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to bake... or not to bake my own naan

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 RE: foodcompletesme 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 RE: foodcompletesme 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 RE: foodcompletesme 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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          foodcompletesme RE: tcamp Oct 17, 2013 02:54 PM

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

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          youareabunny RE: foodcompletesme 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 RE: foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 10:11 AM

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

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

            1. pagesinthesun RE: foodcompletesme 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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                Ttrockwood RE: pagesinthesun 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 RE: foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 11:55 AM

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

                1. foodcompletesme RE: 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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