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Perfect naan. Chewy, tender, perfect with Indian dishes. // 40 ApronsI know.

I know.

How could I leave a rich, saucy butter chicken recipe here last week without naan to scoop up a perfectly balanced bite of rice to chicken to sauce? To tear off into pieces and nosh on while the butter chicken simmers? To sop up what’s destined to be very little left in your bowl of this warmly spiced, creamy dish?

Perfect naan. Chewy, tender, perfect with Indian dishes. // 40 ApronsUgh! Mean mommy. Mean, mean mommy. Mean, mean mommy who doesn’t let Leo rock out on his kick ‘n play piano at 3 a.m. Mean, mean mommy who doesn’t know how to telepathically anticipate how many seconds Leo will be happy with any given activity lately. Mean, mean mommy!

Perfect naan. Chewy, tender, perfect with Indian dishes. // 40 ApronsOK, but seriously, we’re in what’s called the 4-month sleep regression, which is basically when your sweet, sleeping-through-the-night baby starts waking up like 4 times a night and you want to kill someone–preferably whoever told you it gets “better” at 3 months. And we’re also in what’s called a Wonder Weeks leap, which is essentially a cognitive growth spurt. They’re fascinating! You can see the little ones learning so many new things during these times, which are weirdly precise and accurate, but they also happen to practice these new skills like.. in the middle of the night. Not even joking. And they get pretty upset easily because, whoa, the world as they knew it just changed, and wouldn’t that be scary to you, too? Oh, and so I’ve been carrying him a ton, because he tends to like that for at least, you know, four or five minutes, and that’s caused some plugged ducts in my little erm, milk area, and those have caused fevers and chills and basically me freaking out that I have mastitis which, of course, is.. boob flu. Oh, and pretty sure Leo is teething. So.. give mean mommy a break you guys. Also, please send wine.

Perfect naan. Chewy, tender, perfect with Indian dishes. // 40 ApronsUh.. where were w–right! I know; it was unfair to leave you naan-less with a dish that so demands the tender loaves. I’ve made and shared naan recipes before–specifically this whole wheat naan–but for my father-in-law’s birthday I decided to go with a traditional all-purpose flour recipe that leavens the flatbread properly: no yeast, just yogurt. That makes it super simple and straightforward! I won’t lie and say it’s no work at all, because you do have to section out the dough and roll it and give it the stove-and-oven treatment, but it’s not a complicated task. And it’s really, really worth it.

Perfect naan. Chewy, tender, perfect with Indian dishes. // 40 ApronsYou’ll love this recipe because it’s almost as good as the Indian joint–almost–which is saying a lot considering you probably don’t have a tandoor in your backyard. It’s tender and chewy but with that lovely crisp edge you get from the high heat. It also doubles as utensils, for the truly committed among us. And at our dinner table, especially when the ol’ father-in-law is around, if you’re not eating your food with your naan, you’re just not doing it right.

Make this!

Recipe By: pattikay in LA
4.84 from 6 votes

Perfect Naan

Prep 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 1 hour 40 minutes
Tender, chewy naan. Just like the Indian restaurants--perfect with any saucy Indian dish.
10 pieces


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plain yogurt (the recipe calls for low-fat but I used regular full-fat)


  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the yogurt till the dough is too stiff for a spoon, then knead it in the bowl till it holds together well, adding more flour if necessary. Turn it out on a floured surface and continue kneading for about 5 minutes till the dough feels smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball and put it in an oiled bowl, covered with a towel, to rest for an hour or longer.
  • Take the dough out and cut it into 10 equal pieces. Form each into a ball and press the balls flat into round discs.
  • Heat a large frying pan or griddle, either seasoned cast iron or a good non-stick finish. Heat your oven to about 500 or have the broiler on.
  • Take 1 piece of dough at a time and roll it out on a floured surface till it is about 8-10 inches across and less than 1/4 inch thick. Lay it on the hot griddle and cook it over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until it puffs up in places or all over. There will be some blackish-brown spots on the bottom.
  • Slide a spatula under the naan and transfer it to the oven, directly onto the rack, for a minute or two, just till it finishes puffing up into a balloon and begins to color lightly on top. Remove naan from the oven and brush it lightly with melted butter if you like.
  • Continue this way with all the dough, stacking the breads into a napkin-lined basket. Serve the breads hot, fresh from the oven, or let them cool and wrap them up. To reheat, wrap them in aluminum foil, in packets of 4 or 5 breads and put them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
We also froze cooled naans and reheated them--worked very well.
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Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 10gCalories: 212calProtein: 7gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 256mgPotassium: 170mgTotal Carbs: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gNet Carbs: 40gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
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Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. I have tried to make restaurant naan many times with different recipes. This is the first time I have been delighted with the outcome. You have done well….5 stars

  2. Love this recipe with your butter chicken—I’ve made it twice a month for MONTHS now and my kids adore it.

    I use 10% fat Greek yogurt (we’re in Europe). I’ve found it’s the best option for this, the lower fat ones never seem to work for me. I also let it sit until it’s truly room temperature. The cold yogurt seems to delay the beautiful puffing of the naan.4 stars

    1. Hahaha! Perfect emoji to express my feelings towards naan.. Have you ever tried peshwari naan? I swear it is game-changing.. nay, LIFE-changing. OMG.5 stars

  3. You really could give any Indian food place a run for their money. You would put them out of business. Great looking photos and I will have to try to make it myself! 🙂5 stars

  4. Hooray! So happy to read you, Cheryl. I’m sending boxes of wine and a baby sitter to you! hehe… Love this recipe and it’s so beautifully photographed.. as you always inspire me! I’ve never ever made naan.. and I just don’t know why. It’s soooo good. I know what recipe to grab when I do! Thank you my dear! xo

    1. Thanks Traci! 🙂 I definitely need cases and cases of wine.. or at least lots of naan to eat my feelings, ha! You seriously need to make naan at home, though. It’s so overpriced out at the store and never even close to as good.5 stars

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