Naan a versatile Indian bread

By The Active Age | September 1, 2023

Congratulations to Annette Van Blaricum of Wichita, winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Spice Merchant for submitting this international recipe. 

From 2010-2012, Van Blaricum tutored two youngsters from India whose parents managed a hotel in Pratt. She found this recipe for the Indian bread known as naan on the internet and made it for them.

Naan is traditionally served as a “wrap” for grilled meat or used to mop up curries and other saucy dishes. Van Blaricum notes that it’s also delicious with jam, jelly or honey. Because it contains a fair amount of butter, the bread will keep for several days if stored properly.

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2 tablespoons warm water

1 package quick-acting yeast

1 teaspoon white sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2½ to 3 cups plain flour

¾ cup thick, plain yogurt

4 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for brushing

1 egg, beaten


Stir together first three ingredients in a small bowl. Place flour, salt and baking powder in a larger bowl and make a well in the middle. Add yogurt, melted buter, beaten egg and the yeast mixture to the well. Mix well, adding more flour as needed to make a smooth ball. Knead dough 5 to 8 minutes. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and let dough rise in a warm place for 1½ to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll out into flat oblong shapes. Place 2 or 3 on a greased sheet pan and bake for three minutes on top shelf. Remove and brush with melted butter.