Garlic naan is a classic Indian bread that is loved by millions around the world. It is made from a soft and fluffy dough and cooked to perfection in a cast iron skillet. The process of making this delicious bread may seem daunting, but it is actually quite simple. After my trip to India, I became addicted to naan bread and had to learn how to make it myself with the same flavour.
To start, you’ll need to prepare the dough by mixing flour, yeast, salt, sugar, milk and yogurt. Then knead the dough until it becomes soft and pliable. Once the dough is ready, place it in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest and rise for at least an hour. For best results, let it prove overnight in the fridge. That is the secret for better flavour, fluffier texture and it will be more digestible.
Once the dough has been rested, divide it into equal portions and roll each one out into an oval disc. You can also add herbs at this stage if you wish.
Now it’s time to cook the naan. Heat up a cast iron skillet on high medium heat. Place one of the naan discs onto the skillet and let it cook until the bubbles have all risen. Check underneath when it’s a nice brown colour and flip. To get that smoky char flavour, use a pair of tongs to hold the naan over an open flame for a few seconds. This will give it that authentic tandoori flavour that we all love.
Once the naan is cooked, brush it with a mixture of melted butter and chopped garlic. Serve it up hot with your favourite Indian curry or dip it in some raita or chutney.
In conclusion, making simple Indian garlic naan cooked in a cast iron skillet is a great way to bring the flavours of India into your own kitchen. It’s easy to make and the results are absolutely delicious. The combination of the soft and fluffy dough, the fresh garlic, and the smoky char from the cast iron skillet make for an irresistible treat that will leave you craving more. So, fire up your skillet and get ready to experience the flavours of India like never before!