Garlic Naan | How to make Garlic Naan Bread

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This Garlic Naan bread is light, soft, fresh, and filled with flavor! It is so good that you will be making it again and again. I show you how to make Garlic Naan on a skillet on a stovetop. In my recipe the dough is infused with fresh garlic making it extra delicious. Serve the Restaurant Style Garlic Naan Bread as a side for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

closeup shot of three garlic naan with mint leaves garnish.

About Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan bread is Indian leavened flatbread made with all-purpose flour and spiced with garlic. At restaurants, plain naan bread is usually brushed with garlic butter and served.

However, in my recipe, garlic is infused into the bread dough instead and I also top the naan bread with garlic butter. The result is double dose of garlic deliciousness!

Garlic is a great addition to the naan dough. It gives so much flavor and taste to the otherwise plain yeasted dough.

For this recipe, I used half a proportion of all-purpose flour and another half of whole wheat flour but, you can also use one or the other.

I also add oil to this naan, however you can use butter or ghee (clarified butter) instead. This garlic naan is similar to the way I make whole wheat naans.

This garlic naan is truly delicious! It is exactly what naan should be – soft, tender and is not hard and chewy like in restaurants. If you char them more on the stovetop flame, they become crispy and best eaten hot. 

I usually make naans with instant yeast. If you do not prefer working with yeast, try my another simple and classic Naan Recipe made without yeast.

Serve this fresh Garlic Naan bread with your favorite curries or gravies. In fact they taste good on their own too.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Garlic Naan

Make Garlic Dough

1. In a small bowl take ½ teaspoon instant yeast (rapid rise yeast) and 1 teaspoon sugar (raw sugar or white granulated).

sugar and instant yeast in a bowl

2. Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix well. Dissolve the instant yeast and sugar with water. Set aside.

I prefer to mix the instant yeast with water before adding it to the dough.

water mixed with instant yeast and sugar

3. Remove your flours, prep garlic and other ingredients. Take the dough ingredients in a mixer bowl or a stand-mixer bowl.

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – 120 grams
  • 1 cup all purpose flour – 125 grams
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic or minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil, any neutral flavored oil
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or as needed
flours, garlic, salt, oil, sugar in a bowl

4. By the time you prep the other ingredients, the yeast mixture would be bubbly and frothy.

bubbly frothy yeast mixture

5. Add the frothy yeast mixture to the flour mix in the bowl.

frothy yeast mixture in the bowl with the flour, garlic, oil etc

6. Knead the dough into a smooth, soft, supple dough with ½ cup water. Add water in portions when kneading the dough.

If the dough feels firm or tight, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and knead again. Ensure that the dough is soft and pliable. 

You could either knead with your hands or use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.

ball of garlic naan dough in bowl

6. Cover the bowl with a kitchen napkin. Leaven dough for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled. The time taken to leaven will depend on the room temperature. 

bowl covered with grey napkin

7. The dough should look like the picture below after leavening. It will double up in volume, have lot of air-pockets and be stringy.

garlic naan dough leavened and doubled in bowl

7. Portion dough in equal sized balls. Roll the portioned dough between your palms and make a neat ball. Flatten it lightly.

Place the balls on a tray with some space next to them. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

neat round balls of dough placed on metal tray

Make Garlic Butter

8. Melt 4 tablespoon butter in a small pan or skillet on low heat. You could use either salted or unsalted butter.

butter being melted in another bowl

9. When all of the butter is melted, add 2 teaspoons finely chopped or minced garlic to the melted butter. Stir and switch off the heat.

