Easy Homemade Garlic Naan Bread

Are you tired of spending money on restaurant meals just to enjoy a piece of delicious garlic naan bread? Look no further, because this easy recipe will have you making your own homemade naan bread in no time!

Say goodbye to store-bought naan and hello this delicious homemade version.

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Use it as a side for hummus, tikka masala, or your favorite Indian food recipe. Once you try this easy homemade garlic naan bread recipe you’ll never buy it anywhere else again.

Not only is making your own garlic naan bread more convenient and cost-effective, but it also allows for a customizable flavor experience.

By using fresh garlic and butter, you can elevate the taste of this traditional Indian flatbread to new levels.

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Garlic Naan Bread Recipe

My kids used to come home from school and ask for naan bread almost every day. They would have naan bread with their hummus during snacks and loved the combination so I decided to make this homemade naan recipe.

Not only is it simple to make, but the end result is far better than any store-bought option. With just a few ingredients, you can make this delicious Indian bread at home.

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The best part about this recipe is that you can customize the flavors to your liking.

Add more garlic for an extra punch of flavor, or sprinkle some herbs and spices on top for a unique twist.

The possibilities are endless!

Naan Bread vs. Pita

While naan bread and pita bread may look similar, there are actually notable differences between the two. Naan bread is a traditional Indian flatbread, while pita bread originated in the Middle East.

The main difference lies in their ingredients and preparation methods.

Naan bread is typically made with white flour, yeast, yogurt, and sometimes milk or butter. It is traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven, which gives it its signature charred and bubbly texture.

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Pita bread, on the other hand, is made with whole wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. It is cooked on a hot griddle or in an oven.

Another difference between naan bread and pita bread is their thickness. Naan bread is usually thicker and more doughy, while pita bread is thinner and has a pocket in the middle.

This makes pita bread ideal for stuffing with fillings, while naan bread is better suited for dipping or tearing apart to scoop up food.

In terms of flavor, naan bread tends to be richer and slightly sweeter due to the addition of yogurt or milk. Pita bread has a more neutral taste, making it versatile for use in various dishes.

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Both naan bread and pita bread are delicious options for adding to meals, but their differences make them better suited for different purposes.

Naan bread is great as a side dish with curries or grilled meats, while pita bread works well as a wrap or sandwich bread.

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Make it a Meal

​I love meal planning in our house and this naan bread is the perfect addition to any meal plan. Here’s how you can serve it in a meal

Side Dish: Hummus

Main Course: Lamb Tikka Masala

Dessert: Rose Tres Leches Cake

Best Appetizer Recipes

Once you make this garlic naan recipe, you’ll want to make more homemade appetizers! Here are some more tasty appetizer recipes to make.

This Creamy Paprika Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.

Elevate your snacking experience with this delicious Homemade Tzatziki Sauce. Pair it with this fresh naan bread or pita chips for a tasty treat.

Looking for a flavorful and unique twist on traditional popcorn chicken? This Indian-spiced popcorn chicken will become your new go-to recipe for game day snacks or movie night munchies.

Impress your guests with this easy Baba Ganoush recipe made with roasted eggplant and delicious Middle Eastern spices. Serve it as a dip or spread for your next party.

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Add some tangy flavor to your game day spread with this creamy Greek Yogurt Buffalo Dip. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional buffalo chicken dip, but just as delicious.

Take your appetizers to the next level with this Crab Rangoon Dip. Creamy and packed with flavor, it’s the perfect dip for any occasion.

Can I freeze naan bread?

You can freeze naan bread with minimal effort. In fact, freezing is a great way to extend the shelf life of your homemade garlic naan bread and have it readily available for future meals.

To freeze naan bread, simply allow it to cool completely before wrapping each piece tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

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Then, place the wrapped naan bread in a freezer-safe bag or container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to reheat naan bread

When ready to use, thaw the naan bread at room temperature or heat it up in the oven or on a skillet. This will help restore its soft texture and make it taste just like freshly made.

If you have an air fryer, you could also put it in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 400 until it’s nice and toasty.

More Easy Recipes

Garlic Naan Bread

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Galic Naan Bread is a delicious and easy side dish that is perfect for dips! This fluffy and flavorful Indian flatbread is made with simple ingredients and can be cooked in a pan. You'll never buy storebought naan again!
Ali Van Straten
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Naan Bread

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant rapid rise
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or natural plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil plus 2 tablespoons extra for cooking
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups all purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Garlic Butter

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

Instructions

  • Begin by combining water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Allow the mix to sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts bubbling on top.
  • Add milk, yogurt, oil, minced garlic, flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything together until the dough comes together using your hands.
  • Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it with floured hands until it becomes smooth, typically taking 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Lightly grease the same mixing bowl with a small spray of cooking oil to prepare for the naan.
  • Place the dough back into the greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow it to rest at room temperature for approximately an hour, until it doubles in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, divide it into 10 equal pieces and shape them into balls.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball of dough into a large oval shape, about 6 inches long and 1/8 inch thick.
  • Heat a pan over high heat. Lightly grease the surface with oil to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Place the flattened dough in the hot pan and cook until it puffs up, forms bubbles, and develops burnt spots.
  • Flip the naan over and cook the other side. Repeat this process for the remaining dough.
  • Once cooked, brush the naan with melted butter and garlic and enjoy!

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Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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