Posted: April 29, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Bread, Dinner, Indian Food
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Naan is a thick flat indian bread, which is cooked in a tandoor. Tandoor is a clay oven used in cooking and baking, this commonly used in South and middle eastern Asian countries. The heat for tandoor is traditionally generated by a charcoal fire or wood fire, inside the tandoor itself and the food is cooked exposing to live-fire. It really gives a wonderful and rustic smell to the food.

Naan is typically made by mixing all-purpose flour with salt, yeast culture and yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough. Every Indian restaurants serves this flat bread with different exotic side dishes.



I wanted to make naan at home since long, but some or the other way it didn’t happen. So, when I saw this posting at Soma’s blog, I couldn’t resist any further.. Hence decided to make some naan for ourselves.




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 warm water
  • 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 1/2 tablespoon thick yogurt


  •  Mix active dry yeast and honey in lukewarm water and let it sit for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  •  Add salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well. Add the oil and yogurt  to the flour and combine everything together.After incorporating the ingredients you will have a crumbly dough.
  •  Now slowly add the water/yeast mixture and knead the dough until it is smooth and soft. Coat a big bowl with olive oil, drop in the dough, and turn it to oil it all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  •  Punch down the risen dough and knead briefly. Gently press and stretch it into an evenly flat round and divide the dough into 5 equal triangles.
  •  Brush the top slightly with oil and keep aside to rise once again.
  •  When you ready to serve, heat a heavy bottom flat pan over high heat.Roll each slice in triangle-shaped bread and brush one side with water and place the water side down on to the skillet.
  • Cover with a lid immediately. You will see the top of the naan bubbling because of the steam getting gathering inside. After a minute or so, flip naan to other side and let it cook for few seconds and then with help of tongs expose the side to direct flame and cook for half a second or so or until you get some desired burned flames marks.
  • Brush butter on the naan and sprinkle some nigella seeds and finely chopped cilantro leaves on top.  Keep it in a foil lined with kitchen towel. Cover the foil and follow the same method to complete the rest of the slices.
  • Serve hot with  dish of your choice. Enjoy!!


  1. kshipra says:

    Looks so tempting and beautiful clicks dear.

  2. Raina says:

    I have always wanted to try making this. Thanks for the recipe and the excellent instruction too:)

  3. That is one delish looking naan and I could eat a whole pile of yours just on it’s own 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  4. Katerina says:

    Your naan looks absolutely irresistible. I agree with Juliana, I could perfectly eat it by itself without anything else!

  5. daksha says:

    They look yumm!-super like!

  6. Zareena says:

    Hi Suman, Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments. You have a wonderful space dear.
    I loved this version of making naan on a tawa.

  7. Shri says:

    OMG, that bread looks delicious!!

  8. Juliana says:

    I love the texture of naan, and yours look delicious. I could just eat it without anything…
    Have a great week Suman 🙂

  9. RS says:

    Awesome and fabulous looking naan…making me hungry 🙂

  10. sonia says:

    Hi Suman, The Naans are looking SO GUD ! Loved the recipe, it is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  11. oohhhh… I can almost feel the taste just by looking at it!! Amazing photograph!

  12. Ah honey for yeast! wow very interesting! and making with olive oil it can’t get any better! Super!

  13. Looking so delicious! I made naan at home for the 1st time recently and it was yummy but I prefer recipes using yeast and not just baking powder like yours 🙂

  14. SinFoodie says:

    Gorgeous Looking naans !!They have come out so good!

  15. Sarah says:

    wow! Naan on a skillet?! tht’s simply superb!! love it!

  16. It turned out perfect and yummy! Just need a bowl of spicy gravy to go with them…

  17. rani says:

    Wonderful looking Nan,delicious and yummy!You have nice space.Lovely collection of recipes.Thanks for your sweet words in my blog.

  18. Mary says:

    I love naan and yours really looks wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  19. I love naan; when I am at a good Indian restaurant I end up eating so many versions I lose appetite for the main course! Yours looks so moist and delish!

  20. Simply Life says:

    I am definitely saving this recipe -this looks incredible! Do you use plain greek yogurt?

  21. kankana says:

    this is JOB WELL DONE! I think anybosy who can make naan at home that good is awsm 🙂

  22. Suja Sugathan says:

    Perfect and delicious naan,makes me hungry..lovely clicks dear.

  23. Sobha Shyam says:

    The naan looks perfect..awesome…please send me some for my dinner tonite 🙂
    I wasnt able to follow u..figured it out finally today…now a follower..!!

  24. These Nan look so perfect and yum.I am bookmarking this.Thank you dear for sharing this.

  25. Priya says:

    Naan looks marvellous..

  26. naan have come out perfectly – very tempting pics 🙂

  27. Deepa says:

    Mouthwatering and wholesome looking Naan dear. Looks excellent.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  28. Panchpakwan says:

    Wow so perfect and inviting naan..

  29. Nandini says:

    Very perfect naans…All I need is butter chicken to finish it up!

  30. Rumana Rawat says:

    What a beautiful nan… i want to eat now:)

  31. aipi says:

    Perfectly made naans- so soft n inviting! Homemade is always the best na..
    US Masala

  32. Vardhini says:

    Yum yum Naan .. I have made naan in the oven. Got to try it on the stove top.


  33. Vimitha says:

    Lovely and tempting indian bread. Love it anytime with any side dishes…

  34. That looks perfect and delicious…

  35. Rosa says:

    Your naans are splendid and ever so tempting!



  36. biny anoop says:

    wow awesome naan…a perfect curry wud do justice to it

  37. Raji says:

    Naan and some kofta is what I am craving now…these look perfect.

  38. Joanne says:

    I would really truly love a tandoor…although this naan looks so good even though it wasn’t made in one! Actually…I’d rather just have this naan.

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