Homemade Naan

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Have you ever made homemade naan? It’s quite possibly the easiest of all homemade breads plus it’s soft and buttery and you can use it for so many dinner ideas!

Homemade Naan Bread with Garlic Butter from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Making homemade bread is dangerous. Very dangerous. In fact the following recipe should come with a warning label. Do not make this while you are home alone because you are almost guaranteed to eat 6 large pieces of Homemade Naan all by yourself. Be advised. It’s bound it happen. I speak from experience 🙂

If you’re an avid WGC reader, you’re aware that I don’t make homemade bread frequently. It usually takes a while and who has time for that on a regular basis? Not me! Plus if you find a great bakery in your neighborhood you can literally show up as they take the bread out of the oven and snag a few loaves to take home.

Homemade Naan Bread with Garlic Butter from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

But homemade naan is a different story. You can’t get piping hot fresh naan from the market (or at least I haven’t found it yet) and fresh hot naan is a magical thing. Especially when slathered with homemade hummus or tzatziki. Even alone, it’s just brushed with melted garlic butter and sprinkled with salt and it’s perfection. Literally salivating as I write this. Trust me – you won’t want to miss this recipe! Make it for your next appetizer or snack! Or use it as a wrap and stuff it with some tzatziki drenched chicken, lettuce and tomatoes! You’re welcome.

Homemade Naan 101

  • What is Nann?
    • Naan is a leavened flatbread that hails from Western Asia, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean. And it is DELICIOUS. You might think it looks similar to pita but they are in fact very different as naan uses yogurt to give it a thicker consistency.
  • How do you store homemade naan bread?
    • If you make more Naan than you can eat in one sitting, just store it in a zip top bag in the fridge for the remainder of the week. Pop one out whenever you need it and either warm it in a skillet over medium low heat until warm or in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  • How is naan made?
    • Naan is one of the easier yeasted breads to make. It all comes together in 1 bowl and then rests for 3 hours. Then all that’s left to do is form it into small balls, roll those into circles and cook them off in a skillet one at a time.
  • Can I freeze naan bread dough?
    • Absolutely! I prefer to make this recipe start to finish and then freeze the already cooked naan. Again, use an air tight container like a zip top bag for maximum freshness.
  • How do you keep naan warm for a party?
    • Once you take the freshly made naan out of the skillet, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm dry place. Add the additional pieces of naan to the same kitchen towel so they can retain as much heat as possible.
  • What do you eat with naan bread?
Homemade Naan Bread with Garlic Butter from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Homemade Naan

5 from 9 votes
This soft buttery homemade naan bread is the perfect vehicle for sopping up any delicious curries or stews! Plus it's the easiest of all yeasted breads to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup melted butter mixed with 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Kosher salt


  • In a large glass, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar with 3/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F). Let it sit on your counter until it’s frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, sift the flour, salt, remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar and baking powder into a large, deep bowl.
  • Once the yeast is frothy, add the yogurt and the olive oil into the glass, and stir to combine. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and gently mix the ingredients together with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, use your hands to mix. As soon as it comes together, stop kneading, it should feel a bit sticky. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm, draft-free place for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, assemble 2 bowls, one with extra flour, and one with water. The dough will still be sticky. Separate the dough into 6 equal portions and lightly roll each one in the bowl of extra flour to keep them from sticking to each other.
  • Shape the naan. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a circle. It should be about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat this method with the rest of the dough.
  • Warm a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until it’s nearly smoking. Make sure you have a lid large enough to fit the skillet and have a bowl of melted butter at the ready.
  • Dampen your hands in the bowl of water and pick up one of your naans, flip-flopping it from one hand to the other to lightly dampen it. Gently lay it in the skillet and set your timer for 1 minute. The dough should start to bubble.
  • After about 1 minute, flip the naan. It should be blistered and somewhat blackened, and cover the skillet with the lid and cook for about 1 minute more.
  • Remove the naan from the skillet, brush with copious amounts of butter and sprinkle with a little kosher salt. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish. Repeat with the rest of the naans and serve.


