Whole Wheat Naan Recipe
Preparation Time : 4.2 Hrs
Total Time: 4.5 Hrs
1 Cup Warm Water
1 Tsp sugar
1 Tsp active dry yeast
2 cups whole wheat Flour
½ Tsp salt
1 Tsp Oil
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
How to Do
If you want restaurant style soft naan, then this is it! Naan is a deliciously fluffy Indian style bread that pairs perfectly with rich North Indian curries, like Butter Chicken, Tikka Masala and Chana Chole. Brush our freshly baked naan with some warm ghee, and you're in heaven.
Utensils: mixing bowl, wooden spoon, flat skillet, pastry brush, spatula
Mix lukewarm water with sugar and yeast. Cover and let the yeast activate.
Pour the flour in a mixing bowl and mix in the salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the prepared yeast water. Using a wooden spoon, mix it all together.
Start kneading using your hands, for about 7 minutes or until the dough is smooth and soft. Form the dough into a ball.
Tip: you can use a stand mixer, using the dough hook.
Grease a mixing bowl with ½ teaspoon oil and place the dough ball in it. Pour the rest of the oil into the bowl and rub it on the dough. Cover the mixing bowl with a clear wrap and leave it aside for the dough to almost double in size. Can take 3-4 hours or up to a day, depending on method.
Option 1 (3-4 hours): keep the bowl inside an oven with just the light on for the dough to rise quickly.
Option 2 (overnight): keep the mixing bowl in the fridge and let it slow rise overnight.
When ready to make the naan, place a flat skillet on medium high heat. Knead the dough lightly and divide the dough into 7 dumplings. In one bowl mix the sesame seeds and cilantro and keep aside. In another bowl, pour ¼ cup water and keep a pastry brush handy.
Tip: cast iron gives a good brown crust, but you can use any other pan too.
Take one dumpling, sprinkle it with a little bit of flour and roll it thin into a teardrop, circular or oval shape. Sprinkle a little bit of the sesame cilantro mix on one side and lightly roll once again to press it into the dough. Flip the dough and brush a little water on the other side.
Place the waterside on the medium high heat flat skillet and immediately cover the skillet. In 1 minute, you will see bubbles appear on the naan. At this point, drizzle ½ teaspoon ghee and flip the naan using a spatula (the naan should release from the pan easily). Let it cook for 1 minute and then take it off the hot skillet. Continue making the rest of the naan's the same way and serve warm. Last but not least, enjoy them!