Garlic Butter Naan Bread with Fresh Herbs
Looking for a delicious and easy-to-follow naan recipe? Look no further! This homemade naan with herbed garlic butter is the perfect appetizer or side dish for food lovers of all ages. So grab your apron and get ready to indulge in some authentic Indian cuisine. Enjoy!
Traditional Chewy Naan Bread
There are a few factors that contribute to the delicious flavor and chewy texture of naan bread. First, naan is made with yogurt and high-protein bread flour that is ideal for making breads that have a fluffy and chewy texture. Second, naan is traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven, which gives it a crispy and slightly charred crust that contributes to its delicious flavor. Finally, naan is often brushed with melted butter or ghee before it is baked, which adds richness and flavor. Altogether, these factors combine to create the perfect texture and flavor for naan bread.
No tandoor at home? No problem! A hot skillet and a lid will do the trick.
What Makes Naan so Fluffy?
Naan is unique in that it is leavened with baking powder and yogurt. The baking powder creates the gas pockets that make naan fluffy, while the yogurt provides acidity and moisture, which helps to activate the baking powder and make the dough rise
Can You Make Naan Gluten-Free?
Yes, Naan can be made gluten-free. Check out our amazing recipe for gluten-free Naan!
Traditional Naan is a leavened, Indian-style flatbread that is typically made with all-purpose flour, yeast, milk, and butter. However, our gluten-free version is made with cassava flour. The end result is an equally delicious and fluffy flatbread that everyone will love!
What to Serve with Naan Bread?
There are endless possibilities for what to serve with naan, but some favorites include:
-Chutneys or sauces such as mango chutney, mint chutney, tikka masala sauce, etc.
-Curries such as chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, shrimp curry, etc.
-Dal (lentil soup)
-Biryani (rice dish with spices and vegetables)
-Papadums (crispy lentil crackers)
This herby, garlicky buttered naan is also amazing on its own!
Garlic Butter Naan with Fresh Herbs
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast optional
- 3/4 cup warm milk
- 1 cup full fat greek yogurt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 tablespoons salted butter melted and divided in half
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup mixed herbs such as parsley, cilantro, chives, and/or thyme, chopped
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, honey, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.
- Add the milk, yogurt, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a dough hook attachment until the flour is completely incorporated (about 4 minutes). Dust the outside of the dough with flour and turn the dough out onto the counter. Knead it into a ball then return to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size (or overnight in the fridge if not using right away)
- Once the dough has risen, divide it into 8 equal balls. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a large oval, about 8 inches long and about 1/4″ thick.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Brush both sides of the naan with melted butter. Drizzle the the skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil, swirling to disperse. Place the naan on the hot skillet, immediately cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute until bubbles form. Flip and cook uncovered for another 1-2 minutes, be careful not to burn the bubbles underneath. Repeat with the rest of the naan, keeping the freshly cooked ones wrapped in a towel while you work.
- To make the herbed garlic butter. Melt together the remaining half of the melted butter in a saucepan with the garlic. Heat over low heat until the the garlic golden. Remove from the heat and add the herbs. Brush the garlic herb butter over the warm naan and serve. These are best served warm!
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