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Flatbread

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

Moderately easy

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

Nutrition

  • kcalories255
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast

    Yeast

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    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300ml water

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Method

  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 (74)

lozenge's picture
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I make these all the time, have not bought nan bread since we discoverd this recipe, I always use the bread maker and usually make a batch, freeze the dough in portions - you only need take it out an hour or so before you need it.
I roll them as thinly as possible and have not noticed a difference from frozen to fresh.
I have also done them thicker when they fluff up and are a bit more bread like. Rolled very thinly they are almost more like a chapatti than a naan.
Fab recipe, try it!

slingersday's picture
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Great recipe and i also use a bread machine to make the dough. Also i add nigella seeds to the dough and when i dry fry them i use a hand held gas cannister(like the plumbers use) to heat them from above. Puffs up beautifully and looks and tastes just like the real thing

mburgess's picture
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I made these with the adddition of some black onion seeds and they were delicious.

buckfast007's picture

I think you need to use tepid water to activate the yeast properly to get the volume the recipe states.

muchosamor's picture

I'm not sure why this has been described as naan? It's nothing like naan, either in ingredients or cooking method.

snoogans888's picture
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These worked brilliantly when cooked freshly made, but a total disaster when I tried to cook them after freezing the dough. There aren't any instructions in the recipe on freezing, so I froze the dough uncooked. Big mistake as they were like cardboard when I cooked them (after defrosting) and not nice and soft like the fresh batch.

ting_chan's picture
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Possibly the best naan bread I've ever had. Cooked perfectly and made 6 big circles. I had left it in the airing cupboard to rise and also added 3 cloves of garlic and a bunch of coriander before mixing in the water. I served it with the spinach and sweet potato curry. Om nom nom.

wilko30's picture

Yes they can be frozen! There are only 2 of us at home so I tend to make a big batch to freeze, take them out to defrost at room temperature (30 mins) or pop them in the mircowave for couple of mins - yummy! i have also recently tried added some extra flavours; chilli, garlic, mixed herbs........... anything goes!

jo1drury's picture

I made this and was pleased with how quick and simple it was - although having used a lebanese recipe for a similar bread in the past - I was a little disappointed with how bland this one was. I might be tempted to up the salt a little or add a little garlic.

janicehanna's picture

the receipe says this can be frozen does anyone one know if you freeze the dough or bake the naans then freeze???

megamuffin89's picture

I baked mine for about 10-15 mins at gas mark 4, fan assisted - had to keep an eye on them though....mine inflated in the oven! Tasted good though!

jenniecox's picture
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Really easy to make, very tasty although it can be a bit fiddly to roll them out! I have made them by hand and using the breadmaker, and by hand I think was best, for some reason the breadmaker mix was really sticky. I have added garlic and dried coriander too. Definitely agree with the other posts - you need to roll them as thin as possible otherwise they are bit doughy.
I won't be buying shop ones again!

Pynner's picture

Made this in my bread maker on dough setting. Added some black onion seeds. It was so easy and the results great. Made 8 large breads served them with an Indian style meal. I will make them again - they will go great with chlli and I will also make some smaller (16)ones to use with dips

bev4th's picture
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These are very easy & very tasty however I would suggest to roll them out thinner!!!!

wilko30's picture

These were really simple to make and great with a curry. try to roll them as thin as you can and make sure you keep the heat low so they cook right through :)

abigailmain's picture
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I too made the dough in the breadmaker. They were easy, quick and well liked by all. I found them to be really salty, still haven't found the right quantity of salt for me. Reading the other comments I shall try them with garlic and other seasonings too. Much nicer than shop-bought ones.

liezeldutoit's picture

According to the recipe it can baked. How long and at which temp?

gemzie14's picture

Oooh, these are lovely, very easy as well. I was cooking for 3 so made 6 small naans following the recipe- eyes were bigger than belly though and probably would have been fine with 1 rather than two each :P) I left mine for only 40 mins to rest but still tasted good, I will be adding some spices next time to experiment.

katieharris26's picture
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Fantastic recipe!! so easy to do, i also added garlic to the dough, next time i make then i will chop up fresh coriander and add that to the dough. I fried them for about 1 min on both sides, then baked the bread so they were extra crispy. Also will never buy naan bread from the shops!

raychforbes's picture
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Great recipe, really easy! I chopped 4 garlic cloves up & mixed them into the dough to make garlic bread - it was fantastic. I halved the recipe and it made plenty for 2 people. I won't be buying Naan from the shops ever again! I might try mixing the dough in the bread maker next time - less messy!

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