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Homemade Naan

During this quarantine, I’ve learned a couple of odd facts along the way. 1. Toilet paper is a very hot commodity, one that I found myself being swept up into every time I went to the grocery store. 2. I definitely took for granted the small freedoms I experience on a daily basis, mainly not being required to wear a mask when I walk out in public. 3. Take-out/delivery food is insanely expensive.

Maybe it’s childish to get stuck up on something silly like the 8 million dollar fees that each delivery service tacks on to their food, but for some reason, I can’t just let it go! The delivery fee is how much?!? Twice my actual order?!? I mean, I definitely understand why businesses need to make up the money lost from closing. I want to keep supporting small businesses because I understand that in trying times like these, they really need our support! Even if I don’t fully agree with each and every delivery fee!

Therefore, I’ve come up with a compromise! If I could order my same favorite dish, but maybe make a little portion of my meal at home, it’s a win-win!

This plan was put into action earlier this week when my family ordered our favorite curry sauce from a local restaurant and I made the naan to go with it!

Now, this recipe might seem a little familiar to you… Because it is! This is a play on my bagel and garlic knot dough! I love this dough to pieces! A super easy, healthy dough made with ingredients you probably already have! And it doesn’t have to rise at all! How perfect is that?!?

In order to differentiate this dough from my previous dough, I added some spices typically associated with curry and Indian dishes. I added some cumin to mine, but you could also use curry powder or coriander seeds. However, this part is totally optional! Just add what you have on hand!

I also brushed a garlic olive oil my naan to make it a garlic naan, but, again, this is optional! Just play around with it! Make it perfect for what you like!

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour 

1 and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon of salt 

1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt 

1/4 teaspoon of cumin 

Garlic Olive Oil:

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

3 tablespoons of chopped parsley 

3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro 

3 tablespoons of olive oil 

To begin, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cumin in a bowl. Then add in the greek yogurt. Stir the dough together to form a shaggy dough, then dump onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 2-3 minutes, until the dough is no longer sticky and holds together. You can add extra flour, if necessary. Shape the dough into a circle and cut 8 equal triangles. Take one triangle and roll it into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a circle about 1/4 of an inch thick. 

Preheat a cast-iron skillet on the stove to medium heat and brush with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Take one flattened piece of dough and place directly into the skillet. Let one side cook for about 2-3 minutes and then flip to the other side for about a minute. The dough will puff up slightly to form those classic air pockets. 

After all the naan has been cooked, you can prepare the garlic olive oil to brush over the top. Simply combine the oil, herbs, and garlic into a bowl, then brush generously over each piece of naan!

Once you get to a shaggy dough, you can dump it onto a floured surface and begin to knead.
Cut into 8 triangles!
Roll into a circle… or a semi-circular shape…
This was the closest I got to a circle! It was the last one I rolled out…
I used a combination of parsley and cilantro, but you can use one or the other if you’d like!
Begin to brush the oil generously over the cooked naan!
Seriously, I love the brown bits that puffed up in the pan! So delicious!

These are best served warm, with plenty of delicious sauce to dip into! I highly suggest any kind of curry, but these would also be delicious with a yogurt sauce, herb sauce, or any sauce in between!

I love how chewy and delicious these are! I mean, who knew that you could be minutes away from delicious, garlic-y naan!?

-Holly Michelle

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