Naan Flatbread Recipe (fluffy and chewy)
Homemade naan flatbread is so easy to make. It is so much better tasting and fresher than store-bought. We used this naan recipe for our chicken gyros.
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Why You’ll Love This
Nothing beats homemade naan!
It’s so easy you’ll wonder why you never tried it before now.
It’s perfect for gyros and naan pizza!
Some of our other favorite bread recipes to make are Sourdough bread, Puff Pastry Cheese Straws, Soft and Fluffy One Hour Rolls, and Creole Cornbread. Any of these bread recipes is a perfect accompaniment to breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
What is Naan?
It’s an Indian leavened flatbread traditionally cooked in a tandoor oven (clay oven). Here we will be cooking it in the oven on a pizza stone.
It’s a staple at Indian restaurants.
- All-purpose flour – Bread flour also works but lends to a softer naan.
- Active dry yeast – Or instant yeast.
- Milk, egg, sugar, butter, and salt – We use warm milk instead of warm water to activate the yeast.
We don’t use yogurt in this recipe because it tends to weigh down the naan and gives it a gummy interior.
How to Make Naan Flatbread
Pour the milk into a microwave-safe measuring cup and heat in the microwave until warm to the touch (about 110 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer).
Mix the sugar and yeast into the milk and let it sit for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is foamy and the yeast has activated.
Once the yeast mixture is foamy, pour the mixture into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and add the salt and 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.
(If using instant yeast, pour the warm milk into a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Add the yeast, sugar, salt, and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Proceed as directed.)
Mix well to combine. Continue adding flour gradually in small amounts until a soft dough is formed that cleans the sides of the bowl.
Knead the dough by mixer or hand until it is smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes in the mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and let the dough rise at room temperature, covered lightly with greased plastic wrap, for about 2 hours until doubled in volume.
How to Shape Naan Dough
After the dough has risen, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, rounding each into a ball shape. Cover the pieces with a towel and let them rest for 30 minutes.
How to Cook Naan Flatbread
While the dough rests, preheat your oven to 500 degrees F and place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.
After the 30-minute rest, one by one, roll each piece into a circle about 6 to 8 inches wide with a rolling pin, depending on how thin or thick you want it. -Lay the dough circle on the hot pizza stone and spritz lightly with water.
Close the oven and bake for 2-4 minutes, until it is lightly puffed (some pieces will puff more than others) and brown spots begin to appear on the top.
Remove the naan bread from the baking stone and place it on a cooling rack. Brush lightly with melted butter. Stack the hot naan on top of each other as it comes out of the oven.
Cover with a clean towel and let the naan cool completely or serve warm.
- You can also cook naan in a heavy pan or skillet. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brush one side of the dough with water.
Once the skillet is hot, add the dough wet side down. Cover with a lid and cook for 30 to 60 seconds until it starts to bubble. Flip it and cook for about 10 seconds, uncovered. Brush with melted butter.
- Use this to make flatbread pizzas!
Spread a thin layer of your favorite pizza sauce or pesto, then top with your favorite toppings!
- Ground sausage
- Bell Peppers
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
You can sprinkle toppings onto the dough before cooking, such as:
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Minced garlic or onion
- Sesame seeds
- Cumin seeds
- Brush with garlic butter
- Brush with garlic oil – Combine 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic minced, and a pinch of salt.
Butter chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, lentils, gyros, or with dips as an appetizer.
Yes, you can make the dough up to 24 hours ahead of cooking. Make the dough through step 5 (first rising). Place the covered dough in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the fridge for at least a couple of hours before cooking. You need to take the chill off the dough for the second rise. Form the dough balls and continue with the recipe.
Yes. Make them through the dough ball step. Do not let the dough balls rise. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flash freeze them for about 2 hours. Once frozen solidity, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place the desired amount of dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover them with plastic wrap and let them thaw, and rise at room temperature for about 4-5 hours. Proceed with the recipe cooking process.
Cooked naan can be stored in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Reheat wrapped in a damp paper towel in the microwave.
You can freeze naan layered between pieces of parchment paper in a freezer bag for up to two months.
