Naan Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
6 portions


  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup (210 ml) water, warm
  • 1 oz (30 g) dried yeast
  • 1 lb (455 g) white flour
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ghee or butter, melted
  • oil to coat


Dissolve sugar in the warm water and sprinkle yeast on it. Leave for 15 minutes. Make sure it froths, otherwise use a new batch.

Sift flour and salt into bowl and mix in nigella seeds.

Make a depression in the flour and pour in yogurt, ghee and the yeast mixture. Mix well and knead into a dough for about 10 minutes. Form a ball.

Put a little oil in another bowl and turn the ball of dough in it until it is covered in oil. Discard excess oil. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to double in size - about 2 hours.

Knead the ball down again and divide into 6 portions. Flatten these in turn and mould into pear shapes. Place on a greased tray and bake for 10 -15 minutes at 450°F (230°C). Finish under grill if necessary.