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Easy Naan Bread

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Serves 4

Easy naan bread with or without yeast

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  • 200 g plain flour (alternatively: use self-raising flour)
  • 1 tsp sugar (can be omitted if you use self-raising flour)
  • 1 tsp fresh yeast (can be omitted if you use self-raising flour)
  • 150 ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp ghee (note: use vegetable oil or butter if you prefer vegetarian)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • (1 tsp poppy seeds)


    1. If you use plain flour: Mix the sugar and yeast with the warm water and rest for about 10 minutes. (Can be omitted if you use self-raising flour).
    2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the yeast mixture (for plain flour) or the water (for self-raising flour). Add the ghee (or oil/butter) and salt and mix well. Add some extra water or flour as required. Tip: for a nice variation, add garlic, finely chopped coriander leaves, and sultanas to the dough.
    3. Knead for about 5 minutes on a smooth working surface until you have a smooth dough. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and leave to rise for 1-1.5 hours in a warm place.
    4. To finish off the bread, begin by preheating the oven grill for some 10 minutes until it is red hot. Knead the dough for another 2 minutes and either divide into 4-6 equal portions, or keep in one piece. In any case, roll out to a thickness of about 1 cm (0.5 in). lace the dough on a suitable greased oven plate and grill for 7-10 minutes, turning once or twice. Each time, brush the surface of the bread with some butter and sprinkle some poppy seeds over the bread. Tip: you can also sprinkle some sugar in addition to, or instead of, the poppy seeds. Serve warm

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27th Jun, 2016
Great easy recipe, i chose to use the no yeast version(with SR flour) and it worked fine- added the sultanas, coriander and garlic as suggested and they were delish, served them with the red lentil & squash dhal from this website
23rd Nov, 2014
Thank you for a simple naan recipe that doesn't need yoghurt, this worked perfectly. I used oil and a griddle pan as my grill is broken and they were still lovely and fluffy.
16th Oct, 2014
I'd never made naan bread before, this is a really simple recipe and the results were amazing. I used yeast, I think I made them a little too thick so they didn't look the best but they tasted lovely. I will roll them slightly thinner next time.
2nd Jun, 2014
There's a difference between being 'dim' and being pendantic. If you are vegetarian you will know whether you choose to eat dairy based products or not, just as 4cats4 did in 2012. This recipe is excellent by the way, particularly because you don't need any specialist's all store cupboard stuff. Often naan recipes call for natural yoghurt which I don't often have handy. Thank you.
25th Mar, 2014
Maybe I am being dim, but how does "use vegetable oil or butter if you prefer vegetarian" signal a vegetarian recipe variant? (a) many vegetarians use butter and other milk-based foods and (b) using butter is no different to using ghee, as per the primary recipe! I would also add that, since one can buy ghee made with vegetable oils (that's what I generally use) one can even be a vegan and use 'ghee'.
9th Feb, 2014
I made this last night using self raising flour for the first time as I needed a yeast free naan. It was really nice but far too thick. Next time I will roll it out to 0.5cm or possibly thinner. I think that if you use yeast the rising happens whilst leaving it to rest whereas when using sr flour it rises whilst being cooked, so you need to roll it out thinner.
11th Apr, 2012
Looking for an easy vegan naan recipe. This is just the ticket. I add saltanas and desicated coconut to make peshwari naans and they were lovely.
4th Mar, 2012
first time i ever made naan bread and came across yours,i rate it 10/10 my child loved making the naan bread so i will defo recommend it to my friends.thank you
6th Dec, 2011
Sounds Easy - going to try it today :)
2nd Jan, 2020
Could you make this ahead, ie day before?
3rd Mar, 2019
I used self raising flour and the mixture was runny (like cake batter), am I doing something wrong because when I try to knead it just sticks to my hands.
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