Butter naan – Fluffy, buttery naan or Indian flatbread made from scratch! These taste great with curries and stews. Try these breads as wraps, or create flavorful pizza bases with them.
While I love the big, fluffy, buttery naan served at my local restaurant, recreating these Indian flatbreads at home is always so much fun. In my opinion, making naans from scratch doesn’t have to be tedious at all. Sure, making them on a busy day may not be a great idea. You’ll need enough time to allow the dough to rise, and then roll into circles. There’s no point spending so much time if the naans doesn’t turn really fluffy.
Apart from the time-consuming part, butter naan is incredibly easy to make. All you need to know is kneading. I’m a big fan of fluffy naans, so I couldn’t stop myself from making these at home. You see, time doesn’t matter when passion takes over. And one day, after so many trials and errors, I succeeded in making the best fluffy naan in town.
If you have a basic recipe for naan, it’s really easy to customize it into any form you like. Butter naan, garlic naan, cheese naan are just a few variations. In fact, the basic part of this naan comes from one of my oldest posts on this blog. A very basic recipe for plain naan. I took the recipe a step further, and created these incredibly tasty butter naans with a touch of butter.
I must say, these are actually super delicious than the plain version. I mean, plain naan tastes great, but butter gives it that extra dose of deliciousness.
Again, butter naan uses only very few ingredients – only those you already have on hand. Flour, butter, yogurt, yeast – no fancy ingredients! You just mix all the ingredients to make dough, roll out, cook and then brush with melted butter.
Now, I know, you might be totally confused about the sticky dough in the recipe. The sticky dough is, in fact, the secret to this fluffy naan. Allow enough time for the dough to rise to make the best butter naan ever. Once you get the dough ready, it’s simply a matter of rolling out and cooking on the stovetop.
Simple, buttery, fluffy. Just the way I like it! Why not make these today, and enjoy every bite?
- 4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
- 2 tsp dried yeast
- ½ cup natural yogurt
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- ¾-1 cup warm milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 50g melted butter, extra, for brushing the cooked naans
- Place flour, yeast, butter, milk, yogurt and salt in a large bowl. Knead well to make sticky dough. Cover the bowl, and set aside in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until the dough has doubled its size.
- Punch down the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2-3 minutes or until soft and elastic. Divide it into 7 equal portions. Using your hands, roll out each portion into circular shape.
- Heat a pan or tawa over high heat. Place the rolled out naans on the tawa, one at a time. When naan puffs up and turns golden, flip over to cook the other side. Repeat with the remaining rolled out naans.
- While the naans are still hot, brush with more melted butter on both sides. Serve with your favorite curry.
If you are looking for a fabulous curry to serve with butter naan, check out these ideas:
- Butter Chicken
- Tandoori Chicken
- Chicken Manchurian
- Malabar Chicken Curry
- Lamb Rogan Josh
- North Indian Lamb Curry
- Beef Stroganoff