Homemade Naan

And now for the much anticipated Naan recipe!

If you’re unfamiliar with naan, it is basically just an Indian style flat bread. Okay, maybe it’s not “just” flat bread. This stuff is AMAZING. It is soft, pillowy, full of lovely bubbles and so extremely versatile. You can eat this along side of a meal to sop up gravies and juices, you can make flat bread sandwiches with it, top it with tomato sauce and cheese for a quick personal pizza, use it in place of tortillas for quesadillas… the possibilities are endless!!

This recipe is so quick, easy and delicious that it is most definitely my new favorite yeast bread recipe. I can’t quite get enough of it. My favorite way to eat it so far is to use it for my breakfast quesadillas or to just melt some mozzarella in it with a slight sprinkle of garlic powder… oh, it’s divine!

Big props to The Novice Chef blog for posting the original recipe. I looked at so many recipes before making naan and this was the simplest, most delicious looking recipe that required me to buy the fewest number of ingredients (just the yogurt!).

(Updated 12-15-15)

Homemade Naan

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com
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Naan

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. 

Total Cost $1.73 recipe / $0.22 serving
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp dry active yeast $0.19
  • 1 tsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/2 cup water $0.00
  • 2 1/2-3 cups flour, divided $0.39
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.64
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt $0.17
  • 1 large egg $0.27

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve then let sit for a few minutes or until it is frothy on top. Once frothy, whisk in the oil, yogurt, and egg until evenly combined.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour with the salt. Next, pour the bowl of wet ingredients to the flour/salt mixture and stir until well combined. Continue adding flour, a half cup at a time, until you can no longer stir it with a spoon (about 1 to 1.5 cups later).
  3. At that point, turn the ball of dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the ball of dough for about 3 minutes, adding small amounts of flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking. You'll end up using between 2.5 to 3 cups flour total. The dough should be smooth and very soft but not sticky. Avoid adding excessive amounts of flour as you knead, as this can make the dough too dry and stiff.
  4. Loosely cover the dough and let it rise until double in size (about 1 hour). After it rises, gently flatten the dough into a disc and cut it into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a small ball.
  5. Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working with one ball at a time, roll it out until it is about 1/4 inch thick or approximately 6 inches in diameter. Place the rolled out dough onto the hot skillet and cook until the bottom is golden brown and large bubbles have formed on the surface (see photos below). Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Stack the cooked flat bread on a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm as you cook the remaining pieces. Serve plain or brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with herbs!

Recipe Notes

TIPS: For the most bubbles, don't roll out the ball of dough until just before it is ready to be placed in the skillet. I experimented with different skillet temperatures and found that a medium heat produces the most bubbles in the dough and does not burn the surface.

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Step By Step Photos

Naan Wet Ingredients

Start by dissolving 2 tsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar into 1/2 cup warm water. Let the mixture sit a few minutes, or until it becomes frothy. Meanwhile measure out 1/3 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek style), 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 large egg.

Whisked Wet Ingredients

Once the yeast mixture is frothy, whisk the yogurt, oil, and egg into the yeast water until smooth.

Naan Dry Ingredients
In a separate bowl, mix only 1 cup of the flour with 1/2 tsp salt until they’re evenly mixed.

Combine Naan Wet and Dry Ingredients
Pour the bowl of wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir well.

Naan Mixed Dough

Continue adding flour, a half cup at a time, until it forms a cohesive ball of dough that you can no longer stir with a spoon.

Knead Naan Dough
Turn the ball of dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes. Add small amounts of flour as needed (to keep the dough from sticking) until you have a smooth, very soft ball of dough. I used about 2.75 cups of flour total for the dough. Avoid adding too much flour as you knead because this can make the dough stiff and dry, and prevent the classic bubbles.

Let Naan Dough Rise
Shape the dough into a ball, loosely cover and let rise until it is double in size (the photo is BEFORE it has risen).

Cut Naan Dough
After it has risen, flatten it out slightly and cut into 8 equal size pieces.

Shape Dough Balls
Shape each piece into a small, smooth ball.

Roll Out Naan
Heat a skillet over medium flame. While waiting for the skillet to get hot, roll out a ball of dough until it is 1/4 inch thick or about 6 inches in diameter.

Cook Naan First Side
Place the rolled out dough in the hot skillet and cook on one side until large bubbles form and the side touching the skillet is golden brown. The bubbles will start small, like in the photo above, but eventually grow and merge together to form larger bubbles.

Cook Naan Second Side
Flip the dough over and cook on the second side until golden brown as well. Naan is kind of like pancakes in that the first side is smooth and has relatively even brown marks, while the second side (where the bubbles were), has a different texture or pattern in the browned surface.

Browned Bubbles
Here’s that second side flipped back up so you can see the characteristic browned bubbles.

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

As the naan comes out of the skillet, stack them on a plate and cover with a clean towel to keep warm.

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Brush the naan with melted butter, garlic butter, or traditional ghee!

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Homemade Naan

Homemade Naan

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