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Naan Flatbread Recipe
- 3-4 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Active dry or instant yeast
- 1 1/2 cups Milk
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp. Unsalted butter melted
- Pour the milk into a liquid measure and heat in the microwave until warm to the touch (about 110 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). If using active dry yeast, mix the sugar and yeast into the milk and let it sit for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is foamy and the yeast has activated.1/2 tsp. Active dry or instant yeast, 1 1/2 cups Milk, 1 tsp Sugar
- Once the yeast/milk mixture is foamy, pour the mixture into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and add the salt and 2 1/2 cups of the flour (proceed with step 3 of the recipe). If using instant yeast, pour the warm milk into a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Add the sugar, instant yeast, salt and 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Proceed as directed below.3-4 cups All-purpose flour, 1 tsp. Salt
- Mix well to combine. Continue adding flour gradually in small amounts, until a soft dough is formed that cleans the sides of the bowl.
- Knead the dough by mixer or hand until it is smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes in the mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and let it rise at room temperature, covered lightly with greased plastic wrap, for about 2 hours.
- After the dough has risen, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, rounding each into a ball shape. Cover the pieces with a towel and let them rise for 30 minutes.
- While the dough rises, preheat your oven to 500 degrees F and place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.
- Once the dough balls has risen for 30 minutes, one by one, roll each piece into a circle about 6-8 inches wide, depending on how thin or thick you want your naan. Lay the circle of dough on the hot pizza stone and spritz lightly with water.
- Close the oven and bake the naan for 2-4 minutes, until it is lightly puffed (some pieces will puff more than others) and brown spots begin to appear on the top.
- Remove the naan from the baking stone and place on a cooling rack. Brush lightly with melted butter. Stack the hot naan on top of each other as it comes out of the oven.3-4 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
- Cover with a towel and let the naan cool completely or serve warm.
Recipe from chef-in-training
We make our own naan bread and it’s much nicer than some of the ones you can buy. I always grill mine, which is not the best method as you can’t take your eyes off them, but they still come out good.
Thanks, Anne! I’m going to have to try the grilling method.
This is great. I have always wanted to make flat bread. The step by step pictures should really help. Thanks
Thank you, Krista!
I’ve never tried to make naan bread before, but I really like it. This recipe looks pretty easy to accomplish. Thank you so much for sharing!
Thanks, Karyl! It was really pretty easy and soooo good!
I’ve wanted to make naan or some type of flatbread for so long now. This recipes looks super easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!
I’d love to have you link up over at The Alder Collective Link Party! https://winsteadwandering.com/the-alder-collective-link-party-no-21/
Thank you, Abby!
I LOVE naan, but I’ve never had it home made. This recipe looks totally doable and I can’t wait to try!
I have never tried this! This looks great!
Thank you, Pam!
I have never tried making my own Naan bread. This recipe looks wonderful and fairly simple. We love to make small pizzas on naan bread.
OOOpppss…I didn’t mean to leave 2 stars, I was going to click on 5 stars but my mouse is acting crazy today, lol!
No problem, Renee! 🙂
Thank you, Renee!
I love naan bread!!! Can’t wait to give this a try! Pinned! 🙂
Found you on the link up! This is perfect! I’m so done with store bought naan. Pinning now.
Thank you for stopping by, Melissa!
I have never tried making my own. Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
I love naan bread. And when it’s fresh and hot right out of the oven it’s the best. We love chicken and beef Gyros and so this is the perfect accompaniment for us. I can imagine it also is wonderful with your 15 bean soup recipe. I love dunking in a fresh piece of bread and scooping up some of the fixings. Definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thank you, Nikki!
I can’t wait to try your awesome recipe. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
I absolutely love flatbread – and it’s fun to make. . Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.
Oh I love naan bread it’s so fluffy and great for dipping. This sounds easy to make too. I have never made my own. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me and the continual support. #sharewithme
Oh, this look amazing! I love flan, but I’ve never thought to make it myself! Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make It – we hope to see you back this week! https://uncookiecutter.com/2016/03/mexican-quiche-appetizers-link-make-6/
This Naan looks so good!! and it seems quite simple to make…might have to try it!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!
I’ve never tried naan, but I’m very curious about it! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Funday Blog Hop #FFBH!
Has anyone tried this recipe with a gluten-free flour mix? I’m tempted to try, but don’t want to ruin a whole batch before I’m sure it can be done.
Sorry, Cynthia I have not tried it with gluten free flour. Please let me know if you do!