04 June 2012

Naan Bread (Indian Flat Bread) Recipe

Here is a recipe for Naan bread that I found. I originally found this recipe at budgetbytes and I would encourage you to visit her site and take a look around. She has also broken-down the recipe and given a price list for each item, which is great if you're on a budget.

photo of Naan bread

There are many recipes out there for this bread, but this is the one that I have used several times, with great results. It is very easy to make and makes a great compliment to curry and rice dishes. It's also just fun to snack on :)

What you need:

  • 2 tsp. Yeast
  • ½ Cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
  • 2 ½- 3 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup plain Greek yogurt (if you don't have this, try using sour cream. Sour cream is not as "tangy" as the Greek yogurt, but it won't affect the overall taste.)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground flax seed (optional) (high in fiber and has many health benefits)
  • Olive oil...for heating the bread (If not using cast iron pan)
  • Brown paper bag...for storage of bread

Putting it Together:

  • Set your bread machine to the "Mix Dough" setting and then add the sugar, water, and yeast. Let proof for about 5 minutes. It will be nice and foamy
  • Add 1 ½ cups of flour and then olive oil, salt, ground flax seed (optional), olive oil, yogurt, and the egg
  • Start the machine and add the remaining flour ½ cup at a time. Let the machine incorporate the flour before adding more. Once all flour is added, make sure the dough is not too wet or dry (add flour or extra water as needed)
  • Once the dough cycle is complete (about 1 hour 40 minutes), remove dough and gently roll into a ball
    • OR remove dough from machine after it is finished kneading- about 20 minutes- and place in a large, oiled, bowl. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and place in a warm area until doubled- about 1 hour), then remove dough and gently roll into a ball
  • Cut the ball into 8 equal parts and roll each of those into individual balls

Here's a photo of a few of the bread balls. They look bigger than they actually are..
photo of bread balls

  • Let rest for 10 minutes
  • Heat a large skillet (I used cast-iron) to medium heat
  • Working one at a time, take one dough ball and flatten it into roughly a 1/4" thick, 6" circle. If you're like me, your circles will leave much to be desired, so try and make a very thin polygon :). You will want to have lots of bubbles in your dough when you heat it, so the thinner the dough, the better
  • Add small amount of oil to skillet (if not using cast iron)
  • Add flattened dough and cook until bubbles form and bottom is brown (about 65 seconds). The first one will probably take longer to cook, but it's good to check at the 65 second mark. You are looking for the bubbles to be a golden brown. This means it is done

photo of Naan bread cooking

  • Flip bread and cook for an additional 65 seconds

photo of Naan bread cooking

  • Place cooked bread in brown paper bag and close top. this will help keep your bread moist
  • Repeat with remaining dough


  1. I've never had this kind of bread. We have one at the store that has garlic in it that looks really good though

  2. I haven't had this kind of bread either but it sounds good! We tend to have more tortillas. :)

  3. Ann: I came across it by accident, but it has become one of our favorites. I'll have to try adding garlic to my next batch...we LOVE garlic :)

    BeadedTail: It's really good and goes great with my brown rice recipe. It's kinda like a thicker and chewier tortilla :-)


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