Every good Indian curry deserves a good bread to eat it with. You have to! Otherwise, you won’t get that authentic Indian experience with your meal! Indian breads consist of rotis, naans, parathas, khulchas, puri’s, bhatura, and a great variety of other breads, and stuffed breads. Each type has its own speciality and helps enhance the flavor of your Indian curries…it’s a great thing!
Garlic Naan has to be the most popular type of bread. Not only is it delicious in itself, but its our own Indian version of garlic bread that has so many people hooked! Naan is traditionally a white-flour based bread that is soft and chewy inside and then slightly crisp on the outside. It is hand rolled and then cooked in a large clay oven with intense heat. It is slapped onto the sides of the “Tandoor” or clay oven and the naan bread sticks to the side and gets this beautiful bubbly char on it that gives Naan its distinctive flavor.
The best thing about Naan is that it has a simple flavor, so you can add different ingredients into the dough to flavor it up. For example, you can add chilis, dry fruits, paneer (Indian curd cheese), ground or whole cumin, coriander, ground meats, etc. The list is endless and the flavors are limitless – all dictated by your craving!
Here is a really delicious recipe for Garlic Naan that you can make at home using a hot frying pan/skillet. The garlic butter on top of the naan makes this recipe taste even better and you will definitely want to keep making it after you try it! It is soft and doughy inside with a slight crisp on the outside. Plus I will show you how you can simulate that “Tandoor Char” flavor in a traditional naan by using an open flame!
Servings: 8 breads
Ingredients for Naan:
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour + 1 cup for rolling out dough
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- ½ tsp of salt
- 3 Tbsp cooking oil
Ingredients for Garlic Butter:
- 4 Tbsp of butter (room temperature)
- 1 Tbsp of minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp of finely chopped coriander
**NOTE: You can add in different ingredients into the naan dough after it is done resting. (Blend in between Step 6 and 7) (Ex: ¼ cup of chili, coriander, dried fruits, 1 Tbsp of ground or whole cumin, etc.)
- In a small bowl or cup, add all ingredients for Garlic Butter and mix together well till fully blended. Set Aside and keep at room temperature. (**You can make this when you begin Step 6)
- In a mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, yogurt and salt. Knead all ingredients together till a slightly sticky dough forms.
- Take the 3 Tbsp of cooking oil and coat the dough till there is a light sheen on top.
- Cover mixing bowl and allow to rest for 2hrs.
- After time, place a large size non-stick pan on stove at Highest setting. (You need a very hot pan to simulate the Indian clay oven and help get a good texture on bread.)
- Place extra 1 cup of all purpose flour in plate to begin rolling out dough.
- Once dough is done resting, take a large lemon size round of dough and coat with a healthy amount of flour on both sides.
- Roll out into a 6-7in. diameter circle (Sprinkle a little APF on both sides as you roll out to help avoid sticking to rolling area)
- Place naan on hot pan and allow to cook on both sides about 4-5 minutes. You will begin to see bubbles form on naan and brown toasted areas. Use a spatula to gently press down the naan on pan for another 1 minute to help fully cook the naan.
- (OPTIONAL STEP) You can remove the frying pan from stove and place the cooked naan on open flame for about 10 seconds on each side to get a slightly charred effect on naan. This gives the naan a little bit of an extra roasted flavor.
- Place cooked naan on plate and spread Garlic Butter on top on before serving.
Now here is the recipe in a few pictures so you can have a better idea of what to expect.
If you have the chance to try this naan recipe I want to know! Feel free to leave a comment below or tag me with your pics on IG @cmspiceculture.