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.

how to make naan

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

how to make naan

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.

how to make naan

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.

how to make naan

Sprinkle with parsley, if using, then serve warm.

homemade naan

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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

  • Came out perfectly, dough a little sticky, so had to add more flour. Very satisfying watching them puff up whilst cooking. As good as any restaurant. Thank you

    • — Kevin on June 7, 2021
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  • Best and easiest naans ever!
    These are a dinner-staple for us, and I have made them as naans, mini naans and folded flatbreads for stuffing.
    I was never entirely sure if they are supposed to be kneaded, or if they are no-knead.
    I kneaded them for 10m to begin with, but then experimented with no-knead and have never gone back.
    For no-knead, the dough seems to improve overnight in the fridge. I have even prepared the dough the day before and refrigerated it, taken it out in the morning and driven with it in a Tupperware (along with all the gear including silipat rolling mat!) a hundred miles to the grandparents (one of whom is Indian) – the dough came to room temperature in the car and I fried them there! Lovely fluffy naans, such a treat for our family reunion.
    For re-heating cooked naans, freezing them and then ovening them in foil is the way to go – they turn out unbelievably moist and fresh that way. (Rather than just leaving the cooked naans out on the counter overnight and then reheating – those ones seem to become a little drier – though still yummy).
    I am experimenting with adding 100% hydration sourdough discard to the dough at the moment, substituting for equal weights of flour and water…still testing! (Too wet and the bread takes on more of an open, chewy, artisanal texture).

    Thanks so much again for another great recipe, Jenn!

    • — Savanna Faith on June 5, 2021
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  • I made this Naan recipe and it was absolutely delicious. I am a cook and make many breads and doughs from scratch and loved the ease and flavor of this. When I was preparing the dough I had an emergency so I had to stop cooking for the evening. The dough had already rested, I pushed it down and put it in the fridge. The next day I took the dough out for about 10 minutes while my cast iron heated and followed the remaining steps. My Naan turned out great!

    • — Jamila L. on May 31, 2021
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  • As anyone made this awesome naan with Gluten Free flour ?

    • — Robbie on May 30, 2021
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  • can the dough be made the day before.

    • — phyllis silverman on May 20, 2021
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    • Sure. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 20, 2021
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  • Delicious! It was a simple and straight forward recipe. The dough was much softer than other flatbreads I’ve made, so I did end up with a few holes…lol. But the best compliment was that my grandma requested this as her regular bread, rather than the roti (flatbread) that mom usually makes! It was so soft and yummy. I made it for mother’s day along with a couple different curries. Thank you for sharing!

    • — Sabrina on May 10, 2021
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  • I’ve used this naan recipe numerous times now. Perfect every time. I keep it simple….I don’t add any seeds, etc. However, it is really good brushed with garlic butter! Freezes well and even keeps in the fridge for several days. Just pop it back in the pan to heat up (never microwave).

    • — Pat on May 7, 2021
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    • Terrific recipe. It works perfectly, exactly as described. Easy too.

      • — Sandra Olney on May 12, 2021
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  • Best Naan recipe EVER. Been searching for recipes all over the internet- promised to be fluffy with those blistery spots I’d fallen in love with at Indian restaurants. However, they didn’t deliver. Came out dense and flat. But this recipe is something else. My quest for the perfect naan recipe ends here. Become a go-to in my household- this has become my husband’s fave and my kids say these are better than the restaurants! These are soft and chewy- and easy without the fuss of blooming yeast. Just make it, set it aside, and you’re good to go. Now I keep finding excuses to make this recipe 😁 Thanks Jenn, big fan! Would’ve given more stars but 5 was all I could give xxx

    • — Emilia on April 29, 2021
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  • It rose beautifully. I’m about to fire up the cart iron pan. Can you use a ridged grill pan? It is square so 9×4 would fit nicely.

    • — Kathy on April 27, 2021
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    • Hi Kathy, I haven’t cooked these in a grill pan, but I think it should work. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on April 28, 2021
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  • I don’t usually leave comments on recipes because I’m always looking to try different ones to eventually find the best one. With Naan, it stops here. I have tried for years and I always thought perhaps it was just me, my ingredients, the altitude, who knows! I live in Rome, I tried this in April 2021, it was 21C outdoors and indoors, slightly humid. I proof my doughs in a slightly warmed oven with the light on and this time i put plastic wrap on top, usually i put a warm damp cloth. I cooked it on my cast iron pan and WOW! It was perfect! I didn’t have caraway seeds, but had added nigella seeds. Next day there were two secretly left over which I warmed up on the cast iron and they came back to life. This will be my go to recipe for naan from now on. Fantastic, I’m so thrilled!!

    • — Neeya on April 27, 2021
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  • These were REALLY good. Made a double recipe thinking to freeze some – not a HOPE! Thanks for this 🙂

    • — Cindy on April 12, 2021
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  • Hi, can these be cooked ahead of time and then reheated before the meal? Thanks

    • — Tom on April 10, 2021
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    • Definitely – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 10, 2021
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    • Hello! If I make these ahead (and freeze) do I omit brushing with butter once cooked, and instead do this once reheated?

      • — Juliette on April 18, 2021
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      • Hi Juliette, You really can go either way, but if I had to choose, I’d wait until I reheated them to brush with butter.

        • — Jenn on April 19, 2021
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