I know, this recipes I am sharing here in the blog post is not a traditional Danish recipe, or Nordic for that matter, but nevertheless this recipe for Naan bread is just super simple and it is a fantastic side dish for a large number of other dishes like most meat, Indian food, pasta dishes or maybe just as a starter with hummus.
Instead of serving boring potatoes chips or salted nuts. Personally, I like to serve a stack of freshly baked Naan bread together with a freshly prepared hummus as a standing snack or starter when I am having guests over. It is a great way of serving something homemade for you guests while you are in the kitchen finishing the main course.
As mentioned, it is easy to make a batch of homemade and fresh Naan bread. Besides being easy to make, they are not that demanding while cooking them, meaning that you can prepare this bread while making other stuff in the kitchen.
You start by mixing the ingredients in a bowl. Use your hands or kitchen machine to knead everything into a nice dough. The amount of flour needed can change a little depending on the quality of the flour. Then you need to let the dough rise for 20 minutes. Divide the dough into six pieces and flatten them out using a rolling pin or your hands if you are skilled to do that, I am not :-)
Heat up a frying pan on medium setting; do not add any oil or butter. Then you sprinkle or brush one side of the Naan bread with water. Transfer the Naan bread to the frying pan with the waterside facing down the hot surface of the pan. Fry the bread for a couple of minutes before flipping it over to continue frying for some extra minutes. The bread is done when it has crisp parts but is still flexible and soft.
6 naan bread
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Danish title: Naan Brød
350 g (12 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 dl (1/5 cup) water, lukewarm
2 dl (4/5 cup) yogurt, natural
3 tbsp sesam seeds
1. In a bowl; mix the all-purpose flour, salt and baking soda.
2. Add the olive oil and stir to mix
3. Add the yogurt natural and water and stir to mix into a nice dough.
4. Cover the bowl with a dishtowel and set the dough aside for 20 minute to let it rise.
5. Divide the dough into six pieces and roll them out using a rolling pin. The bread should be around 2-4 mm (1/6 inch) thick
6. Sprinkle one side of the bread with a little sesam seeds and use the rolling pin to gently roll the sesam into the bread.
7. Heat up a frying pan.
8. Brush one side of the bread with cold water and place the bread with the waterside facing down the skillet.
9. Fry the bread for a couple of minutes until it gets a nice golden/brown color. Flip the bread over and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
Serve the bread with some Indian food or as a snack together with some hummus.