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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total: 61 minutes

Servings: 8


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Step 1

In a large bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, salt, and baking powder.

Step 2

Add the yogurt. With a spoon, stir to combine, pressing the yogurt into the dry ingredients. Once it seems that you can't moisten the flour further, sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over the top (if you are using regular yogurt or your yogurt is on the thinner side and it doesn't seem like your dough is crumbly but not dry, you may not need the water at all). Depending upon how thick or thin your yogurt is, you may need more water. If so, add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly between each addition, until the flour-yogurt mixture forms big clumps. Once you’ve mixed as best as you can with a spoon, use your hands to squeeze the dough together in a ball.

Step 3

Knead the dough in the bowl for 1 to 2 minutes, until it feels fairly smooth and cohesive. Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. (The naan won't rise; this step is to relax the gluten in the flour and let the wet/dry ingredients fully incorporate so that your naan is tender.)

Step 4

Prepare the butter (or garlic butter): During the last 10 minutes of the dough’s resting, melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Once melted, add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, just until fragrant. Remove the pan from heat. If you prefer not to make garlic butter, simply omit the garlic and melt the butter on the stove or in the microwave.

Step 5

Once the dough has rested, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. With a bench scraper or butter knife, cut the dough ball into 8 evenly sized wedges. If you’d like to keep the naan warm between batches, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and keep a large baking sheet handy.

Step 6

Shape the first dough: Roll one wedge into a ball with your hands. Lightly flour the top of it. With a rolling pin, roll it to a circle or oval that is about ¼-inch thick (it will be about 5 inches across).

Step 7

Cook the dough: Heat a cast iron skillet (a non-stick skillet will work too) over medium-high heat. Let the pan get nice and hot. Add the dough to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute, until it blisters on the bottom and big bubbles form on top. While the dough is cooking on the first side, brush butter on the top, uncooked side.

Step 8

With tongs, flip the dough and brush more butter on top. Cook until it is golden brown on the other side, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a baking sheet, sprinkle with herbs and flaky salt (if desired), and place in the oven to keep warm.

Step 9

Repeat with the remaining wedges. I like to multi-task by rolling the next dough ball while the one before it cooks. Enjoy warm!

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