|September 26, 2022


Buttery soft Garlic Naan!

Now, just imagine having cheese garlic naan with chicken tikka masala or Butter Chicken.

Did your mouth start watering even without you realizing it??!!

Buttery garlic naan bread is so soft and perfect for mopping up all the curry dishes that you’ll find it hard to stop at just one!

Nowadays you can get ready-to-eat garlic naan like Haldiram Naan for instance, in most supermarket stores in your area. You can even go for vegan options while making garlic naan, like the vegan garlic naan. But again, Garlic Naan recipes like this are better than anything you’ll find in the best Indian restaurants! This pillowy soft homemade garlic naan bread is so addictive you will love how quick and easy this recipe is to make! Your new favorite yeast bread recipe!

Usually baked inside hot Tandoor ovens on charcoal or wood fire, this garlic butter naan recipe has been altered to cook them right on the stove in a hot cast-iron skillet. 

This recipe uses a combination of yogurt and oil to give the naan an addictive soft and fluffy texture and adds minced garlic right into the dough to give that perfect garlicky flavor.

You’ll be amazed watching your deep garlic naan puff up into glorious bread right in front of you in seconds!


Garlic Naan recipes like this are so addictive you will love how quick and easy this recipe is to make.
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How to make the best garlic naan


For the Naan

  • ¼ cup - Warm water
  • 2 tbsp - Granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp - Active dry yeast or instant (rapid rise) yeast
  • ¾ cup - Warm milk
  • ¾ cup - Natural plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup - Vegetable oil plus 2 tbsp extra for cooking
  • 2 cloves - Garlic, minced
  • 4 cups - Plain flour plus extra for dusting (560gm)
  • 1 tbsp - Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp - Salt

For the Garlic butter topping

  • 3 tbsp - Butter, melted
  • 2 cloves - Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

Method of preparation

For the garlic naan

  1. Mix the water, sugar, and yeast. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble up.
  2. Add the milk, yogurt, oil, minced garlic, baking powder, and salt. Mix until the dough comes off along with your hands.
  3. Knead and turn this dough on a lightly floured surface. Use floured hands to knead the dough until smooth, for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Lightly grease the mixing bowl with a small spray of cooking oil. Transfer the dough to a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rest at room temperature for an hour until it doubles in size.
  5. When you’re ready to make your garlic naans, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into balls. Then use a rolling pin to roll each ball of dough into a large oval, about 6 inches long and 1/8 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  6. Heat your stove/skillet on medium-high heat. Grease the skillet all over with ½ teaspoon oil.
  7. Place naan on the well-oiled hot skillet and cook until bubbles form on top, about 1-2 minutes. When cooking, brush the top of the naan with some oil.
  8. Flip and cook the naan for another 1-2 minutes until large golden spots appear on the bottom.
  9. Remove from the stove and wrap it in a clean kitchen towel. 
  10. Repeat with the remaining naan (keep them wrapped in a towel while you work). 

For the garlic butter topping

  1. Melt butter and combine it with minced garlic in a bowl. 
  2. Brush each naan with garlic butter
  3. Top with the fresh herb of your choosing. 

Well, that’s it! Your garlic naans are ready. Serve these delicious hot Garlic Butter Naans with Chicken/Paneer Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, or Coconut Curry Shrimp.

Nutrient Content in Garlic Naan

  • Calories: 290kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 6mg
  • Iron: 2mg

FAQs on Garlic Naan Recipe

What is garlic naan bread made from?

Like most Indian flatbreads, garlic naan also is made with ingredients like flour, yeast, water/milk, and sugar. You can also add some yogurt to it to keep it soft and nice. When making garlic naan, add some grated garlic to the dough and then brush the naan with lots of garlic butter.

What goes best with garlic naan?

These are the dishes that go best with hot buttered garlic naan:

  • Lamb bhuna
  • Easy chicken curry
  • Saag paneer
  • Goat tandoori
  • Red lentil dhal
  • Chana and spinach masala

Is naan healthy or roti?

Naan provides a few essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins B1 and B3. It's a decent source of iron too. Like other Indian bread, naan is especially high in vitamin B, carbs, and iron. It also offers protein.

Why does naan need yogurt?

Adding yogurt makes the naan soft and fluffy, and there is no need to knead the dough excessively. 

Are Kulcha and naan the same?

Kulcha is an Indian flatbread quite similar to naan. The key difference between kulcha and naan is that kulcha is made with maida or refined white flour, whereas naan is usually made with wheat flour. Naan dough is softened with yogurt and yeast to light, whereas Kulcha dough is not.


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