The garlic will be cooked with the heat from the melted butter and you won’t get the raw pungent garlic flavor on your naans.

garlic being added with a 1 teaspoon measuring bowl to melted butter

10. When this melted butter mixture become warm, add 2 tablespoons of chopped mint or coriander leaves (cilantro). Mix and set aside.

mint leaves floating in melted butter

Assemble and Roll

11. Place one dough ball on a lightly dusted rolling board. Sprinkle some whole wheat flour on the dough from the top.

Avoid adding too much of the flour when rolling. Use sparingly and as needed. 

dough ball flattened with some flour sprinkled

12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds on the dough. If you do not have nigella seeds, add white or black sesame seeds. Or else completely omit adding any of these seeds.

nigella seeds sprinkled on flattened dough ball

13. With a rolling pin make a round or oval shape dough of about 7 to 8 inches. You can pull the top part to make a slight tapering dough.

You can make round shaped or tear-shaped or oval garlic naans.

dough rolled to an oblong shape on a white round marble board

14. Turn over gently and let the side with the nigella seeds touch the rolling board. Brush the top side with water evenly all over.

rolled dough turned over and brushed with water

Make Garlic Naan Bread

15. Heat a tawa or flat skillet on medium-high to high heat. When the skillet becomes hot, place the watered side touching the hot skillet.

watered side rolled dough touching a hot skillet

16. You will see the evaporating water forming large air bubbles on the garlic naan. On high to medium-high heat, cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the bottom has blisters and is cooked completely,

air pockets formed on the garlic naan dough

17. Separate the garlic naan from the pan with a spatula.

garlic naan being removed with a steel spatula

18. In the photo below, you can see the side where the water was brushed has blisters and is well cooked. It looks like the naan one gets in restaurants or has been cooked in a tandoor.

slightly charred and cooked side of naan held with tongs on the skillet

19. Lift the garlic naan with tongs from the pan and place the uncooked side with the nigella seeds on the stove-top flame. 

If you have an electric stovetop, continue to roast the garlic naan on the pan or skillet, as you would for roti or any other flat bread.

garlic naan held with tongs and placed on stove-top flame

20. Move the naan all over the flame so that the sides are cooked well.

garlic naan being roasted on stove-top flame

21. If you see that the side which was earlier roasted on the skillet looks undercooked, then place this side touching the flames.

garlic naan being roasted on stove-top flame

22. Like me if you prefer a bit more charred and crispy naans, cook them for some more seconds on the flame, so that they get slightly charred.

You can also add oil or ghee to the skillet when cooking the naans as we do for Paratha. Any ways you cook, the naans will taste delicious. I have tried all of these methods and they work.

garlic naan being roasted on stove-top flame

23. Place the garlic naan on a plate or in a roti basket. Brush the prepared garlic butter spreading some garlic and mint/cilantro (from the butter) all over on the naan. 

Cook each garlic naan like this one by one. I make naans this way and place them in a roti basket.

You can also use a clean cotton kitchen towel to stack the naans. When placing them place the buttered side facing each other for two naans, so that the butter does not touch your kitchen towel. 

garlic naan in a container box being brushed with garlic and herb butter

Serving Suggestions

You can serve the garlic naan bread straight away or cover the naan with a napkin to keep them warm if you want to serve them later.

Garnish with some cilantro or mint if you like and serve garlic naan hot or warm. These garlic naans are soft, so they do not become chewy once they get cold.

Serve them with your favorite curries or lentils based dishes. We prefer to enjoy them with Indian lentil preparations like Dal Makhani and Chole Masala.

Even rich and creamy curries like Paneer Butter Masala, Palak Paneer and Matar Paneer pair nicely with naans.

One of our favorite ways is to pair Chinese style dishes with Garlic Naan Bread like – Veg Manchurian and Chilli Paneer. Try this way and I am sure you will like it.

Do keep a few sides of kachumber or Indian Onion Salad, lemon wedges and mango or lemon pickles with your naan meals.

three garlic naan on a white plate.

