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Homemade Naan Flatbread

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Homemade Naan Flatbread is great for soaking up dipping sauces. It also makes a superb pizza crust, gyro wrap, and so much more.

tray of naan

Naan Flatbread is a delicious yeast dough flatbread made with flour, egg, and yogurt. This recipe is soft and fluffy making them perfect for absorbing sauces, dips, and my favorite—garlic butter! Naan also makes great pizza crusts and taco “shells”. I use the when making Lamb Tacos and the absolute best Pesto Shrimp Pizza.

What you need to make Naan Flatbread

naan ingredients

All-purpose flour
Instant yeast
Egg
Water
Yogurt
Olive oil
Salt
Food scale, optional
Rolling pin
Plastic wrap
Baking sheet
Cast-iron skillet

yogurt with eggs

The ingredients are pretty basic and pulling this recipe together is a breeze. Using instant yeast cuts the waiting time down to a fraction. The difference between this dough and other types of flatbread is the richness from add yogurt and eggs. Blending them together with the olive oil before adding the water is crucial. This makes a natural emulsifier that keeps the flatbread soft and fluffy.

How to make Naan

adding water to flour

Stir together 2 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and instant yeast. In a separate smaller bowl, beat the egg, yogurt, and olive oil until creamy and the egg is fully incorporated. Make a hole in the flour and pour both the water and egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon or dough hooks on a mixer, work to form a soft dough. If the dough is still too soft, add the remaining flour by the tablespoon as needed. 

floured naan dough

Spill the dough onto a floured surface to knead for a few minutes into a ball. The dough should be soft and smooth. Place the ball into an oiled bowl to rise for 20-30 min.

weighing dough

Once risen, punch it down and divide the dough into 8 pieces of equal size. Shape into balls then cover them with plastic wrap until ready to roll into discs.

flatbread disc cooked in a skillet

Heat a generously oiled cast-iron skillet over med-high heat. Roll each piece into 6-inch circles just before cooking. Add pieces one at a time turning once you notice large bubbles.

butter brushed flatbread

Remove when it’s golden brown with small spots of char. Serve with generous amounts of garlic butter.

How to make Garlic Butter

butter garlic with spices

Of course flatbread is delicious on its own or brushed and dipped in homemade garlic-butter. To make garlic butter ad together in a microwave safe dish, 4 tablespoons of salted butter with 3-4 finely grated garlic cloves, a pinch each of red pepper flakes, dried parsley, and kosher salt. Heat on high in 30 then 15 second intervals for 2-2 1/2 minutes. The butter will melt slowly warming the garlic without scorching it.

Recipes to serve with Naan

naan dipped in butter garlic sauce

Serve naan as the perfect toast point for my Warm Artichoke Spinach Dip. Brush the flatbread with garlic butter, cut them into wedges, and bake at 325 degrees on a baking sheet for 5 minutes or until toasty.

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butter brushed flatbread
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Homemade Naan Flatbread

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Homemade Naan Flatbread is great for soaking up dipping sauces. It also makes a superb pizza crust, gyro wrap, and so much more.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour more for rolling
  • 1 pk instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/3 c yogurt
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Instructions

  • Stir together 2 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and instant yeast. In a separate smaller bowl, beat the egg, yogurt, and olive oil until creamy and the egg is fully incorporated.
  • Make a hole in the flour and pour both the water and egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon or dough hooks on a mixer, work to form a soft dough. If the dough is still too soft, add the remaining flour by the tablespoon as needed.
  • Scoop the dough onto a floured surface to knead for a few minutes into a ball. The dough should be soft and smooth. Place the ball into an oiled bowl to rise for 20-30 min. Once risen, punch it down and divide the dough into 8 pieces of equal size. Shape into balls then cover with plastic wrap until ready to roll into discs.
  • Heat a generously oiled cast-iron skillet over med-high heat. Roll each piece into 6-inch circles just before cooking. Add pieces one at a time turning once you notice large bubbles. Remove when it’s golden brown with small spots of char. Serve warm with garlic-butter (see post for recipe).

Notes

Adapted from Budget Bytes

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 2mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: flat bread, naan
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Ty

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    cant wait to make some of your recipes. Can I freeze the naan uncooked or should I cook then then freeze.Thanks for your reply❤️

    1. Hi! Yes you can freeze most yeast dough. I would diced the dough into 8 balls them flash freeze them on a baking sheet before storing them in a freezer bag. You can also freeze the cooked breads. Stack them in a freezer bag, release all the air before sealing. Both should keep for weeks.

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