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Simple Garlic Naan Recipe (Traditional Indian Bread)

This Simple Garlic Naan is so quick to make and this Indian bread takes no baking. You can make this in a skillet or griddle on the stove top. Whilst the dough does have yeast in it I promise this is super easy to make and even if you have never made a yeast dough before you can learn how to make delicious Indian style bread at home. What is better than serving your curries with a homemade bread recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Proving Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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For the naan breads

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • pinch sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp oil

For the Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 2 tsp dried garlic flakes
  • 2 tsp dried cilantro


To make the dough (STAND MIXER METHOD)

  • Set your stand mixer up with a dough hook.
  • Place the flour, yeast, salt and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low to combine.
  • Pour in the water and oil and mix on low for 10 minutes until you have an elastic dough.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it to rise for 20 minutes.

To make dough (BY HAND METHOD)

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  • Add the water and oil, then use a fork or butter knife to combine all the ingredients, once you have a raggy looking dough, start using your hands to bring the dough together, until the sides of the bowl are clean.
  • Empty the dough on a floured board and knead the dough for 15 minutes.
  • Place in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave for 20 minutes.

To form and cook the dough

  • Once the dough has sat for 20 minutes, punch it back down and then divide the dough into three roughly equal balls.
  • Place one ball on a floured board and use your hands or a rolling pin to form the naan breads into oval/teardrop shapes (ensure they will fit in your skillet/griddle).
  • Put a heavy skillet/griddle over a high heat and allow it to get searingly hot.
  • Place the dough onto the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, it should start to puff up and charr lightly.
  • Flip the bread and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Remove to a plate and drizzle with the garlic butter.
  • Cover with foil and keep in a low oven whilst you prepare the other breads.

To make the Garlic Butter

  • Place the butter in a small microwavable bowl and microwave for 45-60 seconds or until just melted.
  • Stir in the garlic flakes and dried cilantro.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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