Butter naan is a popular Indian bread that is enjoyed with various curries and dishes. It is a soft and fluffy bread that is made with all-purpose flour, yogurt, and butter. Here’s a recipe to make butter naan in Bengali style.
2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup warm water
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
Butter for brushing the naan
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
Add the yogurt, warm water, melted butter, beaten egg, and chopped coriander leaves. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat a skillet or tawa over medium-high heat. You can also use a griddle or a non-stick pan for cooking the naan.
Divide the dough into 6-8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Flatten each ball slightly and roll it out into an oval shape, about 1/4 inch thick. Make sure that the naan is evenly rolled out and not too thin or too thick.
Brush the top of each naan with melted butter. You can use a pastry brush or a spoon to spread the butter evenly over the naan.
Place the naan on the skillet, buttered side down. Cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. You will see small bubbles forming on the naan, which is a sign that it is cooking properly.
Flip the naan over and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the other side is golden brown. You can use a spatula or a pair of tongs to flip the naan over.
Brush the top of each naan with more melted butter and serve hot with your favorite curry. You can also sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on top of the naan for garnish.
You can also add garlic or onion paste to the dough for extra flavor. You can also add some finely chopped green chilies or jalapenos for a spicy kick.
If you don’t have a skillet or tawa, you can also bake the naan in a preheated oven at 450°F for 5-6 minutes. You can brush the naan with some melted butter before baking it.
You can also sprinkle some sesame seeds or nigella seeds on top of the naan before cooking for a different flavor and texture. You can also add some grated cheese or paneer to the naan for a cheesy twist.
Make sure that the skillet or tawa is hot enough before placing the naan on it. If the pan is not hot enough, the naan will not cook properly and will become hard and chewy.
You can also make the dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before rolling it out and cooking it.
To keep the naan warm and soft, you can wrap it in a clean cloth or aluminum foil until ready to serve.