Homemade Naan Recipe

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It’s easier than you think to make your own homemade naan. With this easy naan recipe, you don’t even need a tandoor oven, just a little patience, and 5 easy ingredients!

stack of homemade naan bread

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I love Indian food. The year we lived in England our entire family tried a wide variety of curries and other Indian foods popular there and it is now one of our favorite cuisines. We now usually have curry and naan at least once a week on the menu!

What is Naan Bread

Naan is a soft and pillowy flatbread popular in India and across Asia.

Naan is a leavened bread made from maida, an Indian white flour that is very delicate and powdery, similar to pastry flour. It is eaten most often with curry, used instead of a spoon to sop up all of the sauce and to pick up vegetables (and meat).

Naan is usually cooked quickly in a hot tandoor, a cylindrical clay and brick oven with a dome-shaped top. Since this type of oven has an open flame, temperatures are often in excess of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically, the dough is hurled towards the wall of the oven, where it sticks. There, the bread bakes until it puffs up and chars slightly in spots, and then is removed from the oven with a stake.


How to Make Naan Bread without a Tandoor Oven

Luckily for us, it’s possible to make naan bread at home without a tandoor oven. You can achieve the same effect by using an electric griddle or large skillet.


There are only a few simple ingredients needed to make this simple naan recipe. Once you master the basic recipe it is fun to experiment with adding other seasonings too!

  • water
  • sugar
  • active dry yeast
  • garlic salt
  • flour
yeast for naan bread

Step by step

In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to sit until it’s nice and frothy.

Add the flour, then the salt and mix well. I use a stand mixer (affiliate link) with a dough hook but you can mix and knead it by hand as well, the end result is the same!

naan dough in glass bowl

Roll the dough into a ball and place into a bowl that has been coated with nonstick spray.

naan dough rising in a bowl covered with damp paper towel

Cover the dough with a damp paper towel and let it rise for one hour.

naan dough rolled into ball in bowl

After the dough rises, divide it into six pieces.

naan dough divided

Roll each piece out on a floured surface until it’s about 6 inches across.

rolling naan dough with wooden rolling pin
naan dough rolled flat

Then simply heat your griddle or skillet to medium-high heat and cook the naan for 2-3 minutes on each side or until firm with light brown spots!

stack of homemade naan bread wrapped in blue towel

I like to brush my naan with a little melted butter after cooking and serve it nice and warm. It’s perfect for serving alongside your favorite curries!

Serving suggestions

Need ideas for what to serve with naan? We like it with Indian dishes like butter chicken or tikka masala, soups like minestrone soup, or any dish with gravy like stovetop pot roast.

If you like this naan recipe you will also enjoy my 15-minute Homemade Biscuit recipe, Easy White Bread, and Homemade Mellow Mushroom Pizza Crust.

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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stack of homemade naan bread

Homemade Naan Bread

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


It’s easier than you think to make your own homemade naan. With this easy naan recipe, you don’t even need a tandoor oven, just a little patience, and 5 easy ingredients!


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  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 3/4 cups flour, plus extra for rolling


  1. In a medium bowl of a stand mixer (affiliate link), combine water, yeast and sugar.
  2. Allow to sit for 7 minutes or until frothy.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix well with a dough hook for 2 minutes. (If dough is still stick add additional flour a few tablespoons at a time until it doesn’t stick.)
  4. Remove dough and form into a tight ball.
  5. Spray medium bowl with nonstick spray and place dough ball in it. Cover with a damp paper towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  6. Divide dough into 6 pieces and roll out on a floured surface until about 1/4″ thick.
  7. Preheat electric griddle or large skillet on medium high heat and grill naan for 2-3 minutes per side or until firm with light brown spots.


  • Brush with melted butter after cooking if desired.
  • Best served warm.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: bread
  • Method: griddle
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 2.4 g
  • Sodium: 2.5 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57 g
  • Protein: 10.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. looks good. looks like a quick tikka masala. I have been following your blog for dew months. everything you up is so nice. traditionally chicken pieces are marinated in yogurt-spice mix for overnight then they are grilled. then they are added to this curry mix. Try it some time. It will be heavenly!- luv from India

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