Naan Bread
Naan Bread
5 from 26 votes
This is your gateway to the authentic taste of traditional naan bread, right from your own kitchen. We're about to embark on a flavourful adventure together, crafting the perfect, fluffy, and delectable bread, suited for a myriad of dishes.

Originating from South Asia, naan is a traditional flatbread that has become a staple in many households around the world.

Its soft and fluffy texture, combined with a slightly crispy exterior, makes it the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, from savory curries to succulent kebabs.

Despite its exotic origins, making naan at home is surprisingly simple, even for beginners in the kitchen. With just a few basic ingredients and some patience, you can whip up a batch of delicious naan that will impress your family and friends.

While some may find the idea of making bread from scratch daunting, fear not! This recipe for homemade naan is beginner-friendly, requiring only pantry staples like flour, yeast, and salt.

With a little bit of kneading and some time to let the dough rise, you’ll be rewarded with fresh, homemade naan that’s far superior to anything you can buy at the store.

With this easy naan recipe, you’ll be enjoying restaurant-quality flatbread in the comfort of your own home in no time.

Expert Tip: Don’t skip the step of letting the dough rise. Allowing the dough to rest and ferment helps develop flavor and texture, resulting in naan that’s tender and flavorful.


Self Raising Flour: This versatile ingredient forms the base of our naan dough, providing structure and volume to the bread. Its self-rising properties eliminate the need for additional leavening agents, making the preparation process simpler.

Eggs: Eggs contribute to the richness and texture of the naan, giving it a soft and tender crumb. They also help bind the ingredients together, ensuring a cohesive dough.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavor of the naan, balancing the sweetness of the sugar and adding depth to each bite.

Sugar: A small amount of sugar helps activate the yeast and promote fermentation, resulting in light and airy naan with a subtle hint of sweetness.

Yeast: Yeast is the magic ingredient that makes our naan dough rise, creating those irresistible pockets of air and giving the bread its signature fluffy texture. Make sure to use warm water to activate the yeast effectively.

Milk: Adding milk to the dough enriches it, resulting in a softer and more flavorful naan. The milk also helps tenderize the gluten in the flour, resulting in a more tender crumb.

Oil: Oil adds moisture to the naan dough, keeping it soft and pliable. It also contributes to the richness of the bread and helps prevent it from sticking to the pan during cooking.

Expert Tip: To achieve a soft and fluffy texture, knead the dough well until it becomes smooth and elastic. This helps develop the gluten in the flour, resulting in a lighter and more airy naan.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair your freshly baked naan with a creamy chicken tikka masala for a classic Indian meal that’s sure to impress.
  • Use naan as a base for homemade pizzas by topping it with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings before baking until golden and bubbly.
  • Serve naan alongside a selection of dips and spreads, such as hummus, tzatziki, and baba ganoush, for a delicious appetizer or snack.
  • Enjoy naan with grilled meats and vegetables for a tasty alternative to traditional bread or rice accompaniments.
  • Use leftover naan to make sandwiches or wraps filled with your favorite fillings for a quick and satisfying meal on the go.

Expert Tip: Make sure the water used to activate the yeast is warm, but not too hot, as water that is too hot can kill the yeast and prevent the dough from rising properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make naan?

Making naan from scratch typically takes about 1 to 1.5 hours from start to finish. This includes time for preparing the dough, allowing it to rise, shaping the naan, and cooking them on the stovetop.

Can I make naan without yeast?

While traditional naan recipes call for yeast to help the dough rise, you can make a quick version of naan using baking powder instead. However, the texture and flavor may differ slightly from traditional yeast-risen naan.

Can I freeze leftover naan?

Yes, you can freeze leftover naan for later use. Once cooled completely, wrap the naan tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. To reheat, simply thaw the naan at room temperature or in the refrigerator, then warm it in a preheated oven or toaster oven until heated through.

Can I make naan gluten-free?

Yes, you can make gluten-free naan by using a gluten-free flour blend in place of the self-raising flour. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary slightly from traditional naan made with wheat flour.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of self-raising flour?

Yes, you can use whole wheat flour to make naan, but you may need to adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe to achieve the desired consistency. Whole wheat flour tends to absorb more liquid than all-purpose flour, so you may need to add additional water or milk to the dough.

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Naan Bread

by Nabeela Kauser
This is your gateway to the authentic taste of traditional naan bread, right from your own kitchen. We're about to embark on a flavourful adventure together, crafting the perfect, fluffy, and delectable bread, suited for a myriad of dishes.
5 from 26 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 8 Naans
Calories 168 kcal


  • 300 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 100 ml Water Warm


  • In a large bowl add the ingredients into a bowl then combine the ingredients together to form a firm dough – add more water if required
  • Oil the bowl and leave the dough to set and rise for at least half an hour
  • Create small balls with the dough and then roll out
  • Add water on one side of the naan bread
  • Cook on a pan for a few minutes until a few bubbles form
  • Flip the pan and cook the naan for a few more minutes until the naan bread is browned
  • Add butter and garlic or coriander if desired
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with your favourite kebab and curry!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 65mgFibre: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 0.01mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Bread, Cooking, Flatbread, Food, Naan, Recipe
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