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

4.95 from 153 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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  1. Can I use bread flour and by all purpose flour do you mean self raising flour or plain flour? Thanks for the recipe. Going to try it today. Xxxx

    1. You could substitute with bread flour for this recipe. Bread flour has a higher protein content so may make the bread a bit chewier in texture, but since it is a bread, it should work fine. You wouldn’t want to use bread flour for a pastry or cake. And yes, all purpose flour is the typical, basic “regular” flour, not the self raising flour. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Fab.I made as I had none in the freezer.rolled out and added fresh cilantro and thinly sliced garlic cloves.Rolled up and then divided. I should have added a little more salt.
    Hubby said far better than the supermarket. Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the bread. The fresh cilantro and garlic cloves sound like delicious additions!

    1. I use whatever yoghurt or flour I have so, by all means, low fat youghurt, bread flour. The results will be different though. But always good. Onviously not self raising flour.

    2. I haven’t tried it, but I imagine it would work just fine. You’ll have to let us know!

      1. Anxious to make those recipe. I have everything but the plain yogurt. I do have Greek honey yogurt though. Can I substitute the honey yogurt for the plain and leave out the sugar (or use a little less). Looks yummy can’t wait to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

        1. I haven’t tried using other flavors of yogurt, but you could certainly give it a try! If you do, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out.

    3. 5 stars
      Lovely recipe. I love naan and It was the first time l tried making it.The recipe was very easy and the naan came out perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    This has become a regular in our house. We like to make cheese naan by filling the small dough balls with some grated mature cheddar cheese. Then gently hammering them out with a rolling pin. And finishing off with a little rolling.

    1. Ooh that sounds amazing!! You can never go wrong when it comes to adding cheese…. always a good idea! 😉

  4. 5 stars
    Really good naan bread especially with the garlic butter brushed on top of the warm naan bread! This is a recipe I’ll have to keep using for sure

    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Yes, that garlic butter is the perfect addition to the bread.

  5. 5 stars
    Loved it. But only used half the dough. Can I freeze the rest for another time or keep it in the fridge for use the next night?

  6. I made it. Good recipe, but mine turned out a bit thick. However, they do look like the pictures.

  7. 5 stars
    Definitely my “go to” recipe, thank you so much for sharing it!
    No yogurt in the fridge so substituted with 2 x tablespoons of milk.
    Easy recipe to follow and you can add your own twist.
    We are a large family of eight and one each for my older boys was a big no, so I had to double the recipe.

  8. 3 stars
    This is ok. I thought it was going to be authentic naan bread, which it’s not. But it’s simple and ok. I’m not sure I would make it again I’m trying to find a recipe that’s as similar or actual naan bread

  9. 5 stars
    I just used this recipe tonight, the fiance and I loved it so much. It will definitely be a regular side with our Indian-themed meals.

    1. I haven’t tried using almond flour before, so I’m not sure. But if you give it a try, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out!

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