This Garlic Naan From Scratch is an Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make, soft and chewy, topped with garlic and butter 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.
- Instant yeast
- 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!
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
- 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 into thirds and then those thirds 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.