Super Easy Naan Bread

I like Indian food and occasionally serve various curries to my family.  Until now, I hadn’t tried to make naan.  I really like soft, chewy naan bread, but didn’t have a recipe for it.  I found this easy, 5-ingredient recipe and decided to give it a try.  The dough made up quickly and was light and pillowy.  I was encouraged.

The original recipe said I could bake the bread for 1-2 minutes one each side on a grill or electric griddle.  My grill is outside, cleaned and tucked away for the winter.  So I tried the electric griddle.  It didn’t work out well at all.  Even on the highest temperature and preheated, the griddle didn’t get hot enough to bake the bread quickly.  I did more research and decided to use my cast iron skillet.

I made the recipe another time.  Then, I got the pan really, really hot. I didn’t put much oil in the pan–just used it as it was seasoned.  It worked so much better.  My only problem with the first piece was to have too much flour on the dough before I put it into the pan.  With the rest of the dough, I used as little flour as possible, formed the naan bread in my hands, and shook off any extra flour.  That was the trick!  Light, chewy naan bread to serve with curry.  I think I’ll buy a cast iron griddle and try this on the outside grill once Spring comes back.  Enjoy!

Easy Naan Bread
  • 1½ cups warm water (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Baking Free™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour (372 g)
  1. Combine warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle, mix flour and salt. Slowly stream in the yeast mixture while mixer is on medium. Once the dough comes together, turn the mixer off.
  3. Put dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise 30-45 minutes.
  4. Start heating up iron griddle or fry pan. Heat until almost smoking.
  5. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 pieces. With floured hands shape one piece into disc about ¼ inch thick. Shake off extra flour and place in hot skillet. Bake 2 minutes on first side. Flip and bake 1-2 minutes on second side. Place on plate and cover with cloth. Continue with remaining pieces of dough. Serve warm. Makes 8 pieces of naan bread.