Grilled Cardamom Nan Bread

Besides being in charge of desserts, Wayne Brachman presides over bread making at the Hamptons summer house. He adds a hit of spice to his version of the classic Indian bread.

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  • Servings: MAKES 8 NAN

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  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for brushing
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and stir in the honey. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the 1 tablespoon oil, the flour, salt and cardamom and stir until the dough forms a cohesive mass.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a ball. Set the balls on an oiled baking sheet and brush with oil. Cover loosely with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball of dough to an 8-inch disk. Arrange them on 3 oiled baking sheets and let rest for 20 minutes.

  4. Light a grill or heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet. Brush each nan lightly with olive oil and grill for about 1 minute, until golden on the bottom and light bubbles form on the top. Turn and cook until golden all over, about 1 minute. Keep warm while you cook the remaining nan.

Make Ahead

The dough can be refrigerated overnight. Punch down the balls before proceeding.

Published July 1996

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