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Naan Recipe: If You Can Make Pancakes, You Can Make Naan

Naan is one of my favorite components of an Indian meal. Sometimes when I go to an Indian buffet, I’ll hit the buffet one last time for naan only so that it is the last flavor in my mouth when I walk out the door.

What is Naan?

Naan is an Indian bread that is similar to pita, but so much better (don’t even try to debate it with me)! It is traditionally made in a tandoor (a clay oven), but I made this naan recipe in a cast iron skillet.

Why Did I Make a Naan Recipe?

My Taste & Create partner this month was Heaven is Chocolate, Cheese, and Carbs (is that not the coolest blog name ever?). She had a naan recipe on her blog and I was all over it. What made picking the naan recipe extra fun was that it came from Cooking 4 All Seasons and HICCAC made it last month as her entry for Taste & Create. It’s like a continuing chain of Taste & Create love.

How Did the Naan Recipe Compare to Naan I’ve Tried at Indian Restaurants?

I won’t say that this naan recipe was better than that of the naan I get at my favorite Indian restaurant. I will, however, say that it was just as good. It was also not that hard to make. You may recall that my last attempt to use yeast was a complete failure. The failure was due in part to using the wrong kind of yeast and not warming the milk. This time, I followed directions and it was a breeze. If you can make pancakes, you can make naan.

The Naan Recipe

As mentioned above, this recipe came from Cooking 4 All Seasons via Heaven is Chocolate, Cheese, and Carbs. I am reprinting it with my notes. I also left out the sesame seeds that were in the original recipe because I didn’t think they were necessary.
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Naan Recipe

Naan is one of my favorite components of an Indian meal. Making it at home is really quite simple.
Course Bread
Cuisine Indian
Keyword homemade naan, naan recipe
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 230kcal
Author Stef


  • 3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t instant yeast It is VERY important that you use instant yeast. I used Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Yeast which according to this lengthy discussion on Chow is the same as instant yeast.
  • 1 1/2 C warm milk - not above 100F I wanted to make sure that temperature didn't lead to problems so I used a meat thermometer and tested the milk temp before use. I made my milk 90 degrees.
  • 1 t sugar
  • Butter to taste


  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the milk.
  • Let rest approximately 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour with the yeast/milk mixture.
  • Mix in the salt.
  • Knead until soft and elastic.
  • Cover with a damp towel and leave in a dark place to rise until doubled, about two hours. (Am I the only one who can't tell when dough has doubled? It looked bigger so I went with it. Maybe I should measure next time?)
  • Remove the dough from the bowl, degas gently then divide into ten even balls.
  • Roll out into triangles, dusting lightly with flour as needed. I discovered that the thinner you roll it out the better. (Being the non-perfectionist that I am, I did not make triangles. I made whatever shape things happened to roll out into - mostly amoeba shaped blobs.)
  • Heat up a frying pan. (I used a cast iron skillet. I also liberally buttered the skillet.)
  • Generously brush one side of the dough with water and begin to cook with that side down on medium heat.
  • Brush the other side with water.
  • The dough should bubble a bit as it cooks. Leave it on the heat for a few minutes, then flip it to cook the other side for a shorter amount of time.
  • Move to a plate.
  • Generously butter. Enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Naan Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Roll out into triangles, dusting lightly with flour as needed. 

Will There Be Naan Cupcakes?

There will not be naan cupcakes, but there will be Indian cupcakes. I baked them today and haven’t yet frosted them. I had a few issues with them, but the jury isn’t out yet. I’ll give the whole story soon.

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