Naan From Scratch
Using your grill for baking is a wonderful way to add a little kick of the outdoors to some of your favorite dishes. Make sure you invest in a pizza/baking stone that has been made specifically for use on a grill at high temperatures or you may end up with a cracked stone.
This recipe for homemade Naan bread is the perfect vehicle for grilling some delicious pizzas. Since the Naan is already baked, all you need to do is add toppings and grill covered at 400 degrees! Use your imagination and go crazy with flavor!
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- (optional topping: chopped fresh cilantro)
- Stir together warm water and honey until the honey has dissolved.
- Add the water mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Give the yeast a quick stir to mix it in with the water. Then let it sit for 5-10 minute until the yeast is foamy.
- Turn the mixer onto low speed, and add gradually flour, yogurt, salt, baking powder, and egg. Increase speed to medium-low, and continue mixing the dough for 2-3 minutes, or until the dough is smooth. (The dough will still be slightly sticky, but should form into a ball that pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl.)
- Remove dough from the mixing bowl, and use your hands to shape it into a ball. Grease the mixing bowl (or a separate bowl) with olive oil or cooking spray, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Place in a warm location (I set mine by the sunny window) and let it rise for 1 hour until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small saute pan over medium heat until melted. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Then remove butter from heat, strain out and discard the garlic, leaving the infused melted butter behind. Set aside.
- Once the dough is ready, transfer it to a floured work surface. Then cut the dough into 8 separate pieces. Roll each into a ball with your hands, then place on the floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a large circle (or oval, or whatever shape it takes) until the dough is a little less than 1/4-inch thick. Brush dough lightly with the garlic-infused butter on both sides.
- Set your grill up for indirect cooking using a grill safe pizza stone. When the internal temperature of your grill is around 400 degrees, place the stone inside to preheat. Add a piece of the rolled-out dough to the stone and cook for 1 minute, or until the dough begins to bubble and the bottom turns lightly golden. Flip the dough and cook on the second side for 30-60 seconds, or until the bottom is golden. Then transfer the naan to a separate plate, and cover with a towel. Repeat with remaining dough until all of the naan pieces are cooked.
- Keep the naan covered with the towel until ready to serve, so that it doesn’t dry out. Serve sprinkled with fresh cilantro, if desired.