Naan or Nan is TH's favourite bread. That and palak paneer are his absolute favourite dishes to order in a restaurant. I recently got the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day from the library and got totally smitten by it. I don't have most of the stuff that they have mentioned as requirements, like pizza peel and oven thermometer and baking stone and even a proper oven to do broiler method of baking in but this, this Tawa Nan I could try.
The dough is the master Boule recipe mentioned in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I halved the recipe since I only wanted to use it for Nan the first time around.
Here's what we need first - 3/4 tbsp of active dry yeast. Please make sure that its fresh and not past the expiration date. Why do I mention this explicitly? Err... no particular reason. Let's move on.
Throw the yeast in a bowl with 1.5 cups of lukewarm water. I warmed my water in the microwave for a minute on medium-high powder. The recipe says no need to dissolve the yeast or anything but I secretly made sure it is dissolved. You see, nothing wrong in being extra careful.
Yes, I check atleast twice if the front door is locked before I go to bed. Why do you ask?
Btw, the below picture is not pretty.
Told ya! Just add 3 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour and a generous pinch of salt to it and the prettiness factor increases exponentially.
Ok, now bring the mixture together with your fingers. No need to knead. Heh. You'll be left with a sticky mass of dough. Just leave it covered somewhere for about 20-30 mins.
I left it alone for around 20 minutes and it almost doubled. The recipe says not to worry about doubling, etc so I didn't. I always listen to what cookbooks say. Ok, almost always.
The dough will be sticky and very elastic. Dig your hand in some flour and tear off a peach-sized piece.
Lay it on a floured surface (my 'surface' is this).
With the use of your hands and/ or your rolling pin, stretch out the dough till you form a nan shaped... err.. thing. Mine is square cuz TH wanted square naans. What? You don't believe me? Its true!
Heat a skillet on high heat, brush on some ghee or oil, lower the heat to medium and lay the nan on carefully.
Flip over in about 2 mins when the first side starts browning.
Cook closed for 30 seconds to a minute now, depending on the thickness of your nan, which shouldn't be too much, btw.
That's it! Yummy, spongy, soft nans are now ready.
The texture and taste was awesome and we loved it. Just make sure to have it when still hot otherwise the nan may turn a bit rubbery. That's to be expected right, even the ones baked in tandoors that we get in restaurants turn all hard on us if we don't eat it immediately.
Reminds me of pizza base. Ahh.. pizza base from scratch! That's what I am making next.
Here's the recipe, all in one place.
Tawa Naan / Nan Recipe
Source: Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
What I Used:
1.5 cups lukewarm water
3/4 tbsp yeast
3 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
A generous pinch of salt
How to Make Tawa Nan
1. Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add in salt and the flour, incorporate well until a sticky dough is formed. No kneading necessary.
2. Set aside covered for 20-30 mins.
3. Tear or cut off with a serrated knife peach-sized amounts and transfer to a floured surface. Shape into oblong nans with help of rolling pin if necessary. Make sure there are no holes in the nan once you are done rolling it out.
4. Heat a skillet on high heat, brush on some ghee or oil, lower the heat to medium and lay the nan on carefully.
5. Flip over in about 2 mins when the first side starts browning.
6. Cook closed for 30 seconds to a minute now, depending on the thickness of your nan.