Restaurant Style Garlic Naan

Soft and Buttery Homemade Garlic Naan - just like the one from your favorite Indian restaurant! Enjoy it with your favorite curry!
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Soft and delicious this is the only Garlic Naan recipe that you will ever need!

Make restaurant style garlic naan at home with this easy step-by-step recipe.

garlic naan being brushed with butter with a black pastry brush

 

I am so excited to share this restaurant style Garlic Naan recipe with you guys!

Guys, I made this recipe months ago. I remember the day the I made this, I could barely keep up with my excitement. The reason was that these garlic naan turned out so good, like way beyond my expectations and I was so thrilled with the results that I wanted to share it on the blog immediately!

But then few things came up, then we went to Europe, then to India and somehow, I never got around sharing this amazing garlic naan recipe. Well, better late than never! This recipe of Garlic Naan is the only recipe of naan that you will ever need, I promise!

What Do We Need To Make Naan?

Naan is a leavened bread hugely popular in South Asia. In India, it’s one bread that’s always on the menu of every party, wedding, birthday etc. Honestly speaking, naan isn’t something that people in India eat everyday at home.

It’s something that we grew up eating in restaurants too. I don’t remember my mom ever making naan for us at home. What we had at home was roti and paratha. Naan was for restaurants, just like it is today.

Like most breads, naan too is made with basic ingredients like flour, yeast, water/milk, sugar. I add some yogurt to it keep it soft and nice. Since this recipe is for garlic naan, I also add some grated garlic to the dough and then brush the naan with lots of garlic butter.

pair of hands taking a bite off homemade garlic naan

 

I made this garlic naan on stove-top. Traditionally naan is made is made in a tandoor (clay oven) but at home, I prefer the stove-top method. You can bake them in oven but I think they are so much softer and better when cooked on stove-top.

Also, I highly recommend cooking these on a cast iron skillet. I have made these on non-stick and other pans, they taste so much better when made on a cast iron.

This Homemade Garlic Naan

✓ is just like the one at your favorite restaurant!

✓ easy to make at home with basic pantry ingredients

✓ tastes great with dal makhani or paneer tikka masala

✓ is packed with all the goodness of garlic

✓ costs way less than buying naan from stores!

I had a blast making this garlic naans at home. The thing with naan is that once you get the hang of it, you would never want to buy one from store. You know those rubbery, stretchy frozen naans that you get at stores? Seriously yuck! Plus, costly too!

On the other hand these homemade garlic naan are soft, packed with fresh garlic flavor and you would have a hard time keeping your hands off them! I won’t tell you guys how many I ate straight out of the pan.

But they were seriously so good that I have no regrets!

5 pieces of garlic naan stacked together in a plate

One Naan Recipe – Many Possibilities!

This is a great basic naan recipe. You can use the same recipe to make other flavors of naan.

Butter naan: skip the grated garlic in dough. Brush with melted butter only (no garlic).

Mint Naan: skip the garlic in dough. Mix dried mint with melted butter and brush the naan with this butter. Sprinkle fresh chopped mint on top.

Pesto Naan:  add little pesto, seal the naan and then roll again. Brush with melted butter.

You get the idea, right? You can add so many seasonings here? Za’atar or chipotle anyone?

homemade garlic naan arranged in a black plate with a piece of fabric in the background

Freezing the Naan

Can you make these garlic naan in advance and freeze them? Yes you can!

To freeze make the dough, let it rise. Then divide the dough into equal parts and roll them. Place a piece of parchment paper and then place a rolled naan on top of it. Now place another piece of parchment paper on top of the rolled naan and then place another naan on top.

Basically, you have to stack them one by one, with a layer of parchment paper in between each naan. Once you have stacked them all, place them in a freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and freeze.

Method

1- In a bowl whisk together 3.25 cups all purpose flour (423 grams) with 1 teaspoon salt. Set it aside.

2- To the steel bowl of your stand mixer, add lukewarm water and then add the sugar and yeast. Let it bloom for 5-10 minutes.

3- You will know the yeast is activated when its all bubbly and frothy on top.

