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Bread Machine Garlic Naan

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Naan bread is a leavened bread made with flour, yogurt, and yeast and baked in an oven. Learn how to make garlic naan bread dough without eggs in bread machine and how to store it.
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Naan is a leavened thick flatbread which, is very popular in Indian 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.

This garlic naan recipe is made without eggs and uses yogurt and yeast. The naan dough is made in bread machine but can be made in stand mixer too.

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What is naan bread made out of?

Naan bread is a leavened bread 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 naan recipe and here is the complete list of ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • Water
  • Yogurt
  • Oil

Dry ingredients

For garlic naan

  • Nigella seeds (optional)
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Garlic (chopped)
  • Butter (for brushing)

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 garlic naan dough in a bread machine, stand mixer, or even by hands. 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.

step by step naan using bread maker

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.

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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.

Stuffed naan is similar to stuffed paratha and can be made by stuffing a potato or paneer filling. Check out this aloo paratha and paneer paratha recipes for inspiration.

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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

Naan bread is a leavened bread made with flour, yogurt, and yeast and baked in an oven. Learn how to make garlic naan bread dough without eggs in bread machine and how to store it.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Dough making time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8 Naan
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Equipment

Ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Oil

Dry ingredients

For topping

  • 1 tsp Nigella seeds (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Butter (for brushing)

Instructions

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

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
 
2 naan
Amount per Serving
Calories
216
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
2
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
300
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
89
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
25
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
30
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating




sugandha

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Hi Alpa, I reduced the weight of ingredients and made the dough for 6 naans. However after the dough cycle, the dough was very sticky. It was very difficult to work with it. (had use flour to make it relatively easy while making balls and rolling). Is this ok? Any tips to improve the outcome next time?

Alpa Jain

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Hi Sugandha,

Yes, you need flour to dust and roll. It is not possible to do without it. Sometimes the brand of ingredients and the ambient temperature can make the difference in the consistency of the dough to be hard or soft. It is best to observe the dough for initial 5-10 minutes, you will know if it needs more water or flour. You can add a tablespoon of water or flour at a time as needed.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa

Seth

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

I don’t know how this doesn’t have more reviews. My first attempt at naan and it turned out great! I highly recommend this recipe. I had to make 2 substitutions: I used bread flour because that’s all I had, and dried parsley instead of cilantro because I ran out of time to chop cilantro.

Alpa Jain

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi Seth,

Thankyou for your feedback and glad to know you liked my recipe.

Regards Alpa

Bina Pannell

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Weight are far more reliable than cups so why do people insist on stating 'cups' instead of weight? Most people have weighing machines or scales than measuring cups. What exactly is a 'cup' in grams or ounces?

Alpa Jain

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Hi Bina,

Yes, weight is always more reliable when it comes to flour measurement. I have added cups for those who don't have a food scale handy. Standard weight for all-purpose flour or bread flour is 120 grams = 1 cup.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa

Veronica

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

This looks super tasty. Since I unfortunately don't have a bread maker or a stand mixer, how long do you recommend that the dough is kneaded by hand? Thanks.

Alpa Jain

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi Veronica,

If you are making dough by hand then you may want to consider below changes

1) Use active dry yeast (not instant yeast) and proof it in warm water (1/2 cup as mentioned in the recipe) and sugar for 10 minutes until you see foam on the top of the water

2) Make a sticky dough by mixing all ingredients. Then knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until it is non sticky and smooth.

3) Proof the dough in oven for about an hour or until it doubles (you can warm the oven for 5 minutes and then turn it off)

4) After the dough rises, punch it down, divide it and make naan.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa