Simple Naan / Flatbread (Plain)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Another Ready Steady Cook recipe as yet untried but stored here for safe keeping. This looks lovely and simple but a gread side dish for a plethora of recipes. 22.06.07 I made this for dinner tonight and it was really good. I love the simplicity of it - there's no yeast involved - no resting or leaving to rise. You really can bash them out in a few minutes while the rest of your dinner is cooking. My picky other half really enjoyed them because it's simple yet tasty recipe and made a change from our normal dinner carbs. The mixture definitely serves two (either one massive naan or two smaller ones) and was nice and easy to make. I've added a couple of adjustments from the original ingredients listing -- 1/2 tsp baking powder and melted butter to brush on at the end. To be honest, even with the addition of the baking powder they didn't really puff up as much as I might have liked, but they were still surprisingly light. When I made them I also popped about a teaspoon of garlic paste in which gave a really nice, subtle garlic flavour. Next time I will probably try some other additions as well - perhaps some herbs, lemon or chilli, or I might use a flavoured butter instead.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, olive oil and enough water to bind (add it slowly to be sure, but you can always add a bit more flour if it's too sticky).
  2. Take half the mixture (a quarter if you'd prefer smaller naans) and roll into a ball.
  3. Dust a chopping board with flour and roll out flat into a naan shape (or the shape of your choosing!).
  4. Cook on a hot skillet / frying pan for 1-2 minutes on each side (I use a few squirts of 1 cal cooking spray and a frying pan).
  5. Once cooked brush naan with a little melted butter if desired.
  6. Repeat process with remaining naan mixture.


Most Helpful

This gets a 4-stars from me because it is simple. *Really* simple so I'll keep it around when I need a very quick and easy recipe. It doesn't make much (I generally feed a crowd) and was bland. I added garlic to one batch, but would need to add even more to get any real flavor into it. It was strong enough to be a good pusher for curry/rice. We had company and they ate up every bite of the two batches I made.

omadarlin April 23, 2010

My family and I really enjoyed this bread, but I did change it a little. I added another 1/2 tsp of baking powder and a 1/2 tsp of baking soda. I also added a tsp of salt and a tsp of garlic powder. I also added about a 1/4 cup of flour because I added a little too much water. Thanks for the base recipe to work off of.

vanillagrrlUP June 10, 2009

I tried this bread out last night to go with some curried turkey cutlets and lentil soup. I wanted a quick bread to go with dinner and it definitely was quick. Unfortunately it just wasn't really to my liking. My husband didn't seem to mind, but it seemed pretty bland and floury to me. Thanks for the recipe, it just wasn't really to my taste.

Heirloom March 10, 2008

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