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Garlic Naan Recipe - How to Make Naan Bread

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Our Garlic naan recipe is an easy naan that is homemade and topped with a garlic butter spread. Learn how to make naan bread at home with simple ingredients, and air fryer to perfection.

Use your Indian bread to pair with dinner, use to dip in your favorite creamy dip or hummus, serve as the bread in a gyro, and more.

air fryer naan bread on white plate

Pillowy, soft, with a slight chew. You can’t go wrong with my popular air fryer Indian bread recipe. 

Why You Will Love Naan…

  • Homemade - made from scratch 
  • The air fryer toasts the bread wonderfully 
  • A garlic butter to spread on top 
  • Great to pair with dinner
  • Delicious for dipping with hummus or other dips
  • Stores well 

Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Oil 
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Parsley 
ingredients for homemade naan

How to Make

Full directions for this homemade naan bread are in the printable recipe below. Start by activating your yeast with the warm water and a little sugar. Once the yeast begins to foam you know it is ready. 

naan ingredients in mixing bowl

Now in a stand mixer with dough hook add your dry ingredients, yogurt, oil, yeast mixture and milk. Mix until a ball forms.

Then you will want to knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. 

Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl, cover and allow it to double in size. This takes around an hour. 

Then you will punch down the dough, then cut into 10 pieces. The roll out into circles. 

Air fryer your flattened Naan bread dough as directed until cooked. You will flip part way through. 

Once done brush with garlic butter if you would like. 

Storage

So for this homemade Indian Naan bread, you will want it to fully cool. Cover and place in the fridge for around 5 days. 

I find reheating in oven or air fryer offers the best texture. 

In terms of freezing you can totally freeze any bread you don’t want to eat right away. I have even made double or triple of the bread for freezing it! I've also done this with pizza dough for an easy pizza later in the month.

Place wax paper between each bread, this prevents all the bread from sticking. Freeze 2-3 months. Then reheat and enjoy. 

hand holding air fryer naan bread

Tips and Variations

  • Make sure your yeast activates. Otherwise, the dough will not rise. 
  • Use warm water that is no hotter than 110 degrees. Too hot will kill your yeast. 
  • Brushing with garlic butter is optional. 
  • Consider adding some seasonings and herbs to dough to flavor your bread. 
  • Top with any of your favorite herbs or butter blend. 
  • For chewier texture allow your dough to be a bit thicker when you air fry. 

FAQs  

What is Naan?

Naan is a flat soft and chewy Indian-styled bread. You will find this bread is served a lot with Indian cuisine. Or dip bread in hummus, use for wrapping up gyros, and more.

Does Naan contain yeast?

For this recipe, yes yeast is used. Depending on the recipe, you will find some recipes that use it and others don’t. 

It offers incredible texture to the bread in my opinion so I highly suggest this recipe.

What does it mean to bloom yeast?

Blooming of yeast means activating the yeast. Adding sugar and warm water to active fry yeast allows the yeast to activate. 

Letting the mixture set 5-10 minutes you will find the mixture becomes foamy and rises. This means the yeast is ready to use.

Is naan gluten free?

This recipe for naan is not gluten free. Is naan vegan? Naan is not vegan either. You can make this recipe gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend.

Can I make this recipe without an air fryer?

No air fryer? No problem! Take one piece of your dough and place it in a warmed pan on the stove. Cook one side on medium heat for 4-6 minutes, then flip. You want each side to become golden brown. 

Depending on thickness and temperature the cooking time will vary.

Yield: 10 servings

Naan

naan bread on white plate

Naan is a traditional flat bread served in many places in the Middle East and Asia. This delicious garlic naan is tasty along with hummus, curry, lentil soup and more.

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 29 minutes

Ingredients

Naan Dough

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Garlic butter

  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of parsley

Instructions

    1. In a mixing bowl, stir the yeast, sugar and water together. Let sit for 10 minutes. Foam will appear.
    2. Add flour, milk, yogurt, garlic, oil, baking powder and salt. Using a dough hook, mix together until dough ball forms.
    3. Remove from bowl and knead dough for 3 minutes on a floured surface. Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour to double in size.
    4. Remove and cut dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll piece into balls and flatten balls on a floured surface to fit the size of your air fryer basket.
    5. Take flattened dough and place in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 370 for 6 minutes, flip and cook for 3 minutes.
    6. In a bowl, melt the butter with the garlic and parsley. Brush mixture onto naan after cooking.

Notes

Keep in mind if using a small air fryer, you are only able to make one piece of naan at a time. If using larger air fryer like a Ninja xl, you should be able to cook 4 piece at a time, if you have two baskets, or 2 pieces if you only have 1 basket.

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