Homemade naan bread is one of the best I know. It is quite easy to prepare and goes well with most Indian dishes.
Traditional naan bread is actually made in a clay oven, but it is also possible to prepare it in a frying pan on the stove. Below is my favorite naan bread recipe that takes about 2.5-3 hours to make at home.
2 hours 30 minutes
Naan bread goes well with various Indian dishes and is always appreciated at the dinner table.
This recipe makes 12 naan loaves that can be served or topped with garlic and cilantro.
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
4 tablespoons of warm finger water
1.5 dl finger-warm milk
9-11 dl wheat flour
2 teaspoons of salt
2 dl yogurt
2 tablespoons of oil
8 cloves of garlic (can be left out)
1 bunch cilantro (can be left out)
- Mix dry yeast, sugar and warm finger water in a bowl. Set aside and let stand for about 10 minutes (there should be foam on top)
- Take the flour in a pot and add salt to it.
- Add the yeast mixture, yogurt, oil and lukewarm milk. Mix into a dough.
- Knead the dough for about 4-5 minutes until it is smooth and fine.
- Lubricate the dough in a bowl with a small amount of oil. Cover and let rise for about 1.5-2 hours.
- Mince 8 cloves of garlic and mince green coriander. Place two piles on a plate and set aside.
- Divide the dough into 12 parts. Roll the pieces into balls and roll into an oval or round shape (keep the dough under a towel while making the bread).
- Sprinkle some garlic and coriander on the dough and press the spices lightly with a spoon.
- Heat a frying pan with a little oil on a medium/high flame. Put the dough on the frying pan and cook for about 1.5-2 minutes until large bubbles form on the surface.
- Turn the bread over and cook for another 1 minute.
- Place the bread on a plate and spread it with butter. Cover the bread with a towel to prevent it from drying out and to keep it warm.
- Prepare the rest of the bread in the same way. Serve and enjoy!
The amount of flour may vary depending on whether you add the flour to the deciliter measure or whether you take the flour directly from the flour bag.
Start with 9 dl and add a little extra flour if necessary until you get a dough that is not too sticky (it shouldn’t be too dry, just a little sticky).
If you don’t want to add garlic and cilantro, you can easily leave it out.
More about Naan Bread
Naan is an Indian flatbread traditionally cooked in a tandoor (clay oven). It is pressed and baked on the wall of the oven, which gives the bread a good taste.
The loaves are about 1 cm thick and can be both round and oval. They are made from wheat flour, yeast and milk or yogurt, which make the bread fuller.
Naan bread can be served on its own or with various spices, such as garlic and black cumin.
In India, people eat with their hands, after which bread is often used to sift the food instead of cutlery.
How long does bread last?
After baking, cover the breads with a towel so that they do not dry out and harden. If you have bread left over after dinner, you can freeze it.
It is best to freeze the finished breads without spices, so they will last in the freezer for 2-3 months. One tip is to place the bread in the middle of the parchment paper so they don’t stick together.
I have also tried freezing bread for a few days on top of garlic and cilantro. They still taste great when I reheated them!
What is naan bread good for?
Naan goes well with most Indian dishes. Goes well with Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken and Rogan Joshi, among others.
Have you tried my recipe? Please leave a comment!