Expert Tips

  • Flour: For this recipe, I used half a proportion of all-purpose flour and another half of whole wheat flour. However, you can make the naan with all-purpose flour only or whole wheat flour.
  • Dough Texture: Ensure that you knead the dough nicely. Add water as needed and form to a soft and pliable dough. You can knead the dough with your hands or use a stand mixer.
  • Oil: I added oil to this naan dough, however you can use butter or ghee (clarified butter) instead.
  • Cooking naan: I cooked one side of the garlic naan on a pan and I cooked the other side on the stovetop flame. You can also cook the garlic naan on the tava/flat skillet, as you would for roti or chapati or you can add oil or ghee to the skillet when cooking the naans like you would for paratha.
  • Garlic Butter: Use either salted or unsalted butter. If you like more saltiness in your naan, add a few pinches of salt in the garlic butter. Together with garlic, you can also add finely chopped chives.
  • Storage: You can store fresh garlic naan in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a few hours. The dough can be kept in the refrigerator for a day and for about a week in the freezer.
  • Scaling: As is, this recipe makes for 8 garlic naan bread. But can be easily scaled to make for more naans.

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three garlic naan on a white plate.

Garlic Naan | How to make Garlic Naan Bread

My Garlic Naan recipe make for soft and tender textured breads which are doubly flavored with garlic. Not only the naan bread is brushed with garlic butter but the naan dough is also infused with fresh garlic.
4.96 from 41 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cuisine Indian, World
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 8 Garlic Naan
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Ingredients

For yeast mixture

  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast (rapid rise yeast)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar raw sugar or granulated, white sugar

Other ingredients for dough

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – 120 grams
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour – 125 grams
  • 1 teaspoon garlic – finely chopped or minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt

For garlic butter

  • 4 tablespoon butter – salted or unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons garlic – finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mint leaves – chopped or cilantro (coriander leaves)

Instructions
 

Making dough

  • First mix the instant yeast with sugar and water. Set aside.
  • In a bowl or stand-mixer bowl, take both the flours, garlic, salt and oil.
  • Add the yeast mixture. Add ½ cup water in parts and knead to a supple, soft and smooth dough.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel cloth and keep the dough to leaven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until doubled. Note that the time taken to leaven will depend on the room temperature.
  • Once the dough is leavened, portion it in equal sized balls. Roll the portioned dough between your palms and make a neat ball. Flatten it lightly.
  • Place the balls on a tray with some space next to them. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Making garlic butter

  • Meanwhile melt butter completely in a small pan or skillet.
  • Add garlic and turn off the heat. The garlic will be cooked with the heat from the melted butter and you won’t get the raw pungent garlic flavor in the naan bread.
  • When this melted butter mixture become warm, add the chopped mint or coriander leaves. Set aside. 

Assembling and Rolling

  • Sprinkle flour on the dough and place it on a lightly dusted rolling board. Avoid adding too much of the flour when rolling. Use sparingly and as needed.
  • Sprinkle nigella seeds or sesame seeds on the dough. With a rolling pin make a round or oval shape dough.
    You could pull the top part of the rolled dough with your fingers to make a tapering dough. 
  • Turn over gently the rolled dough and let the side with the nigella seeds touch the rolling board's surface. Spread water all over on the top side.

Making Garlic Naan

  • Next heat a tawa or a flat skillet. Keep the heat to medium-high or high.
  • Place the watered side touching the hot skillet or tawa.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until you see the base getting nicely browned and charred.
  • Using a spatula separate the naan from the skillet. 
  • Lift the naan with tongs and place it on direct flame with the side that is not cooked touching the flame.
  • Move the naan all over the flame to ensure the sides and the surfaces are well cooked with some chars.
    If you see that the side which was cooked earlier on the skillet, looks raw, then cook this side too on the flame. 
  • Place on a tray or plate and brush the garlic butter spreading some garlic and mint/cilantro (from the garlic butter) all over on the naan. 
  • You can either use a roti basket to store the naans or use a clean cotton kitchen towel to stack the naans.
    When placing them, place the buttered side facing each other for two naans, so that the butter does not touch your kitchen towel. 
  • Make the naans one by one this way.
  • Serve Garlic Naan Bread hot or warm. Garnish with some cilantro or mint if you like.

