Today I am sharing one of my family favorite recipe of a type of Indian flat bread; which is known by the name of “Garlic Naan”. It’s the type of flatbread which is served in most of eateries in Northern part of India as well as Indian restaurants around the globe. Naans are also readily available over here in the grocery stores; but I like the fresh home cooked naans as they are more soft and delicious.
This recipe is of garlic naan but you can totally omit garlic to make simple naan. This homemade garlic naan is cooked on stove top, which is definitely a preferable method of cooking in every Indian household. But traditionally naan is made by slapping dough on the walls of hot clay oven; that is not possible for everyone. Some people prefer to cook naan in oven too; if you want to make your garlic naan in oven then make sure to keep them slightly thick otherwise they are going to be hard and chewy.
I have used mixture of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour but you can go with either of these. Also I have used olive oil instead of ghee/ butter in the preparation of dough. This gives special burst of flavor along with garlic and spring onion. Also there is no butter except for smearing or milk/ yogurt used for this garlic naan recipe hence it’s completely vegan friendly. Now try this homemade garlic naan recipe for perfect soft naans.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour.
- ½ cup all purpose flour/ maida.
- 1½ tsp active dry yeast.
- 1 tsp sugar.
- 2 tbsp olive oil.
- 1 tsp salt.
- 2 tbsp garlic(finely chopped).
- 2 spring onions(finely chopped).
- 2 tbsp cilantro(finely chopped).
- 1 tbsp butter/ ghee for smearing on the naan.(optional)
- ½ cup warm water or more as needed.
- Take a small bowl and dissolve dry yeast and sugar in ½ cup of warm water (about 100-110°F) . Let it sit on the counter till it's frothy(5-10 mins).
- In the mean time take another large deep bowl and sift both flours and salt.
- Now add ready yeast and oil to the flour mixture; and mix the ingredients together with hand. Add more warm water if required or flour if the mixture seems too sticky.
- Keep kneading until a soft and pliable dough is formed.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or dough with damp tea towel; leave in warm place for 1-2 hours or until it gets doubled.
- Now make 7 equal portions of dough and leave them for 10-15 mins.
- Take some extra flour in a plate.
- Mix chopped garlic, spring onions and cilantro in a small plate.
- Take one portion of dough on the dusted board and roll into a small disc.
- Add the garlic mixture in the center of the disc and now roll it into a round of about 6-7 inches diameter.
- Warm a cast iron skillet or non stick pan on high heat until it's nearly smoky.
- Gently lay the garlic side of naan on the pan, the dough should start to bubble flip after 1 min, you may notice some light golden brown spots on the naan.
- Cook this side for 30-40 seconds.
- Remove the naan from the griddle and brush with butter or ghee. Place the naan in a tea towel lined bread basket or serving dish.
- Cook all the naans in similar way.Serve hot or warm.
- Serve naan with Indian curries it also tastes good with vegetarian chili.
- You can also use leftover naan as thin crust pizza base.