Easy Naan Recipe

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Quick, delicious, and versatile, this easy Naan Bread recipe uses only two ingredients and will surely be your new favorite pita bread! Made with just self-rising flour and sour cream, its rich flavor and chewy texture make it a wonderful addition to just about any meal.

Serve nan bread with this Instant Pot Butter Chicken and a side of biryani – it’s a perfect Indian-inspired dinner.

Stacked naan bread served on a plate.


 

If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, just like I am, you know that enjoying Naan bread is an essential part of the experience. This chewy flatbread isn’t just incredibly tasty, but it’s also the perfect companion for a hearty dish of curry, kebabs, soups, etc. Indian restaurants often serve fresh, warm naan, and now you can enjoy that same deliciousness with homemade naan bread right in your own kitchen.

What makes my recipe a standout winner is its simplicity and the fact that you can easily whip it up at home! With just two ingredients, you’ll create a naan with a rich flavor and that beloved pita texture, making it a perfect addition to virtually any meal. No yeast mixture or rising time to deal with.

What Is Naan Bread

Naan is a simple flatbread, similar to pita bread or even tortillas. It’s part of traditional Indian cuisine and is usually made in a clay oven called a tandoor. The dough is kneaded, then shaped, and finally slapped onto the sides of the hot tandoor. They bake up crunchy on the bottom and bubbly on top. They are lightly browned, slightly charred, and utterly delicious!

Naan vs Pita Bread

Pita bread is usually a very basic recipe using just flour, water, yeast, oil, and salt. But Naan bread is enriched with yogurt and sometimes butter and eggs. The result is flavorful and chewy, perfect for eating plain or with an entree.

overhead shot of a stack of naan bread

Ingredients You’ll Need

You’re just a few simple ingredients away from making your own homemade naan recipe. Self-rising flour makes it easy, while sour cream adds moisture and tang. A touch of olive oil and fresh parsley make it complete.

  • Self-Rising Flour: I use self-rising flour to make this a two-ingredient recipe. It already has leaveners (like baking powder) mixed in using the correct ratio, so you can just measure it into your recipe and go. If you would like to use all-purpose flour instead, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/3 teaspoon of salt to 1-1/3 cup all-purpose flour – whisk to combine it all together.
  • Sour Cream: To complete the naan dough, you’ll need 1 cup of sour cream. You can also use yogurt instead.
  • Olive Oil: For brushing.
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley: For garnish.
tearing naan bread with hands

How to Make Naan

I can’t wait for you to see how easy it is to make these two ingredient naan! It is a no-fuss recipe that transforms flour and sour cream into soft, fluffy bread, perfect for pairing with falafel or coconut chickpea curry or making everyday sandwiches and chicken caesar wraps.

  1. Mix the flour and sour cream in your mixer’s bowl at medium-low speed. Once combined, increase the speed to medium and continue to mix for 2 minutes or until a smooth ball forms.
  2. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead it a few times. Shape the dough into a ball, and then cut the dough ball into 8 pieces.
  3. Shape the naan by grabbing a piece of dough, lightly flouring it on all sides, and rolling it out into a circular or oval shape. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle it with flour to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin.
  4. Brush the tops of the rolled-out dough with olive oil. Set a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, and when the pan is hot, pick up a naan and place it in the hot pan, oil side down. Cook for 2 minutes or until the top is bubbly and the bottom is lightly browned. While cooking, brush the opposite side with olive oil.
  5. Flip it over, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until the bottom is browned. Remove and set aside on a plate, and keep covered with a kitchen towel while the remaining pieces are cooking. 

Recipe Tips

  • Self-Rising Flour. This flour already contains baking powder and salt. To easily swap to all-purpose flour in this recipe, mix 2 teaspoons of baking powder and a 1/3 teaspoon of salt into 1-1/3 cups of all-purpose flour. Give it a good whisk, and you’re all set!
  • Sour cream substitute. You can use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It has a great flavor and sturdy thickness, perfect for making these delicious flatbreads.
  • Mix-Ins. You can add almost anything to tasty naan, from roasted garlic to shredded cheese and fresh chives.
  • Brush it with garlic butter. To make garlic naan, combine 4 tablespoons of melted butter with 2 cloves of minced garlic in a bowl. Brush each naan with the garlic butter, then top with the fresh herb of your choice.
  • Skillet choices. While you can make this naan recipe in just about any pan, a cast-iron skillet does a particularly good job! The heavy bottom and great heat conduction do a lot to crisp up the naan. Make sure your skillet is well-seasoned, and get it good and hot.
overhead shot of a stack of naan bread

Serving Suggestions

Although naan are good with just about anything, from soups to hummus to salads, I especially like to serve mine with stews and Indian food, like curries.

Pair them with this Mulligatawny Stew or with my Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken. My Chicken Rogan Josh is amazing, as is this Easy Chicken Tikka Masala. These delicious Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs are fantastic, and this Chicken Korma, too!

How to Store

Store naan in airtight containers or food storage bags at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. I don’t recommend refrigerating quick breads like this one since the refrigerator tends to have a drying effect on homemade bread.

To freeze, let it cool completely, then store the bread in a zip-top bag, pressing out as much air as possible before freezing for up to 2 months.

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Easy Naan Bread

An easy recipe for chewy, richly flavored Naan bread, using just sour cream and flour.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1⅓ cups self-rising flour,, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil,, for brushing
  • chopped fresh parsley,, for garnish
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Instructions 

  • Place the flour and sour cream in your mixer’s bowl. Attach dough hook to your mixer. Set mixer to medium-low speed and mix until combined. You might have to scrape down the flour a couple times. Once combined, increase speed to medium and continue to mix for 2 to 3 minutes, or until a smooth ball forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured-surface; knead the dough a few times with your hands, and then shape it into a ball.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the dough ball into 8 pieces. Grab a piece of dough; lightly flour it on all sides and, using a rolling pin, roll it out into a circular shape. If it’s sticky, add a sprinkle of flour on the dough and the rolling pin.
  • Once rolled out, brush the top of the rolled out dough with olive oil. Set a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and heat it up. When the pan is hot, pick up the rolled out dough and place it in the hot pan, oil side down. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and the bottom is lightly browned. While cooking, brush the opposite side with olive oil.
  • Flip over the flatbread and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until bottom is browned. Remove from pan and set on a plate; keep covered with a kitchen towel. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. Serve right away or store for later.

Notes

  • All-purpose flour can easily replace self-rising flour by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/3 teaspoon of salt into 1-1/3 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • Use plain yogurt if you’re out of sour cream; its rich flavor and thickness make it an excellent substitute for creating scrumptious flatbreads.
  • Enhance your naan by incorporating various ingredients, from roasted garlic to cheese and fresh herbs.
  • To cook naan, use a cast-iron skillet if possible. Its heavy base and excellent heat distribution contribute to achieving that perfect chewy crunch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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67 Comments

  1. Dana G says:

    So yummy and easy! I actually made little individual flatbread pizzas and they turned out amazing! Thank you!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s fantastic to hear! I’m so glad the flatbread pizzas turned out well for you. Enjoy your delicious creation! Thank YOU! 🙂