This easy homemade naan bread is super soft, chewy and delicious! You’ll never go back to store-bought naan after trying this amazing recipe.
My family loves making homemade naan. The kids all get in on the fun. It’s a lot easier than you think it would be to make. There’s honestly nothing better than a soft and chewy piece of naan, especially when it’s warm with melted butter. Seriously so good! Once you make it, you’ll never go back to buying store bought again.
What’s the Difference Between Naan and Pita Bread?
While both are a flatbread, naan bread has yogurt mixed into the dough creating a softer and more chewy center. It also gives the bread a little bit of tang. I adapted this recipe from my favorite pita bread. Pita bread is a lot more airy inside because it doesn’t have the weight of the yogurt.
How to Make Naan Bread
Proof the yeast. Start by mixing together the warm water, yeast and sugar in a medium bowl (I like to use a large measuring cup). Let it sit until the mixture begins to foam and puff up. Then stir in the yogurt, oil and salt.
Knead and let rise. Pour the flour in a large bowl and then create a well in the middle. Add the yeast mixture in the middle of the well and mix together until it becomes hard to stir. Knead the dough with your hands (or an electric mixer with a dough hook) for about 3 to 5 minutes. Then shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until the dough has doubled in size.
Shape and roll. Punch down on the dough, then divide into eight equally sized pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and cover with a damp towel for 10 to 15 minutes. Then roll each ball into a circle that’s about 1/8″ thick.
Cook in skillet. Brush the skillet with oil and turn the heat to medium. Once it’s hot, add in one of the naan dough circles. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until the top begins to bubble up. Then flip and cook on the other side until you see golden brown spots, about 1 more minute. Once done, place on a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm while you cook the others.
What to Serve with Naan Bread
- Dip in homemade hummus or tzatziki sauce
- Make a chicken gyro
- Use it as a base to make mini homemade pizzas (like this spinach pesto pizza)
- On a Mezze platter with other Mediterranean favorites
- Fill the naan like a wrap and add meat and vegetables
- Use it as the base for garlic bread (instead of French bread)
Storing, Freezing & Reheating
To store: If you have leftovers, this homemade naan will keep in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for about 1-2 days.
To freeze: You can also freeze any leftovers if you prefer. Layer the naan in a freezer bag with parchment paper in between each piece. Then store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in a damp towel when ready to enjoy.
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Melted butter, for serving
- Combine the warm water, active dry yeast and sugar in a medium size bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until it foamy and has puffed up. Add the yogurt, olive oil and salt to the yeast. Stir just until combined.
- Place the flour in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle. Add the wet ingredients to the middle. Stir until it becomes to hard to stir. Then knead the dough with your hands. You may also use an electric mixer with a dough hook. Knead for 3-5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place, or until doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough and divide the dough into eight pieces (about 75 g each). Shape each piece into a ball and then cover with a damp paper towel for 10-15 minutes.
- Roll out one piece of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. Roll into an circle about 1/8" thick.
- Brush about 1/2 teaspoon oil onto a large cast iron skillet. Heat over medium heat. Place rolled out dough onto the pan once it's hot and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Once it has puffed up with bubbles across the top, flip to the other side and cook an additional minute or until you see golden brown spots. Remove to a plate and cover with a towel.
- Brush the warm naan with melted butter. Best served warm and fresh. Will keep for 1-2 days in an airtight container at room temp.