Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan is a type of naan, leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines of the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.

The word Naan is originally from the Persian and means bread. The name spread later in the neighbouring languages ​​on the Indian subcontinent and among the Turkic peoples of Central Asia (in the Turkic languages also: Nan or Non).

Garlic naan bread is a type of bread made with flour and topped with garlic and may have herbs. It is a flatbread that is baked in the oven. Naan bread often looks like a tear drop but can have different shapes also. It is often covered in herbs and spices to change the taste.

Naan bread is made from basic bread ingredients like wheat flour, yeast, salt, and butter or ghee. It also is made with yogurt and milk. The yogurt is what makes naan bread taste so much different than other kinds of bread.

The dough patties or naan are baked in an open tandoor. From this natural baking method, which requires special care, comes the typical taste. But at home you can bake/make them in an oven also.

Typically, it is served hot and brushed with ghee or butter. It goes well with Indian curries.

  Recipe Servings: 4 - 5
  Cooking time: 20 Minutes


  • Maida/All-purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Garlic (finely chopped) - 3-4 cloves
  • Kalongi/Nigella sativa - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Yogurt/curd - 1/4 cup
  • Oil - 2 tsp.
  • Butter (melted) - as required for brushing naan
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (to knead the dough) - as required


  • Take maida (all-purpose flour) in a bowl. Add yogurt, sugar, oil, baking powder and salt into it. Knead it to a soft and smooth dough. Add water as per required in kneading the dough.

  • Cover the dough with a moist cloth and rest for 1-2  hours in a warm place.

  • 30 minutes before baking pre-heat the oven to 220ºC.

  • Once done, knead the dough slightly.

  • Divide the dough into medium sized balls.

  • Roll them to oval shape using rolling pin. Make sure you do not make too thin nor thick. Apply chopped garlic and kalongi on the top of the naan.

  • Place 2 rolled naans on a baking tray and place the tray into the oven. Bake for 3-4 minutes. When the naan turns to golden brown from the top take them out of the oven.

  • Brush the naans with some butter.

  • Naans are ready to serve hot. Serve them with an Indian curry.