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An easy recipe for Indian naan bread at home.

Easy Naan on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated February 2014

Originally published with Curried Coconut Chicken.

Since my husband isn’t a fan of ethnic foods, I don’t get to eat them often. The exceptions are if we have a girls night out, or if my husband isn’t going to be home and I can make my own at home. Since I can’t very well suggest Indian food every time I go out with the girls, I figured I should try to make some of my favorites at home.

And you can’t have Indian food without naan. It’s hard to exactly replicate this famous bread at home without a tandoori oven, but this recipe is pretty amazing anyway. I won’t even tell you how many of these I eat when I make this!!

Easy Naan recipe

Easy Naan
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An easy recipe for Indian naan bread at home.
Serves: makes about 30 smaller sized pieces
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3½ - 4 cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast, water, and a pinch of the sugar. Let sit until the yeast blooms, about 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the sugar, milk, egg and salt. Add in the flour, ½ cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for 6-8 minutes, or until smooth.
  2. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough. Pinch off pieces about the size of a golf ball and roll into balls. Place on a baking sheet and cover with a towel. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat a griddle or grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Roll one ball into a thin circle. Lightly oil the grill and place the dough on the grill. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Brush the uncooked side with butter, then flip over and cook the second side. Remove from the grill and continue with the remaining dough.
slightly adapted from allrecipes.com

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9 Responses to Easy Naan

  1. Wow, I am so impressed that you made naan. I am Indian and I’ve never even made naan. It’s so hard to me!

  2. I LOVE Indian Food! And you are totally right, you cannot eat Indian without Naan! I want to make my own but it seems soooo daunting. But if you say it’s easy, then I might have to just try it out…

  3. Cynthia says:

    I can’t wait to make this. I love Naan.

  4. Megan says:

    I made these for dinner tonight and they taste great. They are time consuming but worth it 🙂

  5. Carly says:

    i made these for dinner last night and my family loved it!! and of course i did also 🙂 great taste and easy recipe.

  6. Shiang Chen says:

    great recipe, great results! Thank you…

  7. Aly says:

    You didn’t add in the rising time to the prep.time.
    Started making these, thinking “awesome, only 15min!”, got everything mixed up and then came to the rising time…
    Told the husband and children 15-20min until dinner… This is a large catasrophe indeed!!

    • Deborah says:

      I’m so sorry about that. The recipe card I use doesn’t allow to add in for rising time. I always suggest reading through the entire recipe before starting, both from my site and everywhere else, just so you can be prepared.

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