How to Make Garlic Butter Naan | Traditional Indian Cooking

I've found this to be the best homemade naan recipe and I'm happy to be sharing the recipe here with you! It's as close to authentic I've found as you can get. Here I will be cooking the naans on a tawa (flat pan), but if you can use a grill or flame to make char marks on the naan that would be even better! Enjoy :)

Makes 8-10 large naans. 

  • 4 cups of bread flour
  • 1 packet of instant yeast
  • 2.5 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup of yogurt or milk

  1. Combine the dry ingredients together. Add in your milk or yogurt and knead until you get a smooth, supple cohesive dough. 
  2. Transfer into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 2 hours. 
  3. Portion out your dough into 8-10 pieces and form balls from those pieces and transfer onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 2 more hours.
  4. Your dough should now be ready to turn into naans (your dough should feel lighter than what it looks in terms of weight). Transfer your dough onto a clean surface and start patting it out into a round shape. In case your dough is too sticky, use a little bit of flour. Then transfer your dough onto the back of your hand and using your other hand, pull on one side to form an oblong shape. 
  5. Optional: If you have two silicone mats, you can roll the dough in between the two mats. 
  6. Heat a tawa or a pan on medium-high heat. Once your pan is hot, transfer your naan onto the pan. 
  7. Once your naan has nice brown spots, turn over your dough and cook the other side. Repeat for the remaining dough balls.
  8. Finish your bread with some butter or garlic butter. Optional: Dress with kallonji or nigella seeds and cilantro. 


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