Garlic Naan From Scratch

This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and a delicious side to any meal with a sauce to sop up!

This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and a delicious side to any meal with a sauce to sop up!

Oh, hey! I’m back after a whirlwind April of girls weekend trips, Easter, and the general controlled chaos of being a working mom of 2 under 3. But the time away made me realize it was high time I finally worked on a recipe I’ve been wanting to make for a loonngg time.

If you guys know anything about me, it has to be my deep love for all things Bread. It’s basically my favorite food group. I would give up sooo many other foods before I’d give up a warm freshly baked kind of any bread. And as we keep making more breads from scratch, that fact is solidified. Especially with this new favorite: Garlic Naan From Scratch!

Unless you’ve been to our house, you’d probably say that you don’t see me eat much bread. Ha. That’s because, well, balance. We make a lot of bread in this house. And when there’s fresh bread in the house, it’s my go to snack. A piece of our No Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread with a little olive oil and salt, done. An Easy Dinner Rolls From Scratch warmed with a little butter, doing it. Or our Whole Wheat Honey Oat Bread, just by itself, yup. I’ll reach for a piece of bread before any other snack in the house. And if you ask my toddler what her favorite food is, she’ll prove that indeed, the apple does not far fall from the tree. Naan has been on my list for a long time; it’s embarrassing how long it’s taken me to finally make it because it’s so easy.

Simple Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Instant yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Plain Yogurt (I used non-fat Greek because it’s what we had, but you can use any plain you have.)
  • Milk (We had 1% in the house but 2% would be fine, too!)
  • Melted butter for slathering the doughs
  • Fresh minced garlic and cilantro to top!

Then it’s just a little mixing, a little rising, and even littler kneading before you separate them out into little balls of dough and shape them into either circles or ovals, slather them with some melted butter and toss them in a hot skillet. Eee-ah-zee.

Just a couple of minutes on each side and then another good slather of melted butter then top with fresh minced garlic and cilantro and Boom. Garlic Naan From Scratch!

What to Eat with Naan?

Not that you necessarily need to eat it with something (see a few of my aforementioned bread snacking above…), but it’s super tasty with these favorites!

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

Super Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry

Saag Paneer

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Homemade Shakshouka

Now that’s to say that any of it makes it to a meal. Our first batch almost didn’t!

It’s buttery. It’s soft. It’s chewy garickly deliciousness. Garlic Naan from scratch! Husband and bread lovin’ toddler approved. Perfect for our , , , or any other dish that has a delicious sauce that needs to be sopped up!

Garlic Naan From Scratch

This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and a delicious side to any meal with a sauce to sop up!
4.79 from 14 votes
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Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bread, naan
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • Fresh cilantro chopped


  • In a medium sized bowl mix water and sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Set aside until activated (foamy), approximately 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix flour and salt.
  • Add yogurt and milk to activated yeast and mix. Make a well in the flour and slowly add the milk yeast mixture, incorporating the sides of the well as you mix (like you would when making pasta). Mix well until smooth and then on a lightly floured surface, knead for 3-4 minutes.
  • Return to bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Approximately an hour.
  • When risen take dough and split in half. Then split those halves in half and then those halves in halves and those halves in half until you have 12 evenly sized balls.
  • Heat skillet to medium. Roll a ball into a circle or an oval and brush one side with butter. Add the dough butter side down into the skillet and quickly brush the other side with more butter. Let cook until bubbles begin to form – approximately 2 minutes – then flip and cook another 90 seconds.
  • Stack naan on plate and cover with towel to keep warm while you roll out each dough.
  • Add garlic to remaining butter and then microwave naan to warm and brush with remaining butter.
  • Serve immediately.


If using a griddle pan or extra large skillet, make only 6 and roll out long ovals that can be torn and shared at the table for faster cooking time.

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  • 5 stars
    I love fresh flatbreads. Naan is no exception. You make it look so easy and with the garlic, this is surely a winner. I like to eat mine with curries and soup. For Naan, my favorite part is how soft and pillowy they are. Thanks again for another great recipe!

  • 5 stars
    Naan is probably my favorite kind of bread, so this recipe is right up my alley. I found some beautiful spring garlic and my local grocery store the other day, so I’m thinking about using it in this recipe rather than regular garlic. I love that it’s such an easy recipe too!

  • 5 stars
    I absolutely love Garlic Naan but have never made it. This recipe looks absolutely easy and delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • 5 stars
    Your girls weekend sounds fun and relaxing!! These look fabulous!! Yum, I am making a lamb curry soon so I will make some of these to go with it, cheers!

  • 5 stars
    I am in love with this recipe! I usually buy Naan bread and use it for a pizza crust for Friday Night Pizza Night at our home, but now I”m excited to make this recipe instead! Delish!

  • 5 stars
    I have a batch of butter chicken cooking in my pressure cooker right now and totally wish that I had a stack of this delicious naan bread to go with it. This recipe looks and sounds so great. I can’t wait to try it next time I make something nice and saucy to mop up with it!

  • 5 stars
    We love our flatbreads and to flavor them with garlic makes them heavenly!! They certainly would be an ideal accompaniment to my luncheon menu. Your naan recipe looks like just what I’ve been looking for. Can’t wait to try this out.

  • 5 stars
    This is un-be-lievable! First of all, naan is so overpriced at generic supermarkets and you get all of TWO naan in one package. I love that this recipe gives you a dozen! And then the obvious: nothing beats fresh bread. I can already think of a few curries I make that I’ll pair this with on the reg.

  • 5 stars
    Be still, my carb-loving heart! I swooned a little just at the sight of those delicious, garlicky, nicely browned pieces of naan. I didn’t know you could make naan in a frying pan like this, but it makes so much sense. I’ve got a pizza stone for the oven and I’ve heard those are good for making naan too (high temperature and all that). I’m curious to try the base recipe both ways to see how they come out. Thanks for sharing this!

  • 5 stars
    I always prefer homemade to store bought, especially in the bread department. It helps that the whole house smells divine! I make Indian food often and I don’t know why I’ve never tried to make Naan to go with. Thank you for this simple recipe with easy to follow directions.

  • 5 stars
    Oh I love naan! I worked at an Indian restaurant when I was younger and I was always afraid to slap the dough against the hot tandoori oven. This skillet version sounds soooo much easier! I definitely need to make this one.