I’ve loved Indian food for years, but I’ve always ordered the same three things, chicken tikka masala, samosas, and garlic naan. I didn’t really venture out into the world of Indian food until our trip to India in November.
And let me tell you this – I’ve been missing out.
Indian food is so incredible and flavorful that I should have been ordering a different dish every time, just to at least sample everything on the menu at some point.
While I tried tons of different dishes in India, one of my favorites is still the classic Indian flatbread – garlic naan.
The best one I’ve ever had was at the Spice Paradise cooking class in Jodhpur where we made our own from scratch.
I have no idea what made this one different from all the rest but it was incredible. So buttery and the dough so flaky with that punch of garlic and the heat coming off your fingertips.
I seriously needed nothing to accompany this flat bread, I was perfectly happy to eat it on its own.
If you’re a bit hesitant on trying Indian food, and need to ease yourself into it, you can do no wrong but starting out with a sampling of garlic naan. If yours is as good as the one I had in Jodhpur you will be hooked.
- 250 grams white flour (about 2 cups)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3-4 cloves mashed garlic
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- fresh plain yogurt (start with ½ cup and add more as needed)
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients with the fresh plain yogurt, adding more yogurt if necessary to make the dough less dry.
- Mix the dough until everything is combined and continue to knead the dough until you have a round smooth ball. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Break small pieces off the dough and form a round ball. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough ball evenly until fairly thin.
- Heat a pan over medium heat and add a small amount of ghee to the pan. Lightly pan cook the garlic naan on one side, adding ghee to the top side and then flip over and cook on the other side.