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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Garlicky Grilled Naan

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Garlicky Grilled Naan

I don't know where naan has been all my life, but I'm glad it finally found its way to me.  I'm determined to make up for lost time now.

Usually, when I buy naan in the store it's...puffy.  Puffier than what I make on my grill pan.  I once baked this and it puffed up like crazy and was very pretty...but I didn't like it nearly as much as I like this.  It's traditionally baked in a tandoori oven, tandoori oven is in the shop (or something).  So the grill pan it is.  But no worries - I would eat my grilled garlicky naan with anything.  Don't like the garlic? Leave it out! Simple!

When grilling, look for bubbles to form on the top of the dough.  This will tell you that the dough is almost ready to be flipped - you'll be able to tell for sure when your tongs can be slid under the bread easily.

Good thing it goes so well with...everything.  Especially chicken tikka masala, which needs a bit of bread to (a) sop up all the delicious sauce and (b) offset the spiciness which hits you in the back of your throat like a sneaky spice ninja.

Plus, the best part: It's super easy to make.  I wouldn't lie to you.

For the dough:
1 1/2 tsps dry yeast
1 cup warm water (around 110 degrees F, no more than 120!)
1 1/2 tsps sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
6 tbsps clarified butter, or ghee (I didn't have any on hand, so I used plain melted)
3 tbsps yogurt (I use Greek)

Garlic Spread:
1/2 stick butter
2 garlic cloves, pressed

In a large bowl (use the stand mixer bowl if you're lucky enough to have one!), pour in the yeast and sugar, then add the warm water.  Cover and allow to sit for 10 minutes - it should be frothy.  If it does not froth, either the yeast is too old and therefore no longer active, or the water you used was not the correct temperature.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.  Set aside.

To the frothy yeast mixture, add the yogurt and butter and mix gently.  Then add the flour/salt.  Using a large spoon (and/or your fingers) or the bread hook of your stand mixture, mix until a soft dough comes together.  Then turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is elastic and smooth (or, again, use your stand mixer).  Form dough into a ball.  Coat the inside of a large bowl with a few drops of vegetable oil or sprays of cooking spray and place the dough inside. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.

Once dough is risen, punch down and knead once again for 10 minutes.  Divide dough into 6 balls.

Heat grill pan over medium high heat.  

Roll each ball of dough out on counter into a circle - not too thin, as you don't want it to rip.  Transfer each dough round (oblong?), one at a time, to the hot grill pan.  As soon as tongs can slide underneath, flip dough.

Meanwhile, add garlic to butter and melt in microwave - garlic will become very fragrant and softened.  To keep bread warm, stack on aluminum foil with a generous amount garlic butter brushed in between layers.  Once all bread is grilled, wrap stack in foil and keep in warm oven until ready to serve.


We were thinking about serving this with pasta - just like garlic bread! What else would you eat with garlicky naan?

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Blogger heartnsoulcooking said...

What a GREAT!!! recipe and a must try.
THANKS!!! for stopping by and leaving a NICE!!! comment, come by and visit anytime. Also I have become a follower.

January 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Blogger alicia said...

Oh my. I am salivating. That looks scrumptious. How far away are you? Hmm... I must make this. And that photo is fab. Did you take it?

January 11, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Blogger Cranberry Morning said...

That looks SO GOOD! and the photo is amazing. Thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. I think I need to lose my Christmas pounds before attempting those bagels. :-)

January 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Blogger Living in Taradise said...

Yum. So I was in Malaysia four years ago and I experienced Naan for the first time and I was never the same! It is SOOOOOO yummy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog for my SITS day and helping to make it a great one!

P.S.: Good to know I am not alone! I felt like such a bad wife afterward for getting so mad...and then I found out that I wasn't alone! People do it all the time!

January 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Blogger LISA said...

This would go excellent with my Turkish stuffed eggplant recipe.

January 12, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Blogger Joann Mannix said...

I've never had Naan. But garlic is one of my absolute favorite things, so I'm sure I'd love it and that picture on the top. Oh my Gaaaa! I want to lick the screen. It is the Marky Mark of food.

January 12, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Blogger Courtney said...

I LOVE garlic! It is one of my ultimate ubber favorite seasonings! I've never had the naan but I might have to try it!

If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link up to my What's Cooking Wednesday!

January 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Blogger Donnie said...

That looks so delicious. Love the garlic.

January 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love naan and never made them myself. Guess I know what my next weekend "project" will be.

January 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Blogger Amy said...

BTW, I'm having the very first GIVEAWAY on my blog. Please stop by to submit an entry. Good luck.

January 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Now I have to try my hand at naan. This looks wonderful Jen.

January 15, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Blogger ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

We love naan but I never considered making it at home. Thanks for getting my brain cells going in a different direction.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

January 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Blogger Holly said...

You made it...yum! I have to try it. I am really working hard on making all this stuff myself...and the kids love to help.

January 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

Saw this on Tickled Pink and had to come take a look. I'm craving this so bad right now and definitely need to try it!

January 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Blogger Nicole Rivera said...

I bow before the greatness of your food photography! Not long ago I realized this might be one of my major weaknesses. Do you use an SLR digital camera, or a standard point and shoot?

February 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM


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