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I would love to be able to tell you that this wasn’t all I had for dinner one night this summer.

Sadly, that would be a lie.

I don’t know why, I guess sometimes you just need to eat a whole bunch of onion chutney scooped up with fresh naan.  (At least I do anyway.  ;) )  At least there was onion so it wasn’t totally bereft of veggies.  And I did have watermelon for dessert, lol.Mike was undoubtedly a little more normal than me and used his naan as a vessel to scoop up a quick vegetarian curry that I whipped up.  It would also be wonderful with Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhaki), Kashmiri Red Curry with Meat (Rogan Josh), Lamb Tikka Masala, or any other curry dish you like.

For the onion chutney, I used my Onion Chutney recipe as a base but made a few slight changes; one change was to add whole cumin seeds.

If you have leftovers, naan pizza is delicious.  These three recipes in particular sound fantastic to me:

Naan (Leavened Indian Flatbread) (Adapted from the recipe for Naan on Manjula’s Kitchen)

Yields 6 naan

1/2 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

1 teaspoon yeast

2 tablespoons lukewarm water

1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and rolling

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 pinch baking soda

2 tablespoons melted ghee, plus more for brushing on top*

1/4 cup plain yogurt

About 1/2 cup lukewarm water

*Ghee is clarified butter; if you prefer, you can use vegetable or canola oil instead.  If you do so, it will have a less of a deep, rich flavor.

Brush 1/2 tablespoon oil on the inside of a large bowl and set aside.  Mix together the yeast, 2 tablespoons lukewarm water, and sugar in a small bowl; let sit 10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Use a wooden spoon to mix in the dissolved yeast, ghee, and yogurt, then mix in the water a little at a time until it forms a soft dough (you may not need all the water, or you may need a touch more).

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 minutes, adding a sprinkle more flour as necessary (the dough is done being kneaded when you press a finger into it and the indentation remains).  Transfer the dough to the oiled bowl and roll it gently to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with a slightly damp towel and let sit until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to as hot as it will go (mine goes to 550F, but 500F will also work).  Position a rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven and place a clay pizza stone (or a large baking sheet) on the rack.  Gently deflate the dough, divide it into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ball.  Place all the balls of dough except 1 piece back into the bowl, and drape a towel over the bowl.  Lightly flour your work surface and with a rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough to an elongated oval shape, about 10 to 12 inches long by 5 to 6 inches wide.  (Alternatively, you can roll the dough out into tear shapes or circles, if you prefer.)

Transfer the rolled out dough to the preheated baking sheet or clay baking stone.  Cook until it’s puffed in places and there are a few golden spots on the bottom, then flip and cook until there are a few golden spots on the bottom of the second side (in a 550F oven, this takes about 1 to 2 minutes on the first side and 30 seconds to 1 minute on the second side).  Transfer the bread to a cloth or paper-lined surface, brush the top with melted ghee if desired, and cool completely.  Roll out the rest of the dough one by one, and bake and cool it the same way.

For best results, serve this bread the same day (or use it to make naan pizza the next day!).

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  1. says

    This is going to be fun, Faith. I always buy Naan at Whole Foods….never thought about making it myself, but I’d love to give it a go. (going to have to wait until after the move, though :) )
    I think your naan and onion chutney meal was perfect; but then, living alone, I eat some odd things for dinner and can get away with it!

  2. says

    I was just looking for a good naan recipe! Yours are gorgeous. I agree with Reeni that they are perfect for dinner- or any part of the day! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda says

    This looks delicious and I definitely want to try making it! One question though, when you say “Gently deflate the dough, divide it into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and shape each into a ball.” does that mean that each of the 6 pieces gets divided into 10? Or am I just reading it wrong somehow?! Thanks!

    • says

      Linda, I’m so sorry about that! You were reading it just fine, that was my mistake — thanks for catching that! The second sentence should be taken out, so it should just read “Gently deflate the dough, divide it into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ball.” I have fixed it in the recipe above. :)

  4. says

    Sigh… I love naan. I don’t judge you for making this into a meal. I’d do the same! I definitely need to make homemade naan one of these days! It’s one of my favorite components of any Indian meal.

  5. says

    Naan is always the favorite bread around the table whenever my family orders Indian food, but it’s such a shame that I can never enjoy it. Your recipe looks really straightforward and easy enough to adapt- I guess I’ll just have to take matters into my own hands, yet again! Thanks for the kick start I needed.

  6. says

    Wow, I’m so impressed you made naan at home! It’s something I haven’t tried yet but I love it so I need to since the only place I knew of to get good naan has closed. I turn strange things into meals too, especially appetizers and sometimes bread as well. But I figure if it’s something I really love, trading a real meal for it once in a while is probably better than eating a real meal on top of how much I usually ingest. lol

  7. Annie says

    Made this and it was great! Crisp on the outside and very soft inside! Thanks so much for the recipe this was my first time making naan and it was simpler than I expected!

  8. says

    You had the onion chutney, so your meal wasn’t all naan! ;) I’ve definitely made a meal of warm fresh bread before. One of my favorite meals growing up with fresh bread with as much cheese, jam, and butter I wanted (sometimes all at once). My dad would make soup to go with it, but I preferred the bread :)

    Have a great weekend, Faith!

  9. says

    How could I have missed this post ??? I adore Naan Bread, it is what we always used back home for scooping up delicious curries ! Love this recipe, I’ll be trying one of the curry recipes to go with it too ! Thanks Faith for another winner ! Mary x

  10. says

    why oh why am I reading this before I have eaten breakfast? I love naan, and have had different interpretations over the years but have only made it a few times (chapatis I make quite often). This recipe – if I can get them to turn out like yours – looks well worth the time. Especially if I don’t bother making anything else to eat with it. Lol! I would spread it with carrot pickle and scoop pinches of it into thick plain yogurt. Must. Eat. Breakfast.

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