Thursday, April 7, 2011

Naan Bread

Of course a great Indian meal has to include Naan. This recipe is simple. It takes a little time but the result is totally worth it. The recipe makes about 20 pieces so you can easily halve it like I did to have a good serving for for 2-4 people.

Naan Bread


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 30-60 mins, until the dough has almost doubled in size.
  2. Punch down dough. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise about 10-20 minutes.
  3. Preheat griddle or grill pan. Roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle on a lightly floured surface. Lightly oil pan. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side lightly with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from pan, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.
Source: Naan

This is wonderful to soak up all the great sauce from the Butter Chicken or is great with hummus, or as a wrap for a sandwich.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Indian Butter Chicken

The other week I went to an Indian buffet with a friend from work. It was all so good but my absolute favorites were the Butter chicken and the fresh Naan bread. I have been craving those ever since so I looked for the best butter chicken recipe I could find and after dinner I can definitely say I have succeeded. This recipe is amazing. It is a great recipe to make if you are new to Indian food and don't want anything too crazy. It has great depth of flavor and even my Indian food averse husband LOVED this dish. A definite must try!

Indian Butter Chicken

  • 4 pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut Into Bite Sized Pieces)
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • ¼ teaspoons Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoons Cardamom
  • 1 whole Lime, Juiced
  • 1 whole Onion, Diced
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 1 can (14.5 Oz. Can) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 Oz. Can) Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 pint Half & Half (can also use light cream or whipping cream)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Chopped Cilantro, to taste
  • 2 cups rice
Directions Combine first 9 ingredients and marinate overnight.

Saute the onion in the butter until soft. Add marinated chicken and cook about 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes over medium-low heat with the lid on (or off if you would like to evaporate some of the water and thicken the sauce). Add the half-and-half also) and cilantro just before serving over rice.

This is particularly good served with fresh Naan, which can either be purchased at an Indian restaurant or made fresh at home. The recipe for the naan will be coming soon!

Source: Tasty Kitchen Butter Chicken by lillieknits