Wednesday, April 4, 2012


  I decided to make one of our family favorites last night, Chicken Makhani. We love Indian food and that dish is a particular favorite. 
  When you visit an Indian food restaurant Naan (pronounce nahwn) is a must. There's nothing better than mopping up the delicious sauces than with a fantastic piece of flatbread. Traditional naan is slapped on the inside walls of a tandoor (clay) oven. The dough puffs and bubbles into a soft, chewy bread with a crispy exterior. Delicious!
  Since I do not own, nor do I plan to own a tandoor oven in the near future, I choose to bake my naan on a pizza stone. The results are incredibly close.


4-6 c. flour
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 c. whole milk
1/3 c. whole milk plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 Tbsp. salted butter, melted

  Combine 4 cups flour and remaining dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add milk, yogurt, oil and egg and knead 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. It is important to have a smooth, non-sticky dough.
  Preheat pizza stone in oven to 500 degrees.
  Place dough on a floured surface and allow to rest 10 minutes. Divide into 4-8 portions, depending on how big you want your naan (I like to make 4 large naan for the table to share). Roll one piece of dough into an oval about 1/3" thick. Brush the excess flour from the dough with a pastry brush. Place dough on hot pizza stone and bake 2 minutes or just until dough bubbles. Flip dough and bake 2 minutes more. Remove naan to a serving plate and brush both sides with melted butter. Serve warm.


  1. Hilarious that we always get cravings for Indian around the same time. I always do Tikka Masala and you always do Makhani. Wish I had seen this naan recipe a few hours earlier. Would have been the perfect addition.

  2. I think that we may just have to go to the indian oven again... SOON!!! Even if it's just us gals. My mouth is seriously watering!

  3. Finally got around to making these and it was amazing! As good as it gets for not having a tandoori oven.

  4. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.