Garlic Naan Bread is loaded with fresh garlic and green onions. This is one of the tastiest slices of bread around, and you can make this homemade bread recipe in your own kitchen!

Chicken Tikka Masala with rice and garlic naan
If there was ever a food enjoyed by people in every part of the world, it would have to be bread. Obviously, this includes naan bread!

It is difficult to find a country that isn’t known for some kind of baked dough, be it sweet or savory. Flour, yeast, water, and salt are where some of the best meals start. The best part is, you don’t need any fancy equipment when you make homemade bread.

If you like to use a bread machine, then keep at it. I find that they don’t give you the same texture and crumb as naturally risen yeast will. What I will say is, the most important step in the process is high heat, and the higher the better.

Your standard oven will work for most bread, even this Garlic Naan Bread recipe, but you’ll have to crank up the heat.

Serving some basmati rice and Tikka Masala with homemade bread

How to make garlic naan

You will want to bake this naan recipe at 550 degrees F., the highest temperature most ovens can reach. History tells us that traditionally, bread was baked in outside ovens. Ovens like this are usually made of some kind of brick or clay. These days, people are trying to get that heat source back. To achieve this, you will need some good baking trays like the ones I use.

If you use a traditional pizza oven that can reach 800 degrees, you’ll be able to get that awesome bubbly char on the crust. To finish the naan bread, glaze with some melted butter.

Which type of yeast should I use for my naan recipe?

When I bake bread, I always use Red Star Yeast mixture. It is reliable and won’t let you down. Plus, I love how there are different kinds I can use depending on what I’m making.

I leave the dough to rise in the refrigerator overnight so the Regular Active yeast is perfect. This being said, if you want a loaf of garlic naan the same day, the Quick Rising yeast is what I suggest using.

They also have a Superior Platinum yeast which gives amazing results in regards to texture and crumb. For tons of baking recipes and tips on how to bake with yeast, check out the Red Star Yeast website!

Chewy naan bread loaded with garlic and green onions.

Other homemade bread recipes to love!

Fresh Baked Italian Ciabatta Rolls

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

Mediterranean Olive Bread

This post was sponsored by Red Star Yeast. All thoughts and opinions are always my own.

This post has been updated with slight recipe tweaks for improvement and better photographs.

Homemade Garlic Naan Bread

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 4 loaves
Calories: 275kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
Fresh baked garlic naan bread, perfect to accompany some spicy Tikka Masala.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus more for dusting the work surface with
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic From a jar is easier
  • 3/4 cup green onion sliced finely
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil for brushing the dough

Instructions

  • Fill a medium sized bowl with the water and sprinkle the yeast on top of it.
  • Whisk the yeast until it's dissolved.
  • Add 3 cups of the flour, salt, garlic and green onion and stir with a heavy spatula or wooden spoon until smooth.
  • Add the remaining flour. Stir again until well combined and the dough comes together into a ball.
  • Dust a clean work surface with some flour and dump out the dough.
  • Start to knead the dough dusting with more flour if things get sticky.
  • Once the dough is a round ball, about 2-3 minutes of kneading, place the dough back into the bowl it came from making sure to lightly oil the bowl with a little olive oil to prevent the dough sticking.
  • Cover the dough and let rise in a warm area for 1 1/2 hours or until almost doubled in size.
  • Transfer the dough back out onto your floured work surface and punch down into a rough circle shape.
  • Cut the dough into 4 pieces.
  • Prepare a large baking tray with parchment paper or a baking mat and dust lightly with flour
  • Using your fingers stretch and work each piece of dough into a long oval shape about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.
  • Lay each piece onto your prepared baking pan and brush each piece of naan lightly with some olive oil.
  • Preheat the oven to 550 degrees or as hot as you can get it.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or longer if you like it more crusty. Check the bottom of the bread for a dark color.
  • Once the naan has finished baking, transfer it to a plate and cover with a clean towel to stay warm.
  • The bread is best served warm and can be reheated covered in foil in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Baking with Julia, written by Dorie Greenspan

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal