I can’t imagine having an Indian curry without homemade garlic naan bread. And today I will share with you my delicious homemade soft garlic naan bread recipe that I make in my much-loved cast iron pan.
But to be honest, you shouldn’t wait for your next curry dish to make this delicious and aromatic garlic naan bread. My family enjoys this side dish with pumpkin soup, a simple pasta dish, or just on its own.
My special ingredient to make my garlic naan bread so soft and simply irresistible is – yogurt. It not only adds more flavor but also gives the naan bread a great chewy texture.
A little bit of patience and some kneading work is required, but not too much. I knead the dough for around 2 to 3 minutes until the dough feels smooth and elastic.
You need to be a bit patient for the dough to prove because we are making the dough with yeast. That’s why we need to let the dough proof for around one hour.
The dough also needs to rest for 30 minutes after you have shaped it into small balls. Simply cover the dough balls with a tea towel and put them to the side.
If you want to have a look at how to do it, you can watch my video here.
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My favorite part of the naan bread is, without a doubt, the aromatic topping which consists of finely grated garlic, chopped coriander, salt, and butter.
So, while the dough is resting, it is a great time to mix all these ingredients in a small bowl. It is all done in 5 minutes!
In my opinion, to achieve the best cooking results for my homemade soft garlic naan bread recipe, I recommend cooking the naan with a cast iron griddle.
I use an oval cast iron griddle which has the perfect shape. Here is a link to Amazon in case you need one.
A cast iron griddle has so many advantages; firstly, you don’t need to add any oil to fry the naan bread.
Secondly, the griddle retains the heat perfectly and therefore cooks the bread evenly.
Last but not least you will get the nice charcoal effect that makes naan bread so delicious.
The great thing about a cast iron griddle is that it is so versatile. Use it for my naan bread recipe, for frying steaks to perfection, or maybe some pancakes on Sunday morning.
Homemade Soft Garlic Naan Bread Recipe
I do hope you will give this garlic naan bread a try. It is so easy to make and tastes delicious. My family enjoys my garlic naan not only with an Indian curry. It goes also well with pumpkin soup for instance or we just have it on its own.
I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Let me know if you have any questions or to give me feedback.
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But enough said, have fun checking out my detailed recipe below.
Homemade Soft Garlic Naan Bread [Cooked In A Cast Iron Pan]
- tin foil to keep the bread warm
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp yogurt I recommend Greek yogurt
- 100 grams soft butter
- 1 bunch coriander finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- First off, mix the water, sugar, and yeast in a measuring cup.1 cup lukewarm water, 1 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar
- Let it set for a few minutes until you can see foam on the surface.
- In the meantime, put the flour into a big bowl.3 cups all-purpose flour
- Add the salt and baking powder and stir it in.2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt
- Now add the yogurt and mix it in as well.3 tbsp yogurt
- Gradually add the yeast/water mixture until well combined.
- Use your hands to bring the dough together.
- Put the dough onto a floured work bench and knead for around 2 minutes. If the dough is too sticky add a little bit more flour.
- Now put the dough back into the bowl, cover, and let it proof for around 1 1/2 hours in a warm place.
- Once the dough is ready, tip it onto a floured work bench and form it into a long roll.
- Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a small ball.
- Cover the dough balls with a clean towel and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Make the topping
- While the dough is resting, put all the ingredients for the topping into a small bowl and mix with a fork until well combined.100 grams soft butter, 1 bunch coriander, 2 cloves garlic
How to make the Naan bread
- After the resting time, roll each dough ball out into a thin oval shape (the size of your cast iron griddle). It is best to do it with a rolling pin.
- Heat up the griddle (no oil needed) and fry the Naan bread one at a time. Check after around 2 minutes if the dough starts to brown. Flip it over and cook on the other side. Press the dough down either with a fork or a spatula while you're cooking the bread. Note: cook on medium heat
- Once the bread is cooked, take it out of the griddle and spread the topping on. Wrap the bread in tin foil to keep it warm.
- Proceed with the rest of the dough balls until finished.
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