Flatbread

Flatbread

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(57 ratings)

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

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Makes 8 breads
Authentic Indian flatbreads (naan) can be shallow fried or baked - they cook in just 15 mins

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal255
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
    Yeast

    Yeast

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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 300ml water

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.

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bebrogan
20th Nov, 2011
5.05
very yummy and so easy to make great with curries and chilli, much better then shop bought ones. I would recommend that you roll them quite thin.
littlegreendragon13
13th Oct, 2011
5.05
Awesome! I love making these! They also freeze well- I make sure I've made them small enough to fit in the toaster and then they can be simpky and quickly reheated from frozen, perfect!
andycrofts
29th Sep, 2011
Actually, I've a quicker way. If I need naan bread, I pop over the road to "Mahatma Kote's" and ask if he can rustle me up a couple.
andycrofts
29th Sep, 2011
Some of you folks have a machine called a 'breadmaker' that makes bread??? Unbelieveable. You're really missing the best advantage of kneading dough. Your fingernails are sooo clean afterwards! ;-)
garveym2
7th Sep, 2011
5.05
A tasty accompaniment to any juicy main course. My family loved them.
alisonpg
25th Aug, 2011
5.05
Very good and easy to make. I used the dough programme on my bread maker for mess-free dough making! I only had enough flour for 1/2 the amount stated above and I made 6 mini-flatbreads similar in size to the mini naans that are available in the supermarket. I added chopped coriander and garlic and they tasted great. I also baked in the oven rather than frying pre-heat oven and baking trays oiled with olive oil at 220deg (200deg fan) and bake for 6-8 minutes. Recommended!
fran27
15th Aug, 2011
5.05
Having read the comments about quantity, I thought that the flour/yeast ratio was not correct. I used 250g flour to 5.5g dried yeast (that's the ratio I use for breads), & it worked perfectly. But only used 1tsp salt (sea salt comes out stronger anyway). No problem with sticky dough, it should be like that until you start to knead it. I also used high quality Italian pizza flour (00 pizza flour), no problem with getting it thin, you can spin it if you don't want to try rolling. Does it matter about being round? I've never seen a round naan bread & in any case my antique cast iron frying pan is oval! Great result, will definitely do it again.
ljl144
29th Mar, 2011
5.05
Fabulous! Quick, easy and much, much better than shop bought!
eileenbourne
16th Feb, 2011
I made mine a tad smaller for individual portion sizes and they worked wonderfully for my family. I'm thinking now about adding maybe some corriander seeds or cumin seeds, or even mustard/poppy. A real hit with us and will do again.
torisian
13th Feb, 2011
I made these flat breads last night and i thought they were so easy to make and went perfect with the prawn curry i made and sheesh kebabs! thought they were great :-)

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