Naan is a leavened thick flatbread that is very popular in Indian food and Western Asian cuisines. It is commonly served with Indian curries such as matar paneer, and palak paneer and comes in several varieties like plain naan, garlic naan, bullet naan, and stuffed naan to name a few.
- What is naan bread made out of?
- What can I use instead of yogurt in naan bread?
- How do you make garlic naan from scratch?
- How to make vegan naan?
- How to make fluffy naan bread?
- How to make different types of naan?
- What is naan eaten with?
- How do you store homemade naan bread?
- Can you freeze naan bread?
- Can you freeze naan dough?
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What is naan bread made out of?
Naan bread is a leavened flatbread made with all-purpose flour and uses yogurt (which makes it soft) and yeast for rising. Garlic naan is made by topping naan with minced garlic. This is no egg Indian naan bread recipe and here is the complete list of ingredients
For garlic naan
- Nigella seeds (optional)
- Cilantro (chopped)
- Garlic (chopped)
- Butter (for brushing)
What can I use instead of yogurt in naan bread?
If you do not have yogurt or for some reason do not want to use it, you can replace it with milk. However, you will have to reduce the quantity of water by about half so that the dough does not become sticky.
How do you make garlic naan from scratch?
It is a multi-step process to make naan. First, you need to make a soft dough by kneading all the ingredients. Allow the dough to rise and then roll it into a flatbread. Finally, bake it in the oven in a baking tray.
It might sound tedious to make garlic naan at home. But it is quite easy and simple to make and the end result is absolutely satisfying!
How to make naan dough?
To make naan bread at home, you need to make a soft naan dough. You can easily knead the naan dough in a bread machine, stand mixer, or even by hand. Personally, I make the naan dough in the bread machine.
To make naan dough in a bread machine, place all the wet and dry ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer. Some machines require wet ingredients first and some at the last.
Select and start the "dough" cycle and allow it to complete. The naan dough will be ready and through its first rise once the cycle completes. You can also read my post on how to make dough in a bread machine.
Once the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough from the pan and place it on a lightly floured surface and divide into equal size parts.
How thick to roll naan bread?
Take a piece of dough piece and make a smooth ball by rolling between the palms. Dust some flour on the rolling board and on the dough ball and roll the dough ball into a thick flatbread using a rolling pin. Roll the naan bread about 3-4 mm thick.
To make garlic naan, sprinkle some minced garlic, chopped cilantro and some nigella seeds on the rolled naan flatbread. To stick it all in the naan, roll once again with the rolling pin.
How to make naan in oven?
Preheat the oven to 500 °F temperature to bake naan in oven. Place the rolled naan bread in a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Naan will puff up and you will start seeing some golden-brown spots, this means naan is done. Take out the garlic naan from the oven and apply some butter with a basting brush.
How to make vegan naan?
To make vegan naan at home, simply replace the yogurt with vegan yogurt and use a vegan butter for brushing once the garlic naan are baked.
How to make fluffy naan bread?
The key to fluffy and light naan bread is a soft and well-kneaded dough. To make a perfect dough and get consistent results every time, weigh the flour with the help of a digital food scale instead of using measuring cups. Also, whisk the yogurt before measuring.
How to make different types of naan?
The naan dough is versatile and can be used to make different types of naan. Plain butter naan can be made by baking naan and applying butter once baked.
Bullet naan is a very spicy naan in which the naan is topped with a lot of chopped spicy green peppers and then baked.
What is naan eaten with?
Naan is commonly eaten with Indian curries like matar paneer, palak paneer, navratan korma, dal makhani and dal fry. Naan can also be served as an appetizer with some dips like spinach artichoke dip or hummus.
How do you store homemade naan bread?
Fresh homemade naan bread can last at room temperature for 2-3 days. Any leftover naan can be refrigerated for about a week. When you are ready to eat, simply reheat the naan in a microwave or in the oven.
Can you freeze naan bread?
Naan bread is a perfect make ahead bread and freezes well up to a month. While freezing, place a parchment paper between two naan so that it is easy to separate them once they are frozen.
When you are ready to eat, simply reheat the naan in oven at about 400 °F for 4 - 5 minutes.
Can you freeze naan dough?
Not just naan bread, but naan dough freezes well too! You can freeze any leftover naan dough, or even make dough ahead of time and freeze it.
A good way would be to portion the dough and freeze it so that you only need to thaw the amount of dough you need. To thaw the frozen naan dough, simply keep it in the fridge overnight and then use it to make naan.
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Bread Machine Naan
- Convection Oven
- ½ cup Water
- ½ cup Yogurt
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds (optional)
- 3 tablespoon Cilantro (chopped)
- 2 tablespoon Garlic (chopped)
- 2 tablespoon Butter (for brushing)
Making naan dough in bread machine
- Place all the wet and dry ingredients in the order (wet first and dry later or vice versa) recommended by your bread machine manufacturer
- Select and start the dough cycle
- Dough will be ready once the cycle is complete
- Remove the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface
Making naan in oven
- Preheat oven to 500 °F (I have placed the rack at mid level)
- Divide the dough into 8 equal parts (about 75 grams each)
- Make a smooth ball from a dough piece and dust it with flour
- Using a rolling pin roll into a naan of about 3-4 mm thick
- Spread some nigella seeds, garlic and cilantro over the rolled naan
- Roll once again to ensure all the toppings get stuck in the rolled naan bread
- Carefully lift and place in a baking tray.
- Bake for about 5 minutes until it puffs and there are few golden brown spots.
- Remove from the oven and apply some butter with the help of a basting brush
- It is best to weigh the flour using a food scale for best and consistent results.
- Dough can also be kneaded in a stand mixer and then proved in the instant pot or oven for about 1 hour before shaping into rolls.
- Check out this post for detailed instructions on how to knead dough in stand mixer and proof it in the instant pot.
- Follow the remaining steps starting from " dough"