Juji's naan (leavened flat breads)

Yield: 9 loaves

Measure Ingredient
3¼ cup Unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
1¾ cup Plain yogurt
\N \N Unsalted butter (optional) softened

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Slowly add as much yogurt as you need to gather the flour together and make a soft, resilient dough. Knead for about 10 minutes and form a ball. Put the ball in a bowl and cover the bowl with a damp dishcloth. Set aside in a warm place for 1-½ to 2 hours. Knead the dough again and divide into nine equal parts. Keep them covered. Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over a lowish flame, and preheat the broiler. Take one of the parts of dough and make a ball out of it. Flatten it and then roll out on a lightly floured surface until you have a round that is about ⅛ inch thick. When the skillet is very hot, pick up the naan and slap it onto the heated surface. Let it cook slowly for about 4 to 5 minutes. Now put the skillet under the broiler for 1 to 1-½ minutes or until the puffing-up process is complete and there are a few reddish spots on the naan. Remove the naan with a spatula and brush with butter if you like. Make all the naans this way, keeping them stacked and covered with a clean dishcloth. Serve hot.

If you wish to have the naans later, wrap them in a plastic bag when they have cooled. Before you eat, wrap as many as you need in aluminum foil and heat in an oven at 400 F for 15 minutes. * Source: World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking - by Madhur Jaffrey * Published in: The Herb Companion - February/March 1993 * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias Submitted By JOELL ABBOTT On 03-30-95

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