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foodcompletesme Oct 16, 2013 06:09 PM

OK, I love cooking Indian food. But I'm not a great baker and have never ventured to make my own naan (though I sure love to eat it out at a restaurant). Usually at home I just get some pita to go with my home-made Indian food.

Has any one made their own naan? Is it really worth the effort? How hard is it?
I make pizza dough on the dough setting in my bread maker...would that work? Would love to hear other's experiences. Thanks.

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    pine time Oct 17, 2013 09:29 AM

    I make various versions of homemade naan all the time. If you make pizza dough, you'll be fine with naan. I don't own a bread maker, so I do all the mixing, patting out by hand. Give it a try--the ingredients are cheap (which is why I quit buying naan), so you'll not be out much if you don't like it.

    1. JungMann Oct 17, 2013 09:55 AM

      If you're already baking pizzas on stones, you should have no problem making naan. It's a similar process of making an enriched dough and cooking it on a superheated surface. In my experience, though, unleavened breads like chapati, roti or paratha are more common for everyday meals. Naan tends to be a special occasion bread for when we go out or have company.

      1. tcamp Oct 17, 2013 09:58 AM

        I do not consider myself a baker but I have successfully made naan many times. Sometimes I even make enough to freeze so that we can pull out individual pieces as needed.

        However, since I'm away from home all day and not always in baking mode, I also buy naan from indian grocery stores or frozen from Costco.

        I love this woman's website and have tried her recipe for naan. See the video and, if you watch, look out for the totally adorable mini rolling pin she uses at 5:20:

        http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2007/0...

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        1. re: tcamp
          foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 02:54 PM

          Thank you for this great tip! I will bookmark this website as well.

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          youareabunny Oct 17, 2013 09:59 AM

          You need high heat and moist dough. I've seen some technique with the naan dough placed on wire grate and cooked over fire. Very tasty

          1. chowser Oct 17, 2013 10:11 AM

            Yes, definitely worth it, not that hard. We grill ours.

            http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/as...

            1. pagesinthesun Oct 17, 2013 11:43 AM

              http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/onio...

              I made this recipe for naan early this summer for a kebab cookout. Very easy. It is cooked in a pan, stovetop. It turned out well, and I am not a good baker.

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              1. re: pagesinthesun
                Ttrockwood Oct 17, 2013 01:07 PM

                This looks really similar to what ATK did, didn't try it yet myself but i trust both ATK and bon appetit....

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                Siegal Oct 17, 2013 11:55 AM

                I made it once on a pizza stone. It puffed like pita but was otherwise yummy

                1. foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 02:56 PM

                  It's interesting to learn the various ways to cook naan...stovetop, grilling, or on a stone in the oven. I think for me I will first try the stone in the oven. I'll report back. Thanks for the encouragement everyone...I'm going to try it!

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