Homemade Naan Bread

This homemade Naan Bread is soft, chewy, and simply delicious. You won’t believe how easy it is to make and will want it as a side to every meal.

Naan is simple and a great side to so many dishes. We love to serve it up with some coconut curry or even homemade hummus!

Naan Bread on dish towel

Easy Naan Recipe

I love making homemade bread, and of course my whole family loves eating it. I’d had naan at restaurants before, and I don’t know why I waited this long to try it at home. This Naan Recipe is so simple, and so delicious!

Naan bread is traditionally served with Indian dishes like curry, but truth be told, I made it in the afternoon and my kids ate it for an after school snack. I scored some major mom points, because they were all thrilled when they walked in from the cold to find hot homemade bread waiting!

What is the difference between pita bread and naan bread? Unlike pita bread, naan usually has yogurt in it making it a softer texture. Both are flatbreads and are often served the same way but made different causing the difference in texture.

Bread Dough for naan in bowls

How to Make Naan Bread

You start by making a basic yeast dough. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.

Then add oil, yogurt, egg, salt, and enough flour to form a soft dough. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it and let it raise till doubled.

Cut the dough into eight pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a circle about 6″ across.

Heat a skillet to medium hot. Add a little bit of oil or non-stick spray. Place a circle of dough in the middle of the skillet and cook till bubbly and golden brown on the bottom. It takes 2-3 minutes. Flip it over and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or till golden brown.

Brush hot naan bread with melted butter. I added minced garlic to my butter and it was incredible! We even topped ours off with chopped fresh parsley, and it was the perfect addition to this easy naan bread.

Naan Bread Recipe rolled out

How to Store?

How long does Naan last? We recommend storing this bread in a Ziploc bag. At room temp, naan bread should last 5-7 days on the counter. Those who put it in the fridge can you usually squeeze out even a few more days.

How to freeze naan bread? Freezing naan is easy to do. Just wrap in Saran Wrap or foil and for extra security, place in a freezer safe Ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 month. Let defrost and warm up in the oven or microwave.

How to make Naan

What to serve with naan bread?

Naan can go with anything really, but it’s typically best with Asian and Indian foods. Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve it with:

Naan also does not have to be used as just a side. We like to use it to make flatbread wraps, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and more.

Homemade Naan Bread

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Naan Bread Recipe

4.94 from 108 votes
This homemade Naan Bread is soft, chewy, and simply delicious. You won't believe how easy it is to make and will want it as a side to every meal.
Course Bread
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 26 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 231 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2-3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl; let sit for five minutes or till bubbly. Add olive oil, yogurt, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour. Stir till smooth.
  • Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead a few times on a floured counter until smooth. 
  • Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  • Preheat a skillet to medium heat.
  • Cut dough into eight pieces. On a floured surface, roll out each piece into a 6" circle. 
  • Add a little oil or non-stick spray to the skillet. Cook each circle for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on the bottom. Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Brush the top (the bubbly side) of each naan with melted butter. I added garlic to my butter, but that is optional.

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    Fabulous! With the butter and garlic. Question: is the calorie and carbohydrate count per Nan or for the whole batch? Please say the whole batch LOL

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! My whole family loves them! I make them with with chicken and cucumber yogurt sauce and raw veggies for gyros.
    I found that when I roll out a few at a time and let them rest while I’m cooking some, that they puff up nicely.

  3. 5 stars
    The Naan Bread is delicious.
    Did anyone reply to you that they tried any of the ‘gluten free’ flours to make this recipe?

    If so, I would be interested as my husband and daughter are gluten free. I hated eating this great bread in front of them.

  4. Needed salt, or any flavor pretty badly. Not sure i let it rise long enough, either. Maybe a second rise after rolling out would help…
    Oh whoops, i messed up and didn’t add salt.

  5. 1 star
    I think I followed the recipe exactly except I used Greek yogurt and the water was at room temperature. Unfortunately, it came out a liquid disaster.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was awesome! It was the first recipe of naan bread I made and it is perfect! I Don’t recommend any other!

  7. 5 stars
    Just made the naan bread, it was excellent! Very easy to make. I served it with a salad on top and some leftover tri-tip.

  8. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe. I’ve never worked with yeast so I was nervous. But OMG it is sooooo good and very easy. Its definitely a new staple for our house so thank you!

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