Naan (Indian Flatbread)

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In this instructable I will teach you how to make Naan. This Naan bread recipe is easy to make without using a Tandoor (cylinder clay stove). Naan also known as Indian Flatbread is super delicious. You can't go wrong with this homemade version. If I can make it you can make it, let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial, or do both! :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of hot water (filtered is best) (177mL)
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast (5g)
  • 3 tsp. of white granulated sugar (15g)
  • 2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil (30mL)
  • 3 Tbsp. of plain yogurt (45g)
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose or plain flour. (290g)
  • 1 tsp. of salt (5g)
  • butter for basting

Tools:

  • skillet (cast iron or non-stick)
  • bowls
  • towel
  • plastic wrap
  • whisk
  • fork
  • wooden spoon

Step 2: Start the Yeast

First let's get our yeast started. Heat up the water until it is 100 to 115 degrees F. (37 to 46 C) Then add in about a tsp. of your sugar to the water. Next add in your yeast. I usually agitate it a little bit with a fork. Next let the yeast sit for about 10 minutes until it gets frothy/foamy. If after 10 minutes it isn't frothy/foamy, you need to start again. It means the yeast was old/bad, or the water was too hot and killed the yeast, or too cold and it didn't activate. :)

Step 3: Sugar, Oil, Yogurt

Now let's add the yeast mixture to a large bowl. Next add in the rest of our sugar, the oil, and the yogurt. Mix that up well with a whisk.

Step 4: Flour, Salt, Mix

Next let's add in about 1 cup of our flour, then add the salt on top of that. Then whisk it until well combined. Now you can put the whisk away, we will use the wooden spoon. Or if you are using a stand mixer you can switch to your dough hook now.

Step 5: Flour, Knead, Rise

Now lets add in about another cup of flour and use a wooden spoon, until the dough comes together. Next we will add some of our leftover flour to our counter or table, and knead the dough for 8 minutes. After the dough is kneaded, add it to a large bowl that has been coated with oil or kitchen spray. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap and a damp towel, and place in a warm spot to rise. Let the dough rise for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Step 6: Cut and Roll

Now we take our dough and put back on our work surface, and elongate it. Next cut it into 6 equal pieces. After that we will roll each piece into a ball shape and then using a rolling pill roll it out into a circle or oval shape. You can use your fingers to wipe away any excess flour. We want it to be about 1/8th of an inch thick.

Step 7: Cook Them Up!

Now we heat up a skillet, I am using a nonstick one, but a cast iron skillet works a little better. Place your stovetop heat to medium high, and let it heat up until really hot. Next your dough to the skillet. In about a minute or two, little bubbles will form on top. Flip it over to the other side, and wait for another minute or two. It is done when you see nice brown spots on each side. Place it on plate.

Step 8: Butter and Serve

Now baste each side with butter and serve! Mmmm these are so yummy! Enjoy! :)

*You can also garnish the top with cilantro or parsley to give it a bit of color.

Step 9: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the video tutorial. :)

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Alex491

4 weeks ago

I use a very similar recipe. When making my naan, I add a teaspoon of black onion seeds (Kalonji), to bring the taste nearer to the restaurant variety .

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That is awesome!! :) I heard of adding some other seeds as well, I think maybe anise seeds or something like that.

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atillakocsis

4 weeks ago

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions about putting the dough in the fridge and making it later or making a bunch and how long it might last in the fridge or freezer?

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I am sure you can freeze the dough after it has risen once. Then set it out to thaw and use it. It should last quite awhile in the freezer. You should be able to keep it in the fridge is well for up to a week.

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cindygriffis

4 weeks ago on Step 9

I didn’t see the onion being added. That’s one of my favorite types of naan. Thank you

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Pa1963

4 weeks ago

Bread is so important in all cultures. In Egypt they make a kind of flat bread, and before they put it in the oven they pinch up a bit of the dough on the top of loaf to make what looks like an ear, then they whisper a prayer into the ear.

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joen

4 weeks ago

Seems like every culture has a flat bread. Mexicans have a tortilla. (That is what I grew up on) Made with baking powder rather than yeast, and quite a bit thinner it allowed for eating with the tortilla instead of a fork and knife. Tortillas make all foods except soup finger food. I guess that if it tastes similar to tortillas, the Naan has got to taste great! Thanks for the post.

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In The Kitchen With Mattjoen

Reply 4 weeks ago

Yeah, I think most cultures have some sort of flat bread or bread like products. Oh yes homemade tortillas are awesome! I have made them before. Love them. Yep this flatbread is quite a bit different then a tortilla, but still just as yummy! :) You are very welcome! Thanks for the comment!

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My aunt would serve tortillas alongside soup. Spread a little butter on the tortilla, hold it one hand, spoon in the other, then take bites of tortilla between spoonfuls of soup. Hmm. Now I need to find a recipe for albondiga soup.

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FamilyF4

4 weeks ago

Oh that looks yummy!

Do you have any menu suggestions to round out a lunch?

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