Living in the Silicon Valley, we have a lot of Indian friends who are smart and nice that we love to hang out with. One of the famous food from India that our great friends introduced was… Naan. It’s soft, fluffy and super delicious. So when I saw this mix at my local Japanese grocery, I just had to give it a try. It’s called Showa Kantan Naan Desu, in English it means Simple Naan. The mix is 180g for making 2 to 3 Naan bread.
Being called kantan, meaning simple. The instruction is indeed simple. All you need is water (80g) and oil (20g.) Here in the bowl is the mixture of the water and oil.
Then you just dump all of the flour mix into the water and oil like so.
Give it a quick stir by using a fork. Then knead the mixture into a smooth dough ball.
Since I’m going to make smaller Naan bread, I divided the dough into 3 equal parts.
Shape the dough into smooth dough balls and there’s no need for fermentation.
Traditionally the Naan bread is baked in Tandoor, which is like an oven. But in this recipe, you can just use a frying pan. Kantan (simple) right? Set the fire on medium and lightly spray the pan with some oil, I’m using Canola Oil. The trick here is to really spray it light, or else it won’t look right. The first time I went a little over, you’ll see it in a bit.
The instruction says to flatten out the dough into 3mm thick disk which is less than 1/8″.
Into the pan it goes!
In about 2-3 minutes on medium heat, the bread is ready to be turned around. If you’re using low heat, it’ll take 4-5 minutes. See this side doesn’t even look like Naan, hehe.
The second one turned out perfect when I reduced the amount of oil that I sprayed into the pan. Just a light touch is all it needs.
Ta-da simple Naan bread is on the table. Yummy yum!
I love how simple this mix is and it takes like 10 minutes to get everything on the table. The result is quite acceptable, better than I thought. But the bad thing is… now I want to make some Naan, from scratch! Can I achieve the same result as this mix?