Flatbread

Flatbread

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins - 7 hrs, 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus 1 hour 10 minutes proving. cook in batches

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 8 breads

Authentic Indian flatbreads (naan) can be shallow fried or baked - they cook in just 15 mins

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
255
protein
7g
carbs
48g
fat
5g
saturates
1g
fibre
2g
sugar
0g
salt
1.3g

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water

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Method

  1. Mix the flour, salt, yeast and oil in a large bowl and add enough water to make a soft, but not sloppy, dough. Knead well. Put into a lightly oiled bowl to rise for 1 hr until doubled in size.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, about 250g each, and use a rolling pin to flatten each one into a circle, 15cm in diameter, about 1cm thick. Then leave the pieces on a lightly floured baking tray to prove for 5 mins. Heat a large frying pan to a medium heat and dry-fry each piece until browned on both sides, about 5 mins in total. Set aside to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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buckfast007's picture

I think you need to use tepid water to activate the yeast properly to get the volume the recipe states.

muchosamor's picture

I'm not sure why this has been described as naan? It's nothing like naan, either in ingredients or cooking method.

snoogans888's picture
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These worked brilliantly when cooked freshly made, but a total disaster when I tried to cook them after freezing the dough. There aren't any instructions in the recipe on freezing, so I froze the dough uncooked. Big mistake as they were like cardboard when I cooked them (after defrosting) and not nice and soft like the fresh batch.

ting_chan's picture
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Possibly the best naan bread I've ever had. Cooked perfectly and made 6 big circles. I had left it in the airing cupboard to rise and also added 3 cloves of garlic and a bunch of coriander before mixing in the water. I served it with the spinach and sweet potato curry. Om nom nom.

wilko30's picture

Yes they can be frozen! There are only 2 of us at home so I tend to make a big batch to freeze, take them out to defrost at room temperature (30 mins) or pop them in the mircowave for couple of mins - yummy! i have also recently tried added some extra flavours; chilli, garlic, mixed herbs........... anything goes!

jo1drury's picture

I made this and was pleased with how quick and simple it was - although having used a lebanese recipe for a similar bread in the past - I was a little disappointed with how bland this one was. I might be tempted to up the salt a little or add a little garlic.

janicehanna's picture

the receipe says this can be frozen does anyone one know if you freeze the dough or bake the naans then freeze???

megamuffin89's picture

I baked mine for about 10-15 mins at gas mark 4, fan assisted - had to keep an eye on them though....mine inflated in the oven! Tasted good though!

jenniecox's picture
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Really easy to make, very tasty although it can be a bit fiddly to roll them out! I have made them by hand and using the breadmaker, and by hand I think was best, for some reason the breadmaker mix was really sticky. I have added garlic and dried coriander too. Definitely agree with the other posts - you need to roll them as thin as possible otherwise they are bit doughy.
I won't be buying shop ones again!

Pynner's picture

Made this in my bread maker on dough setting. Added some black onion seeds. It was so easy and the results great. Made 8 large breads served them with an Indian style meal. I will make them again - they will go great with chlli and I will also make some smaller (16)ones to use with dips

bev4th's picture
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These are very easy & very tasty however I would suggest to roll them out thinner!!!!

wilko30's picture

These were really simple to make and great with a curry. try to roll them as thin as you can and make sure you keep the heat low so they cook right through :)

abigailmain's picture
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I too made the dough in the breadmaker. They were easy, quick and well liked by all. I found them to be really salty, still haven't found the right quantity of salt for me. Reading the other comments I shall try them with garlic and other seasonings too. Much nicer than shop-bought ones.

liezeldutoit's picture

According to the recipe it can baked. How long and at which temp?

gemzie14's picture

Oooh, these are lovely, very easy as well. I was cooking for 3 so made 6 small naans following the recipe- eyes were bigger than belly though and probably would have been fine with 1 rather than two each :P) I left mine for only 40 mins to rest but still tasted good, I will be adding some spices next time to experiment.

katieharris26's picture
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Fantastic recipe!! so easy to do, i also added garlic to the dough, next time i make then i will chop up fresh coriander and add that to the dough. I fried them for about 1 min on both sides, then baked the bread so they were extra crispy. Also will never buy naan bread from the shops!

raychforbes's picture
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Great recipe, really easy! I chopped 4 garlic cloves up & mixed them into the dough to make garlic bread - it was fantastic. I halved the recipe and it made plenty for 2 people. I won't be buying Naan from the shops ever again! I might try mixing the dough in the bread maker next time - less messy!

lmkelly's picture

I made this recipe as an accompaniment to a main Indian meal. The flatbreads were excellent and very easy to make. I'm just not very confident at rolling out to form a circle, but it didnt matter with this recipe and in the end I actually got them to the right shape!! Definitely better than shop-bought naan.

melanieday's picture

This was the most successful home made naan bread so far. The bread was soft and also nicely cooked in the pan.

lozenge's picture
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Bung the ingredients in the bread maker then roll out and cook when you need them, what could be easier? I thought these were fantastic, even my takeaway loving husband loved them, we used to buy shop bought naan bread but can't see us doing that again as these we so easy, so much nicer, and we know what's in them.
Mine did cook through, but be careful not to burn them, however I would also roll them pretty much as thin as possible next time - which is tonight as the stuff is in the bread maker on timer right now

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