Notes

  • The dough can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or frozen for about a week.
  • Scale the recipe easily to double the servings. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Naan | How to make Garlic Naan Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.3mg20%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Vitamin B12 0.01µg0%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Vitamin D 0.1µg1%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 53µg13%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 25mg6%
Phosphorus 79mg8%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Garlic Naan recipe from the blog archives, first published in November 2012 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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  1. Since long time I wanted to try making indian bread at home and Garlic Naan has always been definitely my favorite! Thank you for this precise and easy to follow recipe, my family loved the result5 stars

  2. From my experience this kind of Indian bread people tend to like the most, and I have made it a few times for our Indian dinners using this recipe, thank you!5 stars

  3. Nice recipe with perfect measurements of ingredients, no guess work, thanks for sharing5 stars

  4. I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for years, like close to a decade. Don’t know how to knead properly and was intimidated. Finally tried even though I didn’t have atta but I do have bread/higher gluten flour. So I used half all purpose flour and higher gluten flour with very good results.

    That may have been a cheat though, will continue to make and if I try another combination I’ll update and hopefully encourage someone to try a recipe that requires kneading for the first time like you did, Dassana. Thank you.

    1. Welcome Derek. Thank you for sharing the variations you made. I have myself made Naans using a combination of bread flour and all-purpose flour and sometimes whole wheat flour. It works beautifully. Yes do update me if you make these Garlic Naans with other combinations of flours.

  5. Hi Dassana, I made the naans again and my loved them too.
    I did the recipe by three and noticed needed more water, sorry to ask what size (mls) cup measure do you use?
    Sorry for that.
    Naans went down very well .

  6. dear dassana, this was a success !! i love your idea to add the garlic in the dough, this definitely gave it a better and deeper garlic taste added to the comon stroke of garlic butter on top. (which btw i enjoyed how it lost the harsh taste by adding it those few extra min while the butter was getting melted)…

    i had cooked garlic naan before but honestly this recipe has made the taste so much better and the consistency of the bread more softer than the ones i’ve tried before. i feel when i cook next time around will be even better

    also we have a pizza brick oven and am inspired to try and put the flat dough straight on the platform and try to get that smoked taste to it. What do you think, will substitute the tandoor ??5 stars

    1. Thats great to know and thanks for the detailed review and feedback. Yes of course the pizza brick oven will work and you can try making the naans in it. If possible, do let me know how it goes for you.

  7. Hi Dassana, I made these naans today and they came out very nice.
    I made four instead of 8 as we like thicker naans.
    Thanks again for a nice recipe as always.5 stars

  8. Indian breads are my favourite – thanks dassana for showing me how to make – you are doing a big service to the world5 stars

  9. I’m wondering about the open flame on the naan directions. I don’t have a gas stove and I don’t think single matches or candles would work. What can I use instead?

  10. Garlic naan turned out awesome.. thanku so much…Ur website is s blessing… there is nothing that u haven’t covered… there is not day I hve not used ur website for cooking.

    1. thank you very much archana. so glad to read your feedback. stay blessed and happy cooking.

  11. Hi Dassana,
    I tried this naan today. It turned out so good. I wish I could host you for a meal and thank you in person for the various yummy meals I have cooked and shared with my family out of your recipes. Your step by step pics have truly helps. Keep going !!

    Love & Light to you always5 stars

    1. hi shweta, that is so sweet of you. thanks for this consideration. felt good reading your comment. thanks again and love, light and wisdom to you too.

  12. Hi dear,thank you for all the amazing recipes.I’ve been wanting to try the garlic Naan recipe and was wondering if I can freeze the dough right after making it and then thaw it and use it later.

    1. simone, you can freeze the dough. naan dough freezes well. later you can thaw and make naans.

  13. Hi dassana after keeping it for 2 hrs dough was too much soft is it should be the same way

    1. dough is soft and it will become more soft as it gets leavened. after 2 hours, if not using the dough, then refrigerate it.

