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    My preferred naan are those made with a sourdough starter, then cooked in a tandoor; they are tender, but with texture. Blistered black here and there, pale elsewhere, these pita-like breads are best left to the talents of professionals. I do make naan at home, sadly without a tandoor, in a version that requires less skill yet still meeting the requirements of char, chew, and pillowy doughiness. I favor a slow rise, using a small amount of yeast for lift. That said, baking powder and soda make for a quick leavening when time isn’t on my side (see the variation below). In either case, a heavy cast-iron or nonstick pan stands in for the tandoor; go for one that will heat evenly and hold on to that fire. When the wetted dough is placed in the pan and a lid goes on, it makes a stove-top steam oven. The combination of dry and wet heat browns, puffs, and cooks a naan in mere minutes; then it’s on to the next one.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon melted ghee or butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water
    • 2 cups (255 g) white bread flour (see Note)
    • 1 cup (130 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons medium-grain kosher salt
    • 3/4 cup (175 ml) plain whole-milk yogurt
    • Nigella seeds, poppy seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, or chopped garlic (optional)
    • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 229 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 13 g 19.44%
    • Saturated Fat: 3 g 15.71%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 7 mg 2.27%
    • Sodium: 436 mg 18.18%
    • Calcium: 57 mg 5.71%
    • Potassium: 67 mg 1.92%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 16.53%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 21 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 13.5%
    • Sugar: 2 g
    • Protein: 8 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 1.34%
    • Vitamin C 0.22%
    • Vitamin D 0.12%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total2 oz-eq

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