Monday, February 21, 2022

Making Naan Bread

        Naan bread is a type of flat bread and is an Indian recipe that has a crispy and fluffy exterior and a chewy, soft interior.  They are great for soaking up ingredients.  Traditionally they are baked inside a tandoor oven but in American modern kitchens, the vast majority do not own one so I am teaching you how to make Naan bread in a cast iron skillet right on your stove top.

            This recipe makes the best Naan bread that you will find anywhere that is homemade.  It tastes just like you would find at the very best Indian restaurants. Try it for yourself and leave us a comment below.


·        2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour

·        ½ c. plain yogurt (or ½ c. buttermilk + 1 egg; no egg is needed if using the yogurt)

·        ½ c. warm water

·        1 pkg. active dry yeast

·        1 T. vegetable oil (I used olive oil)

·        1 tsp. sugar

·        ½ tsp. salt

·        Olive oil for frying

·        Melted butter


In a small bowl, gently mix together the warm water, the yeast and the sugar.  Let it set, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the yeast should be activated and look foamy. 

 Pour the flour onto a pile on a clean tabletop or countertop.  Make a well in the center of the flour and add in the yeast mixture, yogurt, salt and the vegetable oil.  Mix this all together.  If the dough is too sticky, add in 2 tablespoons of flour to help bind the dough. Knead the dough until it is smooth, really soft and shiny.  This part may take up to 7-10 minutes.  Form into a gentle ball and place the dough in a warm area, covered with a damp cloth.  Allow the dough to rise for about an hour.  It should double in size during this time.

Once the dough has risen, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece out.  Heat up your cast iron skillet over high heat and then heat up some oil in the skillet.  Once hot, carefully add each naan bread piece into the skillet and allow it to cook.  When the bread puffs up, bubbles and becomes golden brown, flip over and allow the other side to cook.  Once the bread is cooked, remove to a paper towel lined plate and brush the tops with melted butter.  Repeat with the rest of the dough pieces.  Serve warm and enjoy.


Makes 8 pieces with each piece having roughly 35 carbs.

 Naan goes bread with chicken, or can be used as a dipper for soup or stew.  It can also be used to make a wrap or as the “crust” for pizza.  





            If you love homemade bread, try out some more of my recipes such as: my Easy Italian Flat bread, Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread, Homemade Bread in an Hour, or my Authentic Indian Fry Bread.  


 Did your family love this homemade Naan Bread? Be sure to leave a comment below! 


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