Earlier in the week I posted the Indian Green Curry recipe and this garlic naan is a pretty awesome addition to that. Or on its own. I mean you can’t go too far wrong with bread, butter and garlic can you? In fact. Bread, butter and garlic are kind of like food heaven for me.
After working out how easy curry was to make, I figured making garlic naan would be an absolute snap. I used to live on Indian food so the idea of curry and naan was more than I could pass up.
Only vaguely related: I am a huge Masterchef fan, because I am incapable of resisting reality tv and food in one package. And I love how passionate George and Gary are. So I was extremely disappointed to hear George say that he didn’t really get into Indian food. I mean that’s a lot of food to wipe out in one go. And it’s not even like he tried it and just didn’t like it but to say that it just had never inspired him to dive in and try it. Pretty appalling attitude from someone who is supposed to be a chef. It won’t stop me from watching because I am an addict, but I would like my disappointment noted.
What you will need to make garlic naan
3 cups (450g) plain flour
1 teaspoon dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) warm water
1/2 cup (125g) natural yoghurt or milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
80g ghee (I used butter instead)
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
How to make garlic naan
1. Mix the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
2. Whisk the water, yoghurt (or milk. I didn’t have any yoghurt and using milk instead worked just fine) and egg in a small jug.
3. Add the dry and wet ingredients together and stir until the mixture comes together.
4. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead for 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth.
5. Place in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes. In winter, I will often put it next to a pre-heating oven to help it rise. We will need the oven at 180 degrees. Put the tray you are going to use into the oven to pre-heat as well.
6. Punch down the dough and add half the ghee (or butter) to the dough and knead until it is well incorporated.
7. Melt the remaining ghee (or butter) in a pan on a low heat and add in the garlic until you can smell that deliciousness. Then take it off the heat.
8. Divide the dough into 8 even portions. Press each portion into a retangular shape about 3mm thick. Put half the naan into the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Do not be tempted to take it out before it is golden brown! If you do it will be doughy and not very nice. Take it out of the oven and brush with the butter/garlic mixture. Then repeat for the second batch!