Homemade Naan Recipe

Homemade naan recipe stacked on a plate

We love this delicious, simple homemade naan recipe! My kids frequently request it (and butter chicken).

Now, let’s get one thing straight. I’m not naive enough to think this is like what you’d get living in India or at an Indian restaurant but it’s still absolutely amazing and beats anything you can buy at the grocery store. (I’ve tried the premade kind from a large supermarket grocery store and was not impressed 😉 )

plate of cooked homemade naan

I love breads. Naan might top the list for me. I’ve been known on multiple occasion to go to an Indian restaurant and only order naan. On vacation one year, I saw in Indian option in a mall food court. Of course, I had to order naan. I don’t think the poor man could handle the thought of us sitting there eating plain naan and sent out a bowl of chicken curry as well. I didn’t complain about that all!

If you enjoy naan or even if you just enjoy bread, I hope that you’ll make this recipe! It’s perfect with butter chicken or a curry dish. It would also make a great wrap for sandwiches (check out this recipe for an Indian themed chicken sandwich), naan pizza, or even to snack on plain.

homemade naan dough balls resting on a plate

After kneading the dough together, you let it double in size and then divide into balls. Cover with a towel and again let them double in size.

homemade naan rolled out

After that second resting period, get your grill or skillet heating up and start rolling out your naan into circular or oblong shapes! Then then you are able to cook and enjoy this homemade naan recipe!

Garlic also makes a fantastic addition to naan! If garlic is your thing, be sure to turn this into a garlic naan recipe by microplaning or finely mincing some fresh garlic and kneading it into the dough. You can also infuse the butter you brush on top of the naan with garlic – perfection!


close up shot of a stack of homemade naan

Homemade Naan Recipe

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Homemade Naan Recipe
Serves: 16 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3½ cups flour
  • Optional - 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 2-4 tablespoons melted butter
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit until frothy.
  2. Add milk, baking soda, egg (poke the yoke several times after you add it to the bowl), salt, sugar, and 1 cup of flour.
  3. Add enough of the reminder of the flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover bowl and let rise until double in size. (Around 1 hour)
  5. If adding garlic, knead into the dough now. (Can also add to just part of the dough)
  6. Divide dough into 16 balls, cover with a towel and allow to double in size. (Around 30 minutes)
  7. Roll each ball into a fairly thin circle.
  8. Preheat grill or skillet (stainless steel or cast iron) to medium high. Make sure it's good and hot.
  9. Before cooking, turn heat to medium low.
  10. To cook, brush one side of naan with butter. Put buttered side down onto grill or skillet. It should bubble up right away. Brush top side with butter. One side will be done in a minute or two.
  11. Watch carefully - you don't want to over cook. When the bottom is golden brown in spots, flip and cook the other side.
  12. When finished, remove and stack on a plate. Cover with a towel to keep warm until all the naan in finished.

stack of simple and delicious homemade naan!



Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

Here it is after being cooked on the grill.

Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

This is when it’s cooked in a skillet.

Originally published March 12, 2014

31 thoughts on “Homemade Naan Recipe

  1. Keri @ Growing in His Glory

    Our whole family loves Naan. I didn’t realize naan was Indian until reading your post. I’d always thought it was Greek, but I guess that’s pita bread. Anyway, we eat Naan with Greek foods too 🙂 I make it on a preheated stone placed in the oven so that it sizzles when you pour the dough on. My recipe uses Greek yogurt which I also use to make Tzatziki sauce to go with our gyros. Okay, I’m drooling now. I need to make some Naan next week and I really liked the sound of your Butter Chicken. May need to invest in some Indian spices 🙂

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Naan is soooo good! So glad to hear that you guys already eat it, most people haven’t. You should share your naan recipe, I’m really curious to see it. Tzatziki is so tasy too. I’m putting Greek salad on our menu sometime this month and I can’t wait. Garam Masala is tasty! It’s also a fun spice to put on a tomato basil type salad to give it a different twist. If we were neighbors, I’d send you some over to try the butter chicken with. 🙂

