If you’re going to serve an Indian meal, you need an array of chutneys, along with naan, rice and of course spiced masala tea!
Makes 6 (medium-small) naan
The first time I made this, it was awesome. The 2 or 3 times since, they’ve tasted more like pretzels than naan. From looking at a pretzel recipes, I think what gives them that pretzel-y flavor is the soda-water bath. So maybe I need to skip the baking soda in this recipe & see what happens??
2 T plain yogurt
1/2 T baking powder
3/4 c warm water, divided
2 c bread flour (the original recipe called for 1/2 whole wheat flour which was okay; but it made naan that was a bit dense)
1/6 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 t nigella seeds (optional)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped (optional)
1 T unsalted butter
Combine the yogurt, baking powder and 1/3 c of warm water in a small bowl and set aside for a minute or two.
Combine the dry ingredients, then add the yogurt mixture and remaining water. Knead to make a semi-soft dough. Place in a buttered bowl and let rest for 10 minutes, then knead again for a few minutes, followed by another 2-minute rest. (I actually let it “rest” for well over an hour before cooking it, and it was great).
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Roll out tennis ball-sized pieces of dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately 10 inches.
You can also stretch the dough to the right shape with your fingers, kinda like tossing a pizza crust.
Put the bread on the hot griddle until you get a few bubbles on top, then flip. Total cooking time is about 2 minutes.
I experimented with freezing the dough and it works pretty well. But I think it would be better to let the dough not just defrost but also “rise” a little before shaping and baking it.
Yogurt Cilantro Chutney
Puree 1/4 c yogurt, 3/4 c cilantro, 1 T fresh lime juice and 2 small green Thai chiles in a blender or food processor until smooth, then stir in remaining 3/4 c yogurt. Salt to taste.
Spiced Masala Tea
Makes 4 1/2 cups
Boil 4 cups water and pour over 6 black tea bags and 5 crushed pods of green cardamom. Stir in 1/2 c evaporated milk and 5 t sugar.