Easy naan bread recipe: from my Indian mum

naan bread recipe

The best recipes are those passed down from generation to generation. Tried and tested, this easy naan bread recipe – a beloved Indian staple, comes straight from my mum’s kitchen!

Today, billions of people around the world are lighting diyas (lighted lamps), drawing vibrant rangolis (beautiful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers), and having the craic over festive snacks and sweets as we speak, celebrating Diwali!

celebration of diwali

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is undoubtedly one of the most auspicious Indian festivals. It is a celebration of good triumphing over evil, and of worshipping Kali, the destroyer of evil forces, in my hometown of Kolkata, Bengal.

As an Indian girl brought up in a traditional Hindu household, I’m delighted to share my mother’s naan bread recipe with you. This recipe is my favourite (of course I may be a little biased!) but it’s so delicious and easy to make that I’m 99% sure it will be your favourite too!

Why don’t you give it a try!

Naan Bread Recipe

Eaten warm with your favourite curry, these naan breads are delicious and extremely versatile
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: 6 Naan


  • 300 g bread flour strong
  • 130+20 ml water
  • 70 g plain yogurt unsweetened
  • 5 g dried yeast
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted ghee for brushing

Allergens: Gluten, Milk


    • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and 20 ml of warm water: stir until the yeast is dissolved. Wait 5-10 minutes before combining this mixture with the other ingredients.
    • Place all the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl, then combine them with the yeast mixture.
    • Add the yogurt into the bowl and mix well with a spoon, then start adding the water in small additions. You may need to use a little bit more or less water.
    • Mix the dough with a spoon until it starts to come together, then use your hands and knead the dough for 1-2 minutes. Use 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil to help you to shape the final result. The dough should be very soft but not sticky and it should be easy to form a ball with it.
    • Shape the dough into a ball, cover it with a little bit of olive oil and leave it to rest in a large bowl for approx. 1 hour (cover the bowl with reusable wrap or a damp towel).
    • Divide the dough into 6-7 small balls and place them on a baking tray or wooden board dusted with flour. Cover the balls of dough with a clean kitchen towel.
    • Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
    • Take one portion of dough at a time and roll it into an oval shape. While you can decide how you want to shape your naan, each piece should not be too thin.
    • Cook your naan for 4-5 minutes or until well cooked through and charred in patches. Turn the naan a couple of times. brush the naan with melted ghee before cooking it.
    • Once each piece of naan is cooked, brush it with melted ghee. Keep the naan in a dish lined with a clean kitchen towel. Best served fresh.


    For this naan recipe, you can use plain flour, too. Bread flour has a higher gluten content compared to plain flour, so the final result will have a nicer texture (chewy and elastic).

    For a gluten-free version of this bread, check out this recipe.

    Easily freeze naan bread :

    Once it’s cooked and it has cooled down completely. Place the naan on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a reusable baking pad. Ensure the pieces of cooked naan are not touching, then place the tray in the freezer.

    After 2-3 hours, remove the tray from the freezer and place the naan into a freezer-friendly container (for example, large reusable silicone food storage bags). Don’t forget to label your container and use the naan within 2 months.

    The best way to defrost naan :

    Involves a gradual defrosting: move the container from the freezer to the fridge and, after 6-8 hours, reheat the naan in a pan or in the oven.

    This easy recipe is sure to make you a Jack of all trades and master of naan. Serve generously drizzled with ghee (my mom will have it no other way) alongside a delicious butter chicken!

    easy naan bread recipe

    Happy Diwali from me and mine, to you and yours!

    – Shree

    Team Eatto

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