Homemade Naan Bread Recipe
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Our best Homemade Naan Bread Recipe – This fluffy flatbread with crisp edges is a delicious reminder of summers in Asia. Serve with your favorite Indian curries or as vibrant wrap sandwiches!
Homemade Naan Nostalgia
Every summer through high school and college, I spent one to two months overseas with a nonprofit that gave teens missions and international aid experiences.
By age 20 I had been to India three times, as well as Thailand, Cameroon, Liberia, and China… India being a personal favorite.
There are so many amazing foods I still enjoy today that remind me of those impactful experiences. Even a dish as simple as this Homemade Naan Bread Recipe is a pure nostalgic joy to me.
Love of India and Its Cuisine
I love the flavors and aromas of India. Although I’m hard-pressed to find an Indian dish I don’t like, I do have some favorites that years later I still make at home.
These recipes always take me back to the bustling streets and colorful scenery of India.
The naan bread we ate in India was cooked in a tandoori oven and was a soft bubbly oval with crispy edges. I have remade this Easy Naan Recipe multiple times over the years in order to get it as close to my memory as possible.
There are many variations of a naan bread recipe. In some, eggs, milk, and baking powder are used. In others, yeast and yogurt. This Easy Naan Recipe is my personal favorite!
How to Make Naan Bread
This recipe is easier to make if you have an electric stand mixer. Yet if you don’t have one, it is not necessary to make this recipe. You can knead the dough by hand.
- Attach the bread hook to your electric stand mixer. In the bowl add the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes while it starts to react and foam.
- Then in the same bowl, add in the salt, butter, and yogurt. Then slowly add in the flour while your stand mixer kneads the dough mixture for 5 minutes.
- Oil the bowl and then cover with plastic wrap. You can also cover the bowl with a light kitchen towel to let the dough rise to double its size. This could take one to two hours based on how warm your kitchen is.
- Preheat the oven and allow two baking sheets to warm up as well.
- Flour up a surface in the kitchen and dump the dough out. Cut it into 8 equal pieces. Then take a rolling pin and roll them out into ovals.
- Let the oval dough pieces rest on some parchment paper then brush them with butter once they are all rolled out. Place the naan, butter side down, on the hot baking sheets. Brush the other side with butter and let them bake for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- Serve warm with more butter brushed on top.
Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Homemade Naan Bread.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Does Naan Come From?
Naan is thought to have originated in Persia. However, it is found all over the Middleeast, India, and even China.
Are naan bread and pita bread the same thing?
They may look very similar, but these two types of bread have different ingredients and they have different methods for making and baking. Naan is usually a softer flatbread, because of the amount of dairy used in the dough. It is traditionally baked in a tandoori oven. Pita bread is a tougher bread that tends to puff as it bakes, creating a pocket on the inside.
Why did my dough not rise or expand?
This is most likely a problem with the yeast. Yeast does go bad over time, so it’s a good idea to keep it in the freezer until ready to use. The other issue pertaining to yeast is killing the yeast with water that is too hot. Make sure to use water that is just above room temperature so it activates the yeast instead of killing it.
Consider adding herbs and spices to the butter you brush over the naan. Here are a few great options…
- Fresh Minced Garlic
- Scallions or Chives
- Chopped Cilantro
- Kashmiri Chile
- Ground Cumin
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Homemade Naan Bread Recipe
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter + extra for serving
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- Attach the bread hook to your electric mixer. Add the yeast, sugar, and warm water to the mixing bowl and allow it to foam for 5 minutes.
- Add the salt, butter, and yogurt. Then slowly add the flour to the mixture. Allow the mixer to “knead” your dough for 5 minutes.
- Oil the mixing bowl, then cover and let the dough rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place two baking sheets in the oven to heat. Baking stones work best!
- Dump the dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough into large ovals, about the length and size of a large shoe.
- Place the ovals on parchment paper to rest. Once all the dough in ready, brush with melted butter and place on the HOT baking sheets, butter side down. Brush the tops with butter and bake for 3-4 per side, flipping once. Serve warm, brushed with more melted butter.
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Didn’t realize how easy this would be to make! Loved it! So tasty too!
This recipe is amazing and so delicious! I love being able to make homemade recipes! Can’t wait to make this again!
I really love how easy you can make this! So good!
How long does the cut dough need to rest before baking? I’m excited to try this out, I absolutely love naan.
This recipe is kind of strange. I pride myself in making good breads, ;however this dough did not rise It’s been almost 3 hrs and looks exactly the same.
Sorry that happened. It sounds like you need to throw out your yeast and get a new jar. I usually do this with yeast, baking powder, and baking soda right before baking season, just to be safe. :)
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Naan may just be my favorite part of Indian food.
This sounds so yummy, I can’t wait to try it! You said to brush the tops of the dough with butter before placing on the hot baking sheet. Do you place it butter-side down or butter-side up, and then do you brush other side with butter when flipping it over? Thank you!
I lay them on the baking sheets, butter side down, and then butter them again, so both sides get a little buttery goodness! :)
Thanks for nice, easy to read recipe. I have made naan before but misplaced my recipe. I have found naan is best eaten same day… so delicate it fades quickly. Also, I had good luck putting the raw dough directly on my outside grill, brushing a couple of times with ghee and flipping only once. Gets that nice charcoaly edge.