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(68 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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6th Jul, 2017
Have been making these for the last 3 years, to go with the sweet potato and pea curry recipe on this site. Love these flatbreads, have not purchased shop bought naan since discovering this recipe. When I roll them out I scatter poppy seeds over the dough, they look and taste so authentic after dry frying .
3rd Apr, 2017
Did it in the bread maker on the pizza setting, adding a little garlic and then, at the end, some chopped coriander. Dry fried in the frying pan before the dinner party so they had a good colour and then finished off later in the evening on a low heat in the oven to warm up just before serving. Really good. Would recommend.
23rd Feb, 2017
Worked out perfect! Followed Sarahu63 by using garlic butter then in oven for a minute to keep it tasting nice and garlicky!
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4th Sep, 2016
Very easy, as suggested added garlic to ingredients and used bread oven & added fresh coriander at the rolling our stage - it made four large ones, dry fried them, then brushed them with some garlic butter & put in oven- delish - will definitely be making these again!
28th May, 2016
I have used this recipe for years ( I believe it was first posted around 2007? ) ...... It's brilliant. But the people at BBC Good Food should have amended the recipe by now !!!!!! 8 pieces, 250g each? No way. For people reading this recipe for the first time it's very confusing.
25th Apr, 2016
I found these to be too salty, so will make with just 1tsp next time. I did the first couple about 1cm thick, which made them far too heavy. The rest I rolled out as thin as possible and they were fine.
23rd Apr, 2016
I made half the recipe and I made it on the pizza setting on the bread machine. I added 2 cloves of crushed garlic at the start of the cycle and some chopped fresh coriander when it came out of the bread maker. I found you needed to roll out thinner than suggested but other than that they were amazing. I served with lamb kebabs and Tabbouleh.
23rd Apr, 2016
Did you really mean 1cm thick - mine were so thick they were like bricks!! And I did measure them
17th Feb, 2016
I made these for the first time yesterday. I didn't have strong white flour so i used plain flour. They came out better than I expected and everyone enjoyed them. Next time I will use the flour suggested so they should be even better. Great with root veg curry .
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18th May, 2015
Easy to prep and make, but dividing them into 250g pieces is a no,no - it must be a typo! I managed to divided them into 8 aprox 103g pieces; that aside they were utterly delicious and I shall never be buying shop made ones again :-)


Mary Q
17th Sep, 2018
Can you make these and then reheat in oven when required please?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can reheat them in a warm oven.
31st Mar, 2018
Has anyone tried making these with gluten free flour? Does it work?
goodfoodteam's picture
1st Apr, 2018
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, this recipe was not designed for gluten-free flour. Why not try the following as an alternative: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10504/toasted-cumin-flatbreads
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Simon Goodall
11th Jan, 2018
Can the dough be frozen for future use? Thanks..
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes, it can. You can portion it up and store in freezer bags.
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