Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grilled Naan

Yes, my basting brush is a man figure - and I love it.

I seem to like making naan bread.  It may not be the most authentic versions ever, but I manage to make it taste pretty darn good - and in the end, that's what matters right?

We got some green garlic in our CSA a couple weeks ago and it was really just sitting in the fridge waiting to be used.  I thought it would be a welcome addition to this naan.  Next time though, I may roll it in with the dough, instead of just using it as a topping in order to incorporate the flavor a bit more.

I love this grilled version because it provides a little bit more of a crispier naan, which I have no complaints about.  And hell... I just like using my grill, so why not?  Right?  Right.


2 & 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 cup warm water
2 & 1/2 to 3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, melted plus more for brushing
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 stalk of green garlic, sliced thinly

In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and warm water.  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, sift 2 & 1/2 cups of flour with salt.  Pour in melted butter, yogurt, and yeast mixture.  Mix well. If dough is too sticky, add remaining 1/2 cup of flour a little bit at a time, until you reach your desired texture.

Knead for about 15 minutes (yes, I got in my arm workout for the day with this one), or until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a clean and oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel.  Let rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Punch dough down and knead for about a minute.  Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each one out into a circle/oval about 1/4 inch thickness.

Light a charcoal grill under medium high heat. 

Before placing on grill, brush each flatbread with melted butter and place on grill.  Brush top of bread with additional butter and top with green garlic.  Grill for about 2-3 minutes, or until dough is crisp on the bottom.  Be careful not to leave it on there too long because it will burn easily (trust me, I had a casualty or two, lol). 

I'm working on my food styling - comments/criticisms welcome!

We served this with some freshly made raita and Indian spiced salmon fillets (recipe soon to come, of course) and it was just a great dinner all around. 

So next time you're in the mood for some naan... bust out that grill and throw those dough pieces on there!

See you guys tomorrow for a CSA Week #4 update - we got some more great stuff!  And let me know if you want me to feature your CSA, as well - there's still time to e-mail me =)


  1. Your naan always looks great! I love when you use the grill to cook naan. And I'm looking forward to seeing your Indian spiced salmon fillets - must be so good, and with this naan... I think my husband will like it.

  2. Oh, I adore naan!! Yeah, the salmon...and the naan...deliciousness!

  3. This is so beautiful and looks tasty and healthy at the same time..ohh and with salmon is perfect combo!!!

  4. Looks wonderful! having problems commenting so....

  5. Yum! This is so much better than my first attempt! I'll have to follow your recipe next time!

  6. I adore Naan! We buy a garlic bread at Trader Joe's often, but I really need to make it. Love this!

  7. Wonderful and perfectly done naans... Would be great with a chicken gravy...

  8. Perfectly done grilled naans Peggy..I love naans with nice spicy gravy.

  9. Those naans look great - must have been especially good with the garlic! :) And your basting brush is super-cute. I need to get me one of those :) Can't wait to see your salmon post! Thanks for sharing...

  10. I always buy Naan instead of making them. I love your DIY Naan idea.

  11. Peggy, u made these?? I'm impressed! I'm really lazy as it's readily available in the supermart. Clever gal!

  12. So glad you posted this recipe! I've had Naan on my to-make list forever, but I knew it would be better grilled and the timing was never right. Now that the grill will be out this summer I'll be moving to the made list!

  13. Oh my goodness, those look so perfect u done beautifully:).

  14. Oh Yum! That looks great ... perfect!

  15. Naan is seriously one of the main reasons why I eat Indian food. And yet I've never made it myself. you're inspiring me to get to it!

  16. Oh ,this looks very, very delicious!
    Love the basting brush, btw :))

  17. Peggy, your naan looks excellent...and I can't wait to see your salmon recipe :)

  18. Normally naan is made in tandoor oven, it is kind of grilling. Your version is perfect.

  19. this looks fabulously delicious yummy

  20. You didn't steer me wrong with the baked naan, so I'll definitely have to give this one a try on the gril!