Naan is like the Indian version of pita….except it is WAY better! For starters, I can make it from start to finish in under an hour and a half. I made a batch of this for dinner, for Jorge and I, and when I sat down with the Naan at the table I felt like Carrie when she was in Paris.


(By the way, I NEED this dress. And while we are speaking of NEEDing clothing I also MUST HAVE these shoes.)


I had all this deliciousness in front of me and I had one big dog Jorge eyeballing my beautiful, warm, delicious Naan. This Naan was absolutely fabulous with the Green Chicken Curry I served it with (which I will be sharing on Wednesday). This made for a perfect Saturday night dinner and it really felt like I was bringing  a little of India into my kitchen! As for the recipe, if you are one of the people who change their mind about making a recipe because it calls for yeast…please don’t do that with this one! It truly is incredibly easy! I think this may actually be the easiest yeast recipe I have ever made. Give it a try and I promise you will be throwing this into your weekly meal plans!





Yield: 8 Naan


1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup Chobani Greek fat free plain yogurt
1 large egg
olive oil for cooking (you can use butter if you prefer)


In a large bowl, stir together the water, yeast and sugar and let stand for 5 minutes, until foamy.

Stir in the flour, salt, oil, yogurt and egg and stir, then knead until you have a soft, pliable dough. Cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled in size; about an hour.

Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces and on a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece into a thin circle or oval.

Cook each naan in a nice hot skillet drizzled with oil (just a teeny tiny bit--you're not frying it) until blistered and cooked, flipping as necessary. (When the surface has big blisters and is golden on the bottom, flip it over and cook until golden on the other side.

Adapted from: Tahera Rawji as seen on The Little Red House


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32 Responses to “Naan!”

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    joudie's Mood Food — August 30, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    Naan is also my favourite bread and i love to eat it with everything. I have made naan over and over and also have a great recipe. Lovely post. And ps. I also really want that dress!!!!

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    Emily — August 30, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    OH MY GOODNESS. This looks delicious…and so easy! We love the Carrie pic too. Even more than the dress, how adorable is that dog?! Thanks for including us in this scrumptious meal!

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    kitchen flavours — August 30, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    The naan looks gorgeous! And it is great with any curry! Looking forward to your green chicken curry!

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    Brenda — August 30, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    I love naan but have never made it. This looks like the perfect recipe. I’m going to make this this week, can’t wait. Thanks for sharing!

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    TheKitchenWitch — August 30, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    Naan is my favorite of all of the Indian breads, hands down. Oddly, we can get a really good pre-made naan at our SuperTarget!? Good for you for making your own.

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    Christine — August 30, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    I’ve never actually had naan – but I decided to add an Indian dish to my menu this week and will be making this to go along with it! Thanks!

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    Irene — August 30, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    Love this! It would be so easy to make this with variations like garlic or maybe stuff it with cooked lamb… yuuum!

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    Christy — August 30, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    I will be trying this soon. But, now that you aren’t afraid of yeast, try this french bread recipe.

    You won’t be sorry. I promise!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 30, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    I KNOW someday, I’ll find the time to make this! YUM! Looks divine. I’ve done homemade pita, but not naan. I’m sure it’d be similar.

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    Mrs. Mayhem — August 31, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    We love naan in our house! My husband has made it many times, but he hasn’t found a recipe that is just right. I’ll print this and pass it on to him. How exciting! Thanks!

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    tasteofbeirut — August 31, 2010 @ 10:49 am


    I beg to differ about the pita: nothing beats a swollen (extra-puffy) pita coming out of the neighborhood oven; OK maybe I am prejudiced.
    But to show you I am not, I am going to make these naans tomorrow, albeit with a twist and let you know how much I liked them !

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    Robyn — September 2, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    Oooh! I’ve been wanting to make naan for forever! this has kicked me in the butt

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    Sabrina — September 19, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I made these naans today for the first time. I have to say I always had a fear of handling dough. The naan came out FANTASTIC!!! My husband and I could not stop eating them.

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    Odette — September 29, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    I’ve had this recipe/post bookmarked for a while and just now attempted to try it…So far so good…the dough is rising & I can’t wait to taste it with my rice, lentils & curry chicken dinner tonight! I’ll let ya know how good it is later đŸ˜‰

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    Odette — September 29, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    Just wanted to say the Naan turned out great….and so easy! Everyone loved it…I will be making it again & again. Yum!

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    Sueann — October 9, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    My boyfriend who is really bad at following directions was able to put this together and it turned out fluffy and nice! Thank you!!~~

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    Andrea — November 12, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    I just found your site while looking for a recepy for Naan bread so I printed it and made it ASAP. It is amazing!!Merci

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    Caitlin — December 19, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    I’ve used this recipe twice to make egg, cheese and turkey sandwiches for breakfast on the weekends and the naan is wonderful. Very easy to make and not too finicky like a lot of yeast bread recipes can be. Thank you for sharing!


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    snippets of thyme — March 20, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    Hello! I love your blog. I have been trying to get my photos published on FoodGawker and have been miserably failing! I did get one published. It takes so much time to cook and photography to end up in a “rejection”. Anyway, I’m still having fun so I’m going to forge ahead.

    We live in a subdivision with many Indian families. I smelled Indian aromas wafting in tonight. I am planning on attempting an Indian menu and was looking for naan bread. Here you have it! Thank you, I’ll follow your recipe next weekend and try it out.

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    Lisa C — April 19, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I’m a couple of years behind but I’m going to try this and the green chicken curry – sounds absolutely fabulous – as all your recipes do!

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    Angel T. — January 8, 2014 @ 12:45 am

    Oh my! This recipe was SO good! My naan turned out soft on the inside and nice and crispy outside. My dream of making the perfect naan has finally come true!

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