Naan is one of the most ordered flatbreads in Indian Restaurants.
Each and every North Indian restaurant will have a few versions of Naan and believe me each one of them tastes amazingly good.
Be it butter naan, cheese naan, aloo naan, paneer naan or garlic naan, every Indian curry always tastes best with some delectable naan by their side.
But people like me who love to have some extra garlicky flavor in anything and everything they have in their palate, it stands out to be their first choice whenever they visit a restaurant.
Now whenever it comes to preparing these soft and fluffy delicious bites at home, we always take a step back and usually end up ordering them from a restaurant.
This happens majorly because of two reasons; firstly, because naan is traditionally prepared in a tandoor (clay oven) and we do not have a tandoor at home.
Secondly, it happens because preparing the dough for the naan requires the addition of yeast in the flour which is also not generally available in Indian households.
But what if I tell you that both of these problems can be easily solved and you can prepare some amazingly delicious naan at the comfort of your home.
My today’s recipe is all about it.
Today I am sharing my best recipe to prepare some soft, fluffy, and mouth-watering Garlic Naan at home for which you neither require a tandoor nor yeast.
Yes, you heard it correctly!
In place of a tandoor, we will be using a simple everyday tawa and to ferment the dough we will be using baking powder and baking soda.
The dough ferments perfectly with these ingredients and makes our process of making naan at home a lot easier.
What is Garlic Naan?
It is a soft and fluffy Indian flatbread that is nicely infused with an irresistible garlic flavor and is a heart-throb of all the Indian food lovers.
These have a beautiful aroma and when they are prepared on a stovetop, they are cooked directly over the flame due to which they possess a nice smoky and earthy flavor, which takes the overall taste and flavor of the meal to a top-notch level.
You can even cook it in an oven. Just add some butter on the top while serving, and let it do its magic on the dining table.
To make this No Yeast Garlic Naan, you will need Maida/All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Sugar, Milk, Garlic and Yogurt.
The combination of baking soda and baking powder does the work of yeast in this bread.
You can even use Whole Wheat Flour in the place of All Purpose flour or the combination of both to make this, but the taste and texture will differ a bit.
This is such a versatile Indian bread that it perfectly complements all sorts of Indian curries, Dals and Dry Sabzi.
I usually make it when there is Restaurant Style Sabzi/Dal at home or some rich Non-Veg Curries.
You can even use it as a Pizza Base and make a Naan Pizza.
The benefit of making naan at home is that after preparing the dough you can transform it into any type of naan that you wish to make.
Following are some of the variety of naan that you can prepare after fermenting the dough:-
Butter – To prepare butter garlic naan, cook it in the same way as mentioned below. After that brush up some butter on its surface and your delicious butter naan will be ready to serve.
Aloo – To make aloo naan prepare a spicy boiled potato masala and fill it in the dough ball in the same way as you do to prepare an aloo paratha. Cook it in a similar manner as specified below and aloo naan will be ready.
Paneer – You can prepare some melt in mouth paneer naan in the same way as you would make an aloo naan. Just replace aloo masala with a spicy paneer filling and you are good to go.
Cheese – Prepare cheese naan in the same way as you would make an aloo naan. Just replace aloo masala with some grated mozzarella cheese and your cheesy naan will be all done and ready.
Herb – Top the naan with chopped cilantro or mint along with garlic to make herbed garlic naan.
In order to make the naan look more attractive, you can always top the dough balls with some black sesame seeds, finely chopped coriander and mint leaves as well.
You can freeze these if you want to store them for a long period of time.
Just roll the dough ball in the same way as mentioned below and place it on a parchment or butter paper.
Place a sheet of butter paper on the rolled naan and again place a rolled naan on the paper. Keep repeating this process and form a pile.
Pack this stack of naan in a freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer for future consumption. This frozen naan can be used up to 2-3 months.
How to make these in an oven?
To make garlic naan in the oven, preheat the oven to 500 Degrees f (260 Degrees C).
Make the dough and roll the naan as mentioned below.
Arrange the naan on a baking tray and bake for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
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Step by Step Recipe
Mix maida, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and yogurt in a bowl.
Add milk and knead a soft dough.
Oil a bowl and transfer the dough in the oiled bowl. Cover the bowl and keep in a warm place for 1 hour.
Make small balls of the dough. Sprinkle a tsp of chopped garlic on the platform.
Dust and roll the dough ball over the garlic to make thin naan.
Apply water on the top surface of the naan.
Keep the naan on the griddle with garlic side up. The naan will stick to the griddle because of water applied.
Now turn the griddle upside down over the high flame.
Cook till brown spots appear on the naan. Turn the griddle and cook the naan for 20-30 seconds. Remove using a tong.
Apply butter generously on the Naan. Serve hot.
Garlic Naan Recipe
Garlic Naan is a delicious Indian bread which is made using all purpose flour. You can now make it at home on stove top or in an oven. Here is how to make Garlic Naan Recipe at home.
- 4 cups All purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1/4 cup Yogurt
- Milk to knead the dough
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 3 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Butter Melted
- Mix maida, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and yogurt in a bowl.
- Add milk and knead a soft dough.
- Oil a bowl and transfer the dough in the oiled bowl.
- Cover the bowl and keep in a warm place for 1 hour.
- Heat a griddle ( tava ).
- Make small balls of the dough.
- Sprinkle a tsp of chopped garlic on the platform.
- Dust and roll the dough ball over the garlic to make thin naan.
- Apply water on the top surface of the naan.
- Keep the naan on the griddle with garlic side up.
- The naan will stick to the griddle because of water applied.
- Now turn the griddle upside down over the high flame.
- Cook till brown spots appear on the naan.
Turn the griddle and cook the naan for 20-30 seconds.
- Remove using a tong.
- Apply butter generously on the Naan.
- Serve hot.
Griddle should be very hot before you keep the naan on it.
You can make these naans and store in a hot box a few hours prior to eating.