Authentic Naan Flatbread
1 ½ cups warm water (115℉)
2 tsp yeast
2 tsp salt
3¼ cups flour
1 tbsp oil or ghee
Fit stand mixer with a dough hook. Place water and yeast in the bowl. Add salt and flour, mix on low speed until all ingredients are well incorporated. The dough can be mixed by hand if preferred.
Transfer dough to a storage bowl and cover.* Note: This will not have the consistency of regular bread dough. It will be thinner and will easily and quickly mold to the shape of the bowl.
Let dough rise until it has risen and then begins to fall. This will take at least 2 hours but can take longer depending on the room temperature. Bread can be left at room temperature for up to 5 hours without any ill effects.
Transfer the bowl of dough to the refrigerator and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 36 hours.
Remove from the refrigerator and cut off ¼ of the dough. Return the rest to the refrigerator.
Sprinkle a small amount of cornmeal onto a piece of parchment paper. Shape dough into a ball and, using a rolling pin and your hands, roll dough into an 8” circle on parchment paper/mat. Use oil or cooking spray on the rolling pin and hands if the dough is too sticky.
Preheat oven to 450℉.
Transfer the rolled dough, on parchment paper, to a cooking sheet and put it in the oven.
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until browned around edges.
Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter, if desired.
Repeat with the remaining dough to make 3 more naans or leave the dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to make as needed.
Can be served warm or at room temperature.
*Cover on the bowl should not be airtight as the gasses will need to excape.
4 servings, 360 calories per serving
Hack: Cooked bread will remain fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature or up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Hack: Naan dough will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Hack: Naan bread can be used as a side for saucy meals, soups or stews. It can be used for fillings in a similar fashion as tortillas or wraps. Flatbread pizzas are also a popular item!