Buttery Herb Garlic Naan

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Makes 4

Many of us love a good soft naan to lap up an Indian curry. But when you have a fluffy soft naan that is warm, buttery and with an amazing herb & garlic aroma, you may just forget all about the curry! This naan is a STAR in its own right.

Ingredients for Naan
2 cups
all purpose flour
1 tsp
instant yeast
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
3 tbsp
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
milk, or as needed
Ingredients for Topping
2 tbsp
softened butter
1-2 tbsp
finely chopped fresh coriander
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
pinch of salt and pepper

First, mix together the topping ingredients and set them aside.

Then proceed with making the naans. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then make a hole in the centre and add the oil and yoghurt. Gradually add the warm milk a little at a time and mix to bring the ingredients together. Turn the dough out onto a surface and knead well until it is very soft and elastic. Apply a light layer of oil on the ball of dough, put it back into the bowl and cover. Set this aside for an hour or two to rise. 

Once it's risen, knock the dough down and divide into 4 balls of equal size. In the meantime, heat up your tawa/flat pan.

Take each ball of dough and gently flatten and stretch it out using your fingertips (do not use a rolling pin). If it is too sticky, just dip your fingertips in a tiny bit of oil. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like, it will swell up a bit during cooking so I normally roll it out a  little more than a quarter inch thickness.

Place the naan on the hot tawa and cover with a lid. Let it cook for 2-3 mins on medium to low heat, then uncover and check. If it has started forming bubbles on the top, gently check the bottom and if it has started browning slightly, flip it over and let it cook on the other side as well. You can cover it again if you like, it helps conserve moisture in the naan so that the result is extra soft.

Once browned to your satisfaction, remove, brush with herbed garlic butter and place in a hotpot or cover with a cloth to keep warm until serving. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.



Hi Fauzia. Can I use baking powder alone without the yeast?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, no the yeast is a MUST for this recipe.

Assalam Fawzia. 1/4 Cup yoghurt is how many gm?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, liquids are measured in ml not gm. 1/4 cup yoghurt is about 50 ml.

aslamoalikum fozia can i make pizza with this dough

henabilal1's picture

Salam, can i freeze the dough for naans?if so, for how long can it be frozen?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, better to freeze the ready cooked naans rather than the uncooked dough.

salam fozia, plz tell me can i bake the same naan in gas oven. for how much time. i tried ur tandoori pizza it just resulted great. it wz my first try for pizza but thank god, ur step by step explanation was really helpful. its really honest hard work that u explain each n every thing with tips. may allah bless u .

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, this naan turns out best on the stove top, have not tried baking it but you can try if you like. :)

Slms, am i not supposed to use a rolling pin at all? Much appreciated. Jazakallah khayr.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can use a rolling pin but the result will be more like a pita bread than a naan. :)

can I use whole wheat flour? thanks!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can although the results will not be as light and fluffy as when you use all purpose flour.

Assalamualaikum warahmathullahi wabarakhathuhu . Can I make the dough without yoghurt??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, it definitely adds to the flavour and texture so I would recommend to use it for this recipe.

What yogurt do you have to use? Could you provide with the name of yours please?
and what is all purpose flour is it plain flour or self raising flour?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I use plain unflavoured unsweetened thick yoghurt. Every country has different brands so check for the best one available in your country. Plain flour is all purpose flour.

hello fauzia, tried your na'ans,the where nice but something was missing, dnt knw if it was d salt or sugar...

Awesome.... turned out v.good soft n tasty☺

Assalamun Aleykum. I want to try this naan and i need your suggestions please, Since its winter here now, can I use SR flour and/or extra yeast to the flour to rise it quickly?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can increase the yeast by a quarter tsp and see if that helps.

A. Aleikum ukhty may Allah bless you abundantly. I tried the recipe for the first time and my husband loved it. Thank you for helping us learn how to cook. Stay blessed always