This is a quick and easy flatbread recipe from Kenji Lopez-Alt. Please note that you need a grill or a grill pan to make this.
There’s not a ton to say about this recipe, other than it does result in very delicious naan-like flatbreads. We actually ate them with this Goan-Style Chicken Galinha Cafreal—a type of curry, and they perfectly complemented it.
As a sidenote, you can pretty much guarantee that every Kenji Lopez-Alt recipe will turn out as expected—so long as you follow his directions. He’s meticulous about food science.
What you’ll need (half-recipe for 6 flatbreads)
- 300g bread flour
- 1t instant yeast
- 6g kosher salt
- 12g granulated sugar
- 180g full-fat yogurt or whole milk
- 3-4T melted unsalted butter
What to do
In a stand-mixer bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar with a whisk or the mixer’s whisk attachment. Attach the mixer’s dough hook and add the yogurt and knead at low speed until the dough comes together into a ball. Add a little more yogurt or milk, if needed. Continue kneading for about 5 more minutes, until the dough is elastic. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for about 2 hours. It should almost double in size.
When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface, and using a bench scraper or knife, divide the dough into 6 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and put them on a floured sheet pan and cover them—leave some room between the pieces. Allow them to rise again for about 2 hours.
To cook, begin to heat a grill pan over high-medium heat for 10 minutes. While the pan is heating, stretch each piece of dough into a naan shape, about 10 inches long. Cooking one at a time, unless you have a huge grill pan, lay the stretched dough onto the pan and let it cook without moving until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is charred—about 1 to 1.5 minutes. Using a pair of tongs or a spatula, flip the bread and cook it for another 1 to 1.5 minutes.
Put the bread on a serving plate and immediately brush with melted butter, then cover it with a towel. You can stack the flatbreads and keep the stack covered while you cook.
You can also cook this on a barbecue grill. Just use high heat and make sure the grates are clean. Keep in mind that the cooking time may be shorter, depending on the heat of your grill.