Homemade Naan

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Naan

With this recipe, soft and pillowy homemade naan is within your reach — and you don’t need a tandoor oven!

homemade naan

Naan is a soft and pillowy Indian-style flatbread traditionally made in a tandoor, or cylindrical clay oven. The dough gets slapped against the walls of the tandoor, where it adheres and bakes quickly over a burning fire. Fortunately for all of us, it’s possible to make it at home and replicate the high heat and charred flavor of a clay oven by using a very hot cast iron skillet or nonstick pan.

I’ve tried many naan recipes with varying degrees of success; the first time I made this one, my husband was still talking about it the next day, so I knew I had a winner. It’s pretty quick — save for the rising time — and so rewarding, especially once you taste how delicious it is compared to store-bought.

What You’ll Need To Make Naan

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As you can see, the ingredients are very basic. The yogurt and olive oil add a bit of tang and richness. The anise seeds add just a hint of licorice flavor; feel free to leave them out, or replace them with nigella seeds (which have a subtle onion flavor), poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

How To Make Naan

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Begin by combining the flour, yeast, sugar, anise seeds and salt in a large bowl, then whisk to combine.

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Whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, and warm water.

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Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients.

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And stir with a fork until the dough comes together.

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Dust your hands with flour and knead into a soft, sticky ball.

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Cover with plastic wrap.

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Let rise in a warm spot until about doubled in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Hint: the warmer the spot, the faster it will rise.

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Fill a small bowl with flour. Dust some of the flour onto a work surface. Dump the dough on top and sprinkle the dough with more flour.

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Shape the dough into a rectangle, adding more flour as necessary so it doesn’t stick.

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Then, divide into six equal portions.

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Heat a cast iron or heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. While it heats, roll one of the dough balls into a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick.

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Place the dough in the hot, dry skillet and cook until the surface is full of air bubbles and the bottom is browned and blistered in spots.

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Flip the naan and cook a few minutes more.

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Brush the cooked naan with melted butter, and repeat with remaining dough balls.

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Sprinkle with parsley, if using, then serve warm.

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Homemade Naan

With this recipe, soft and pillowy homemade naan is within your reach — and you don’t need a tandoor oven!

Servings: 6 naans
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes, plus 1 to 1.5 hours rising time

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife, plus more for rolling (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast/rapid-rise yeast (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Heaping 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water (about 100°F)
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter, for brushing on finished naans
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley (optional), for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and anise seeds (if using). Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together, the yogurt, olive oil, and 3/4 cup warm water (about 100°F). Add the yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, dust your hands with flour and knead gently into a soft, slightly sticky dough (sprinkle more flour, little by little, if the dough is too wet to work with). As soon as it comes together, stop kneading.
  3. Lightly oil or spray a clean bowl with nonstick cooking spray (the bowl should be large enough to allow the dough to double in size). Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Let sit in a warm place for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until about doubled in size (hint: the warmer the spot, the faster the dough will rise).
  4. Fill a small bowl with about 1/2 cup flour. Dust a work surface with some of the flour and dump the dough on top. Sprinkle some of the flour on top of the dough and on your hands. Shape the dough into a long rectangle and cut into 6 equal portions, dusting with more flour as necessary so the dough doesn't stick. Roll each portion of dough in the bowl of flour to keep them from sticking.
  5. Warm a large cast iron or heavy nonstick pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Using a rolling pin, roll one of the dough balls into an oval shape about 1/8-inch thick (it should be about 9 x 4 inches). Pick up the dough and flip-flop it back and forth between your hands to release any excess flour; then gently lay the dough in the dry skillet and cook until the top is bursting with air bubbles and the bottom is golden and blackened in spots, a few minutes. Flip the naan and cook about 1-2 minutes more until the the bottom is lightly browned and blistered in spots. Remove the naan from the skillet and brush with melted butter. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining naans, adjusting the heat lower if necessary as you go (I usually find it necessary to lower the heat to medium after the first naan). Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve warm.
  6. To keep the cooked naan warm, place them in a 200°F oven. Store leftovers in a Ziplock bag and reheat in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil.
  7. Note: I use King Arthur flour, which is higher in protein than some other all-purpose flours. If using a flour with a lower protein content, such as Gold Medal, you will likely need to add a few more tablespoons of flour.
  8. Note: Active dry yeast may be used instead of instant/rapid-rise yeast, however, the dough will take longer to rise. To give active dry yeast a boost, you can dissolve it in the lukewarm water and let it sit until frothy, about 10 minutes. After that, add it to the flour, sugar, salt, and anise seeds, and proceed with the recipe.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The naan can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once it’s completely cooled, wrap each piece securely in plastic wrap and put all the rounds in a sealable plastic bag prior to putting in the freezer. To reheat, wrap the naan in aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F oven until hot.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 naan
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 323 mg
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Can you use Greek yogurt or sour cream?

