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Easy Homemade Naan Bread Recipe

This recipe for naan bread promises a delightful treat – light, fluffy, and infused with the rich aroma of garlic butter. A staple in Indian cuisine, naan bread graces the tables of traditional Indian restaurants both in America and in its country of origin.

However, its versatility extends beyond cultural boundaries, making it a delightful addition to any meal. Whether used as sandwich bread or as a substitute for pita bread, naan’s soft texture and exquisite flavor make it a crowd-pleaser on any occasion. And when topped with a finishing touch of garlic butter, it becomes an irresistible indulgence for the senses.

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Garlic Naan

Garlic-infused naan bread is a beloved tradition and a delightful culinary experience.

  • Add 3 spoons of butter in a small pot and finely minced garlic. Cook until the butter is melted and the garlic releases its aromatic fragrance.
  • Brush the prepared garlic butter onto one side of the naan bread and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of freshness.

 

How Long Does It Last

Fresh homemade naan bread can typically be stored for up to 3 days when covered with plastic wrap. Unlike bread recipes containing acidic ingredients like those found in Graham Wheat Rustic Bread or Spelt Flour Bread, naan lacks such components, which can affect its shelf life.

 

What To Eat With Naan Bread

Given its Indian origins, naan bread pairs excellently with a variety of classic Indian dishes, such as my Curry Chicken Recipe. Naan bread is a beloved favorite in our household, and I guarantee that once you’ve tried making it yourself, you’ll find yourself reaching for the recipe time and time again.

 

Traditional Way To Make It

One indicator of authentic homemade naan bread is the absence of yeast. Traditional recipes typically exclude yeast but may incorporate baking powder. While naan is traditionally cooked in a tandoori oven, a large frying pan can serve as a suitable alternative for home cooking. Key traditional ingredients include:

  • Baking Soda
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Yogurt
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Oil

Some other traditional recipes use these ingredients and baking powder as well.

 

How To Make Homemade Naan Bread

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  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour the oil and yogurt into the center of the well.
  4. Gradually incorporate the milk into the mixture while kneading the dough. Note: You may not need to use all of the milk; aim for a soft dough consistency.
  5. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until smooth.
  6. Transfer the dough to a container and cover it with plastic wrap.

 

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7. Allow the dough to proof for 1 hour in a warm place, or until it has nearly doubled in size. A simple method for proofing is to place the bowl in the oven with the light on and the oven turned off.

8. After proofing, remove the dough from the bowl and give it a brief knead.

9. Divide the dough into equal-sized portions.

10. Roll each portion into an oval shape on a floured surface.

11. Lightly brush one side of each oval with water.

12. Place the water-brushed side down on a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Tip: The water helps the dough adhere to the pan for even cooking and browning.

13. Flip the dough and cook over an open flame, similar to roasting marshmallows.

14. Repeat the process until all the dough is cooked.

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Reheat And Storage

Reheating Instructions: To reheat, wrap the naan bread in foil and place it in a preheated oven at 250°F for 5-7 minutes. For a quicker option, microwave on high heat for 20-30 seconds.

Storage and Freezing: Store naan bread at room temperature, covered in plastic wrap, to maintain freshness for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap the naan in plastic and freeze for up to 2 months.

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