My sister has taken up a new role in New York, as a domestic goddess. No, seriously, while waiting for the right paperwork to be sorted out, she is cooking, cleaning and decorating.
We discuss recipes and food often. More often than we used to. What’s for dinner? Where do we buy ingredients? What goes with what? We also exchange recipes. Last week, she messaged and asked for my go to naan recipe. When I sent it to her, she sent back a frustrated reply. ‘I don’t have half those ingredients.’ she complained. And fair enough, they probably wouldn’t fit in her functional but tiny NY kitchen.
It got me thinking, I often have the desire for some hot, fresh, home-made naan and I have neither the time or the patience to make the full version. It got me thinking about a version of a Jamie Oliver recipe that I had made with butter chicken not long ago.
So here’s my version of cheats naan, for those days when you really want naan but can’t really be bothered.
- 170g self raising flour + more for dusting
- 170g yoghurt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. ghee melted
- 1 tsp. crushed garlic
In a bowl place all the ingredients, except the garlic and ghee, and mix well until you have a smooth uniform dough. You might need to add a little flour to prevent the dough sticking too much.
Make five balls of the same size. Flatten each ball, one at a time, on a well floured ball or plate. Flatten until each flatbread is about 10-15cm flat.
Heat a skillet or griddle pan to smoking hot. Mix the melted ghee with garlic and set aside.
Place the flattened naan on the skillet pan and brush with the the melted ghee mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the naan is nicely marked on the underside and puffed up.
Flip the naan over and brush the other side with ghee. Flip once more before taking the naan off the heat.
Serve with something delicious.