    • — Tracy on January 21, 2021
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    • Sure, either one should work here. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 21, 2021
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  • I am not a big fan of naan at all (I am south indian) but my kids and everyone in the extended family simply love them. The recipe and the instructions are so easy to follow. I made twice the amount and we ran out of them in no time. I have become a regular on your site now. Thank you so much!!!!

    • — Rajani Kandarpa on January 21, 2021
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  • This naan is terrific! It turned out really well. (I’ve tried other recipes but have been disappointed.) I highly recommend it. Thank you.

    • — Roberta Picton on January 21, 2021
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  • My kids love naan so I finally decided to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing. Everyone loved it.

    • — Rajani Kandarpa on January 11, 2021
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  • I love naan and so happy to have come across this recipe. Now I can fulfill my naan cravings without having to leave my house. Thanks for this great simple recipe.

    • — Lisa on December 30, 2020
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  • Omg the best ever receipe at last soft and fluffy

    • — Laura Tier on December 30, 2020
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  • Have used this recipe for ages and it makes the most delicious naan. Definite winner

    • — Carley on December 24, 2020
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  • Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, tips/tricks, etc. This recipe turned out perfectly and I will definitely make it again.

    • — Chandra on December 6, 2020
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  • Three questions about your NAAN: 1-Can I substitute Afghan Chapati Flour 1:1 for your All Purpose flour? Note that the Chapati Flour is 1:1 to King Arthur Bread flour. 2-I use SAF Instant dry yeast. Is that 1:1 to what you use? 3-Can I use my Hamilton Beach bread machine dough cycle using a total 1 hour and 10 minute rising time + another 20 minutes once each NAAN is rolled out? This is my first recipe from your site. I am very impressed that the American Test Kitchen noted that your NAAN is better than their NAAN.

    I am considered to be a gourmet cook but I have never enjoyed kneading things. I am now an isolated senior experimenting with my new bread machine. I basically barter bread with my fellow gardeners (with much larger gardens) for cool plants and seeds.

    • — Daryce Peterson on November 15, 2020
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    • Hi Daryce, I’m not familiar with chapati flour so I can’t say confidently whether or not that would work here – I’m sorry! For the SAF yeast, yes, it is a one to one ratio. And regarding the bread machine, I’ve never used one so I can’t say confidently whether or not any of my recipes would be appropriate for one. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on November 16, 2020
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  • Hi. I love all your recipes. I have made this Naan several times and it is absolutely delicious. This is the best recipe and so easy. Is it possible to make this with bread flour instead of all purpose? I am trying to use up some yogurt but only have bread flour on hand. Thank you so much for your time.

    • — Marilyn on October 31, 2020
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    • Glad you like the recipes! I haven’t made these with bread flour, but another reader commented that she did and was happy with the results, so I think you could get away with it. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2020
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  • Exceptional recipe. The Naan is the best I have ever had and have ever made. We make this almost weekly now with a special gravy, and it’s perfect on the stove, oven and even directly on the bbq grill (the best!). I am currently making it for stuffed minced naan.

    The only thing I would adjust is the water. I have made it many times but each time the water is too much so have had to add more flour. I just made a double batch and the 3/4 cup of water plus a few more dashes was enough to bind the dough and keep it sticky.

    Great recipe and a keeper!

    • — Noor on October 31, 2020
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  • I love fresh naan and this recipe did not disappoint. Will definitely make this again.

    • — Beth Chisholm on October 20, 2020
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  • This is a pretty easy and delicious recipe! I’ve made it a few times now and it has been a hit every time. The only change I make is that I substitute sour cream for yogurt, mainly because I usually don’t have plain yogurt in my fridge. Thanks for a great and simple recipe, this one is definitely bookmarked!

    • — Michelle on October 18, 2020
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  • So tasty and I loved the slightly chewy texture. Very easy too. Will make it again for sure!

    • — Naomi on October 17, 2020
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  • The best naan I have ever made! And I love your recipes. I am a big fan.

    • — Shital Gaitonde on October 4, 2020
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  • Made these just now, with King Arthur’s All-Purpose Flour, and your measurements were spot-on perfect! Made beautiful dough, similar to yours – wasn’t particularly careful with my measuring of flour, but did check the temp of my water. I made 8 naan b/c we’re a family of 4 (and so we each get 2). The size was perfect, the texture wonderful. Next time, I may add a little extra salt, and definitely will try throwing some garlic into the butter at the end. The texture is perfect – not too fluffy, quite thin and flexible, delightful chew. Thank you so much! (I found you & this recipe bc someone over at America’s Test Kitchen’s naan recipe comment said your recipe was superior to theirs!)

    • — Heidi on September 29, 2020
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    • Oh, I appreciated another reviewer’s comments here, that said to wipe out the extra flour as it would burn – I used a moist paper towel to pick up the extra flour from the first one (wasn’t a problem after that, b/c I was more careful to dust them off) – and tossed in a little oil on the pan, which seemed to make the cast-iron and the naan happy, lol. No extra oil or wiping required after that first one. So, thanks to the people who left that helpful idea!

