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 139 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. 5 stars
    Made this to go with a classic tikka masala a few days ago and I loved it! It’s so easy I may just forfeit buying from the store from now on. I halved the recipe even though it was awkward only using half an egg lol, but it still turned out great, thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    First time making any type of bread accompaniment and this turned out great and really tasty with the garlic parsley and butter again supermarket naans are so dry so will stick to homemade in future takes no time at all!
    Thankyou

  3. I’ve tried this recipe twice now and the first time I got bubbly yeast, dough was soft and flexible, and there were lots of “bubbles” in the dough when it was cooking. This time I thought I followed the directions exactly the same but dough was tough and no “bubbles” in finished product. Did I maybe add too much flour this time?? How much should be added since the recipe does not state a specific amount. Thanks!!

    1. I am thinking your yeast was not good the second time. If it doesn’t bubble, it’s probably not fresh/good yeast.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been buying my Nana bread at Costco. Thanks for the recipe now I can make my own. This is the only way I can get my dog to take his pills since he’s been sick he is much better now but he sure loves the nana bread

    1. You would use the same amount of regular yeast (2 tsp) in place of the instant yeast. Regular yeast takes a bit longer to rise so you may want to consider adding an extra 10-15 minutes for the rise time.

  5. 5 stars
    Wow!! I love this recipe. My husband loves bread and I’ve been deemed a “ supertaster “ by several in the culinary industry.
    Flavor is delicate,nice accompaniment for hummus, we’ve even used it for pizza!
    I love to brush garlic butter on it before cooking — delicious.
    A little sticky to work with but well worth it — again — so good.
    This will be my go to recipe for naan bread.
    Thank you LL!!!!

    1. You are so welcome! Thanks so much for sharing what you do. I love all the different ways you use this recipe. It definitely is a versatile one.

  6. 5 stars
    Perfect! Light and fluffy. Made this today and they turned out perfect. I followed the recipe exactly as I’m a challenged cook. I’m a very happy camper. My family think they’re great as well.

    1. I’m so glad they turned out so well! Thanks so much for trying it and sharing your experience with us!

  7. 5 stars
    These were delicious! The dough was nice an soft and easy to roll out! Served it with chicken tikka masala.

    1. Chicken tikka masala is the perfect meal to compliment this bread! Sounds delicious! Thanks for trying it!

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