Naan Bread is an Indian flat bread, pillowy and elastic, traditionally baked in a very hot tandoor clay oven. Many people use their own oven at home, set at a vey high temperature. Because I like to keep heat outside of the house in summer, I tried something different and fired up the grill. And it worked great. You could also use a heavy duty grill pan on your stove top.
The dough for the naan is simple and un-yeasted. It’s also very quick, only needing about one hour to rest before rolling out. If you have a stand mixer, it really takes all the work out of it.
Remember to remove the flower buds from the garlic scapes and just use the stems.
Place all ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until it resembles a fine crumb. I added roasted almonds to the chutney, which is not traditional, but adds a little crunch and heartiness.
I also added half a Serrano Chili, for a little kick.
Spread the chutney leaving 1/2- 1 inch space around the edges.
Sprinkle a tablespoon or more of your favorite meltable cheese- like queso fresco, mozzarella, or paneer.
Bring all the edges together and pinch.
Gently turn over and gently flatten with the palm of your hand.
Gently roll out into 6 inch disks, with the cheese and chutney inside, stacking and layering with parchment paper.
- 5-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed (optional: sub 1 Cup whole wheat)
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 T kosher salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup olive oil and more for brushing.
- 1½ C water
- Garlic Scape Chutney:
- ¾ cup chopped garlic scapes, tops removed (or sub Italian parsley or cilantro packed w/ 2 cloves garlic)
- ½ cup fresh mint packed
- ½ cup roasted or smoked almonds
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ jalapeño or Serrano pepper- for a little kick (optional)
- 1 T lime juice ⅓ C olive oil.
- Olive oil or Melted butter for brushing
- 1 C Melty cheese- such as mozzarella, queso fresco, or paneer
- Make the dough:
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt, egg and add 1-1/2 cups of lukewarm water and the oil. Mix. Pour the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture and mix on low speed until a soft, sticky dough starts to clump around the hook, about 5 minutes. If the dough seems too wet, add more flour, 1 tsp. at a time. Line a baking sheet with parchment and dust lightly with flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 10 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and arrange them on the baking sheet. Lightly brush the dough with oil, cover with plastic, and let sit 1 hour before shaping.
- Make the chutney:
- Place all the chutney ingredients in a food processor and pulse until uniformly granular.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll a dough ball into a 5-inch circle. Spread 1 T of the chutney in the center, leaving a ½-inch border. Sprinkle 1 T of cheese over the chutney. Gather the border to form a pouch (see picture) pinching it to seal in the filling. Turn the pouch pinched side down and, using very light pressure, roll it into a 6-inch circle. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Layer rolled out naan with parchment until ready to grill.
- Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire and wipe grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Grill the breads in batches pinched side down, covered, until they puff up and the undersides brown lightly in places, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over and cook the other side, covered, until grill marks form and the breads are cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Just before taking them off the grill, turn the breads pinched side down and brush lightly with butter or olive oil. Serve warm.
- These are best, right off the grill but leftovers can be refrigerated and saved for another time. Just place them in a toaster or warm oven before serving.