Garlic Naan Bread
Hello all! I hosted an Indian cooking night yesterday evening on Zoom and realized that I didn't have the naan bread recipe up on my blog. So, check out the recipe bellow for the easiest homemade naan bread ever!
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm milk
3/4 cup plain yogurt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 stick melted butter, for brushing
2 cloves minced garlic
Fresh cilantro, finely diced
In a medium/large bowl, put together the warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast but not too cold that it won't activate it), now add in your sugar and your yeast and whisk together to combine. Now leave for 10 minutes until it is nice and bubbly. In a separate bowl, measure out your 4 cups of flour and 1 tsp of salt. Whisk together and then create a well in the middle. Now back to your yeast. Add in 3/4 cup of warmed milk and 3/4 cup of yogurt. Whisk to combine and then pour this in to your well in the flour and start by using the whisk to incorporate. And then your hands to mold it in to a ball you can knead for about 3 minutes until it is smooth. Now place it in to an oiled bowl. You can use olive oil, vegetable or grape seed and let it sit for 1 hour with a clean dish towel over it.
Once an hour has passed, the dough should have doubled in size and it's time to scrape it out on to a floured surface and pat down some of the air and shape in to a round ball for cutting. I like to cut it in to halves, then quarters and then cut each quarter in to a half and then roll out each triangle, keeping it's triangular shape to about 1 inch thick.
In the microwave or in a little pot, melt you half a stick of butter with 2 cloves of crushed garlic. Finely dice some fresh cilantro, and add that in to the melted mix.
Heat a cast iron skillet on high or place over a grill pan. lightly oil the surface with some vegetable oil and place the 1st naan bread on. When it starts to bubble, it is ready to be flipped. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through and then place on a serving platter and brush or spoon over the melted butter mixture.
Something else you can do to take the naan to the next level is to place a little bit of mozzarella cheese in to the middle of the rolled out naan and then fold and re-roll it and then put it on the skillet and you get cheesy naan!
Enjoy! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.