Naan is the perfect accompaniment to any Indian or southeast Asian dish or an excellent substitute for Pita bread. This recipe shows you how to make it on your backyard grill.
Our Pitmaster Club members post recipes in The Pit and occasionally we ask for permission to share the best recipes with the public. Here is one by a member whose handle is “Cheesefood.”
- 1 package package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup melted butter
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- Prep. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, water, and sugar. Whisk gently until the yeast and sugar have dissolved into the water. After a few minutes, look for the mixture to get bubbly, which is proof that your yeast is alive and working. If you see no bubbles after 5 to 10 minutes, it’s likely you have some old or dead yeast. Discard and start fresh.
- Stir the milk, egg, salt, bread flour, and butter into the yeast mixture. When the dough starts to come together, knead it with your hands in the bowl. This can get a little sticky, but keep at it and continue to knead the dough until the flour absorbs all of the ingredients and the surface of the dough looks smooth.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow it to rise until it has doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours. This step can be done overnight, and you can resume with steps 4-7 the following day.
- Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured work surface and cut into 8-10 equal portions. Form into balls and work one at a time, first flattening the ball with your hands into a disk. Then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough more thinly and evenly. Rotate as you go and dust the work surface with more flour as needed to prevent sticking. You want the dough to be roughly a quarter inch thick across the surface.
- Fire up. Preheat your grill up to high. If cooking on the grates, ensure that they are cleaned of all debris. If cooking on a pizza stone or salt block, wait for the stone to get nice and hot before placing the dough on the surface.
- Cook. When the grill is hot, toss the dough onto the hot surface and allow to cook until browned on the bottom, a couple of minutes. Once you see the surface begin to bubble up, use a pair of tongs to flip the bread, and continue cooking until the second side has browned, another minute or so.
- Serve. Remove the naan from the cooking surface and serve immediately while still warm. Makes an excellent bread to build gyros, flatbreads, and pizzas.