Friday, August 13, 2010


It is one of the most popular varieties of South Asian Breads. It is considered a typical bread of Northern India and many regions of Afghanistan, Naan Iran, Pakistan, and few regions of Former Russia and china. The popularity of Nann reached many corners of the world and is served in United States, UK, Canada, Australia and served with kebabs and curry.

A typical naan recipe involves mixing white flour (all purpose flour) (maida) with salt, yeast culture, and enough yogurt or milk to make a smooth, elastic dough. The dough is kneaded for a few minutes’ couple of times, then set aside to rise for a few hours. Once risen, the dough is divided into balls (about 100 grams), which are flattened and cooked in Tandoori clay oven. Nigella seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds are commonly added in Naan Breads as cooked in many Indian restaurants throughout the world

Naan Recipe by vahchef

Naan ingredients

All purpose flour- 3 cups, yeast(dry) 1 tsp you could also use fresh Active Yeast ,yogurt or milk to make soft dough , oil- 1 tsp, salt- to taste, sugar ½ tsp

Milk and eggs are used to make the naan bread rich and with more flavor, and in my experience I have found many restaurants in India and abroad use Eggs in making Naan, so make sure to ask the restaurant staff if eggs are being used to make Naan in their Restaurants if you do not eat eggs. You could also use baking powder if yeast is not available.

Basic Naan Recipe

1. Sieve the flour.
2. Now add 1 cup warm water into dry yeast and set aside.
3. Add sugar, oil into salt and mix well with yeast and water.
4. Now add water, milk or yogurt little at a time to make soft dough.
5. If dough sticks to hand too much then use little bit of oil on hand and then punch into dough. .
6. Now to make naan, set oven at broil and roll oval shape out of dough. Then place it into oven and flip it after 2 min. after taking it out apply some butter on them. And they are ready to eat.

Cooking naan

Making naan at home in Gas or electric oven

Its beyond imagination for many to thinking of making Naan at home, but making Naan at home is made easy with Vah chef video on how to make naan without tandoor clay oven. Just watch the video and you will learn to make naan with ease either in gas or electric oven or pressure cooker

Making Naan on Stove top

Indian bread Naan is usually made in tandoor but can also be made on stove top and oven, I find it easy to make naan on stove top and the results are stunning and the bread just melts away with your curry and can be made in minutes without the stress of constant vigil

Pressure Cooker Naan

This is another easier way to make naan at home using the thick walls of pressure cooker, the 15 yr old pressure cooker at my home is only used to make naan, while the recipe remains the same as basic naan recipe, the methods involves heating the pressure cooker without the lid and when hot attach the flattened naan dough to the inner wall of the pressure cooker

Cook till you see wall side dough cooked and turn the cooker upside down and cook the inner side facing the flame ( the dough hitting the flame directly ) the same way we do on the stove top method till you get the desired color – the entire process should not take more than 90 seconds

Naan Video Recipe

Step by Step Instructional Video tutorial on Naan by vahchef sanjay thumma is easy to follow, but I recommend watching the video at least twice and understanding the simple instructions so you get perfect homemade Naan

Naan and Curry

When made perfect I love to eat Naan more than curry or kabobs, but there are many curries that go perfect with Naan, to list few of my favorites Includes

Butter chicken, malai kofta, paneer tikka masala, spicy dal makhani, paneer butter masala, navrattan korma, palak paneer , aloo gobi, matter paneer, methi chaman, any dry kabobs with nice gravy accompaniment will make eating Naan a special meal.

Naan Calories

Calories in naan may vary from 100 to 350 calories per serving based on the recipe used and how rich it is made, if you are calorie conscious just avoid stuffed or buttered naans and just order plain Naan

The calories and nutrition in Indian foods like Roti / Naan / Chapatti / Parathas depend on the way they are cooked. Indian parathas are very high in calories as these are fried in ghee or butter whereas tandoori Naan is baked in tandoor so these are supposed to be low in calories. But this is not so because after baking they are coated with ghee or butter to improve their taste. However, it is possible to have traditional Naans with very less fat and keeping the natural nutrition values and low calories.

Types of naan

Tandoori Naan plain, Butter Naan, Garlic naan, Kashmiri Naan, Pudhina Naan, Masala Naan

Paratha Naan ,Peshawari Naan

There are many naans which fall under catogery of Kulchas (stuffed Naans) such as

Kheema naans, onion and potato kulchas, Paneer naans, and also not to forget unleavened breads such as chapatis, rotis,parathas.

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pavan said...

I tried this Naan recipe , first time only I got good result. Thanku Vahchef.

Kevin J. McQuade said...

Dear Chef, Naan - I see so many variations , with and without yeast, with and without milk, butter, egg, yogurt salt , oil I want the soft naan I get in a good indian rest. Should I use milk and yogurt and egg ? If you use milk do you not use yogurt ? same with the egg? What will give the softest , smooth dough - I make lots of pizza dough and never use anything except flour, water, a little olive oil for authentic neopolitan style pizza - also for best flavor you must ferment the dough at least overnight . ( you can see my breads at :

Chowringhee Lane said...

Step-by-step pictures and content very helpful.. Thanks for sharing... I will definately try it out..
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