YIELD: 8 Naan
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, place the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the yeast and whisk again to combine. Add the yogurt, butter or ghee, egg with egg white, and the water, and mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until just combined. Once the water has been absorbed, turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for about 3 minutes. The dough will most likely be quite fluffy but will come together and thicken, then begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl in spots. It will not turn into a fully integrated ball of dough on its own.
Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl with a spatula and gently press it into a ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl with a lid or plastic wrap, and cover tightly. If you plan to make naan the same day, place the dough in a warm, draft-free spot to rise until it is nearly doubled in volume, about 45 minutes. Alternatively, place the well-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days, and work with the dough straight from the refrigerator.
Once the dough has doubled in volume, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle lightly with more flour. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, lightly flour it and roll it into a round, then use a rolling pin to roll it into an elongated oval about 3/8 inch thick. While you’re shaping the dough, place about 1 tablespoon of ghee or virgin coconut oil in a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan, and melt over medium-low heat. Place the first piece of shaped dough in the heated skillet and fry on one side until large blisters begin to form (about 30 seconds). Flip and fry until the underside is golden brown. Flip the bread again and cook until browned all over, about another minute. Remove to a paper towel and cover the dough to retain the heat and moisture. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough, adding more fat to the skillet as necessary. Serve warm.
Reheating is best done in the oven at 425°F directly on a pizza stone for a few minutes until warm.
We love to enjoy this naan bread filled with my instapot chicken shawarma, lettuce, tomato and yogurt cucumber sauce.
This recipe was adapted from the original by Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.
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