  14. HI dassana can I refrigerate leftover dough and use it next morning for making pizza base. Bdw thank you so much for the recipe5 stars

  15. Dear Dasanna!
    Thanks for this recipe! I´ve made it a couple of times and it always turns out awesome! My boyfriend eats more than half the stack in a heartbeat everytime. And it´s made on an electric stovetop!
    Love from sweden5 stars

  16. Hi Dassana, can i make this without yeast too? I have tried your other naan recipe without yeast so can i make this one also without the yeast- please advice. Thanks

    1. yes you can pallavi. you can use the same no yeast naan recipe and just add garlic in the dough.

  17. Super yumm recipe..turned out grt…u ‘ve taught me how to make naan at home…tnxxxxx a ton …love ur blog…5 stars

  18. Hello Dassana, tried making garlic naan today…. The yeast I used didn’t froth well & hence the dough didn’t rise well too. Still the naans were appreciated by the kids…. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe…Any particular brand of yeast you would suggest?

    1. i use the gloripan/mauripan yeast. i still have a stock in the fridge. see if you can get online. i have used both their dry active yeast as well as instant yeast. both were good.

  19. Dear Dassana,
    I tried many of your recipes and love your blog a lot…cooking became a passion for me now a days and this is absolutely bcoz of you only …Thank you so much dear 🙂 and today i tried ur garlic naan and kadai paneer, though it take some time for me to prepare the garlic naan as it was my first try it was yummy…thanks once again 🙂5 stars

    1. thank you jayanthi for your positive and encouraging words. you are always welcome.

  20. This recipe came out perfectly. I have tried out so many of your recipes and go through your blog whenever I find myself running out of ideas on what to cook. Thank you for your detailed explanations and pictures and mostly for the sheer variety of recipes.5 stars

    1. your appreciation means a lot to us thankyou so much for your kind and positive words. god bless you.

  21. Hi Dasanna , I am one of the silent follower , reading through your blog taking inspiration in cooking ( as I love cooking )yesterday I made Garlic Naan with the help of this recipe and my husband was totally surprised – he couldn’t imagine how can naan be made on Stove top 🙂 . May daughter loved it too.I also made Beetroot rice with Mint Raita and everything was a hit.I wish I could attach pics 🙂 Thank you & you are absolutely wonderful in writing recipes , I just feel like I am talking to my mom when reading as its so detailed.
    I wish good luck and look forward for trying more & more recipes from your blog.5 stars

    1. so nice to read your comment renuka. thank you very much. i feel motivated and encouraged to share more recipes when i get to read comment like yours. wish you too good luck 🙂

  22. I made them, they are just perfect! Thanks a lot for the recipe and the clear instructions.5 stars

    1. pleased to know you liked them noelia 🙂 thankyou for your kind words and you are welcome.

  23. Hi Dassana,

    When you say whole wheat flour, is that the same as atta flour? (I believe the “whole wheat flour” in the US is different and I am not sure which to use.)

    Thanks,

    Michelle

    1. welcome michelle. whole wheat flour is called ‘atta’ in india. but not sure about US variety. but i think it should work.

      1. When my MIL came from India she found that the regular whole wheat flour we buy in American stores does not produce rotis and parathas that taste right. We make special trips to Indian grocery stores over an hour away to stock up on authentic atta and other items you can’t find in regular US grocery stores. If possible, use actual atta, but US whole wheat works in a pinch.

        On a side note, Dassana, as an American of European descent married to an Indian, your website has been an amazing life saver. I came across it over a year ago trying to find eggless cake recipes, and I think I have been checking it weekly if not daily since then. I am trying your dishes all the time and I want to thank you for creating this site. I am now better able to make dishes for my husband that he grew up with. Thanks!5 stars

        1. thanks for the info hay. its really helpful. in fact in india, we just get whole wheat flour labelled as atta and basically meant for making chapatis or rotis. i did read about the whole wheat flour in US being different and not suited to make chapatis. however, i really don’t have any experience on using the whole wheat flour available in the US. in all my whole wheat bakes also, i use atta, the indian one. thanks again for the info.

          felt good to read your comment and thank you. i wish you all the best in your future.

