Naan Breads

Start preparations about 2 hours before the meal, or 1 hour before  you pop the tandoori chicken into the oven in extreme emergencies.
you will need 2 flat baking trays, or even large cake tins to bake the naans in.

You need:

3 cups of white flour - sorry, naan is a comfort food, so no healthy whole wheat nonsense allowed
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt or garlic salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 egg
1 cup butter milk/plain yogurt
1 cup warm water

2 tablespoons ghee
Nigella seeds or kalonji


  1. Place all the ingredients into the food processor or wet grinder, with the dough attachment, and mix, until it just forms into a ball.
  2. Take it out and knead by hand making it into a smooth and glossy dough. It should be as soft as a earlobe when you pinch it. Ouch!
  3. Cover with clingfilm or a wet tea towel, and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, or till it doubles, or at least makes an effort to rise.
    Note: This is a good time to put the tandoori chicken into the oven to cook. I place the dough near the oven. If you are not cooking anything else in the oven, preheat oven now at 200 degrees C.
  4. When it, (the dough not the oven) is well risen, beat it down, and work the ghee into the dough.
  5. Roll out into 6 long naans, just pat and pull them into shape. Sprinle kalonji/nigella seeds on one side and roll them in. 
  6. Put the baking trays into the oven to heat up.
  7. Cover and leave for as long as it takes for the tandoori chicken or whatever to exit the oven, or 20-30 minute, or instantly if very hungry.
  8. Take out the trays, place the naans in the preheated trays
  9. Place the naans in the oven, under the grill, with the oven and grill at high.
  10. Watch the naans, they should rise and start browning  in  3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven and jerk off the tray with a rice spoon or fish slice. It may stick a bit, but that's expected,
I am experiencing a mutiny regarding the tandoori recipe - revealing the secret ingredient is causing a bit of a family feud. Stay tuned while I negotiate!