No need for a tandoori oven to make wonderful, warm homemade garlic naan bread to eat with your favorite curry or chicken tikka masala! You can make this soft, delicious bread at home on the stove and have fresh, buttery garlic (or plain) naan any time you want! And it definitely beats the storebought stuff.
I just posted the other day about one of our favorite foods ever, Chicken Tikka Masala, but there is a second part of that meal that cannot go unmentioned – the warm, buttery garlic naan bread that accompanies it on the side. It’s perfect for dipping and sopping up every last drop of that delicious tikka masala sauce!
I’ll start off by admitting that for years I have avoided making homemade garlic naan bread because I thought it would be too much extra work or that it just wouldn’t turn out very good because I didn’t have a tandoori oven in my home (who does?!). But I finally decided to give it a try because the storebought varieties just disappointed me every time with their lackluster flavor and sometimes rubbery, sometimes stale texture. And dude, it seriously could not be easier to make delicious naan at home. All you need is a mixer, some time to let the dough rise, and a rolling pin and frying pan.
You will need to give your dough about an hour to rise, so start it before you start making you main dish, whether it’s a curry or chicken tikka masala, but when it comes time to cook the naan, it’s super easy to roll out each portion and then the bread itself cooks in less than 2 minutes per naan. And it is super satisfying to watch the dough bubble up as it cooks in the dry heat of the pan and then brush it with melted butter and garlic and sprinkle with cilantro afterwards.
This homemade garlic naan stays fresh for a few days if you store it in a large ziploc bag so you can eat it with leftovers or use it to make a wrap sandwich. My only problem with this homemade garlic naan bread recipe is that I can’t stop eating it!
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