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It’s easy to make your own delicious homemade Naan. This traditional Indian flatbread can easily be made at home using simple ingredients and either a skillet or a grill.

Stack of charred naan bread garnished with pieces of chopped cilantro

What would a feast of India be without some delicious Naan? We love our Strawberry Lassis and our to-die-for Chicken Tikka Masala, but let me tell you… the Naan makes the meal.

Naan is traditionally made in a Tandoori oven. We recognize that most home cooks do not have a Tandoori oven in their house, so our recipe uses the stovetop. Another option to cook your naan is to use a grill. This adds an extra smoky element to the naan which is more reminiscent of the authentic method of cooking your naan in a Tandoori oven using fire.

  • Grilling Instructions:

    Heat an outdoor grill to high heat. Brush one side of the dough with melted butter. Place butter side down on the grill. Butter the top side. When bubbles appear, flip the dough (should only take 1-2 minutes). Cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.

  • Naan Flavoring:

    Garlic Naan – Add 2 teaspoons minced garlic to the dough mixture. Or add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to the melted butter for brushing.

    Onion naan – Add 1 teaspoon onion powder and 2 teaspoons finely diced onion or dried onion to the dough mixture.

    Cinnamon Naan – Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the dough mixture. After cooking, sprinkle the top with a 1:1 mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon.

  • Reheating and Storage Instructions:

    Store leftovers on the counter in a plastic zip top bag, or freeze in a freezer safe zip top bag for up to 3 months. To reheat from frozen, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the frozen naan directly on the oven rack. Your naan will be warm and ready to eat in just 1 to 2 minutes. Want to keep the oven off? Thaw on the countertop, then heat in a skillet on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through, flipping once to heat through on both sides. 

5 pieces of naan bread stacked on top of each other with a pan of tikka masala in the background

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in some of our other favorite Indian recipes that you can easily make at home:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube ,Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Stack of 5 pieces of naan bread on a blue towel
It's easy to make your own delicious homemade Naan. This traditional Indian flatbread can easily be made at home using simple ingredients and either a skillet or a grill.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

For cooking:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
Instructions
  • In a large bowl (or using a stand mixer), combine yeast and warm water. Add in sugar, yogurt, egg, and salt. Add in 2 cups of flour and begin to mix.
  • Continue adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until you have a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead about 5 minutes by hand, or for 2-3 minutes in a stand mixer. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
  • Separate the dough into 8 balls. Cover loosely and let the dough balls rise for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out each dough ball into tear-drop shapes or ovals. They should be quite thin.
  • Heat a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Brush one side of the dough with melted butter. Place butter side down in the skillet. Butter the top side. When bubbles appear, flip the dough (should only take 1-2 minutes). Cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
Notes

Freezer Instructions:

Cooked and cooled naan can easily be frozen. Be sure to store in the freezer in an airtight container. When ready to eat, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place frozen naan directly on the rack. They'll be ready to eat in just 1 to 2 minutes.  

Grilling Instructions:
Heat an outdoor grill to high heat. Brush one side of the dough with melted butter. Place butter side down on the grill. Butter the top side. When bubbles appear, flip the dough (should only take 1-2 minutes). Cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.

Flavored Naan Options:

  • Garlic Naan - Add 2 teaspoons minced garlic to the dough mixture. Or add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to the melted butter for brushing. 
  • Onion naan - Add 1 teaspoon onion powder and 2 teaspoons finely diced onion or dried onion to the dough mixture. 
  • Cinnamon Naan - Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the dough mixture. After cooking, sprinkle the top with a 1:1 mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Naan
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Tim
September 4, 2019 10:41 pm

I made these tonight. They’re absolutely unbelievable. I’ll never buy store-bought naan again

July 17, 2013 5:53 pm

I made these two days ago and just loved them! I made half of them plain and then the other half I brushed garlic oil on top and then crumbled feta cheese..big hit! thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe that will be made over and over.

Lisa
July 11, 2018 1:24 pm
Reply to  Sonya

I’ve tried to make homemade Naan many times using a variety of recipes and this is the closest I’ve come to being spot on! Thanks for sharing, my family loved it!

August 29, 2020 9:39 am

I enjoyed so much watching your cooking! I think you are the best in the cooking business. Your recipes are delicious and simple. You are the best chef.

Cathleen Cortez-Garcia
September 3, 2020 9:25 am

I just made this tonight and oh my God!!!! So proud of myself! Thank you for this recipe, I’m finally able to make naan at home!! I tried 2 different recipes but yours was the easiest and had the best results. Thank you again! ❤️

Kat G
September 1, 2020 11:00 am

5 stars
Made these yesterday and they were fantastic! So easy to do and the result were chewy, buttery, garlicky Naan breads that blow the store-bought variety right out of the water! BTW, I used sour cream in lieu of the Greek yogurt since my refrigerator decided to FREEZE my carton of yogurt but they still turned out incredible!

August 29, 2020 10:32 pm

I never imagine it would be so good. Thanks for sharing

August 29, 2020 10:09 am

5 stars
This recipe was very easy and delicious! It was just a s good as when we have at our favorite Indian restaurant. I even froze the extra Naan and had again just the other day and it was just as delicious. Thank you

Shelby
August 25, 2020 10:33 am

So yummy! It was my first time making naan and both me and my husband loved these. I didn’t have yogurt so used sour cream in place of it. I’m not sure how that might’ve changed the flavor or texture but they came out delicious. I will definitely make again!

Louise Bayman
August 23, 2020 9:53 am

This reminds me of Indian fry bread.
YUM!

Eleonora Pinton Capponi
August 23, 2020 3:18 am

5 stars
Amazing, soft and delicious. Great easy recipe. Everyone loves it.

Brian
July 22, 2020 4:22 pm

5 stars
Just made this today with some buttered chicken. Whole family loved it.

Julie
April 2, 2020 2:11 pm

Do you add the melted butter in with the dough or is it just for brushing on prior to cooking?

May 26, 2013 2:49 am

Your naan looks wonderful. You did a great job on your video.
First time to your blog, very nice.

Claire
October 25, 2020 3:16 pm

I make these all the time! So much cheaper than buying from the store and a million times tastier!!!

Margaret Xalxo
October 6, 2020 4:52 pm

One suggestion: if you wet one side of the rolled out naan with a little water before you put it on a skillet, it then sticks to the skillet. Now turn the skillet with the stuck naan and cook the top side of the naan directly on the gas with bubbles popping up. When cooked well take out of the skillet and brush butter on both sides.

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