Garlic naan…..one of the best forms of bread in my personal opinion.
So I’ve been eating naan my whole life, but I only recently realised that it only takes a few ingredients to make. I assumed it would be a complicated process but it not….at all. Will I only be having homemade naan from now on? No. Definitely not, but this is a great recipe if you’re ever feeling like eating fresh naan and you have some extra time on your hands.
Traditionally, naan is cooked in a tandoor. I don’t have one of those casually lying around so I think the best alternative way to cook these is by using a cast iron skillet.
A cast iron skillet does the best job at getting the high temperature that you need and it also does the best job at getting that smokey flavour. However, if you don’t have one, that’s ok you can absolutely still make them. Just use a regular pan and make sure it very hot before you throw the naan on to it!
- For the dough:
300g plain flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6g instant yeast
100g plain yoghurt
100ml warm water
- For the garlic butter:
150g salted butter
5 cloves minced garlic (you can add as much or as little as you want)
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
- The dough:
- Start by adding all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix these together slightly with a spoon, then once a dough starts to form, tip it over onto your counter and knead it with your hands.
- This dough doesn't need to be kneaded for a long time. Just knead it until it is smooth.
- Rub the dough with some oil (I like to use olive oil), then put this into a bowl, cover and leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- The garlic butter
- Whiles this is rising, you can make the garlic butter.
- Melt the butter then mix in the garlic and coriander. Leave this aside.
- Making the naans:
- Once the dough has risen, divide it into 5 pieces and roll these into balls.
- Cover these, then leave them to rest for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, you can start cooking them. So thinly roll out the dough balls and place them into a hot pan that has been sprayed with a little bit of oil.
- Cook these on both sides for about 1-2 minutes. You will see small bubbles forming, if there are no bubbles, the pan is probably not hot enough.
- Brush one side of them with the garlic butter whiles they are still hot and then they are done!