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(58 ratings)

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

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Makes 8 breads

Indian flatbreads (naan) can be shallow-fried or baked and they only need 15 mins to cook. Perfect for mopping up the sauce of a lovely, homemade curry

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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30th Jan, 2012
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!!
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15th Jan, 2012
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.
20th Nov, 2011
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.
13th Oct, 2011
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!
29th Sep, 2011
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.
29th Sep, 2011
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! ;-)
7th Sep, 2011
A tasty accompaniment to any juicy main course. My family loved them.
25th Aug, 2011
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!
15th Aug, 2011
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.
29th Mar, 2011
Fabulous! Quick, easy and much, much better than shop bought!


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