Prep: 20 mins - 7 hrs, 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus 1 hour 10 minutes proving. cook in batches

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Makes 8 breads
Authentic Indian flatbreads (naan) can be shallow fried or baked - they cook in just 15 mins

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal255
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 500g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast



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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 300ml water


  1. Mix the flour, salt, yeast and oil in a large bowl and add enough water to make a soft, but not sloppy, dough. Knead well. Put into a lightly oiled bowl to rise for 1 hr until doubled in size.

  2. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, about 250g each, and use a rolling pin to flatten each one into a circle, 15cm in diameter, about 1cm thick. Then leave the pieces on a lightly floured baking tray to prove for 5 mins. Heat a large frying pan to a medium heat and dry-fry each piece until browned on both sides, about 5 mins in total. Set aside to cool slightly before serving.

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Comments (80)

dohajane's picture

This is such a good recipe for Naan bread. I roll chopped coriander and some chilli in them then dry fry in a very hot heavy pan. Brush with melted butter to serve. They freeze well too but don't butter them.

cavedweller's picture

These are great, very easy to make and loads better than shop bought naans.
I managed to stay clean too!

I once added coriander and garlic and they didnt come out so well, not sure why.

cavedweller's picture

I agree these are way better than shop bought Naan.
I have made them several times and they always go down well. Although I once added coriander and garlic to the mix and they didnt come out so well, not sure why.

I am usually quite a messy cook when it comes to dough-type things, but I managed to to stay clean with this recipe

alinabake's picture

Just made this aft and eaten with curry. No way could have done 250g pieces as it would have only made three so divided into 100g and made eight small ones. Added some garlic powder for more flavour. They were quick easy and delish. Will def make again.

heleniarowe's picture

Made these completely by hand to go with grilled lamb at a BBQ
Were loved by all and were perfect size for that type of eating.
Had to add a little more flour as mixture was sloppy. Took the tips from other comments and rolled out as thin as i could. Cooked really well - would add black pepper, a little more salt and some garlic and coriander to add flavour as were a little bland for me.

1003790's picture

These were excellent and so simple to make!

donnadrew's picture

Really happy with this easy recipe. I halved the ingredients but used a full sachet of dried yeast. I baked them for 15 mins @ 190C & then let them cool for later. When my curry was almost ready I dry-fried them for 1 min on each side - Fab!!

sarahnmark's picture

Really easy to make! Added a little red chilli chopped up and it was delicious! Like other comments say, they do come out smaller. Yummy!!

jmalanga1981's picture

I made this to compliment a fish curry. It was easy to make but I would agree with others in that the dough you are left with (after an hour) isn't enough to make 8 x 250g pieces. Also I heeded others advice and chose to roll thinner than 1 cm - a good decision as I would have been still cooking them now to get rid of the doughy inside! I made my plain but I would suggest maybe adding extra flavours e.g. garlic/coriander etc.

bebrogan's picture

very yummy and so easy to make great with curries and chilli, much better then shop bought ones. I would recommend that you roll them quite thin.

littlegreendragon13's picture

Awesome! I love making these! They also freeze well- I make sure I've made them small enough to fit in the toaster and then they can be simpky and quickly reheated from frozen, perfect!

andycrofts's picture

Actually, I've a quicker way.
If I need naan bread, I pop over the road to "Mahatma Kote's" and ask if he can rustle me up a couple.

andycrofts's picture

Some of you folks have a machine called a 'breadmaker' that makes bread??? Unbelieveable.
You're really missing the best advantage of kneading dough.
Your fingernails are sooo clean afterwards! ;-)

garveym2's picture

A tasty accompaniment to any juicy main course. My family loved them.

alisonpg's picture

Very good and easy to make. I used the dough programme on my bread maker for mess-free dough making! I only had enough flour for 1/2 the amount stated above and I made 6 mini-flatbreads similar in size to the mini naans that are available in the supermarket. I added chopped coriander and garlic and they tasted great. I also baked in the oven rather than frying pre-heat oven and baking trays oiled with olive oil at 220deg (200deg fan) and bake for 6-8 minutes. Recommended!

fran27's picture

Having read the comments about quantity, I thought that the flour/yeast ratio was not correct. I used 250g flour to 5.5g dried yeast (that's the ratio I use for breads), & it worked perfectly. But only used 1tsp salt (sea salt comes out stronger anyway). No problem with sticky dough, it should be like that until you start to knead it.
I also used high quality Italian pizza flour (00 pizza flour), no problem with getting it thin, you can spin it if you don't want to try rolling. Does it matter about being round? I've never seen a round naan bread & in any case my antique cast iron frying pan is oval!
Great result, will definitely do it again.

ljl144's picture

Fabulous! Quick, easy and much, much better than shop bought!

eileenbourne's picture

I made mine a tad smaller for individual portion sizes and they worked wonderfully for my family. I'm thinking now about adding maybe some corriander seeds or cumin seeds, or even mustard/poppy. A real hit with us and will do again.

torisian's picture

I made these flat breads last night and i thought they were so easy to make and went perfect with the prawn curry i made and sheesh kebabs! thought they were great :-)

suz2303's picture

Have made these loads of times and they're great every time. Usually add some chopped garlic and coriander aswell. Have them with curry and freeze the rest. Just defrost a few every friday night to go with our curries! Lovely! X


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