I love this easy Naan Bread Recipe. Naan is one of the reasons that I love to go out for Indian food. Indian restaurants always have amazing naan bread, usually because they make it on site, and it comes out of a tandoor oven, fresh and warm. Restraint is always required to keep from filling up on that warm bubbly bread while we wait for all the other dishes to come out.
Versatile Naan Bread
I love to cook curries at home, and commercially made store-bought naan just isn’t good, so I make my own. Making your own at home is easy. Once you try it, you’ll never want to buy it in a package again. You don’t have to limit naan to just curries, either. Once you learn how easy it is to make it at home, you can use it for pizza, sandwiches, wraps, or with anything else that you would use a tortilla or pita.
Naan Bread is Freezer Friendly
Homemade naan freezes well, too, so I like to make extra for the freezer. Just take it out of the freezer, wrap it up in foil, and re-warm it in the oven anytime.
Once your dough has risen, it doesn’t take very long to have warm, puffy naan bread to dip into your curry. Make it right on the stove top while your curry is simmering. It’s so worth it. This recipe is even easier if you do it in a stand mixer, but even by hand, it’s a cinch.
How to Cook Your Naan
I use a cast iron skillet to make these. Cast iron retains the heat at a steady temperature, which is important. If you use a non stick pan, keep your eye on the temperature. You may have to adjust if your pan gets too hot. If you have a griddle, you can make short work of cooking more at a time. Just make sure your electric griddle gets hot enough.
Keep Your Elevation in Mind
Note: This recipe, like most recipes, is written for sea level elevations. If you live at a high elevation, check out a conversion chart like this one by King Arthur Flour High Altitude Baking
And: Some Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Homemade Naan
If you want to try naan in a whole different way, check out my Chicken Tikka Masala Naan Pizza. This naan also makes a delicious side for a curry dish, like these ones for Roasted Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry, or Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potato.
How to Make This Easy Naan Bread Recipe
This Easy Naan Bread Recipe is so easy to make, and tastes so good freshly made, that you'll never want to eat store bought again.
- 1 tsp active dry yeast 5 ml
- 1 cup warm water 250 ml
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar 30 ml
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour 625 ml
In a large bowl, combine yeast , sugar and salt with warm water and let stand until yeast is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead for about 5 minutes on a floured surface. Shape into a ball.
- Put dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for about an hour in a warm place, until dough has doubled in size.
- Punch the dough down, and divide into eight balls. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise again until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Heat a non stick pan, or lightly oil a cast iron pan or griddle over medium high heat.
While pan is heating, roll out one of the dough balls into a thin oblong, and place on pan, cooking for about 3 minutes on each side until golden and bubbly. It's important for the dough to be very thin so the bread cooks through. Use kitchen thongs to turn the naans, and to remove them from the pan.
- Remove from pan, and continue with the remaining dough. You can brush each naan with melted butter if you like.
- Serve warm
Prep time indicated includes mostly rising time, while you do other things.
Keep your cooked naans warm in a very low oven while you finish cooking the rest.
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