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Naan – Oven Baked Flat Bread

Naan - Oven Baked Flat Bread

Naan - Oven Baked Flat Bread

Naan, the most popular Indian bread in the Western word. Naan can be the main attraction going to an Indian restaurant, naan directly coming from the clay oven “tandoor” taste heavenly. The texture and the earthen aroma from naan! It is so easy to just fall in love with Naan. My naan recipe uses a regular home oven and a clay pizza stone to give the naan same exposer as a clay oven.
4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plain flour, maida
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp oil canola, vegetable
  • 2 ½ Tbsp plain yogurt curd, dahi
  • ¾ cup lukewarm water use as needed

Also needed

  • 1 tsp clarified butter (ghee) to butter the Naan
  • ¼ cup All Purpose flour for rolling


  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Add sugar, salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well.
  • Add the oil and yogurt to make crumbly dough. Add the water/yeast mixture and additional water as needed to make into firm dough. Note: The dough will soften as it rises.
  • Knead the dough until smooth. Cover the dough and keep in a warm place three to four hours, until nearly double in volume.
  • Heat the oven to 500°F with pizza stone (baking stone) approx. thirty minutes, until stone is hot. Using a baking/pizza stone will help to give the naan close to same kind of heat as a clay tandoor. Next turn the oven to high broil.
  • Knead the dough for about one minute. Divide it into six equal parts. Roll each piece of dough, into eight ovals. Dust the surface lightly with dry flour to help with the rolling.
  • Lightly wet your hands and flip the rolled naan between your palms. Place two naan on your baking/pizza stone and put it into the oven.
  • Bake the naan two at a time. The naan will take two to three minutes to cook, depending upon your oven. The baked naan should be golden brown on top.
  • Take naan out of the oven and brush lightly with clear butter or ghee.
  • Wait two to three minutes before baking the next naan to give oven a chance to regain lost heat.


If pizza stone is not available, use baking sheet. If using baking sheet, once the top of the naan is cooked, turn them over to cook on the other side.
Serve naan with popular dishes like Dal Makhani,  Palak Paneer or any vegetable dish.
Keyword Popular Indian Bread, Resturant Bread, Tandoori Naan
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572 thoughts on “Naan – Oven Baked Flat Bread

  1. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Manjula! My naan came out yummy. I was a little confused about the baking instructions though. You said to preheat oven to 500 & then turn broiler to high to cook breads. Then in one of the comments someone asked about using the broiler, and you said just to bake the breads. So I tried both ways. The only difference was the broiler made my breads puff up and brown a bit faster. I was worried they might not be cooked inside, but they were. Again, thank you. I love all the recipes I’ve tried from your site.

  2. Amazing recipes. My favourite ones area sweet corn soup and pizza.. tastes even better than restaurant… can i make naan without pizza stone on a baking paper? I do that for pizza

      1. 5 stars
        I followed the recipe exactly but baked one large piece of flattened dough on a pizza stone. It came out a bit thick but good… I could baked half at a time. I am going to slightly modify the recipe and use it as pizza dough. Thank you for posting this, we loved it

  3. Dear Manjula
    I had asked you several questions. Didn’t get an answer.
    1. Can I make the dough in food processor
    2. Can I place the naan straight on the foil , that I covered the top rack with?
    3. Can I put the yeast straight into the dough before mixing.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Romi, Sorry if I missed your comment, yes you can make the dough in food processor, you can cook the naan over foil but baking stone give the texture of tandoor. Yes you can put the yeast straight into the dough but all these little things makes a difference.

      1. 5 stars
        Ty so so much!
        So I’ll try the pizza stone and yeast like you said.
        But does it make a difference if the dough is made in food processor vs hand.

  4. Manjula I even tried just putting 1 tsp of yeast powder straight in the dough and mixed the whole thing with 3/4 cup of water in the food processor. It was fine. I want to know your opinion.

  5. Manjulaji, Thanks for the recipe.
    My naans fluff up perfectly, but they turn out hard like Khakhra. What do you think I am doing wrong?
    Lots of love to you.

    1. I finally made this recipe, which I found years ago. It is a warm day here but not hot. I checked the dough after one hour and it had already doubled in size! I am making 1.5 recipes and used 1.5 times the yeast called for etc. I have had to put the bowl of dough in the refrigerator because I want to bake the naan shortly before my guests arrive.

      I used my cuisinart processor to first mix the dry ingredients with the oil, then I added in the yogurt, then the yeast and water mixture. It needed a bit more flour. When it had made a ball, i removed it and kneaded it by hand briefly on a board.

