I was so excited to finally try my hand at making naans! I followed the FKF recipe but with a little change. First, instead of using milk powder and butter as called for in their instructions, I replaced butter with desi ghee and omit milk powder.
How to Make Baked Naan at Home
- Water ½ cup
- Milk ½ cup
- All-purpose flour 2 cups
- Salt 1 tsp
- Sugar 1 tsp
- Yeast 1 tsp
- Baking powder ¼ tsp
- Milk powder 1 tbsp
- Oil 2 tbsp
- Egg 1 (lightly beaten)
- Butter for applying on naan once done
- Sesame seeds for sprinkling on naan
- Warm the water with the milk. You may not need to use all of it in the dough.
- Sift the flour, then add salt, sugar, yeast, baking powder and milk powder. Stir together to combine.
- Make a well in the center and add the oil plus HALF the egg. Mix it into the flour, then gradually add the warm water & milk and combine until dough is very soft and quite sticky. If it gets too sticky, just touch a bit of oil and knead it, then put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover. Let it rest until it doubles in volume.
- Turn the dough out on a floured surface and divide into 3-4 balls (depending on how big you want the naans, I made in small size do I divided dough in 4 balls).
- Let the balls rest for 10 minutes. Again, the dough will be quite sticky so just sprinkle a bit of flour on them and on the work surface.
- Preheat your oven at 240 C.
- Flatten each ball of dough with your fingers and stretch out to form a circle. Then gently pick it up and toss it from the left palm to the right palm multiple times to help it stretch and form the naan shape.
- Place the naans on a greased baking tray, then brush the tops with the remaining half egg. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on them if you want.
- Bake for about 4-5 minutes (turn on the oven grill along with the oven and the naans need to be baked in the middle rack of the oven to get equal heating from all sides.), or until the naans are spotted with brown.
- Remove and brush with some melted butter. Keep covered until time of serving.
Bake 4-5 minutes at high temperature to get done, baking them any longer than this makes them hard/over-cooked.