It was an adventurous Sunday in the kitchen for me, as i attempted to make naan bread for the first time! Butter chicken was on the menu for tonight's dinner, and i couldn't imagine eating it without naan bread, so i made it happen! It can be a little time consuming, but so worth it! Very surprisingly easy to make as well!
2 teaspoons instant yeast (if you have active yeast see notes below)
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup parsley
2-3 garlic cloves chopped
1 cup melted butter
Extra flour for rolling dough
Mix the first few dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, including the yeast. Add the honey, warm water, warm milk and greek yogurt. If you have a mixer, add the dough hook attachment and mix until combined. If you don't have a mixer, that's okay, just use a wooden spoon and put a little elbow grease into it! Add flour, so that the dough is not super sticky. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and let sit in a warm area for an hour to rise.
Once risen, uncover, and sprinkle some flour to your dough and knead it a few times. Keep sprinkling flour, and wet your hands to help with the stickiness. Cut in half, then cut again to make 8 separate pieces. Roll out each piece into a large oval shape, about 8 inches long/ 1/4 thickness.
Get two bowls. In one bowl add 1/2 cup melted butter, garlic and parsley. In the other bowl just add the rest of the melted butter. Heat a pan over high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Wipe the olive oil around the pan carefully with a piece of paper towel.
Brush the side of the naan that will touch the pan first with the plain butter, then brush the other side with the garlic butter. Add to the hot pan. Cover with a lid for 1 minute. The naan will start bubbling up nicely. Remove lid, and flip the naan, leaving it uncovered for 2 minutes.
When finished, add naan to a kitchen towel and wrap while you cook the rest! Repeat above step to cook the remaining dough.
NOTE: If you have active yeast and not instant yeast, instead of mixing the yeast in with all of the ingredients at once, you will need to activate it first. To do this, add the yeast to a bowl with the warm water and honey. Wait ten minutes or until it starts to foam up, then you can add it to the flour mixture with milk and mix! Follow the rest of the instructions and let rise an hour the same way as well!