      Next time I will decrease the amount of yeast probably by 50% unless it’s a cool winter day.

      1. Toby, I should mention in recipe do not double the yeast, next time I will mention and in mean time I will make a note in all my recipes I use yeast, give me few days. Thank you

  6. Thank you for recipe.

    I made Naan with this recipe but too much water so difficult to knead ( i must give some flour again).. I think maybe i was wrong when measure cup into gram. How about 2 cup flour? Is it 250 gram flour and 3/4 cup water, is it 177 ml?

  7. Hello,
    Loved your recipe and i want to prepare it for my sons birthday as he loves it.
    I had two doubts if you could help me.

    1. can i use fresh yeast if yes by how much?

    2. Neither do i have a tandoor nor a pizza stone can i bake in a normal convection oven?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. DV, fresh yeast use about half the recommended yeast, yes you can bake on conventional oven, bake the Naan over cooing sheet on middle rack and you will have to turn them one time. Enjoy!

      1. Yeast Conversion Table

        This is a table to convert Fresh Yeast to Orginal Dry Yeast or Quick Yeast. This can be used for making breads and anything using yeast.

        Fresh Yeast Original Dry Yeast Quick Yeast
        3g 1.5g 1g
        6g 3g 2g
        10g 4g 3g
        12g 6g 4g
        17g 7g 5g
        34g 14g 10g
        68g 28g 20g

        My wife and I cook recipes from Manjulas videos since forever! Thanks Manjula!

  8. On the video it is mentioned baking powder, while on the written recipe it is written baking soda. Which one to use? I’m presuming baking powder in order for it to rise?

  9. I love Indian food but have never attempted to make Naans before. Anyway, tonight I made an Indian lentil and vegetable soup, and used your recipe to make the Naan to go with it. They came out absolutely perfect and my family was so impressed, (I was so proud of myself too lol) Thank you so much Manjula for your great recipe!

  10. I love your naan recipe. We are lazy tho, we like put it in a non stick frying pan and flip em over. I always make a double or triple recipe since we just can’t seem to get enough of them!

  11. I can’t believe how easy this was and how good the naan came out. I used a mix of vegan cream cheese and soy milk in place of the yoghurt only because yoghurt is hard on my stomach. My family devoured them, thank you so much for the recipe.

  12. Hi Manjula,

    I’ve tried to bake Naan like you said on your recipe but I have a problem:

    When i place naans on my pizza stone and put it on the oven, after 2/3 minutes the naan is not baked and it’s stick on the pizza stone. even if i let it for 10minutes…

    Do you know why?

    Sorry for my bad english.
    Thank you

      1. Good evening Madam,

        Thank you for your reply.I followed the same steps as you said ,but the naans came too hard.
        i have the oven with gaz not in electric.do you thik,is this the problem?Please let me know.
        Thanking you,

  13. Hi Majnula,

    I was curious if this dough is able to be kept in the fridge or freezer for some time before baking? I wouldn’t mind making the dough ahead of time and then taking it out to thaw and bake.


  14. Thank you Manjula for all your work at bringing us fantastic recipes! This is my go to naan and I have yet to hear a complaint!

  15. I love this recipe with the video- I think even I could make this (never made bread in my life)! One thing I was wondering- in the video you said baking “powder”, yet I noticed the recipe calls for baking “soda”. Can you tell me which to use please? Thanks- I’m bookmarking this site for more recipes like this!

  16. Hi the recipe says to knead until smooth…how long does that take? When i make bread i knead for at least 10 minites. Is it the same for naan?

  17. Thank You so Much for this…. You are awesome.. I been trying to get naan right for months now.. This really helped.. Also you sound like my mom 🙂

  18. Greetings Aunty Manjula. I have successfully made the Naan Bread for my family. It was enjoyed by all, and i had to hide some of them because everyone wanted to eat them as soon as they were out of the oven! I doubled the recipe, and spread ground garlic before brushing on the ghee…it was terrific- and a definite winner…I will be making it regularly. I didn’t have a pizza stone,so I used a slate tile we had.It worked very well. I thanked you with every bite.Bless you for sharing your expertise.

  19. Hi Manjula. I love your Naan recipe. Is the Naan supposed to be hollow or solid inside? Sometimes my Naan puff up nicely, and other times they don’t. What is the key to making them puff up?

    Many thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Hi Manjula,

      Wonderful video. Played is many times. Wish you were my neighbor.

      Please tell where I can purchase a rolling pin like the one you use.

      I just got a pizza stone. Can’t wait to make naan.

      Thank you again for a great video

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