Authentic Naan Flatbread


Authentic Naan Flatbread
Authentic Naan Flatbread

Authentic Naan Flatbread


1 ½ cups warm water (115℉)

2 tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

3¼ cups flour

1 tbsp oil or ghee


Fit stand mixer with a dough hook.  Place water and yeast in the bowl.  Add salt and flour, mix on low speed until all ingredients are well incorporated.  The dough can be mixed by hand if preferred.

Transfer dough to a storage bowl and cover.*  Note: This will not have the consistency of regular bread dough.  It will be thinner and will easily and quickly mold to the shape of the bowl.

Let dough rise until it has risen and then begins to fall.  This will take at least 2 hours but can take longer depending on the room temperature.  Bread can be left at room temperature for up to 5 hours without any ill effects.

Transfer the bowl of dough to the refrigerator and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 36 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and cut off ¼ of the dough.  Return the rest to the refrigerator.

Sprinkle a small amount of cornmeal onto a piece of parchment paper.  Shape dough into a ball and, using a rolling pin and your hands, roll dough into an 8” circle on parchment paper/mat.  Use oil or cooking spray on the rolling pin and hands if the dough is too sticky.

Preheat oven to 450℉.

Transfer the rolled dough, on parchment paper, to a cooking sheet and put it in the oven.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until browned around edges.

Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter, if desired.

Repeat with the remaining dough to make 3 more naans or leave the dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to make as needed.

Can be served warm or at room temperature.

*Cover on the bowl should not be airtight as the gasses will need to excape.


4 servings, 360 calories per serving

Hack: Use this bread to make a Chicken Pesto Naan Pizza or Spinach Feta Pizza For One!  Try serving it with easy cheesy buffalo chicken dip!

Hack:  Cooked bread will remain fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature or up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Hack:  Naan dough will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Hack:  Naan bread can be used as a side for saucy meals, soups or stews.  It can be used for fillings in a similar fashion as tortillas or wraps.  Flatbread pizzas are also a popular item!


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10 Replies to “Authentic Naan Flatbread”

  1. I have already seen a lot of naan bread recipes and been curious how it tastes. But I am scared to give it a try. Your recipe looks very simple and easy to follow. I think I have found now the courage to try making naan bread after reading your post. It’s a good timing because I still have cornmeal on hand from a previous recipe I made. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments!  I was scared to work with yeast as well but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it really is.   I look forward to hearing your results!

  2. Oh my goodness! This website is amazing. I was drooling the minute I saw the first page. It is so appealing. Presentation is fab. I could eat absolutely everything that I saw. It is so appetising. All the recipes seem so authentic and relatively easy. I can’t wait to get started. I will be a regular visitor to this site!

  3. Hello there, Cynthia! The picture you have in the beginning makes Naan flatbread look really tasty. I think I will probably try to make it next week. I find it interesting how the same ingredients can be used to make similar foods like pizza dough yet, depending on how it is prepared, can be used to turn it into many different forms of food. Definitely like the hacks you have at the end of your post. Thanks for this!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments!  It is amazing, isn’t it, that just a tweak here and there can turn the same ingredients into an entirely different dish! Enjoy.

  4. My father’s family is Norwegian and I grew up on lefsa.  I am curious if this Naan is similar in taste and texture?  I have never made it, only remember eating with butter and jelly growing up.  So I would love to give this a try.  What do you usually eat with the Naan? 

  5. That Naan Flatbread will be nice to have and used as a wrap, or maybe eat it with something else. This is the second time I stumbled upon an article about food.

    I don’t usually look for online recipes on Google. It’s only via YouTube and most of it it’s about my own homeland cuisines. Is this your your own recipe?

    Can you give more suggestions as to what other things you can eat with the bread. Thanks sharing. 

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