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Pan-fried Indian Naan bread recipe

If you’ve been planning to make homemade bread for a while, but don’t have enough time to wait for the dough to rise and the bread to bake, we recommend you try our Indian Naan bread recipe, prepared in a pan.

Naan is a delicious bread, and its preparation time is much shorter than for classic bread recipes. Even the leavening time is shorter, and the spices make the bread taste great.

Follow below the list of ingredients and the steps needed to make quick and easy homemade bread.

Indian Naan bread, prepared in a pan – Ingredients

The ingredients for Naan bread dough are similar to the ingredients of classic dough, but you need a special, typical Indian ingredient that makes this bread special.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 500 g flour
  • 50 g natural yoghurt
  • 50 ml oil
  • 150 ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 g yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder

For topping, optional:

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp oil

How to prepare

Put the yeast with the sugar and two tablespoons of the warm water in a bowl. Mix well and leave the mixture to rest for 10 minutes until air bubbles form on top.

Sift the flour into a large bowl and mix with the fine salt and garam masala powder. Garam masala is an Indian spice mix used in various sweet and savoury dishes.

Add the baking powder to the yogurt and stir until frothy. Make a hole in the middle of the flour in the bowl and put the activated yeast in there first. Stir in a little flour, and gradually pour in some of the warm water. Add the yoghurt with the baking powder and some of the oil. Mix the added ingredients well with the flour in the bowl, while pouring in some more warm water.

Knead the dough first in the bowl, then on a greased board with the remaining oil. Transfer the Indian Naan bread dough to the pan, back into the bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave in a warm place until the dough doubles in volume.

Watch the dough closely, as with yeast and baking powder in the mix, it will rise much faster than regular bread dough.

Pan-fried Indian Naan bread recipe

How to bake Indian Naan bread

Once the dough has doubled in volume, break off tennis ball-sized pieces and shape them into spherical shapes in your hands. Then roll them out one at a time on the floured board into sheets the size of the pan you are going to bake them in.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and place a sheet of dough in it. Cover with a lid and fry until the bread turns brown on the bottom side and small air bubbles form on the surface of the dough. Then lift the lid and turn the bread over onto the other side.

Wipe off the steam from the lid and place it back on the pan. Fry the other side of the bread until brown, for 30-40 seconds. Proceed the same way with all pieces of dough.

How to serve delicious pan-fried Indian Naan bread

Traditionally, Naan bread is served spread with a garlic and green parsley sauce. Crush the garlic, mince it sprinkled with salt and mix with a little oil. Spread this mixture on the loaves when warm.

You can also enjoy them spread with butter and honey, with butter and jam or plain for breakfast. It is also excellent with hummus or other Indian-style vegetable dips.