4-  Once the yeast in activated, add to it lukewarm milk, yogurt and oil.

step by step pictures of making garlic naan at home

5- Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

6- Also add the grated garlic. Start adding the remaining 3-4 tablespoons of flour (27-36 grams). Add 1 tablespoon at a time and add more if the flour is too sticky.

7- I added around 3-4 tablespoons flour at this point. The dough will be sticky, so do not add more flour to make it dry. It just shouldn’t be very sticky.

8- Knead with hands or with the dough hook attachment of your stand mixer for 1-2 minutes until the dough is smooth. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl.

step by step pictures of making garlic naan at home

9- Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and the the dough rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes. If it cold where you live, pre-heat your oven for few minutes and then turn it off. Then place your dough inside the oven (remember the oven should be off!)

10- After around 90 minutes, the dough will be more than double in size. Punch the dough lightly to release the air.

11- Divide the dough into 8 equal parts (around 100-105 grams each). Dough will be sticky so oil your hands while dividing the dough. Cover the dough balls with a kitchen towel and let them rest for 10-15 minutes.

12- Meanwhile melt 3 tablespoons of butter, add minced garlic and chopped cilantro to it. Keep the garlic butter ready to brush on the naan.

step by step pictures of making garlic naan at home

13- Heat up an iron skillet on medium-high heat. I really recommend using an iron skillet to make these naan. Take a dough ball and roll it into an oval shape, around 10 to 11 inches long and 6 inches wide. Apply little oil on top of the dough before you try to roll it. Also oil your roller. Do not try to roll the dough like you would roll a tortilla/roti/paratha. Simply stretch it length wise and then width wise.

Dip your finger in water and then sprinkle some nigella seeds on top. This is optional.

14- Transfer the rolled naan onto the hot skillet. Let it cook for couple of minutes until you see bubbles on top. Brush the naan at this point with the prepared garlic butter.

15- With the help of a tong, remove the naan from skillet, flip and transfer directly to the gas. There will be a little mess as the butter will pour down – don’t worry, it’s okay.

If you want you can cover your burner with aluminium foil before you begin cooking the naan.

You can also skip the step of applying butter at this point and apply it directly once the naan is cooked. I like applying it twice –>more garlic flavor!

16- Cook the garlic naan for 15-20 seconds (directly on gas) until nicely golden brown from both the sides.

step by step pictures of making garlic naan at home

Remove from heat and brush with more garlic butter. Serve these homemade garlic naan with dal makhani or butter paneer!

To cook the garlic naan in oven – pre-heat oven to 500 F degrees. Arrange rolled naan on a baking tray and then bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove naan from oven and apply the garlic butter. If you want, you can place the naan in the oven under broiler to get them charred.

Enjoy!

garlic naan stacked in a plate with a plate in the background

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Restaurant Style Garlic Naan

garlic naan being brushed with butter with a black pastry brush
Manali
Soft and Buttery Homemade Garlic Naan - just like the one from your favorite Indian restaurant! Enjoy it with your favorite curry!
4.97 from 99 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Breads
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 naan
Calories 295 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3.25 cups +3-4 tablepoons all purpose flour 423 grams + 27-36 grams), also known as maida
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water lukewarm, 8 oz
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup milk lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons oil I used vegetable
  • 2 large garlic cloves grated
  • nigella seeds/kalonji

