Garlic Naan Recipe
I have made a couple of Naan breads in the past with a varied amount of success, I tried this Garlic Naan Recipe and it tasted amazing! It was also very easy to do and took very little time, other than the time needed for the dough to rise. You could follow this recipe and make a plain naan or any kind of topping you want, just omit the garlic from the recipe 🙂
In a bowl I added 150 ml of warm water, it’s important to make sure it’s not cold or else the yeast won’t activate. With the water I added the sugar to give it a little sweetness and add the tablespoon of yeast, this then wants to me lightly whisked together.
Leave this alone for around 15 minutes and you will notice it starting to foam on the surface. In a bowl add the flour, salt, oil and then pour in the yeast/water mixture. Get a wooden spoon and give this a good mix.
As I wanted a very garlic tasting naan I minced the garlic cloves and added this to the mixture and mixed them well in. If you find the dough to sticky then add a little more flour and get in there with your hands and start to knead.
I then floured the worktop and began to knead the dough for about 10 minutes, continuing to add a little flour if it became a little too sticky. Once done pop it into a bowl, cover over and leave in a warm place for about 1-1:30 hours. During this time it should have doubled in size, it’s actually an ideal time to start on the curry that you are having with it.
Turn your oven on to the highest setting to get it to temperature. Once it’s risen I floured the surface again, took the dough out and kneaded it again for 5 minutes. I then divided the dough into two balls and began to shape them.
They should have a thickness of roughly 1 cm, mine were nowhere near the shape of a circle or tear drop (as most recipes recommend) but I didn’t care as it looks more homemade 🙂 Again continue to add flour if it begins to stick to the surface, a little more flour doesn’t hurt.
Once in the shape I wanted, I mixed roughly 25g of butter with 2 minced garlics and spread this across the top of the naan with my hands. It makes it easier of the butter is very soft, you could even use melted butter to be able to fully spread it across.
I didn’t but it would be easier enough to melt the butter in a saucepan with the garlic, then simply coat the top with a brush. Put them on a tray and pop them in the oven for roughly 5 minutes or until cooked. I did cook mine using a pizza stone which gave them a nice stone baked taste and texture.
If you are using a pizza stone, don’t forget to pre-heat it in the oven for a hour so that it reaches the ideal temperate. Once cooked, remove from the oven and sprinkle some coriander leaves on. Enjoy hot with a nice tasty
- 150 ml Warm Water
- 1 tablespoon of Sugar
- 1 tablespoon of dried active yeast
- 250 g of plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 25 g Butter
- Coriander for garnish
In a bowl combine the water sugar and yeast, whisk lightly
Leave for 15 minutes until foam starts to appear on the top
In another bowl place flour, salt and oil
Mix in the yeast mixture with a spoon
Add 2 cloves of garlic minced and stir into the dough mixture
Mix until fully combined and place on a floured surface
Knead for 10 minutes, adding any additional flour when needed
Put in a bowl and cover, leave in a warm place for 60-90 minutes until it has doubled in size
Pre-heat oven at highest setting
Knock back and knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes
Divide into two balls and roll to 1 cm in thickness
Combine butter and 2 crushed garlic cloves and rub onto the top of each naan
Cook in oven for 5 minutes or until fully cooked
For the garlic topping instead of using solid butter - Melt butter in a saucepan with garlic and brush onto naan instead of rubbing
If using a pizza stone like I did, place the stone in the oven and allow it to heat up with the oven. Leave to heat up for roughly an hour.
This Garlic Naan Recipe has got to be the best naan I have made, the taste of garlic was amazing but it was not overpowering. The recipe was very easy to do and would make a great addition to any curry night! If you do make it or have any comments, i’d love to hear them below.