Homemade Naan Bread

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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 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.

Naan Bread Recipe rolled out

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.

How to make Naan

How long does Naan Bread 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.

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

For more bread recipes, check out:

Naan Bread Recipe

5 from 17 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 Kara Cook

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

  1. 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.

  2. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead a few times on a floured counter until smooth. 
  3. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  4. Preheat a skillet to medium heat.

  5. Cut dough into eight pieces. On a floured surface, roll out each piece into a 6" circle. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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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Author

Kara Cook

Hi! I’m Kara from Creations by Kara, and I’m addicted to creating pretty and yummy things. I love sharing home decor ideas, DIY projects, tasty recipes, and simple tips! I hope that I am inspiring women everywhere to use their creativity to build a better life.

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  1. 5 stars
    Fabulous recipe, thank you! I forgot the naan bread when i was shopping and when i realized i had forgotten this key part to my dinner, i thought….surely i can make this myself!? i looked at many recipes which of course include pictures, these are what sold me. there are many, but yours were a stand out. i followed your recipe to the detail, turned out better than expected. my husband could not stop going on about how this bread made the whole dish.. unbelievably light, tender and tasty. i served with lamb, peppers, onion, homemade tzatiki. omg blow your mind! it’s a go to….thank you!

  2. This looks delicious! Can i use a kitchenaid and dough hook to knead this? Or does it need to be kneaded by hand? Thanks in advance!

  3. 5 stars
    Super easy! First time making this recipe. Delicious! Can’t wait to plan a meal for this tasty treat! Great site. Keep those fabulous recipes coming!

  4. Do you know if I would cut it in half if I was going to make it into a flatbread with topings? Would it hold up well for that?

  5. 5 stars
    This naan is so lovely and so easy to make, I don’t think I’ll go back to store-bought!

    My feedback On This webpAge however is that It not easy to Use on a moBile device. I have to clOSe a newsletter pop-up and three auto-plAy videos fOr unrelated recipes before I can follow this one. This is especially annoying if I’m coming from pinterest, which reloads the entire page if i switch between apps. Please change your pop-up auto-play vidros for the moBile format!!!

  6. Can you make the dough ahead a few days and freeze It after it rises? And then defrost overnight and cook before dinner? Or Make dough The night before and cook just before dinner?

  7. 5 stars
    I love it! Easy and delish! Made some with plain butter and some with butter with smokey gurlic powder and parsly. Both tourned out amazing!

  8. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this recipe. I love Naan bread! My favorite Indian restaurant makes theirs fresh in all sorts of different flavors. Do you have any tips for incorporating flavors like garlic or onion?

  9. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this. And I also wanted to mention a tip from Rachel Ray. She said when warming up a piece of naan, sprinkle water in the pan first then put the bread in. She swears by it

  10. 5 stars
    it was my first time making naan and this recipie was really easy! I used plain greek yogurt instead because that’s what I had on hand and it worked well. i was having difficulties with rolling it out and cooking it but those were my mistakes. by my fourth or fifth one i figured out i needed more flour because it was so sticky and on my pan, not use any oil because the oil was making it burn. thanks!

  11. 5 stars
    I Found this recipe less than a month ago and am already making for the Third time while typing this. MY parents, boyfriend and i are in loVe with the flavor, texture and simplicity to make. I also loved bRushing the top with butter and sprinkling wIth parsLey. This will continue to be a go to bread.

  12. 5 stars
    This was so good. I made it tonight for my husband to have with his HUmmus. I will say that only using 2 cups of flour was not enough for me, the dough was still pretty sticky so I had to add more. We both loved and pretty much just had this for dinner it was so good!

  13. Made this first time yesterday..

    πŸ˜‹ Delicious…Even though I forgot the Yogurt
    Making again today with yogurt..hahaha
    Aadding Rosemary and Lemon Zest….yummmmm

  14. This is the first time I have made bread with yeast I was a little nervous, to my surprise it was so much fun and easy and it is delicious, I added garlic and PARSLEY to mine. I’m 61 and trying to eat healthier, I’m from the south so we all love bread here, so fresh bread not processed was a treat. Thank you for sharing the recipe I will make it a favorite go to . my children are grown so I have time to make things like this.

  15. 5 stars
    First time making this recipe, but it was really easy for me, a 22 year-old. The bread was soft and delicious. I would make this again. It took about an hour to double in size. I also used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt instead of plain yogurt to make this dairy-free, and it still seemed like naan bread. just keep an eye when cooking the bread since it Cooks quickly in the skillet. Thanks for the recipe!