  24. Hi dassana! Have been reading your blog for almost a year now…am a student and my intetest in cooking is just perking up. I tried your garlic naan recipe…I halved the recipe, used whole wheat flour and cut down the oil to 2tsps…gave me 3 cute 5-6″ naans. The dough rose up beautifully. I was doubtful about the inner texture of the cooked naans, though. But one bite, and I was really pleased with the results! Perfect and spongy! I had them plain with ketchup 😉
    You are doing an amazing job, love your site!

    1. thanks fatima for your kind words and sharing positive feedback on garlic naan. glad to read your comment.

  25. I googled the recipe for kadi pakoda and stumbled upon your website. I have been reading it for the last hour and a half. I absolutely love it. Everything seems so well laid out and thoroughly explained. I am an amateur when it comes to cooking and a soon-to-be mom. I am so looking forward to trying out a couple of your recipes. Much love!

    1. thanks maria. glad to know that you liked the recipes presentation and the website. i wish you all the best.

  26. Hello Mrs D,
    I am food fanatic just like u. Love to cook and experiment. Made your Garlic Naans today along with your another recipe Vegetable Makkhanwala. It turned out EXCELLENT. My house is full of critics, biggest being my mom…..She loved it….Chapter over…No need to explain how good both recipes turned out and each complimented one another. Thank You.5 stars

    1. welcome namrata. reading you comment made me feel that both the recipes are hit at your home and liked by everyone. recipes passed the biggest test 🙂 thanks for sharing this positive feedback.

  27. Hi Dassana,
    This recipe is explained so well. You really make cooking look and feel so effortless. I’m going to try this one for sure.
    Thanks a lot.

    Swati.5 stars

  28. Hi,I want to try this recipe out but I only have instant yeast with me,please tell what variations do I need to make in the quantity of yeast.thanks in advance.

    1. you can add 1 tsp of instant yeast. the rest of the recipe remains same.

  29. I tried using flour tortoise and worked well .Also try pizza dough from my local store.Save time and just as good..JMO

  30. I needed a naan recipe for my son’s geography class (we are studying India this week). I was excited to be able to use the tava I purchased in India almost 10 years ago, and have hardly used. Thank you for the easy to follow recipe and wonderful pictures.5 stars

    1. thanks & welcome. nice to know that you have been able to use the tava finally. in fact many flat breads can be made in the tava.

  31. Great recipe, I left out the yogurt and lemon (I was in a pinch) and used dried cumin instead of garlic and the seeds. They were delicious! A great flatbread too, as somebody mentioned. This is going to become a staple. I used coconut oil instead and I might try one time without it except in the pan to see the difference.5 stars

    1. thanks gin for the feedback. good to know the variations also worked well.

  32. I Never seen such a wonderful website.Am living in UAE working as Engineer and my parents in INDIA.Your Website is helping me a lot in Surviving here.Trying Different foods daily daily & Lot of appreciation from colleagues 🙂 Thanks a lot5 stars

    1. thanks gayathri. feels nice when we know that the website helps a lot of people in cooking. it surely encourages us.

  33. Hi…I was wondering if I could just use all purpose flour as I dont have any wholemeal??

    1. usually naans are made with all purpose flour. for health reasons, i add whole wheat flour. so you can easily make these garlic naans with all purpose flour.

  34. I made this with all whole wheat, and mixed the nigella seeds, garlic and coriander leaves in the dough itself. Turned out amazingly well, thank you. My picky toddler polished off an entire naan and my 8 yr old had three!:-)5 stars

    1. welcome santhy and big thanks for writing this comment. i felt good reading that your kids loved it. that means you really made a good naan.

