Authentic Garlic Naan Bread

Authentic Naan Breads
Makes 8 Authentic Garlic Naan Breads

Naan bread is an Indian flatbread usually baked against the wall of a Tandoor oven. You probably don’t have one of those. But this garlic naan bread recipe is really easy and results in really authentic garlic naan bread by using a searing-hot cast-iron skillet!

The trick to making authentic garlic naan bread really is to get that skillet searingly, blisteringly, smokingly hot. So you’re going to need to crack a window or 3 open! 

This recipe is a modified version of Joshua Weissman’s excellent video recipe, so go check him out on Youtube! These are delicious with Butter Chicken or any other curry!

Ingredients:

  •   388 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Instant Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Melted Ghee
  • 120 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 135 g Lukewarm water No warmer than 33 degrees celsius

Garnish:

  •  2 tbsp Melted Ghee
  • 1 Clove Crushed Garlic
  • Fresh, finely chopped Parsley



Method:

  • Add instant yeast to the warm water and allow to bloom for 10 minutes
  • In a mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients followed by the melted ghee
  • Stir in the water/yeast mixture
  • In a stand mixer with a dough hook, knead the dough for around 2 to 3 minutes until the dough is smooth and combined. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can knead by hand for around 5 – 10 minutes
  • Place the dough ball into a bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  • Leave in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough is doubled in size, remove from the bowl and divide it into 8 equal portions.
  • Roll each portion out so that is around 3mm thick
  • Heat your cast-iron skillet until it is almost about to smoke. Do not add oil!
  • Place one of your rolled out portions into the skillet and cook until you start to see bubbles forming.
  • As soon as you see these bubbles form, flip, and cook the other side for approximately 20 – 30 seconds. lifting the naan to check it is cooked.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough
  • Once your naans are cooked, wrap them in foil to keep them hot.

Garnish:

  • In a frying pan add your ghee and garlic and allow the garlic to cook slightly
  • Use a pastry brush to generously brush the garlic butter/ghee onto each Naan
  • Finally, garnish each Naan with a sprinkle of finely chopped Parsley.