Overhead shot of a stack of naan bread, freshly grilled, on a beige napkin.
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The BEST Homemade Naan Bread

You're looking at the The Best Homemade Naan Bread. An extra soft naan, that's slightly doughy and pillowy, just as we like it. Serve this with soups, your favorite curry recipe, and practically anything else. You can't go wrong!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: best homemade naan, naan bread
Servings: 10 naan
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 3 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup plain, full-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2-3 tablespoons) - plus more for rolling out
  • melted butter - to add after cooking, optional


  • Activate the yeast. In a large standing mixer (or you can make this by hand too), combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Stir with a spatula and wait for the mixture to get bubbly.
  • Add the yogurt, olive oil, and salt, and stir again. Then attach dough hook, and start adding flour. Start with two cups of flour, and then mix. Continuing adding more flour, a little at a time, until you get the right consitency. The dough should start pulling away from the sides of the mixer, and it should be just slightly sticky.
  • Remove the dough to a greased bowl, and shape it into a ball. Cover with a clean dish towel, and set it aside to double in size in a warm corner of your kitchen. This will take approximately one hour.
  • Sprinkle some flour on a clean working surface, like a large cutting board or a baking mat. Place the dough on top of the flour, and slice it in approximately 10 wedges.
  • Preheat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat on your stove top.
  • Meanwhile, roll out one naan at a time, using a rolling pin (and some flour) to get a very thin, flat shape. (See blog pictures.) Carefully lift the naan to the hot grill pan. Cook on one side for a minute or two. You should see bubbles forming on this first side. Then flip and cook on the other side for 30 seconds to a minute, or until nice and golden brown.
  • Remove grilled naan to a clean towel, and immediately brush some butter on top. Continue rolling out one naan at a time and grilling, until all naan breads are done and piled up high on the towel.
  • Serve immediately (you won't be able to resist them!) or let cool, and store in a storage bag or airtight container.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg