Garlic Naan

Something that I’m always scared of making at home – “Garlic Naan”. Well, the main reason behind that is… We love garlic naans and those at the restaurants are extremely soft yet crispy in texture! Huh… When hubby loves it like anything, ek try to banta hai!
During all these years, I have learnt North-Indian dishes from my mum only… She has been the best in making curries and naan. But as far as I remember, she used to use empty oil ka dibba to make naans quite ‘Tandoor’ way :) Getting upper side cut from that dibba and making it a mini tandoor was something I found interesting always :P But doing the same thing is tough here… But then the other technique she was using is ‘Upside Down Tawa” and yes, I tried it out…
And the end result was just amazing… Here you go with the recipe and technique :)

Garlic Naan

Makes: 4

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Plain Flour
1.5 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp Caster Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Warm Water
1-2 tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Butter, melted

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

  1. Mix yeast, warm water, sugar in a small bowl and let it rest for 5-7 mins so that yeast gets activated.
  2. Sieve flour and salt together and make a well in center.
  3. Pour the yeast mix, add 2 tsp minced garlic and knead a soft dough.
  4. Dough will be sticky initially but transfer it to a flat floured surface and knead it well for 7-8 mins.
  5. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Keep it in a warm corner (or in microwave – turned off) for at least 2 hours or until it gets doubled.
  6. Punch down the dough to remove air pockets and then divide it in 4 equal balls.
  7. At the same time, heat butter and 2 tsp minced garlic together. (I microwaved for 35 seconds)
  8. Roll them out (with no pressure at all) and apply water on one side of it.
  9. Heat tawa on high flame and carefully put the wet surface onto it.
  10. Hold the tawa upside down, keeping 3-4 inches distance from the flame and rotate in circular motion until you find it cooked with brown spots/bubbles on top.
  11. Place the tawa back on heat and let it cook for a min.
  12. Brush with garlic butter generously before serving!!!

SJ’s NOTE:

Also, you can add some fresh/dried herbs or finely chopped onions to it :)

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