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This 3 Ingredient Naan Bread is buttery and soft, adding that delicious roasted nuttiness flavor from this flatbread to your next dish.
Best of all? It only uses everyday staples to make it happen.
Why You’ll Love This 3 Ingredient Naan Bread
This buttery naan bread is soft, fluffy, and packed with that classic buttery flavor that can make any meal that much better.
You can use this naan bread with any dish you can think of and it’s the perfect dunking vehicle to capture those savory flavors from your favorite soups and stews.
This flatbread is not complicated to make and comes together in no time.
- Flour -All-purpose flour is the flour to use for this recipe.
- Sour cream – Use the highest fat sour cream you can buy. Fat adds flavor and having reduced butterfat sour cream will not add much extra flavor.
- Baking powder – It’s important to use the freshest baking powder because this is your leavening agent.
- Salt – Just a dash is all you need.
- Butter (or Ghee) – for slathering on when the naan comes off the pan.
EAZY GRUB TIP: You can easily substitute SELF-RISING FLOUR for the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe. Self-rising flour already has the baking powder in the mixture, so you’d leave out the additional baking powder called or in the recipe.
**EAZYTIP: Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, and Oil are not counted in the ingredient list because most home kitchens have these ingredients in their cupboards.
What is Naan Bread Exactly?
Similar to tortillas (but maybe not as thin) and pita bread (but without the inner separation pillowy-ness) Naan is a flatbread that originates from Indian cuisine.
It’s made in a similar fashion as the other types of bread mentioned; mixed into a dough, then the dough is split into small portions and rolled out.
Then they’re literally stuck onto the inner sides of a very hot, urn or cylindrical-shaped oven, called a tandoor. They take literally a minute or two to bake up crispy on the outside with nice nutty browned spots while soft and tender on the inside. Then they slather butter on the outside and it’s literally scrumptious!
How to Make Your Own Naan Flatbread
Place the flour, baking powder, sour cream, and salt into your mixer with your dough hook attachment and mix on low until everything is neatly combined.
Increase your mixer speed to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes until your dough is a smooth ball.
After mixing your dough and using your mixer to knead it into a smooth ball place it on a floured board.
Shape the dough into a ball, and then cut your dough ball into 8 pieces.
Grab a piece of dough. lightly flour it on all sides and roll it out into a circular shape. If it sticks to the roller or board sprinkle the dough with flour. You can also sprinkle the rolling pin with flour to help.
Once the naan is rolled out, brush the tops with butter/ghee (or oil) just to prevent sticking.
Set a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, and when the pan is hot, pick up a naan and place it in the hot pan, butter side down.
Cook for 2 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and the bottom is lightly browned. While cooking, brush the opposite side with melted butter.
Flip the naan over, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until the bottom is browned. Set aside on a plate, and keep covered with a kitchen towel while the remaining pieces are cooking.
When the naan is finished cooking, be sure to liberally brush the melted butter all over the surfaces of the bread and garnish with parsley or coriander.
Suggestions To Twist Up The Recipe
- This 3 ingredient naan recipe is great for customizing flavors. You can swap out butter for olive oil if you would like. If you’re short on butter in the house you can also make your own butter really easy.
- If you want a more tangy flavor, try substituting the sour cream with yogurt. The idea of using full-fat plain yogurt is the same as using full-fat sour cream. More fat adds more flavor. It’s not imperative for the recipe to work out, but the flavor is so much better!
- While the flatbread originates from Indian cuisine, you can change its flavor profile and give them your own twist by adding your own blend of fresh or dried herbs. This goes especially well with rosemary and garlic, Italian seasoning, or red pepper flakes for adding a hint of a kick.
What Should I Serve These Flatbreads With?
Naan can be served with almost anything you can imagine. Try serving them with:
- Curries of any kind
- Use them as a wrap
- Salads of any kind
- and other everyday dishes.
Wrap your naan bread and store it in an air-tight container to prevent it from drying out. Naan bread can be made ahead and stored for 3-4 days when properly stored to prevent it from drying out. You can freeze your naan bread and reheat it in the microwave when you are ready to use it.
- 1⅓ cups flour
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1tsp baking powder
- dash of salt.
- melted butter or ghee for brushing over the bread
- Place the flour, baking powder, sour cream, and salt into your mixer. Mix on low until everything is neatly combined. (Hint - using your dough attachment makes this part easy).
- Slowly increase your mixer speed to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes until your dough is a smooth ball. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
- After resting the dough knead it into a smooth ball and place it on a floured board.
- Cut your dough ball into 8 pieces. Grab a piece of dough. lightly flour it on all sides and roll it out into a circular shape. (If it sticks to the roller or board sprinkle the dough with flour.)
- Once the naan is rolled out, brush the tops with butter/ghee (or oil) just to prevent sticking.
- Set your skillet over medium heat, and when the pan is nice and hot, pick place one naan at a time, buttered side down, into the pan.
- Cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned. While cooking, it's a good idea to brush the top side with melted butter.
- Flip the naan over like a pancake and continue to cook for 2 or so more minutes, or until the bottom is browned. Set aside on a plate, and keep covered with a kitchen towel while the remaining pieces are cooking.
- When the bread is finished cooking, be sure to liberally brush the melted butter all over the surfaces of the bread and garnish with parsley or coriander.
You can use self-rising flour for this recipe. If you do, remember to leave out the additional baking powder called for in the recipe.
Amount Per Serving Calories 155Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 21mgSodium 117mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands used, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.