Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan

Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan
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Sharing with you one more, special dear to my family, recipe of Indian flat bread, world famous as "Garlic Naan". Not just me, this naan is favorite of everyone who have ever tried Indian food. Isn't it?

A quintessential Indian bread served in every Indian Eatery, big or small, Garlic Naan is heart-throb of million Indian Cuisine Lovers! My family is no exception either. It's funny, when I told them that I finally shared my Naan Recipe on blog, no one..... simply NO ONE, asked me, how did it go?! They just asked... was it a Garlic Naan? I said, "No! it was not a Garlic Naan. A plain butter naan. I didn't want to jump to Garlic Naan recipe without sharing the basic naan bread." You know, what was the answer, "uhmm... okay... I'm sure.... garlic naan would have been better!" 

Not going too far, even my husband, asked me to make a garlic naan from leftover dough of plain butter naan. ;)

Well... well.. I get it... garlic naan is so so desirable. Hence, I'm here to share the recipe with you. This version of garlic naan is pretty close to my Butter Naan recipe, though, I'm also sharing instructions to make it in oven this time. Even though, any given day, I will prefer "Stove Top Naan" to oven naan, but still felt to share both methods.

Why I prefer Stove Top Method?

Well, good question! Let me share with you why?!

Indian Tandoor (clay oven) which is traditionally used to cook naan, is a very high temperature and intense heated vessel. Our modern home ovens can't match (by far) the heat of real burning fire in traditional tandoor. End result? Home oven baked naans end-up being dry, deprived of moisture or victims of low-heat cooking. 

So, if you plan to cook this naan dough in oven, make sure to keep naan little thicker, so that it can be fluffy and not dry.

However, there is a way to make soft naans in modern home oven and I'll share the recipe for that whenever I get time. I made it!! Cook'em on stove top or make'em little thick and follow the "oven cooking" recipe here Oven Naan Recipe. (I finally made an Oven Version!!)

Since, garlic naan are favorite of everyone, I have also doubled the recipe ingredients and increased size of bread. After all, no one will want just one naan! Right? and by making a little bigger naan, you will do little less work :) Amount of wheat flour and all purpose flour ratio is same. Hence, naan will be soft, fluffy, and not at all rubbery or tough.

I love adding Nigella Seeds (Kalunji) on my garlic naan for some extra oomph! However, it is totally optional.  Even for this batch, I made few garlic naan with Kalunji, for me, and some without kalunji for Vishal.

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One thing is certain, these naans will sure make you forget store-bought naan. Plus these are healthier than Restaurant Naans! Chances are, you might start making'em at home very often than ordering from Indian restaurant.  :)

I'm telling you, that aroma of fresh cooking garlic naan slathered in warm garlic-butter is killer! A dream-come-true for garlic lover (like me and my family) and a jack-pot for any Indian Cuisine Fanatic!

And... last but not the least... there is one more reason to make'em at home. The freaking high price of naans in restaurants! Don't you think?? I don't lie, we Indians also go eat Indian food and order naan in Indian eateries all the time. Especially when feeling lazy to cook at home.

Across the street from our apartment, there is a new Indian Restaurant. They make killer garlic naans! Right in front of your eyes for every order! Being Indian, I can tell their naan are very authentic. So, we went to eat their,...... Vishal and I, both really liked the naans and ordered a couple of times. The best part was, just 75 Cents per naan.

Then, it so happened that we not visited the place for good few months....

Recently, we visited again, and you know what was the price of one ala-carte naan, now?


I was like, Really? Are you selling gold-plated naan here??? lol ;)

Seriously, I'm better with my homemade naans. I'll rather prefer to freeze a few for rainy-day.