Garlic Butter, to brush on naan

  • 3 tablespoons butter I used unsalted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl whisk together 3.25 cups all purpose flour (423 grams) with 1 teaspoon salt. Set it aside.
  • To the steel bowl of your stand mixer, add lukewarm water and then add the sugar and yeast. Let it bloom for 5-10 minutes. You will know the yeast is activated when its all bubbly and frothy on top.
  • Once the yeast in activated, add to it lukewarm milk, yogurt and oil.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Also add the grated garlic. Start adding the remaining 3-4 tablespoons of flour (27-36 grams). Add 1 tablespoon at a time and add more if the flour is too sticky. I added around 3-4 tablespoons flour at this point. The dough will be sticky, so do not add more flour to make it dry. It just shouldn't be very sticky.
  • Knead with hands or with the dough hook attachment of your stand mixer for 1-2 minutes until the dough is smooth. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and the the dough rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes. If it cold where you live, pre-heat your oven for few minutes and then turn it off. Then place your dough inside the oven (remember the oven should be off!)
  • 10- After around 90 minutes, the dough will be more than double in size. Punch the dough lightly to release the air.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal parts (around 100-105 grams each). Dough will be sticky so oil your hands while dividing the dough. Cover the dough balls with a kitchen towel and let them rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile melt 3 tablespoons of butter, add minced garlic and chopped cilantro to it. Keep the garlic butter ready to brush on the naan.
  • Heat up an iron skillet on medium-high heat. I really recommend using an iron skillet to make these naan. 
  • Take a dough ball and roll it into an oval shape, around 10 to 11 inches long and 6 inches wide. Apply little oil on top of the dough before you try to roll it. Also oil your roller. Do not try to roll the dough like you would roll a tortilla/roti/paratha. Simply stretch it length wise and then width wise.
  • Dip your finger in water and then sprinkle some nigella seeds on top. This is optional.
  • Transfer the rolled naan onto the hot skillet. Let it cook for couple of minutes until you see bubbles on top. Brush the naan at this point with the prepared garlic butter.
  • With the help of a tong, remove the naan from skillet, flip and transfer directly to the gas. There will be a little mess as the butter will pour down - don't worry, it's okay. If you want you can cover your burner with aluminium foil before you begin cooking the naan.
    You can also skip the step of applying butter at this point and apply it directly once the naan is cooked. I like applying it twice -->more garlic flavor!
  • Cook the garlic naan for 15-20 seconds (directly on gas) until nicely golden brown from both the sides.
  • Remove from heat and brush with more garlic butter. Serve these homemade garlic naan with dal makhani or butter paneer!

To Cook Garlic Naan in Oven

  • To cook the garlic naan in oven - pre-heat oven to 500 F degrees. Arrange rolled naan on a baking tray and then bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove naan from oven and apply the garlic butter. If you want, you can then place the naan in the oven under broiler to get them charred.

Notes

These naan are pretty big. You can make smaller naan if you want! 

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 339mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2.4mg
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249 thoughts on “Restaurant Style Garlic Naan

  1. The wetness of the dough may be affected by the type of flour you use. Some flour absorbs more water.
    Very good recipe. Bread is nice and soft.

  2. 5 stars
    These come out perfectly every time! I skip the step of flipping them over on the burner, and instead just flip them over in the cast iron skillet and brush with cilantro garlic butter afterwards. They’re a hit with everyone who has tried them!!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this baked in oven on a big Lodge cast iron griddle. Baked very fast, but my oven is old and I can’t pull rack out with heavy cast iron on it without rack falling down. Was tricky getting dough onto griddle without burning myself, dough ended up like very long and maybe 4-5 inches wide. Used a wide spatula to retrieve cooked naan. Plenty left to freeze and use later, then i would just chuck it on gas grill to warm up or in toaster oven. I’ll never buy store bought again if I have time to make this. Quality!

    1. you mean with besan (gram flour)? No not at all, besan is a gluten-free flour and works very differently. It cannot be substituted 1:1 with all purpose flour

  4. 5 stars
    I just made a batch today for guests who had never had curry. OMG, they loved this naan. I made a bunch and froze some for another time.

  5. Are you sure the measurements for the flour are correct?? I checked my scale and measured exactly but needed A LOT more flour.

    1. Hi Sima, it’s absolutely correct. This recipe has been tried several times not only by me but also by so many readers who really love it. 🙂 I use a US standard size cup, if you measure the flour correctly, not scoop it but fill with a spoon and level it out then 1 cup all purpose flour comes to around 130 grams. so 3.25 cups as mentioned in the recipe – 3 cups (130 x 3 = 390 grams) + 1/4 cup (32.5 grams)is 423 grams. This dough is sticky, you can add more flour around 1/4 cup more if you not able to handle it but resist the temptation to make it dry else naan won’t turn out that nice.

    2. I had the same issue, the original is extremely soupy! After working it out, I now use 500g of flour and 153g of water and that ratio is perfect.

      1. I think the original is absolutely fine, tried and tested several times. You can additional flour but this dough is on the wet side just needs to be handled well.

  6. 5 stars
    These turned out so good. It tastes delicious. Had it with hummus. The dough was kinda hard to work with. But it was worth it. Thank you for the amazing recipe

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