Imagine a sizzling hot tandoori oven, and the aroma of garlic wafting through the air. Naan bread was already a hit among Mughal royalty, but they were missing something – a little extra flavor! So, they decided to add a pinch of garlic to the dough, and voila! Garlic naan was born!
But garlic’s influence on Indian cuisine goes back even further than the Mughal empire. It has been used for centuries for both its delicious taste and its medicinal properties. In fact, ancient Ayurvedic texts recommend garlic as a remedy for everything from the common cold to digestive issues. So, it’s no surprise that the addition of garlic to naan dough was a match made in heaven.
As time went on, the popularity of naan spread throughout India, becoming a staple in households and restaurants alike. But it wasn’t until the globalization of Indian cuisine that garlic naan really took off.
How to make garlic naan from scratch?
Making garlic naan is a skill in itself. The dough is kneaded until it’s smooth and stretchy, then rolled out and cooked in a tandoor oven. Traditionally, garlic naan is made using a tandoor oven, which is a cylindrical clay oven that’s heated to extremely high temperatures. The dough is shaped into a flat disc, then slapped onto the walls of the tandoor, where it cooks quickly. The intense heat of the tandoor oven gives the naan its signature charred and bubbly texture, while the garlic and yogurt infuse the bread with a tangy, savory flavor.
What does garlic naan pair well with?
- Serve as a side dish with Asian or Middle Eastern meals.
- Top with sauteed vegetables and cheese for a quick flatbread pizza.
- Dip in soup or stew as a tasty bread accompaniment.
- Make a naan quesadilla with your favorite fillings and melted cheese.
- Serve with homemade dip or salsa.
- Make a naan bruschetta with diced tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar.
- Toast and use as a cracker for a charcuterie board.
- Cut it into small pieces and use as croutons in a salad.
- Use as a substitute for pita bread in a falafel wrap.
- Toast and top with hummus, tzatziki, or avocado.
- Grill and top with herbs and cheese for a delicious snack with tea.
How to prepare frozen garlic naan?
To enjoy your naan, you can easily heat it up on a griddle or pan. Once it’s heated, place it on a plate and add a generous amount of butter, making sure to toss it for even coverage. The result will be a mouth-watering naan that melts in your mouth.
Preheat your oven. Remove the frozen garlic naan from the packaging and place it on a baking sheet. Brush the naan with a small amount of olive oil or melted butter for added flavor. Bake the garlic naan in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until it’s heated through and slightly crispy. Remove the naan from the oven and serve it warm. Enjoy!
So why wait? Give Shana Garlic Naan a try and see why so many people are raving about this tasty naan bread!