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Garlic Naan

I have been itching to try making some homemade naan for a really long time now. My inner Pakistani is actually quite disappointed with how long it’s taken for me to finally come around to making some. However, the first time was quite the success! I looked at tons of recipes and ones that included yogurt just seemed to speak to me. The process although slightly involved was much easier than I thought it would be. And the result? Warm, soft, pillowy goodness.

Garlic Naan

Perfect for sopping up curry like my Pepper Chicken Chettinad or the Palak Chicken Curry I made with it. Naans are traditionally cooked in a tandoor, but obviously not many of us have the luxury of having one around. I just used a baking sheet and the broil setting on my oven to make these, but a pizza stone would work great or even just the stove-top. If you’re a fan of making South Asian food at home, you must add this wonderful recipe to your flatbread arsenal!

Garlic Naan
[Makes 4]

Ingredients:
2 cups bread flour (you can also use all-purpose)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/8 cup hot water (but not boiling)
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt

Topping
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
1/8 cup melted butter

Directions:
1. Take a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
2. In a deep mug, dissolve the yeast in the hot water. Add the sugar, and stir it until they are dissolved. Let it rest for about 10 minutes (it should start smelling like bread already!)
3. Once the yeast is foamy and almost double in size, add the warm milk and yogurt
4. Pour wet mixture to the dry ingredients mixture and mix well
5. Using your hands, knead and form into a soft ball (it will feel weird and sticky but that’s how it should feel)
6. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest for at least an hour or until it doubles in volume
7. Punch down the dough lightly and divide it into 4 portions
8. Using your hands (and some loose flour), shape into individual round balls
9. On a well floured surface, use a rolling pin and roll each ball until 1/4 inch thick
10. Heat your oven to broil on 500 degrees
11. Place rolled out dough on a well-greased baking sheet
12. Brush each piece with melted better and top with chopped garlic and cilantro
13. Bake for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown
14. Flip naans over and cook the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes
15. Brush with more butter if desired and serve hot

Enjoy!

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2 comments on “Garlic Naan

  1. Zerzar Bukhari
    March 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    The naan melted in my mouth to such a degree that I couldn’t tell what was curry and what was naan!!!

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