Beer Naan Recipe Revealed
Updated: Jan 8
If you’re stuck at home and feeling uninspired (like most of us!), why not focus your energy on something positive and use lockdown to expand your culinary skills? Unlike your typical Indian naan, this flatbread is a longtime family favorite of chef & restauranteurs Raj & Bina Sharma of Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine.
The couple moved to the coastal state of Maine from Germany & the United Kingdom 30 years ago & share their east-meets-west recipe of a traditional Indian favorite with a boozy twist.
Naan is notably the most famous Indian flatbread around the world. The origins of the word trace back to Iran & Afghanistan, however naan is now a staple across India. This fluffy leavened flatbread is ideal for soaking up rich gravy in authentic curry dishes, and also is the perfect accompaniment for popular dishes like tandoori chicken. Similar white flour versions exist such as garlic naan, bullet naan, butter naan, and onion kulchas.
Ingredients (3 pieces):
16 oz all purpose flour
½ cup plain yogurt
4 oz vegetable oil
8 oz of Taj Mahal Indian beer or your favorite brew
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of yeast
1) Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
2) After all dry ingredients are mixed, add in Taj Mahal beer & oil while kneading everything together with your hands until dough becomes soft and is not sticky
3) Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise for one hour in a room temperate place
4) Remove the dough from your bowl and further knead with your hands
5) Create three equal sized balls of dough and leave for another 10 minutes before rolling out with a rolling pin
6) Bring a medium sized pan to medium heat ensuring pan is hot and with a pinch of water spread on one side of your naan
7) Slap the dough onto the pan for 30 seconds before flipping over to the other side
8) Spread a layer of butter across the surface if you desire before serving with your favorite Indian dish