If you make more Naan than you can eat in one sitting, just store it in a zip top bag in the fridge for the remainder of the week. Pop one out whenever you need it and either warm it in a skillet over medium low heat until warm or in the microwave for 15 seconds.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1014mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg


  1. I love fresh naan; It’s so delicious! Coming from an Indian background, I should know how to make this but I’ve haven’t even tried yet; def pinning this for later when I do!

  2. Homemade bread IS so dangerous. I can never be trusted around it, and definitely not with this – it looks so good!! Need to try soon – when I’m having people over to share, of course 🙂

  3. I’m just going to ignore your warning and make this when no one is around so I don’t have to share and no one will ever know! 🙂

  4. Yum! I LOVE naan!! Thank you for this recipe!

    (Also, I don’t know if it bugs other people, but when I read your blog on my iPhone, which is how I usually read it, the format is so frustrating! The header is so big that I can never see any of your beautiful photos in their entirety. Maybe I’m the only one who cares, but I just thought I’d let you know, in case you didn’t.) 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh. This is my version of heaven… I absolutely love naan bread AND harissa, so you’ve just combined two of my absolute favourite things! I will definitely heed your advice and restrain from making this whilst I’m home alone. Otherwise, I’d likely turn into an absolute Michelin man. Thanks for the gorgeous recipe though. Cannot wait to make this. Seriously!

  6. Lovely work, Gaby! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about sauces? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  7. Just wanted to drop by and say that the recipe was great! I froze the dough for two weeks and just made it yesterday! AMAZING!

  8. Have you ever tried to make it with any variety of gluten free flours? Not celiac but definitely sensitive to gluten and really miss my greek salad with lots of naan on the side days. : )

    Beautiful pictures as always!!


    1. I haven’t personally – but I keep hearing from my readers that Bobs Red Mill GF flour is like the perf substitute at a 1:1 ratio

  9. Hi Gaby, love your site. However, when I try to print the recipe the photo does not show up. Any suggestions for what I’m doing wrong? I’ like to see the beautiful photo on the recipe card.


    1. Hi Linda!

      The image won’t print with the recipe as we were trying to save peoples ink cartridges. I’ll ask my developer if there is an easy fix to add images!

  10. I JUST made this recipe and had to comment right away, it is amazing!! It was so easy and is better than any naan I’ve had before. Thank you for showing me bread doesn’t have to be scary!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made this naan twice in the last week – my family and I love it! It’s so delicious and …. I’ve got to go into naan detox! I can’t stop eating it. Excellent recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    I have shared this recipe with two friends now, and we ALL love it! SO easy and SO good. I am making again today for my teen boys. They devour it like beasts 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    Surprisingly easy and delicious! I made these at home then brought them to a dinner party a few hours later. I reheated them in the oven on 200 and they were perfect. Only issue I had was using my cast iron pan. I had burned bits that I couldn’t easily clean. Will try a different pan next time.

  14. 5 stars
    Yesterday I started this then had something come up and had to leave my house, not returning for 9 hours. It was late. I put the dough in a quart baggie and into the refrigerator. Today I made it and oh my! I ate 2 pieces straight off the iron skillet. So delicious! The only ingredients change I made was using non-dairy yogurt and it turned out beautifully. This is now my go-to naan recipe. I have only made it once before using another recipe and it was terrible. So thank you Gaby!

  15. This was amazing! SO easy and worked out great in a nonstick skillet, even though I was really worried it wouldnt. Thank you!

  16. Making today but I have instant yeast. I just add the yeast directly to the flour, right? I read something about separating it from the salt when you put it in the flour. Not sure I understand that part. Can you clarify? I read this when googling on how to substitute with instant.

  17. Hi Gaby, this looks fantastic and similar to your Garlic Flatbread in your cookbook. I recently got a bread maker-do you I sonic I can use the dough or other setting to do the mixing rising and then bake as instructed in the oven? Thanks!

    1. Actually I see now that you cook it on the stove, but I still have the same question about using a bread maker for the mixing and rising. Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic. I paired it with the butter chicken recipe and was so impressed by how well they both turned out. My husband who usually skips the naan when I order it ate THREE pieces. It was super easy and delish.

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