Garlic Naan

Garlic Naan


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.


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Yields 8

Garlic Naan

The authentic Indian bread to soak up all those creamy dreamy curries.

40 minPrep Time

16 minCook Time

56 minTotal Time

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  • 250 grams white flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cloves mashed garlic
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • fresh plain yogurt (start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed)


  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients with the fresh plain yogurt, adding more yogurt if necessary to make the dough less dry.
  2. 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.
  3. Break small pieces off the dough and form a round ball. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough ball evenly until fairly thin.
  4. 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.
Recipe Type: Bread


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  1. says

    Love naan, especially spiked with garlic! Looks so good!

    • Vicky says

      I too love love love garlic naan and just had an incredible one the other day in Kuala Lumpur (freshly made and still hot too). How do you make garlic naan? This is just how the cooking class taught us. India was certainly unlike any other place I’ve traveled to (both in good and bad ways).

  2. says

    Hi Vicky,
    This one looks so delicious and I’m surprised at how easy to cook it. I especially like the idea to add garlic in the naan.
    Bookmarked and will definitely try this one out! 🙂

  3. says

    I’m right there with you on the “Indian food is awesome” sentiment. I haven’t met a dish I didn’t like and naan is hands down one of my all-time favorite snack foods. This recipe looks great. Most naan recipes I’ve found require oven baking with the oven cranked up to its highest temp. I appreciate the pan frying method. Pinning this to make later! Thanks for the share.

    • Vicky says

      Naan is simply the best. The pan frying method might taste a little bit different than the over one, but I still absolutely loved this garlic naan, so I think it’s definitely still worth pan frying!

  4. Veggie Girl says

    This is so easy and delicious, but I did not like not knowing the amount of yogurt I will need.
    I decided to decrease the amount of garlic and used garlic salt instead of plain salt. I didn’t have ghee, so I cooked the naan in a little bit of olive oil & butter. My naan came out so pretty with the flecks of cilantro, it was light, a little crispy and moist on the inside. I will be making this often. Thank you

  5. Carolina says

    Question, is it possible to use a gluten free flour? If I do , do you know if I need to add something else in order to replace de gluten?

    • Vicky says

      I have not tried making it with a gluten free flour but imagine that a gluten-free blend should work. Please let me know how it turns out if you make it!

        • Vicky says

          No I am not sure which gluten -free flour would work best here. If I were to try, I would buy a gluten-free flour blend like the Bob’s Red Mill GF baking flour.

  6. Lauren says

    Thanks for the recipe! A couple of questions… Most naan recipes I’ve seen have a bit of baking powder in there – is it unneccesary? Also some use yoghurt, some don’t – do you know what difference this makes?

    • Vicky says

      From what I learned during the cooking class the yogurt makes for a softer dough. In the cooking class we did not use baking powder, I have never made it with baking powder so unfortunately cannot comment on the difference that it would make. Hope that helps!

      • says

        This is a flat bread and it does not need baking powder as it tends to make the dough rise.With this dough you can also be creative and put all sorts with it,inside it;ie mash potatoes and herbs,sundried tomatoes,basil and garlic of course…..etc etc etc.

  7. Nancy says

    Hi ,
    It looks and sounds delicious. Is ghee an oil? Can I buy that in a supermarket or does it have to be a specialty shop? Does it have to be a certain type of fry pan or will any do.

    • Vicky says

      Ghee is clarified butter (so butter that has been cooked and had the milk solids removed – this creates a higher smoke point so ghee can be used in high temperature cooking without burning). Nowadays you can find ghee in the specialty section of Wegmans, Roche Brothers, Whole Foods, etc or you can purchase it online. In the cooking class we used what looked like a thin cast iron wok style pan, but a regular pan should work too (though cast iron might be better). Hope that helps!

    • Vicky says

      I have never tried making this with buttermilk but imagine it wouldn’t work as well because of the consistency – yogurt is a bit thicker than buttermilk, but if you do try it please let me know how it goes!

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