  2. Carrie Groneman

    Hello my friend, I stopped by to see what you’re up to and how you’re doing. I cannot believe how closely we think! I am making naan and chicken marsala – but I won’t put them up for a few months now, heehee. Yours looks awesome!! Hope y’all have had a chance to rest up and have a great weekend. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Hello, Carrie! I made it through the membership drive kickoff dessert reception this afternoon!!! Yay! I have until the 3rd of April before a few more busy days with that. LOVE that you were making Indian as well – it’s sooo good. I can’t wait to see your recipes now. Yummy! I’m hoping to catch up on blogging stuff, craft projects, and house stuff this week – I’m looking forward to it. Hope that your weekend went well and that the little granddaughter and hubby are doing well.

  3. Kim Adams Morgan

    Stopping in from Mama Moments. We love Naan and used to eat it all the time. I’m wondering if there is a gluten free option or if it can be found with sprouted grains now. I have just started this new elimination diet and believe I will need to stick to it (food allergies) – I’ll need to do some research on Naan.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      I’m so bummed! I saw a gluten free naan recipe shared on Facebook from one of the blogs I follow but I forgot to pin it and of course now I can’t remember which it was. I did a quick google search and there are recipes out there for gluten free naan, unfortunately I didn’t know which ones are actually good. Yesterday we started wheat free until Easter to see if it helps my 10 month old’s eczema. If you try a gluten free naan recipe, let me know how it goes!

  4. Julia

    This sound so easy to make! I always get store bought, but I am going to try this! Stopping by from Recipe Sharing Monday. Would love if you would come link up on my Tasty Tuesday party tomorrow!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      It is really easy and so tasty! I like it a lot better than the store bought I’ve tried. You’ll have to let me know what your family thinks of it. Thanks for sharing about your party – I’m going to try and remember to come over.

  5. Tanya @ Kentucky Sketches

    Your post caught my eye because I just recently discovered Naan bread, and LOVE it! My kids eat it with meals like a roll and I love it as a personal-size pizza crust. I looked at recipes, but most of them were pretty complicated. This one looks much simpler.

    Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning! 🙂

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Isn’t naan fabulous! We love it as well. They do make the perfect sized pizza. This recipe really isn’t hard at all. The most time consuming part it the rolling and cooking since they cook so quickly you have to stand right there but even that isn’t bad. Thanks for pinning. You’ll have to let me know how you guys like it!

  6. Cathy

    This naan looks great, I always thought that it would be difficult to make and now I know it’s seems easy! Checking this out from pin it Thursday 🙂

  7. Cheryl

    I stopped by from The Weekend ReTreat because I’ve always wanted to try Naan. Thanks for the recipe, I am saving it to my yumprint.com bread cookbook and pinning it right away! HUGS

  8. Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life

    Hi Deanna! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. I am so excited to see your recipe for Naan flatbread. It is a new discovery for me, but my family loves to use it on pizza night for our crusts. We each get our own flatbread and then I toss out all the ingredients and the kids make their own pizzas. No complaints when they make their own and I know all the ingredients are good for them because I picked them out. I like a whole wheat Naan. Do you think I would have to modify this recipe much? I’ll have to experiment soon.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Naan is fabulous and so versatile! They make tasty wraps too. I haven’t tried it whole wheat yet, but I imagine you could do at least partially whole wheat easily. Might need a little more water. You’ll have to let me know what happens if you try it.

  9. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    I love eating Naan, especially with hummus! Good stuff. I have been tempted to try and make it but was always afraid I would mess it up somehow. I can cook traditional Irish breads all day long, but step outside my box and fear sets in. This looks easy enough and pretty yummy!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      He he. I hear you. Bread is amazing stuff. It’s a little painful to be looking at all of these that are posting now that we are trying wheat free for a month.

  10. Nicky

    We all enjoy naan bread. We eat it with hummus and dip to making wraps with it. A grilled pizza the second night is a a great way to use any leftovers.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party. I look forward to your articles and recipes. I pinned this to our party board.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Naan is soooo good! Love finding other people that enjoy it as well. It does make some amazing wraps. Mmmmm. So good. Now I really want to eat some fresh naan! Thanks for your sweet comment, Nicky, and for hosting!


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