A 3-Step Recipe For Homemade Indian Flatbread

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Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and crafted from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. It is best savored hot and slathered with ghee.
Naan (Indian Leavened Flatbread)
Makes 10
3/4 cup water heated to 115 degrees Fahrenheit
1 tsp honey
1 (1/4-oz.) package active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup minced cilantro
Melted ghee, for brushing
1. Stir water and honey in a bowl; add yeast and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add flour, yogurt, oil, and salt; stir until dough forms. Using hands, knead dough in bowl until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover dough with a damp cloth; let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
2. Transfer dough to a work surface; divide into 10 balls. Working with 1 ball at a time and using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 7-inch circle about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cilantro; press into dough.
3. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high. Working with 1 piece dough at a time, cook dough, plain side down, until bubbles appear over the surface, about 45 seconds. Flip dough; cook until bubbles appear once more, about 30 seconds. Transfer naan to a plate and slide skillet off heat. Using tongs, cook naan about 2-inch over the open flame, flipping once, until browned in spots, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, finish cooking naan in pan until browned in spots, about 1 minute.) Return naan to plate, brush with ghee, and sprinkle with more cilantro. Serve hot.

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