This homemade naan recipe is simple, delicious, and can be cooked in several different ways including the air fryer! Delicious Indian bread.
This is an easy homemade naan recipe you can serve with all sorts of meals. A leavened flatbread made with yogurt and flour with little rising involved. Below is an air fryer method but you can cook it any way you like. (affiliate links present)
If you love baking homemade bread recipes with yeast this will be right up your alley. Not as labor or time intensive as some others you’ve made, naan bread is more like a pita.
What is the difference between pita and naan?
They are not the same. Pita bread is a dryer leaner dough that has very few ingredients, with a pocket in the center, more similar to a tortilla. This one adds egg and yogurt to the base of ingredients so it has a richer flavor and texture.
To make the dough you will need a few basic items you probably already have in your pantry. To add flavor to the outside you’ll want a bit of butter and cilantro. Seasonings such as garlic salt work well too.
- All purpose flour
- Milk or some prefer warm water
- Yogurt, plain
- Active dry yeast
- Nigella seeds are what you typically see on the outside, the black dots you see in the final product above
- Melted garlic butter is great for dipping when done
If you have ever made homemade bread before you are familiar with yeast and what is necessary to make it “work”. There is no need for a stand mixer as you can just use your hands.
Known as an Indian bread served in every Indian Restaurant around the world, Naan used to be the breakfast for the royals accompanied by nalli nihari or keema.
Traditionally it is cooked over or in tandoor ovens or earthen ovens which basically work on the same principle as our modern ovens. The wood fire aroma and texture won’t be present when cooking in an air fryer, but is a great alternative.
Since everyone cannot have access to tandoor at home, naan can be prepared in your oven, in an iron skillet, over a gas stove and also this way. This Naan in air fryer is super delicious, easy, and gives the same result as the oven.
Air Fryer Naan
Once you have the dough prepared as stated below you are ready to shape it to your liking and cook to perfection. Many just use a skillet over medium high heat with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
Use whichever method you like but we will share how to make it in a Ninja Foodi or other brand you have.
I like using this because it gets the insides done nicely while getting a bit of crispiness on the outer edges.
Of course you can sprinkle whatever you’d like as far as seasonings and/or fresh herbs. What you see is traditionally seen and served with it.
If you love batch cooking you could make a large batch and freeze some to enjoy later too.
Can you freeze homemade naan bread?
Yes. If they are already cooked allow them to come to room temperature first. Then portion out how many you think you’d eat in one sitting. Wrap those in foil and then seal inside a large freezer bag.
When reheating allow them thaw out completely first. Then wrap in a dishtowel and heat in microwave for 20 seconds or so. You could alternatively put back into your Cosori for a minute at 400 F.
Can you freeze raw naan dough?
This is a great option too. You can put it in a ball inside a thick plastic bag sprayed with oil so it doesn’t stick. When you’re ready allow to come to room temperature first before shaping into balls and flattening, then cooking.
Full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post, here is a quick step by step for this naan bread recipe.
Time needed: 2 hours and 4 minutes.
Homemade Naan Recipe
Whisk warm milk, yeast, and 1 Tbsp. of sugar. Cover and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should be frothy after sitting for this period of time. If not, start over with new yeast.
In a separate large bowl add dry ingredients such as 3 cups of flour and salt + plain yogurt, and water. Now, add in the activated yeast mixture, mix to form a dough
Grease some oil on top of the dough and cover it with plastic wrap and keep it at a warm place for at least 2 hours. Let it rise.
The dough will double in size after resting for 2 hours. Remove the dough into a clean working place, divide the dough into 10 equal balls.
Using a rolling pin roll the dough on a lightly floured surface, make the balls into an oval shape. They should become around 4-5 inches long and ¼ inch thick.
Preheat the air fryer at 350 F Brush some water on top of each naan and sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander leaves on top. (This step is optional)
Brush some butter in the air fryer basket, place the naan in the basket one at a time and cook for 4 minutes on one side or until little golden brown on top. Do not turn over, cooking on both sides makes the naan hard.
Serve hot with your favorite Indian curry or Dal. Brush butter on top of the naan immediately after removing it from the air fryer. Repeat with the rest of your pieces.
This is what they should look like when they’re done. I mean they are pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
What do you serve with naan bread?
I mean the options are endless but seriously this comes with just about every single dish if you visit Indian restaurants. Do you have a favorite spot? We do and theirs is out of this world melt in your mouth.
- Most curry dishes have this as a side dish.
- For a vegetarian option many people love red lentils which is great.
- Any sort of protein like fish works but curry is usually the most commonly served with this Indian flatbread.
Naan with melted butter brushed over the top is incredible with Tikka masala or our Instant Pot butter chicken recipe.
How do you store leftover naan?
Once they are room temperature just slide them into a freezer bag. Suck all the air out of it so they don’t dry out. Store on your countertop for up to 3 days. Beyond that they may start to mold because they are so very fresh.
- Warm them in the air fryer again for just 1 minute. Or use your microwave for 45 seconds so it gets tender again and enjoy with another meal.
They’re great served slightly warmed but that is not always possible if you are serving a larger crowd. It’s a fun snack for my kids too with just a bit of butter on the outside and eaten as is.
What do you serve Naan bread with at your house, or what do you eat it with when you go out to eat? We are always up for suggestions to try next time we make these babies.
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Homemade Naan Recipe
- Whisk warm milk, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cover and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should be frothy on top after 5 minutes. If not, start over with new yeast.
- In a separate bowl add 3 cups of flour, salt, plain yogurt, and water. Now, add in the activated yeast mixture, mix to form a dough
- Grease some oil on top of the dough and cover it with plastic wrap and keep it at a warm place for at least 2 hours. Let it rise
- The dough will double in size after this. Remove the dough into a clean working place, divide the dough into 10 equal balls. Using a rolling pin roll the balls into an oval shape, around 4-5 inches long and ¼ inch thick.
- Preheat the air fryer at 350 F Brush some water on top of each naan and sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander leaves on top. (This step is optional)
- Brush some butter in the air fryer basket, place the naan in the basket one at a time and cook for 4 minutes on one side or until little golden brown on top. Do not turn over, cooking on both sides makes the naan hard
- Serve hot with your favorite Indian curry or Dal. Brush butter on top of the naan immediately after removing it from the air fryer. Repeat with the rest of the naans.