Join us on a culinary adventure as we delve into the world of homemade garlic naan bread. Learn how to create this delicious Indian bread right in your own kitchen.
Before we begin, let's gather all the necessary ingredients for making garlic naan bread. You'll need: – 1/4 cup water, room temperature – 1 teaspoon active dry yeast – 1 teaspoon baking soda – 1 teaspoon baking powder – 2 tablespoons sugar – 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting – 1/2 cup full-fat plain yogurt – 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature – Cooking oil, for the bowl – 3 tablespoons minced garlic – 1 stick melted unsalted butter – Kosher salt
Combine the yeast, sugar, and water in a glass measuring cup and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture, yogurt, and milk to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. For about two minutes, knead the dough with your hands until it becomes smooth and soft.
Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Leaving it at room temperature for about two hours will double its size. This step is crucial for achieving soft and fluffy garlic naan bread.
Once the dough has risen, divide it into smaller portions and roll them into naan bread shapes. Experiment with different sizes and thicknesses for variety.
Knead it briefly and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each dough ball into ovals, about 6 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Over moderately high flame, heat a cast-iron skillet. Sprinkle minced garlic on each portion and press it in. Brush the dough with melted butter and put it in the skillet. Cook for about one minute, until the naan puffs up. Flip, cover the pan, and cook for one more minute.
After cooking each piece of naan bread, don't forget to brush it with melted butter. This step adds extra flavor and helps keep the bread soft and moist.
Garlic naan bread pairs well with a variety of dishes, such as curry, kebabs, or even as a standalone appetizer. Get creative and enjoy this flavorful bread to its fullest.
Congratulations! Your homemade garlic naan bread is ready to be savored. Serve it warm and enjoy the aromatic flavors. Don't forget to share it with your loved ones!