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Last time everyone said, Naan needs more butter. SO I have applied a generous layer for pictures. You can use it as per liking. These naan are not vegan or gluten free. But, I think I have to make some to satisfy my inner conscious and share with you. It kills me when I don't bring health on the table. Give it to authenticity of Indian Cuisine, this how we eat naan. And I guess, it's okay to indulge once-in-a-while! Don't you think?  Though, in these naans, I have used good serving of whole wheat and healthy dose of garlic. Rest, I will keep for some other day.... 

Freeze Instructions:

The beauty of homemade naans is that you can freeze them for later use. Both cooked or uncooked. Since it made-at-home, so freshness is sealed right in the beginning and then perfect Homemade Indian Food any day of the week! Check the instructions to freeze here.

Let's head straight to the recipe! Enjoy!

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List of curries, to pair with Garlic Naan, are endless... However, I have picked these few special ones for you:

Indian Omelet Masala Egg Curry Lychee Paneer Tikka Masala Hearts and Livers

Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan

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Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan
Total Time: (Idle Time: 1 hr 10 mins) Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 8-10 Naans - Serves: 5
Nutrition: 125 calories per serving (Total Time includes Idle Dough Rest Time)


Garlic Naan Dough
Smart Swap: Use all Wheat Flour for a Whole Wheat Naan!


  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 1. Lukewarm 1 cup water, add sugar and yeast. Let it sit until foamy. (about 10 minutes.)
    Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 2. Add lukewarm milk, wheat flour, garlic paste, all purpose flour (all but leaving 1/4 cup), oil, salt over bloomed yeast.
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 3. Mix all ingredients. Add 1 tbsp remaining flour at a time until dough comes together. Knead the dough briefly, just for 1-2 minutes in the bowl. Dough will be little wet. If feels too wet or sticky, add 1/2 tbsp flour more at a time. Dough should not be very dry.
    Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 4. Coat the bowl with 1 tsp oil, add dough and coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and then with clean kitchen towel. Leave to rise at warm place until double in size. (1-2 hrs)
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 5. This is how it looks after about 1.5 hrs. Punch down the dough and transfer to work surface (flour dusted board)
    Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 6. 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. Divide dough into 8-10 equal parts.
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 7. Roll each dough to a (about 6" wide - 10" long) oval shape (or round if you prefer). Additional Notes: If planning to cook in oven, leave naan a little thicker than as shown in picture.
    Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 8. Spread 1/4 tsp nigeella seeds on boards, place naan on top and gently roll once. Additional Notes: If using oven, place a sheet pan in oven to start heating up while you roll naans.
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 9. Stove Top : Place one rolled naan on heated skillet and let it cook for 1-2 minutes or until yeast action shows tiny bubbles all over the naan. Flip the naan, 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. Additional Notes: While you roll next naan, keep the rolled naans covered with kitchen towel.
    Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 10. 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 top are nice and charred.
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade Restaurant-Style Indian Garlic Naan 11. Remove cooked naan with tongs and place next naan on skillet/oven, repeat until all naans are cooked. Immediately brush butter-garlic on cooked naans and spread some chopped cilantro. Butter will keep them moist while you finish cooking the rest. Serve hot garlic naans with you favorite curry and enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

Amount of flour needed can be a tbsp more or less based on quality of wheat and weather conditions. Always start with 1/4 cup less flour, then add 1 tbsp at a time until desired dough forms.

Cooking time is estimated as it depends on method opted and also on size of skillet/sheet pan. It will take less time if you cook multiple naans at once.

Update: Aug-25-2016 I recently added few more homemade naan recipes. Check'em out!

Stuffed Paneer Naan is one of the top Indian Breakfast Naan.
Quick and Soft Baked Garlic Naan If you are in mood to bake, baked Garlic Naan calling you name!


