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Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe

Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com

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An easy version of a soft, pillowy flatbread made in a food processor. Homemade Naan is my favorite flat bread and so easy.

For a Naan recipe with yogurt and butter check out the Butter Naan Recipe post.

Why you should make homemade Naan bread

It’s easy, cheaper than store bought and waaayyyyyy bettah!  How’s that for an answer?  Seriously, at least try it.

Every time I make this, I ask myself, ‘Self, why don’t you make this everyday?’.  It’s THAT good.

You can also make an extra batch of dough while you have the food processor out and refrigerate the extra dough for tomorrow.  Just be sure to rise it the next day as if you just got it out of the food processor.  It may take longer because the yeast needs to come to room temp before it does its magic.

What is Naan?

Naan is a flatbread that most likely originated in the Middle East or India.  Different variations have evolved.  Yeast is a common leavener but baking soda has been used somewhat in recent years.  Milk or yogurt may be added for flavor.  You may also season the dough with spices.

The bread is common in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and is growing in popularity in the U.S. and Great Britain.  It is typically served with dinner or used as a snack.

You can make a Naan Burger, Naan Wrap, Naanwich or smother with butter and jam, my favorite.  You can use it like pizza dough and make a pizza.  I like to eat it with butter and jam and have it with my tea.

The bread is soft, pillowy and slightly chewy.  Kids LOVE it!


 

More bread recipes you may like

  1. A shortcut to homemade whole wheat bread
  2. Irish Soda Bread
  3. Sweet Potato Paratha
  4. Apple Quick Bread with Mince

For some robust cheesey goodness, try dipping Naan in some Welsh Rarebit.  Live a little.

If you create this little gem, let us know.  Take a picture of it and #FusionCraftiness so we can all see on Instagram.  Do you have any other uses for Naan?  Let us know by leaving a comment.

Bon Appetit!

A bowl of yeast and water proofing.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com
Naan dough in a food processor.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com
Naan dough on a floured surface shaped into a disc.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com
Naan in a bowl that has more than doubled in size.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com
Naan dough rolled out.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com
A stack of naan flatbreads.
Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com

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Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe, homemade, soft and so delicious! This will be you new favorite bread to make at home, try this at your next family dinner. | Fusion Craftiness.com

Easy Indian Naan Bread Recipe

Yield: 8 Naan
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

An easy and tasty authentic Indian bread.  Make this easy Naan in your food processor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil + more for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (277 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place first three ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In another small bowl add oil and egg, beat lightly to emulsify the egg.
  3. In a food processor add flour and salt, pulse to blend salt.
  4. Add yeast water when ready at a slow stream while blending.
  5. Add the oil and egg mixture in the same manner, slowly until the dough comes apart from the side. Stop adding the oil mixture at this point. Blend for another 30 seconds.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, kneading until smooth. Place in a large bowl that has been oiled with cooking spray or oil, flip and cover with plastic. Place in a warm place to rise, until double in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Roll out dough onto floured surface.
  8. Divide into 8 pieces evenly and keep under a kitchen towel or plastic to keep from drying out.
  9. Preheat an oiled skillet over medium heat.
  10. Take each dough and roll out into a circle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  11. Cook in skillet, flipping when golden brown on one side, cook until other side is done. Repeat with remaining dough.
  12. Brush with melted butter or olive oil (optional)

Notes

I like to weigh my flour with baked goods. I live at high altitude and flour can get packed down so my recipes may not turn out like yours. Weighing is the most accurate method with flour.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Naan
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Sandra

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Ti a I’m just making a now. Can i freeze half the dough or should I make the naan and freeze what’s left over? Thanks

Tina

Monday 20th of April 2020

Hi Sandra, I have never frozen dough before but it can be done. Just wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag with all of the air out. When you are ready to use, thaw in the fridge or on the counter. Make sure to bring back up to room temperature so the yeast can do its thing. Cooked naan bread freezes nicely also. I hope you like this! You may also like my butter naan recipe https://www.fusioncraftiness.com/easy-butter-naan-recipe-an-indian-flatbread/

Hannah

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Baking with yeast always intimidates me but your pictures and directions were spot on! I don’t think my dough raised as much as yours but the naan still turned out great. I can’t wait to eat my leftovers :)

Tina

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

I haven't made the naan in awhile but I am making tortillas right now. I love fresh flatbreads. They taste so good hot off the griddle I end up noshing on them with a smear of butter. Two things that I know of can affect rising. The yeast and the kneading. The more you knead the more the gluten develops and holds trapped air from your yeast/baking soda/baking powder. The age of the yeast can affect the rising as well as the temp of the water you proof your yeast in. If the water is too hot, it kills the yeast. Hopefully this helps. So glad you like these recipes Hannah:)

KC

Thursday 19th of April 2018

This came out more like pita bread when I tried this recipe. Definitely didn't come out as naan.

Beth

Friday 29th of December 2017

I love this recipe! I always have a hard time eating naan at restaurants because most of them use yogurt, which I'm allergic to! I'm definitely giving this a try!

Lisa

Friday 29th of December 2017

I absolutely adore Naan, but I've never tried making it myself. I'll bet you also have some good recipes for chutneys and sauces to go with...

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