast, by adding 1T of sugar to the yeast and warm water. Let sit for 9-12 minutes, then proceed with the remainder of the recipe. My clothes dryer happened to be going at the same time, so I just stuck my bowl on top for warmth. The dough came out absolutely fantastic. I did half the recipe as stated, and since I had small children visiting, I did half as cinnamon-sugar fry bread.Simply roll the bread in a mixture of cinnamon-sugar when its just out of the oven. The kids loved it. Medium low heat was best to avoid burn marks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Very good, as stated before by others this is similar in quality to good indian restaurants. I used my baking stone and set the my oven to 600 degrees rather than use the grill. The baking stone helped to give it the tandoori oven taste. The cooking time was considerably less though, taking about two minutes total, at most. I tried both regular butter and ghee (clarified butter) and found the ghee imparted more of the restaurant taste. Omitted the garlic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2007
Really great recipe!! I loved the taste of this bread because it's so close to what's served in some of my favorite Indian restaurants. I omitted the garlic. Instead of grilling, I cooked the naan in a large saute pan after I brushed both sides with melted butter. Make sure you don't add too much flour when you're kneading, or the dough will be stiff. Add just enough flour to have the dough just barely clean the sides of your mixing bowl. If you're having problems with the dough not rising (maybe it's not warm enough in your house), try putting it in a warm oven (200F) with the door open and covered with a damp towel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
My husband absolutely LOVED this Naan, he couldn't get enough!! I am Pakistani and we eat Naan quite frequently, this Naan had a very authentic taste. For the longest time I had been trying to find a good Naan recipe and Im sooo happy !! This is it!!! The Naan comes out light and fluffy and just plain wonderful. Thanks so much for the Fabulous recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/17/2005
This does not take like naan at all. It tastes more like a sweet bread. The recipe is easy but needs some adjustments to make it taste more like naan. I tried cooking the dough many ways; on the grill pan, the toaster, etc. This is the best way I found to cook the dough - I took the slotted tray out of my toaster and put it on top of the burner on the stove. Then I turned the burner on low and placed the dough on the tray. This allows more air so bubbles can form on the dough, making it more fluffy. Read More
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