We have tried many naan recipes over the years. Ones with yeast, ones without. Ones with yogurt and eggs. I think we have finally found a winner. I have made this version a few times and they turn out every time.
You don't even need a tandoor to get soft and chewy naan. A bbq is all you need! They don't take long, just put them on the grill for a couple minutes a side.
I'm using this recipe from Food.com but changed up the instructions a bit. I always use a mixer to knead the dough - why do more work than you need to? I also liked the results better when the dough had a few hours to rise. If you have less than an hour though, you will still get great tasting naan.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 TB sugar
2 tsp dry active yeast
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add salt and flour and turn the mixer on until the dough comes together into a ball. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Place the dough in a warm place and let rise for a minimum of 45 minutes. More than a couple hours is ideal.
After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 8 balls. Place on a parchment lined sheet and cover again with a damp towel. When ready to barbecue, roll the balls out and put them on the grill for a couple of minutes per side. Remove from the heat and spread butter on the hot naan.