      • — Heidi on September 29, 2020
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  • I have made this recipe several times, it’s a family favourite! I’ve used a cast iron pan, which worked great, but have also used our pizza stone both in the oven and on the BBQ. The key to success is ensuring the stone is very hot before you cook the naan. I have made no substitutions and it always turns out perfectly. Do not forget the butter at the end. Thanks Jenn!!

    • — Liz on September 28, 2020
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  • A great, very easy recipe! I made this exactly as written, adding a tsp of minced garlic to the dough instead of the other suggestions – used Rapid Rise yeast and had it doubled in less than an hour. Yogurt, as others have said, is a key ingredient here, and I wouldn’t omit or substitute for it. Managed well with a 10″ non-stick skillet, and brushed a little butter on them after removing from heat. Stacked them in a wax paper liner to protect our tea towel, placed it in a Pyrex pie plate to keep warm in a 150 degree oven while I finished an Indian style dinner. Removed the towel wrap from the Pyrex into the same wonderful Williams Sonoma basket pictured in the recipe. Bread baskets like this are so hard to find now, I highly recommend them. These naan were fluffy and delicious and we froze the left overs as directed; next time I’d add even more garlic. Thanks for an easy Naan recipe!

    • — RSW on September 21, 2020
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  • This recipe is excellent. My family loves it. It goes well with Mediterranean and Indian dishes and the way you wrote the recipe makes it pretty easy for it to come out perfect. Thank you Jenn! You are one of my favorite chefs/instructors. I make many of your recipes!

    • — Maria R. on August 29, 2020
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  • Thank you !
    Awesome recipe. Turned out perfect!

    • — K Wilson on August 15, 2020
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  • Loved it. Thankyou. I made a few amendments due to personal preference and after watching some recipe videos. It’s pretty cold here so I mixed the warm water, yeast and sugar together first to help the yeast activate. I also only used a teaspoon on sugar and I used 1 and a quarter tsp yeast. I also used the dough hook on my mixer because generally I’m HORRIBLE with dough. Cast iron skillet, made 7, after cooking I brushed with a mix I’d already zapped in the microwave of nutalex, oil, heaps of garlic, salt and dried parsley. During cooking I just reoiled the skillet with a tiny bit of normal oil after each naan. Very easy to follow and recreate, even for a dough screweruperer like me.

    • — Bianca on August 11, 2020
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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe! It turned out exactly as you described. Perfect taste and texture. It was delicious with spicy pickled eggplant and homemade raita. Can’t wait to make it again for a dinner party! Bon appétit!

    • — Jeanette on August 9, 2020
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  • Oh my gosh- the instructions were wonderful and the naan was so simple to make! Family loved it! We skipped the anise seeds and brushed with melted ghee. Next time we will add garlic to the butter. This recipe is EXCELLENT and easy. Thank you!!

    • — Sandy Bootz on August 6, 2020
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  • Made these tonight. Simple, easy to follow recipe, dough came together easily; wasn’t sticky, rose nicely and was easy to roll out. Used my cast iron pan which worked well. My only complaint? Not a lot of flavor. I added onion and garlic powder and brushed the cooked naan with garlic infused butter but they still had very little flavor. Maybe I didn’t add enough salt? Not sure. Had to make do with pantry ingredients so I used white whole wheat flour and subbed almond milk for yogurt. Texture was good, dough was easy to work with but next time I’ll add more salt.

    • — DV on August 4, 2020
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    • I think you should try with yogurt next time? I have made breads with and without yogurt and the yogurt does add a significant flavor (which i love!). Without it, you just have a regular yeast bread. It is possible to make yogurt from almond milk in an instant pot i think if you do not do dairy. But could be a salt thing too.

      • — Michelle on September 16, 2020
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  • Yummy! Have made your naan bread a few times now and it is a real hit with our house. It is so soft and tasty and so very easy to make.
    I didn’t have any seeds to add, but sprinkled some garlic powder on after brushing with butter for a light garlic flavour.

    • — Brigitte on July 31, 2020
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  • 👌 Simple recipe and bloody delicious. Well done and thank you Jenn. I am also a trained chef – just not really spent much time making breads. I made my dough the night before (prepared it at the same time that my tandoori was marinating) and let rise in the fridge overnight like I do with my pizza dough when I make it. Also I used ras el hanout for my spice (so tasty). Might try garam masala next time. Also I melted butter with olive oil, fresh crushed garlic, chopped parsley and lemon thyme. Then smothered each rolled out naan in the mix – both sides, before putting on my char grill. What a game changer. I won’t be buying packet naan ever again. The whole family loved it. So easy. Thank you again.

    • — Paul on July 20, 2020
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    • I have not tried this recipe yet. But will suggest mix fenugreek flakes/ cilantro with garlic and in melted butter. Brush your rolled dough with mix and cook it. It will give you aromatic flavor and taste.

      • — Poonam Sharma on October 8, 2020
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