  35. This naan recipe helped guide me to having the most delicious flat bread. I follow this recipe except I do not add anything else but garlic and dry rosemary and I omit the oil because I fry the naan in a skillet in butter and olive oil. And I used only all purpose flour and cut the recipe in half it made 6 naans. Also I used lemon not yogurt. delicious4 stars

  36. I was confused by your photos and description and the step by step recipe. How much water is used to proof the yeast? With the photos, you mentioning adding water–is this additional water? In recipe you have lemon juice as an ingredient but it is not mentioned in the directions.

    1. i have used 3/4 cup water to proof the yeast. in the photos i mean additional water that needs to be added if required. thanks for pointing out about the lemon juice. i shall update in the directions as well as in the step by step pics. you can also add 2 tsp yogurt instead of the lemon juice.

  37. Your posts are really awesome. Specially due to the lot of pictures you provide depicting the step by step procedure. Thumbs up ^_^5 stars

  38. Your site is just awesome!!! ***** is what it gets!!! Maybe I can give more 🙂 I love your photos, your description & the recipes…I just came upon your site today & I have been on it fir past 2 hrs 🙂 & made Corn Manchuria with Hakka Noodles. Your Indo Chinese is too good!!
    Keep going..you will have many more to read & appreciate & thank you for this great work!!
    Deepta.

    1. welcome deepta. i am glad to know that you liked the site. positive feedback from readers is always motivating. thanks for the rating.

  39. amazing…….your recipes look wonderful…..have never tried them but will so very soon…luv your detailing in every step..

  40. Hi Dassana,

    I really like your Blog and tried Garlic Naan for the first time yesterday. It tasted great though they tasted more like “Kulchas” (which is great because that’s what I like with Chholey). However, I was thinking maybe I made a mistake. I used the exact measurements as described, but I had to leave for an errand so after 2 hours when it doubled, I wrapped it in plastic and kept it in the refrigerator. The next day I noticed it was doubled up again (it had been 24 hours in the refrigerator). So when I rolled them out and cooked on the “Tava” and then fire, they kind of puffed up with a bread like texture. They tasted great though – but more like Kulcha.
    My question – can we keep the dough in fridge if we can’t cook the same day? Also, if I have to change the quantity (reduce or increase), in what proportion would I change the quantity of Active dry yeast?

    1. thanks kawal. you can keep the dough in the fridge. its best to use the next day. if you cannot, then freeze the dough. it won’t double up then in the freezer. before making thaw the freezed dough completely. for three cups of flour, 1.5 to 2 tsp of yeast is used. so if reducing to half, that is using 1.5 cups flour than 3/4 tsp or 1 tsp yeast is fine. there is not much difference between kulcha and naan. somewhere i even read, that naan is made in the tandoor or oven and kulcha is made on the tava/griddle.

  41. Hi Dassana,
    In my desperation to find a good recipe online… I stumbled upon you :).. And thank God it happened:)…
    Ha e never seen a good recipe like this. Have to try this:).
    I write a food blog at wordpress too and so a vast coverage of different food items. I suck at baking… May be will learn some good tips here:).
    How can I follow you online? I don’t have twitter. I am on Facebook and wordpress.
    Thanks
    Sonal

    1. thank sonal. baking is good. try baking more and you won’t feel that you don’t do it well. you can follow me through facebook or google+.

  42. I cannot wait to try this. One thing though – what would you recommend to somebody who is using an electric stove and cannot place the other side of the naan on the fire to finish cooking? Please advise – thank you!5 stars

    1. hi kati. you can cook the naan on a hot griddle or frying pan. no need to cook it on fire. just apply some oil or ghee or butter while cooking and you will get some crispiness on the naan. first cook one side and then cook the other side.

      another way is to brush some water on one side. place the watered side down on the griddle or frying pan. cover with a lid. you will see the naan bread rising at some places. flip after 1-2 minutes or more when you see the base cooked and browned. cook the other side now. once done brush some butter or ghee from top.

      you can also grill the naan. plus also bake the naan in an oven. the oven has to be very hot. so you can choose the highest temperature setting in your oven. pre heat the oven. place a baking tray or stone in the oven. once the oven is pre heated, place the naan on the heated tray or stone. remember to check after 2-3 minutes. on a high temperature setting, they will take about 3-4 minutes to cook. when you see them rising with brown spots, remove and brush with some butter or ghee or oil.

