Saturday, 1 August 2009

My Naans

You need:

4 mugs of flour - (around 170 grms is one mug of mine)
352 ml milk
1 tblsp yeast
1 and 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tblsp ghee
3 tblsp yoghurt

Do this:

- warm the milk to finger-bearable hot

- in a bowl, put 1 mug of the flour, add the yeast and sugar and pour the milk over it.



- mix well with a fork and cover it and let it stand covered for at least 15 minutes



- it should be frothy and puffed up after that time



- add the remaining flour, the ghee, yoghurt, salt, baking powder and soda



- if you have a processor, set the machine in motion and let the dough get made



- otherwise, start mixing and kneading and get to that dough like consistency



- the dough should feel soft and almost silky



- if u think its too dry, just oil ur hands with some oil and continue, never add water!

- let the dough rise at least an hour and half



- punch it down and let it rise once more before using. Then tip it on the table and knead well



The next steps you can see on the videos - Zara thought that would make it all the more easy to follow..

video video video


- if making plain naans, just form and bake, keeping the heat high and spraying the naans with water once/ twice in between

- if making roghni or naans with filling, make a regular 'pera' like paratha, with ghee and roll out before u fill anything.. or just leave as is

- spray with oil and bake...

- if using the grill, turn it on once the bottom is baked. Switch the lower heat off and then turn on the grill to brown them from above



keep some things in mind:

- the oven must be HOT when u put them in. Cold ovens kill yeast

- for simple naans, u must spray some water off and on otherwise they will not have that texture that a naan should have

- the pre-dough MUST stand for at least 15 mins

- dont use the rolling pin too much. Best is, flatten it a bit with the pin and then spread it out with ur hands, that will keep the naans soft

- once baked, cover them with plastic bag/foil and a cloth on top. That will also keep them soft.

- the dough, to rise, should be in a plastic bag or covered with foil. Dont cover with a cloth, that takes the moisture away and yeast dough needs moist heat!

19 comments:

  1. Elzaa,
    lovely explanation... can I use whole wheat flour or aata for your naan recipe???

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  2. Thank you :) - you could, but I have found that whole wheat flour naans need a lot more moisture and do tend to turn out a bit drier than would be tasty. But I'm experimenting with aata these days, will post as soon as I like them myself :)

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  3. Hey i dint notice ur video first i just thought it were pics in a row :) and then at my second look i realised Oh that camera girl was my sweet Zaru, well done dear a good job and of course the naans look "Real Naans" simply lovley!!!!!

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  4. Got some feedback, copy pasting:

    "i just made the naanz ajj ...doin whatever ur blog said..everything turned out as u said..dough came out great in my stand mixer..i left it for 1 1/2 hr covered and everything u said..

    one bad thing happned...u hadnt mentioned the oven temp...anywa i pre heated it at 350F...naanz came out good tasted good BUTTTT...didnt get brown from top...and also if i left it for long time in the oven for them to get brown..they got dark n hard from bottom...we ate them all...BUT..it didnt turned out as i expected or the onez u had in ur pics... y did this happen??
    plz advise"

    My answer:

    "sorry to hear that. i didnt mention the oven temp because i assumed that it would be different for each oven. i think i did mention that the oven has to be hot.
    ok, so here again: preheat the oven to high - i have a gas oven and i preheat it at mark 2 at least 10 minutes before. leaving the baking tray inside for 2 -3 minutes, so that it is hot and not cold. then, take it out, pat the naans on it and let them bake.. for about 5 to 7 minutes. now this is assuming that ur oven is good one that can keep heat and will work fast. otherwise chk after 5 mins. as soon as the naans start getting yellow/golden on the bottom, turn off the heat from below and switch the grill on from top. that will give u the heat u need to brown them on top, but pls do spray water at least 3 times in between baking time. even if u do turn the low heat off, they will still bake from below becos the oven should be hot enough by then.
    i guess what happened in ur case is that they kept getting browner on the bottom and got hard.
    naans should never be in the oven for long and not at all at low heat. if u dont have a top griller, just flip them over leaving the lower flame/heat on.. that should not take longer than 4 to 5 minutes.
    i'm sorry urs did not turn out right, but believe me, its not just the recipe, but also some experience from trial and error. dont be discouraged by this - as i said, it has really taken me 2 to 3 years to get them this perfect. but they turn out great now.. alhamdolillah. so pls do try again and ask me if anything is still unclear. thanks for the response, i'm glad u wrote back."

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  5. sallam ruhina.. i want to ask sumthng..i have black & decker Toaster Oven jis mei i have top and bottom broiler.. so i have to put naan on that n after then shift it on grill or i have to set selecter as baking one??? baking mei i have selecter of only bottom one.. so please suggest me what would i do to make naans.. n one more thng i have to sprinkle water as she put oil on naans?? n just on the upper surface or also on lower surface?? plzz reply.. thnxxx

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  6. sallam ruhina.. i want to ask sumthng..i have black & decker Toaster Oven jis mei i have top and bottom broiler.. so i have to put naan on that n after then shift it on grill or i have to set selecter as baking one??? baking mei i have selecter of only bottom one.. so please suggest me what would i do to make naans.. n one more thng i have to sprinkle water as she put oil on naans?? n just on the upper surface or also on lower surface?? plzz reply.. thnxxx

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  7. W'salaam Hafsa,
    Use the baking function and once the naans are done from below, switch off heat from below and turn on grill to bake from above. And sprinkle water on both sides.. that will be good. Make sure your oven is hot. InshaAllah, they'll turn out well :)
    Thanks for writing.

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  8. salam Ruhina,
    i want to make plain naan...can i use butter instead of ghee n m short of baking soda can i skip that or i should use more baking powder?? Thanks

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  9. W'salaam
    Sure, u can. And add as much baking soda as u have. If its not there at all, then add a half tsp of baking powder more. My pleasure :) Do tell me how it went.

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  10. Thanks Ruhina,
    They turned out great Alhumdulilah...

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  11. Yesterday I wrote on the foodi's wall as well but there was no response from your side....thanks

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  12. Alhamdolillah! and thank you so very much for telling me :)

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  13. I'm sorry dear, I must have missed it si nce posts keep getting hidden by new ones :) I'm really happy u tried them and they were good for you :) Thanks again :)

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  14. hay rohina for making roghni naans lemme knw dat do v have to on only upper grill or both the grill,n also suggest dt wn naan iz finally made do v have to spray it with water n oil for roghni naan,wt shuold be the temperature

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  15. and also tell me dt do v have to keep naans in upper rack or bottom

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  16. Yes, upper grill only is better. If you feel that they are too kacha below, only then shift turn them over.. but its best to use grill only.. But be careful that ur oven is HOT means really well preheated before. Naans should never go in a cold oven.
    Another thing is, if ur oven is not a very quick heating one, then switch the lower heat on very low.. and upper grill high to grill. So that they get a little heat from below too. Otherwise they might take too long to bake and get hard.
    For grilling, keep in upper rack but watch them.. they will burn too soon.
    If using both grills then keep in the middle..
    Spray is good since it keeps them soft. Spray, keep in a chabi or jali, cover with cloth and keep the whole chabi in a shopper for a while. That will keep ur naans soft and warm till u eat inshaAllah.

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  17. Dear Ruhina aapa,

    Recently I got married to the man of my dreams :-) And I made these naans today for him. He really liked it ;-) Thank you Thank you ;-)

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  18. My dear - congratulations.. may your life be full of love and peace and happiness. Ameen.
    Thank you so much for trying and liking.. I'm glad u could make your husband happy :)
    Do look around the site and let me know if there is something special I can help with :)

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