We enjoy Indian cuisine, and this is a favorite recipe to pair with Indian dishes. This recipe will yield about 20 individual pieces of Garlic Naan Bread. We enjoy making the full recipe and then freezing some of the Garlic Naan Bread for future use. We put the topping on the bread just before we serve it.
No special culinary equipment is needed to prepare this wonderful naan bread.
For the Garlic Naan Bread:
1 package of Active Dry Yeast (about 1 ½ teaspoons)
¼ cup of Warm Water
2 teaspoons of Sugar
¼ cup of Canola Oil (plus more will be needed for cooking the Naan Bread)
½ cup of Buttermilk
¼ cup of Whole Milk
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
¾ cup of Plain Yogurt
4 cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking powder
1 teaspoon of Salt
For the Topping for the Garlic Naan Bread:
This makes enough topping for about 10 pieces of naan bread. We top the naan bread right before we serve it.
3 tablespoons of Butter
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
½ teaspoon of Salt
2 tablespoons of Chives, chopped
To Prepare the Garlic Naan Bread:
In a small bowl, gently mix the yeast, the warm water, and the sugar and set it aside for about 5-10 minutes, until the mixture becomes frothy. In a separate large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients (the flour, the baking powder, and the salt), until they are fully integrated and set them aside. Gently warm the buttermilk and milk. In a medium size bowl, whisk the warmed buttermilk, the milk and the yogurt. Add in the Canola Oil as well as the minced garlic and continue to whisk them. Once the milk mixture is fully integrated, begin to mix it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients in and then use your hands to fully integrate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Once the dough is fully integrated, place the dough on a floured surface and knead it until it is smooth, which should take about 3-5 minutes more. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, form the dough into a ball, and place it into the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it sit in a draft-free place at about 75 degrees for about 2 hours. The dough should rise by about double.
Once the dough has doubled in size, cut the dough in half, and then make about 10 evenly sized balls out of each half of the dough. Once you have the 20 balls created, cut two sheets of parchment or wax paper, and put each ball between the sheets. Flatten the balls with your hand, then use a rolling pin to roll the balls out to about a 6-inch length and about ⅛-inch thick pieces. While you are rolling out the remaining dough, store each piece of dough between layers of parchment or wax paper. Once all of your dough has been rolled out, take a large cast iron skillet (it is recommended to use a 10-inch cast iron pan), and lightly grease it with about ½ teaspoon of canola oil. (It is recommended to use a paper towel to spread the oil around the pan and to make sure that it does not pool in the pan.) Heat the cast iron pan and add a piece of the naan dough. Cook it for about 2 minutes, until the dough begins to bubble. While the dough is cooking, use a brush to brush the top of the dough with a small amount of canola oil. Turn the dough and continue cooking it for another 2 minutes until both sides are nice and browned. Repeat this process until all naan dough pieces have been cooked. Store the cooked naan bread in a dish towel or foil to keep warm. You may freeze some of the naan bread once it has cooled and then pull out of the freezer the night before you want to use it.
We warm the Garlic Naan Bread in a damp towel in the microwave to make sure that the Garlic Naan Bread remains moist. Once the Garlic Naan Bread is ready to serve, add the topping.
To Prepare the Topping for the Garlic Naan Bread:
To make the topping, melt the butter in a saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add the minced garlic and salt to it. Cook it for about 3 minutes and use a brush to top each of the Garlic Naan Bread pieces just before serving them. Sprinkle the chives over the Garlic Naan Bread and serve the naan bread warm.
We enjoy this Garlic Naan Bread with several delicious Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Black Lentils’ Dal, Basmati Rice with Indian Flavors, and Tomato Chutney, which you can access by clicking any of these names.