  43. Made these tonight with our lentil sambar and mango & peach chutney. Truely fantastic! Really enjoyed making these and of course eating them! Yum!5 stars

  44. Hi there –

    Just tried this recipe. I made it with all white flour because I didn’t have whole wheat, and I didn’t have any garlic so I just made it plain. It turned out beautiful, it puffed in places and is chewy and soft. The taste isn’t the best – I think I need to add more salt and the garlic would DEFINITELY make a difference. I think I was just not adding enough flavor.5 stars

    1. i guess the salt must have been less. otherwise even plain naan tastes good. using the same recipe sometimes i make plain naan and just top it with nigella seeds.

  45. Hi Dassanna. I love your recipes. simple & easy to make. however my naans turned out to be hard. the batter also did not rise. only thing that i last added to the kneaded dough was lime. i dont know where i have gone wrong. pls advice.

    1. whenever the dough does not rise, it means that the yeast did not proof well. thats why the naan also became hard. yeast proofing if correctly done yields excellent naans or breads. i don’t think lime affects the leavening of the bread. so next time when you make the naan, always ensure that the yeast froths and bubbles. also buy good quality yeast.

    2. The problem might be with the temperature. You need to bake them at a very high temperature.5 stars

  46. This looks delicious. Like the spreading of the kalonji, celery and garlic on top.

  47. Hi! Dassana Welcome back.waiting for your posts.Going to make allof them Thanks.Take care.

    1. thank shubha. do make all of them. all of the recent recipes are too good. you too take care.

  48. these look delicious! trying them soon. what is the chickpea dish in the background of your photos, it also looks yummy! thanks

    1. thanks. thats amritsari chole in the background. amritsari chole is a popular chole/chana dish from amritsar in punjab.

  49. hi Dassana..i made garlic nan today and they were just too awesome..thanks for the recipe..plz come soon..i hope u r doing well..

    1. thanks for your concern suhani. i am good. just shifted and moved my whole house, so very busy there. will start posting after some days. glad to know that you made an awesome garlic naan 🙂

  50. The naan looks so good, very soft. Would love to try it with just whole wheat flour.

  51. new here. i liked it. my prb is the yeast. i have same yeast bt it doesnt froth up at all, when i was trying to make the buns. i dont know what is wrong as the dough doesnt rise at all for me. i made garlic kulcha though some weeks back

    do check my space when you gt time
    would subscribe to ur updates

    1. sure meena will check your space. the yeast does not froth as either the yeast is outdated or either the water is too cold or hot for the yeast to get activated.

  52. Such a delicious Naan,love the garlic flavored one..perfect wid that chole,I m drooling over it though I finished my dinner

  53. I like the idea of adding celery in ti. I usually add green garlic. naan looks fabulous.

  54. I have always wanted to make naan but have never gotten around to it … May have to try the whole wheat version 🙂

  55. Wish I could have a bite 🙁 and ur pics are soooooo tempting…..really nice post.

  56. thank u so much Dassana..u took some time out of ur schedule for trying out the recipe..u r always helpful..thanks once again..will try the naan soon

        1. Thanks for your wonderful recipie.
          I modified a bit and used fresh garlic cloves , blended them with yougurt. Put a pinch of black pepper, green pepper, butter in the whole wheat flour to knead.Prepared them in the oven. My family enjoyed it with koftaa dish.
          I’m making naans again tomorrow.5 stars

        2. thats a very good variation you have added in the naan. thanks for the positive feedback.