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164 Responses

  1. Love this recipe. Have made it many times, both ways. Family favourite.
  2. Great recipe! Good instructions and easy to follow! Delicious!
    Thanks for the feedback.
  3. My daughter in law made some and brought me some. LOVE them I am going to make some in a couple of days.
    I'm glad you loved the naans. Thanks for letting me know.
  4. Lucen deliciosas,nunca había escuchado sobre Las naan, gracias
    Gracias, Marilyn. I hope you get chance to try these Garlic Naan. I tastes as delicious as it looks.
  5. Great recipe! What is the best way to store and reheat the naan?
  6. Fantastic naan recipe! My cup of water was too big so the yeast-sugar never foamed but the dough still worked out amazingly! I would put a bit more salt next time. I used some cream cheese (instead of butter) mixed with coconut oil, sesame oil and the finely chopped garlic! I am so so so happy!! That was a tremendous success!! Thank you
    Viviane, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed. So many options with home cooking.
  7. First time making naan and this was so easy and far far better than shop bought. I only had quick yeast so I skipped step 1 and just added everything all in one go and worked perfectly.
  8. SOO SOO Good NEVER buying shop bought again!
  9. Love this recipe!! So do the kids all 7 of them and that is a miracle in and of its self!! Thank you for sharing
    Thanks for sweet feedback. I'm glad to share. Loved to hear that your whole family enjoyed it. "High five"
  10. Made this and it was fabulous! Had some left over so I poped them in the freezer. I’ve been tasked with making vindaloo and naan for dinner but I’m wondering how I reheat the naan I froze?
    Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed garlic naan. Reheating the frozen naan is easy. Heat a skillet to medium heat. While skillet heats, microwave naan on microwave safe plate for 30 second at a time (not more) until just ice hardness is gone. then heat naan in skillet 30 seconds each side or until naan is soft and heated through and enjoy. I recommend utilizing thawed-reheated naan immediately. I hope it helps.
  11. Hi, I’m having issues with the rolling step. Do you flour or oil your surface before rolling? My naans are sticking and then I cant transfer them to the pan without tearing or completely losing the shape. Is my dough too wet? Or am I rolling too thin? How thick are your naans when you roll them?
    Hi Melissa, it sounds like dough is too wet or rolling too thin with no dusting of flour on board. Yes, I dust work board with dry flour before rolling each naan. You can also flour hands a bit specially when flour is too wet. To deal with wet flour either add more flour or put dough in refrigerator for 20 minutes and then roll naan with cold dough. I hope it helps.
  12. Hi, new to your blog. thanks for the recipe. One question... is there any substitute for yeast??? is it ok if I try this recipe without yeast??
    Hi Diya, this recipe needs yeast. I have a no yeast naan recipe on blog. I recommend trying that. Search or look for link in notes above
  13. If I don’t have Wheat flour, how much All Purpose can I use?
    Start with 1.25 cup AP flour in place of wheat. Then add more until dough forms. Dough should not be very wet or stick. I hope it helps.
  14. Just made a batch but I used unbleached all purpose flour, I didn’t have any whole wheat flour and instant yeast for a 20 minute rise time. The dough was soft and pliable and tasted lovely prepared. Just a quick question what temp do you cook on the stovetop. I have an electric surface so no gas. But I always seem to slightly burn it at a medium temperature, any advice you can offer would be appreciated. Thank you for such a delicious recipe.
    Hi Anika, I'm glad you enjoyed Garlic Naan. Regarding your question, the idea of cooking on stove top is to get high-heat of gas burner just like Indian tandoor. Electric top is completely different. You can't expect char like gas or tandoor any way. So, I recommend cooking on medium heat. Let griddle heat properly and then naan will come out good. I usually get good ones starting second or third. I hope it helps.
  15. Wow...wow. I am trying this one tonight I have the conviction it will not flop..
    LadyV, I hope you enjoy. Happy cooking.
  16. I looooooved it!!! So soft and fluffy. I think this is honestly the best naan recipe ive tried. Thank you!!!
    Thanks fro feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed.
  17. LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing. I used instant yeast and skipped the first step. I also temped my water at 120.
    Erin, I'm glad you enjoyed the bread. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. That will be also helpful for other readers.
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