Naan Recipe – Easy Make-Ahead Dough!

Naan is very easy to make — this naan recipe is made even easier by starting it a day ahead. Split the work up to take the stress out of baking fresh bread.

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Way, way, way, waaaay back when I started my blog, I teamed up with a group of bloggers for an Emeril event where we cooked our way through one of his new books and shared the recipes. Out of that event, we formed a group called Virtual Potluck. Some of you who have read my blog since the beginning will remember Virtual Potluck.

For those that don’t remember, we were a group of bloggers (and friends) who would host events on our sites that created a sort of…virtual….potluck. Did ya see that one coming?

Since then we’ve sort of gone our separate ways and done our own things career-wise, but we’ve all remained good virtual friends. One of our members, Donna Currie of Cookistry, has gone on to write this beautiful book called Make Ahead Bread.

Donna was always my go-to resource when I needed help with baking yeast breads like cinnamon vanilla swirl bread or cranberry walnut bread. She always had the answers I needed. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled that she published this beautiful book. I know it’s going to be one that I constantly go back to when I need to bake some bread.

make ahead bread by donna currie

I don’t know about you, but the hardest part of making yeast bread is coordinating rising times, baking times, etc. Trying to get it on the table at the right time is always such a challenge. Maybe it’s just because I have two attention-demanding tiny humans at my feet 24/7.

This Naan Recipe is so easy! 

But needless to say, the recipes in Make Ahead Bread are perfect for me because they are split up over a couple of days. For example, all I had to do for this naan was knead the dough and throw it in the fridge. The next day I was able to just pull it out of the fridge, roll out and bake.

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I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes in this book – I’m convinced they’ll all turn out just as great as this beautiful naan recipe. Some that caught my eye in particular were herb and cheese buns, blueberry and cream cheese buns with lemon zest, and savory monkey bread.

How do you make naan bread crispy?

Preheating the baking sheet in the oven will ensure the bread gets nice and crispy and golden brown! 

Want to make this naan recipe your own?

Try adding 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon garlic powder for garlic naan! 



Yield: 4 4x8-inch flatbreads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days 22 minutes

Naan is very easy to make — this naan recipe is made even easier by starting it a day ahead. Split the work up to take the stress out of baking fresh bread.


  • 1/2 cup Greek-style plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup room temperature water
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) bread flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted


On Prep Day:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil and the butter in a stand mixer and knead with the dough hook until smooth. You can also mix the ingredients in a large bowl and then knead by hand.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag and place the dough in the bag. Refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.

On Baking Day:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and place a baking sheet in the oven.
  2. Flour your work surface and turn out the dough. Divide it into 4 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball.
  3. Flatten the pieces and shape them into a teardrop shape. You can stretch and press them by hand or use a rolling pin. You’re looking for a shape that’s about 4 inches wide at the widest part and about 8 inches long.
  4. Remove the baking sheet form the oven and carefully place the dough on the sheet. Be careful – the pan will be quite hot. Return the pan to the oven and bake the naan until they’re browned on the bottom, puffy, and have a few brown spots on top, about 12 minutes. Transfer the naan to a rack and brush with melted butter. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 naan
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 455mg Carbohydrates: 78g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 15g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: Loved this. I ate some fresh out of the oven (how can you resist?!) and it was so amazing.

Husband’s take: Ben and the kids also loved this naan recipe. Really — what’s not to love?

Changes I would make: None.

Difficulty: Easy.

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Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book as well as some free products but I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are my own, as always.

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  1. Hi
    Really want to try this recipe but was wondering after you have rolled out the naan into the tear shape could you place it back into the fridge until ready to cook?

  2. I am an aspiring chef/baker and I am loving your food blog.
    This easy naan recipe of yours is a life saver. I will make sure to try it this weekend.

  3. I am a hugh Naan lover!! Squeeze 1 clove of garlic into your naan dough and it will give it a nice twist :)

  4. Baguette, Potato, Yeast, Biscuit, King’s Hawaiian

  5. I love cinnamon bun bread!

  6. My favorite bread to make is italian!

  7. My favorite bread would have to be Potato bread!

  8. i love fresh italian bread.

  9. I love naan with Indian food but I think my favorite bread is rye.

  10. This looks great and easy. I tried naan the other day and it came out really chewy so I’ll try this recipe. I love all Donna Currie’s recipes, she’s the best!

  11. French Bread!

  12. My favorite is French Bread

  13. Outback bread!!

  14. I love making and eating german yeast braid bread

  15. I love cinnamon raisin bread.

  16. My fav is a fresh out of the oven sourdough!

  17. I love naan! I also love breads with lots of grains and seeds–like Dakota bread.

  18. I love SourDough

  19. Naan! I love that you chose to make one of the flatbreads! I love the way they get all bubbly! Thanks so much for supporting my book.

  20. I usually make a Stollen around Christmas, and that is by far, my absolute favorite!

  21. I love banana bread.

  22. I love naan bread!!

  23. do bagels count??! :) i vote yes! if not, then english muffin bread it is! :) but really, can you go wrong with bread? :)

  24. My favorite is banana bread.

  25. One favorite bread? That’s a really tough question, but I think I’d have to go with cinnamon raisin.

  26. These look delightful! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Great job!

  27. Na’an is high up there….really anything baked in my oven!

  28. My favorite Bread is called BREAD :)

  29. Probably either baguettes or ciabatta. (But I also love challah!)

  30. My favorite bread is potato bread!

  31. I love good ol whole wheat bread!!

  32. I love focaccia!

  33. My favorite bread is cheddar jalapeno focaccia!

  34. i make sourdough sandwich bread every week!

  35. I love bread! Cinnamon raisin and pumpernickel are my favorites!

  36. My favorite bread is potato bread.

  37. I have a starter bucket in my fridge at all times to bake crusty, delicious, and easy boule. This naan definitely looks like something I want to make very soon!

  38. My favorite bread is cinnamon raisin.

  39. I just had naan tonight! Naan might be my favorite as I tend to like bread on the less doughy side.

  40. I love a classic French baguette.

  41. I love sourdough!

  42. My fav is definitely sourdough

  43. I love french bread!

  44. i love sourdough bread

  45. i love sourdough

  46. I love ALL bread, but foccacia is my favorite!

  47. I LOVE ciabatta!

  48. I love cinnamon raisin bread!

  49. I love naan and this recipe looks so easy. Can’t wait to try it!

  50. Great to work with you again! Naan is a favorite in our house as we adore Indian food! Yours looks amazing as always! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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