Garlic Naan Bread


Garlic Naan

Makes about 8-12 naans
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 pieces
Cost 5


  • 2 tsp Active Dried Yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 60 ml Warm Water
  • 500 gm Flour
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • .75 Cup Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • .75 Cup Warm Milk
  • 6-8 Cloves Garlic minced
  • .25 Cup Coriander Coarsely chopped (optional)
  • .5 Cup Butter Melted


  • Combine the yeast and sugar with the warm water. set aside for 10 min to activate the yeast.
  • Mix the salt with the flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture.
  • Add the yoghurt, vegetable oil and milk. Stir to form a dough.
  • Knead till smooth for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Place into oiled bowl and cover. Leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Finely chop the garlic and chop the coriander.
  • Pat down the dough and divide into 8-12 pieces. Roll to ball and then roll the balls to a circle.
  • Sprinkle some coriander on the naans and press down lightly. (Coriander is optional as for some people it tastes like soap, which apparently is a genetic thing)
  • Heat the butter in a small saucepan till bubbling hot, add approx 1tbsp minced garlic. Stir in quickly cook for about 30 seconds then remove from heat.
  • Cook in a non stick frypan on medium-hight about 2-3 minutes till large bubbles form on surface.
  • Flip and cook another two minutes.
  • Remove from heat and brush with butter.


Once youve made your own, you'll never go back to the flavourless overpriced store brought ones.
Adjust the number of portions based on your preference. For hungry folk make 6-8, for those with smaller appetite make 10-12.
It's important your yeast mixture "foams" in the water after the 10 minutes is up. Dont use too hot water or you will kill the yeast. If it won't bubble / foam your yeast is dead and you need to replace it with fresh stuff. I'm in New Zealand and I use Bakels instant active dried yeast. It's a great product used in a lot of commercial bakeries and I use this for all my yeast based baking.