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Indian Naan recipe


4 cups all.purpose flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon double.acting baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

4 to 6 teaspoons ghee or melted butter


Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until
the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Make a well in the center of
the mixture and add the eggs, stirring them into the mixture. Add
the milk in a thin stream (or a little at a time if you only have
two hands), and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
Gather the dough into a ball and knead for about 10 minutes, adding
a little flour as needed to prevent sticking, until the dough is
smooth and can be gathered into a soft, somewhat sticky ball. Moisten
your hands with a teaspoon of ghee, rub it over the ball of dough,
and place it in a bowl. Drape a kitchen towel over the bowl and allow
to sit at room temperature for about 3 hours.

Place two ungreased baking sheets in the oven and preheat the oven
and the sheets to 450F. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and
flatten each into a tear.drop, or leaf shape about 6 inches long
and 31/2 inches across at its widest point. Use your fingers to do
this, and moisten them with ghee as needed to prevent the dough
from sticking. The ghee also assures the proper texture of the bread,
so moisten your fingers with it even if the dough is not sticky.
Arrange the bread "leaves" side by side on the preheated baking
sheets and bake them for about 6 minutes, or until they are firm to
the touch. Slide them under the broiler for a minute or so to brown
the tops lightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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