Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simple garlic flatbread


I'm always excited when I start making something at home that I used to think was either too complicated or too time-consuming to do myself. It makes me feel accomplished! Plus, I can make this flatbread for way less money than buying the store package and with ingredients I pretty much always have at home anyways. 

I can't quite bring myself to call this naan, although I treat it that way when I make it. I make this flatbread when serving all kinds of Indian dishes like Stir-fried Paneer with Peppers, Chana Masala, Chicken & Apple Curry, and more. It's perfect for dipping and sopping up yummy sauces or spicy soups. I first found this recipe at Full Bellies, Happy Kids about a year or so ago and have been tweaking it ever since. I find that this recipe makes two large pieces of flatbread.

Since I don't have access to a Tandoor oven, I use a very hot castiron skillet to cook my flatbread. I want to have high heat so that the bread gets brown and even charred in spots. It works great for me and it cooks up very quickly. You'll have a nice warm homemade flatbread with your dinner in (almost) no time! If you don't want the garlic flavor, you can leave out the garlic powder.



Simple garlic flatbread 
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
about 4 tablespoons plain whole milk yogurt
coconut oil, for cooking

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through baking soda) and then stir in the yogurt. Start with three tablespoons and then add more, if needed, about a teaspoon at a time until the dough comes together.

Knead the dough in the bowl for about 3 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough in half. Roll out into oval shapes on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness.

Heat a castiron skillet over medium high heat until hot. If your skillet isn't well-seasoned, lightly grease the pan with a bit of coconut oil to prevent the bread from sticking. When the pan is hot, add the bread. Using a spatula, rotate the bread often to keep from burning. When it is golden and charred, flip, and do the same to the other side.

Serve immediately.



What was I cooking one year ago?: overnight yeasted waffles
Two years ago?: coconut cream pie
Three?: Moroccan stewed beef with prunes & apricots
Four?: sweet & sour acorn squash
5?: lemon pudding cake

21 comments:

  1. Ooo I definitely want to try this! I love the roasted garlic naan they serve in Indian restaurants, and this looks very similar!

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  2. oh! i love garlic flatbreads! Looks amazing!

    PS. I'm organizing a chocolate contest on my bilingual blog. Maybe you'd like to join us? :)

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  3. Simple but amazing! I can eat this with Palak Paneer day in and day out. Bookmarking...

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  4. Homemade bread of any kind is just the best. This looks delicious!

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  5. Yum! I bet this would be good with hummus too. :)

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  6. Looks like a quick and easy way to make some bread for snacking!

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  7. I love making flatbreads like this, so good with garlic too!

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  8. Oooh, that charred look is beautiful---love this!

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  9. Garlic bread or garlic flatbread is never simple...it takes the bread to a whole new level ;-)
    It tastes great on its own and makes the curry taste even better. I would love to have it with some ghee drizzle on its crispy and beautifully brown top. YUM!

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  10. Dear Amy, your garlic flatbread looks absolutety amazing - love the color it has - the cast-iron skillet method seems to be working perfectly!
    What a great recipe to make on weekends or on less busy weekdays - must be wonderful to enjoy just as as or alongside a nice savory dish!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Andrea

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  11. I love your garlic flatbread! They look just like garlic naan :-)

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  12. I love garlic flatbread, it is so tasty! Your photos look enticing :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. This is a great bread to compliment any curry. I like how it's cooked with coconut oil xx

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  14. This is the kind of bread that I would eat right off the skillet. It wouldn't even make it to the table. :)

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  15. this sounds great! i love that feeling of accomplishment from cooking too! :)

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  16. I would love to have this with some Indian Food!

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  17. I love the charred spots on the flatbread, they sure look great and so simple to make...looks delicious Amy...and thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great week :)

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  18. simply damn delicious garlicky flatbread.....
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  19. I always get a sense of accomplishment recreating something at home. Nice job! Looks delish.

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  20. What a great recipe! I love any kind of flatbread (naan has to be one of the best) and these look terrific. And garlic? Yes. Please. :-) Thanks for this.

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  21. The blistered spots look so good! And, I never turn down the flavor of garlic.

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