A quintessential Indian Leavened Flatbread served in every Indian Eatery around the globe and a favourite of million Indian Cuisine Lovers! I’m here today to share the recipe for Homemade Garlic Naan Bread Without Yeast & On Tawa. Among the various flatbreads in Indian cuisine, I think naan is the king of flat breads, loved by all age groups. When naan is infused with garlic and chopped coriander, it is so flavourful & divine.
I’m a die hard fan of Garlic Naan & love to give an extra oomph with Nigella Seeds (Kalonji)!! However, it is totally optional. Even today, I made a few garlic naans with out Kalonji, as not everybody likes it even at home. You can also change up this Homemade Garlic Naan Bread Without Yeast to incorporate any of your favourite flavours.
Usually this soft & tasty Indian bread is cooked in a tandoor oven, a hot clay oven used to cook tandoori dishes (Tandoori Chicken With Mint Coriander Relish and Tandoori Paneer Tikka with grilled Veggies are a few Tandoori dishes from blog). Often the temperature reaches to 500 degree celsius in tandoor ovens making it difficult to adopt the naan recipe at home. Our modern home ovens can’t match the heat of real burning fire in traditional tandoor. I have shared a post on Regional Indian Cuisine- Punjabi Cuisine, where I have spoken about traditional tandoor oven. Click here to know more & enjoy a journey through Punjab 🙂
Home oven baked naans end-up being dry, deprived of moisture or affected by low-heat cooking. So, in case you plan to cook this naan dough in oven, make sure to keep the naan little thicker, so that it will be fluffy and not dry. This is the reason I prefer to make Homemade Garlic Naan Bread on tawa instead of oven.
And also, not all home kitchens have access to oven. So, why not to use a gas stove and a tawa to recreate this soft and delicious naan bread. Just try out this recipe and I am sure you will be surprised how quick & easy it is to make garlic naan at home.
I know Naan needs lots of butter, but I had a tough time to apply generously even for pictures. But, please feel free to use butter or ghee as per your liking. And I guess, it’s okay to indulge now and then! Don’t you think so?
Off to the recipe for Homemade Garlic Naan Bread….Enjoy!!
Step-by-Step Process to make Homemade Garlic Naan Bread:
Preparing the Dough:
- Sift the flour in a large bowl. Add salt to taste, baking soda, baking powder and sugar.
- Next add yoghurt, oil and some minced garlic (optional). Mix well to incorporate everything into the flour.
- Slowly add warm water little by little and knead to a smooth dough.
- Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or kitchen towel and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
Preparing Garlic Coriander mixture:
- Peel garlic pods and finely mince them. Similarly, finely chop coriander.
- Mix the two and set aside. Optionally, you can also add some butter to it, but I’m not adding butter.
Making Garlic Naan:
- After the resting period, divide the dough into 6 or 8 equal balls (depending on how big you want your naan to be).
- Dust each ball with some flour (maida) and roll to oval shape using a rolling pin. Make sure not to roll it too thick nor thin.
- On one side of the rolled naan, sprinkle minced garlic coriander mixture and some nigella seeds (optional). Now sprinkle a pinch of flour and roll slightly so that all garlic will stick to the naan.
Now either bake in oven at highest temperature for 8 to 10 minutes or roast from both the sides on a skillet till it gets light golden spots or roast on tawa on one side and on flame on the other side. We will be going through the tawa methods today.
Roasting directly on the skillet:
- Brush both sides of the naan with butter and place the naan on the hot pan. Cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute, until you see bubbles starting to form. The lid should fit the pan to cover the flat bread.
- Flip, close with the lid and cook for a minute on the other side, until your see the upper side is fully cooked, and dark brown starts to appear. Brush with a some more butter, and repeat with the rest of the naans.
Cooking the naan over the flame:
- After rolling and sprinkling the garlic coriander mixture, turn the naan upside down, apply a few drops of water on the plain side, so that it can easily stick on a tawa.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat. Place the watery side on the preheated griddle/tawa and close it with a lid.
- After few seconds bubble comes out on naan surface, cook it for 1 minute.
- Then turn the tawa upside down and roast all sides of the Naan directly on high flame till you get golden brown spots. I like to char it a bit to get the feel of tandoor oven.
- Now remove it from the tawa & apply butter on naan immediately.
- In case your naan fails to stick on the tawa, you can directly put it on the flame and cook it like phulka using tongs (see pic. below)….even this works!!
- Once done, place the naan in a towel lined dish and serve. Serve it hot with some curry on the side. Or cover with aluminum foil for later use.
- It is best served as soon as it comes out of tawa. Today’s special is Homemade Garlic Naan Bread with Dum aloo….next on blog!!
A Quick Summary:
- For the Dough:
- 2 Cups All purpose flour Maida, sifted
- A Pinch of Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- 1/2 Cup Yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Required Warm water to knead
- For the Topping:
- 10 Garlic pods peeled & minced, divided
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped Coriander
- 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds optional
- Ghee or butter to drizzle on top
- 1 tablespoon flour for dusting
- In a bowl add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, oil, yoghurt, and minced garlic. Mix well, add required warm water and knead to a smooth dough.
- Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix minced garlic and finely chopped coriander.
- After 30 minutes, divide the dough into 8 equal balls.
- Dust with flour and roll to an oval shape.
- On one side of the naan, sprinkle garlic coriander mixture and some nigella seeds & press to stick.
- Turn the naan upside down, apply a few drops of water.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat. Place the watery side on the griddle and close it with a lid.
- Bubbles come out on naan surface, cook it for 1 minute.
- Then turn the tawa upside down and roast the Naan directly on high flame till you get golden brown spots.
- Apply ghee or butter immediately and serve.
- Please go through the detailed recipe for different ways to make Homemade Garlic Naan Bread.
- You can also use equal quantities of wheat flour and all purpose flour combination or any one flour as per your choice.
- You can set aside the dough for more than 30 minutes for better result.
- Make sure to keep dough in warm place.
- If you are baking, then use a pizza stone if you have one for even better results.
- This dough can also be used to make instant Bhaturas.
- Wrap the naans in aluminium foil and store in an airtight container for up to one day or freeze them for later use, cooked or uncooked.
- Vegans can replace yogurt with vegan yogurt.
A few Tandoori recipes from blog!!
- Tandoori Chicken With Mint Coriander Relish
- Tandoori Paneer Tikka with grilled Veggies
- Grilled Fish Indian Style
Many more to come!!…..STAY TUNED!!
Happy Cooking 🙂