Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan

Sharing today, one of my favorite Indian Bread, Garlic Butter Naan which is easy to cook, and don't need yeast or lengthy fermentation time. 

In India, everyone still don't feel comfortable using yeast in everyday cooking. Few weeks ago, when I shared Garlic Naan, everyone back home expected it to be without yeast.  Few of my friends even asked me to post a no-yeast method... Saying "post an everyday easy naan recipe, Savita!" Well, if you ask me, I always think yeast naan is very easy to make.... However, I get the point. 

So for anyone looking for a quick and easy everyday Garlic Naan Bread, I thought it would be good to share a recipe that needs no yeast or not much resting time. This recipe also comes with a little personal touch... Read on to unfold....

What does Yeast Do?

First, it is really important to know that yeast is fermentation agent which gives naan signature fluffy, airy, and soft texture. Yeast feeds on sugar, multiply in dough making it full of carbon dioxide molecules (bubbles). Longer dough sits,...

Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time:
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 6 Naans Serves: 2
Notes: No. of servings depends on serving size!

Ingredients

    No Yeast Garlic Naan Dough

  • 3 tbsp Yogurt (yogurt should be sour, or add 1 tbsp more)
  • 1 Egg(s) (only egg white of a large egg, or use 1.5)
  • 2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil (1 tsp extra for coating the bowl)
  • 6 tbsp Milk (sometimes I need, 2 tbsp more. Add 1/4 cup first, then add little until dough is formed)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic (paste, 1-2 small garlic cloves grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • Toppings

  • 2-3 Garlic (cloves, fine minced, optional)
  • Butter - Salted (melted, for brushing naan)
  • 2-3 tbsp Cilantro (chopped, for garnish)

Directions

  • 1. In a wide bowl add all ingredients for Garlic Naan Dough with only egg white and 1/4 cup of milk. Discard egg yolk or use it for breakfast omelette.
    Additional Notes:
    Not adding egg yolks removes the egg-y smell of naans.
  • 2. Mix all ingredients. Add 1-2 tbsp more milk at a time until dough comes together. (I end up adding up-to 2-4 tbsp more milk.) Knead the dough very briefly, just for 30 sec in the bowl until a bowl forms and flour is not dry. (please note this dough gets tough when knead too much, just mix until it comes together.)
    Additional Notes:
    If dough feels too wet or sticky, add 1/2 tbsp flour more at a time. Dough should not be very dry or nor sticky. It should be soft.
  • 3. Coat the bowl with 1 tsp oil, add dough and coat in oil. Cover with clean kitchen towel. Leave on side for at least 30 minutes.
  • 4. Heat an iron skillet or heavy-bottom pan. Or preheat oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Microwave and melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for 15 secs, add chopped garlic and set aside. Transfer dough to a flour dusted board. Divide dough into 6 equal parts.
  • 5. Roll each dough to a (about 3" wide - 6" long) oval shape (or round if you prefer). You can also stretch the dough with hands. While you roll next naan, keep the rolled naans covered with kitchen towel.
    Additional Notes:
    For softer naans, or if planning to cook in oven, leave naan a little thicker than as shown in picture.
  • 6. Tawa Naan (Stove Top) - Place one rolled naan on heated skillet and let it cook for 1-2 minutes or until soda and egg action shows tiny puffed nooks, all over the naan.
    Additional Notes:
    If using oven, place a sheet pan in oven to start heating up while you roll naans.
  • 7. Flip the naan, and cook other side on tawa (skillet) for other 1-2 minutes until brown spots appear all over. Or place it on direct gas flame until slight charred and cooked on other side (just 10-15 secs max). Always keep a tongs/spatula handy to lift or flip the naan.
  • 8. Oven: Place rolled naan on hot sheet tray, two or three, depending on size of sheet tray. Bake for 4 minutes, remove, bush butter, put back in oven with broiler on for 1-2 minute, or until tops are nice and charred.
  • 9. Remove cooked naan with tongs and place next naan on skillet/oven, repeat until all naans are cooked. Immediately brush butter-garlic or just butter on cooked naans and spread some chopped cilantro. Butter will keep them moist while you finish cooking the rest.
  • 10. Serve hot garlic naans with you favorite curry and enjoy!
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Was home alone today so thought I would try this recipe out (halved the recipe). I only had sweet homemade vanilla yoghurt, so I added some lemon juice to make it sour. The recipe was so quick & easy to follow. Will definitely make again as it was sooooooooo yummy!!
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