Typically made in big hot clay Tandoor ovens, Naan is an Indian bread with signature dark blisters and pockets of air. It’s kinda sorta like pita bread, but has a deeper taste and a softer texture.
I tried Naan for the first time at a restaurant and I could not get over how good it was.
It’s like what pita bread wishes it tasted like.
So, after eating it for about six months I decided to make it.
And damn, it was easy. This was easy like using-a-box-mix easy.
This is on the opposite end of the breadmaking spectrum than, let’s say, Brioche.
Or my failed macarons, FFS.
The taste is outstanding, and once you make it you’ll never spend 5.99 (or whatever it costs where you are) at the grocery store again.
Making these remind me a little of making pancakes.
Once it starts to bubble up on top, it’s time to flip. I used my cast iron skillet, and guess what? You can still get those blisters and air pockets by making them on a hot stove.
It worked beautifully. The first couple of times it was missing something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally, after increasing the sugar just a bit, I was happy with it.
What is in Naan?
- Flour – AP (All Purpose) is the flour I used here, but bread flour apparently yields a fluffier Naan, but I’ve read that it’s a small difference. I’m planning on trying it and I’ll update my results here
- Yeast – You can use the standard yeast, but instant/rapid rise yeast left to do its thing for roughly 10 minutes works with this recipe. If you use the standard and have spectacular results, please tag me and let me know.
- Yogurt – It adds a little tanginess as far as taste, and contributes to the softness of the bread. Do not skip it!
- Sugar, salt, olive oil – Common bread elements needed for structure and richness
- Butter and parsley – For slathering on right out of the oven
What to do with Naan?
- Pair it with Butter Chicken, curries or any main dish you would serve bread with
- Fill it with chicken salad, tuna salad or your favorite sandwich fillings and round it out with Romaine or Arugula, tomatoes and a generous squirt of mayo
- Top it with tomato sauce, cheeses and oregano to make a Naan pizza
- Serve it with spreads or dips like Pomegranate Hummus, Poblano Queso or Hot Salsa Verde
Here’s your printable recipe –