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Soft Garlic Naan baked in oven. Easy to serve a large family homemade naan for dinner bread with your favorite side of curry.

Quick Oven Baked Naan Bread

Oven Naan bread and Indian curry for dinner!!  It's Friday!! 

Garlic Naan or Butter Naan or Naan Bread, no matter what you call it, a naan is quintessential bread side to an Indian-style meal and it taste delicious!

This naan recipe was my mission to share with you. A homemade oven baked naan which stays soft and does not get hard when cooked in everyday household oven. Score!

So, for anyone looking for authentic, soft fluffy naan bread recipe which can be baked in oven, in a big batch, for a big family?! I would say, you landed on the right post! You will be surprised, how a simple ingredient from refrigerator, with an old-school cooking trick can help bake world's best baked soft naan bread! I'm talking about better-than-restaurant-naans and forget-store-bought-naans kinda soft!

Also baking naans shortens the prep work to almost one third. You tell me? How long will it take to roll a dough flat and cut out small rounds say with a cookie cutter? I would say - 5 mins! Isn't it? These naans are that quick to prepare!!

Honestly, this recipe is evolution of my earlier garlic naan recipe. I thought, it would be nice to give an exclusive naan recipe which can be baked in oven and will not harden like rocks.  Just so you know, modern home ovens can harden oven baked naan breads very quickly.

Until today, I shared with you naans which I make straight on the stove top. In case you don't have oven or just because you want to, jump to the Stove Top Garlic Naan recipe Or if you keen to learn more about baking soft naans in oven and may be bake a batch this weekend?! :) then, my friends, please read on...

Oven Bake Soft Naans for Naan-wich or a for an Indian dinner at home |

I love to cook naans in oven in a big batch when some guests or more family members are around. You know, less perching on stove and every one happy, asking for one more naan or few demanding naan recipe too. ;)

Until now, often my oven-baked naans were getting too crisp and crusty than I like.... so I have been testing this recipe. With this batch, I was so satisfied, I have to share it! Intent was not to share this batch and make one some other day with pretty pictures.... Yet, naans were so soft that I could not resist sharing the recipe.

Oven Bake Soft Naan Breads ready for a family dinner in just 10 minutes |

Okay, now first, let me share, what makes naan hard in oven?

1. Home ovens don't have that high heat which traditional Indian tandoor (clay oven) provides. So, in less heat, naan looses it's moisture very quickly.
2. Indian tandoor (clay oven) does not bake naan, it broils it with high flames which is way quicker than baking.

Then, how to bake soft butter naans in oven?

First time, I baked no-yeast naans. No-yeast naans had eggs in it and they came out way better, soft and lite with crusty exterior than my earlier tries. Then it clicked me, I have to compensate for the lose of moisture from naans. I tried one single trusty ingredient and a basic technique and it worked!

I was like: Why didn't it click me before?!

Honestly, my baked naans have started coming out so good and soft that I don't plan to perch on kitchen stove for cooking naan this whole summer! My apartment gets too hot to stand in kitchen anyways, so I'm so loving'em.

Oven Baked quick and Easy Naan Bread at home |

Plus, baked naans are so so quick to cook! I mean, really, after I mix the dough and set aside for rising. No lengthy rising, just 1 hour that too without any kneading.... just a few strokes to make dough soft... covered and left on kitchen counter. 

Once dough has risen, I roll dough on a flour dusted board into a big large sheet as if getting ready to make doughnuts/cookies. No kidding! then I use 3.5" cookie cutter or large bowl and cut out rounds from the rolled dough. I slightly stretch the cut out naan with hand and place on baking sheet.

Now, old-school trick of baking soft naan in home oven is: piercing the naan with fork a few times.

What will this do?

Good question! Actually, naans have tendency to puff up in heat which separates the naan into two thin layers that become crisp like chips in heat... more like baked naan chips  We certainly not serving those with curry! :) Isn't it? piercing the naan with fork does not let naan puff-up and keeps the moisture sealed-in which results in soft naans.

Oh, it stills can be used for naan pockets. Two layers separate easily even after piercing with fork.

Soft naans perfect to make naan sandwiches |

I bet, you wondering what was the secret ingredient. Well, that ingredient is so so handy that it is already used in cooking naans. I just added it in a different way. Okay, no more guesses!

It is, just and just... 2 tablespoons of sliced cold butter! drum-rolls!!!! 

This simple humble ingredient when mixed into the naan dough will provide soft moisture to naan bread making it lite like air when it comes out of everyday home oven. And kitchen!! It will smell like an Indian takeout is just ready to devour!

Let me quickly sum-up what makes this Naan Bread so special:

1. Quick cooking in batch. No long perching on stove or rolling one naan at a time. 
2. Soft baked naans, homemade and much fresher than store-bought.
3. Worth mention, pennies for a batch of 8-10 naans instead of spending 10+ dollars in take out.
4. Petite size of these naans also make'em perfect to make sandwiches or veggie burgers, if you please! Or how about Naan Pizza!? yum!
5. Gosh! You guys, these naan breads taste so so addictive!! Please bake a bigger batch! :-)

:) So, don't wait, make a batch this weekend and impress your family with Indian-takeout aroma coming from your own kitchen!

Oven Baked quick and Easy Naan Bread at home |

PS: I didn't plan to take just these pictures to share baked naans. So, I will definitely add more photos  whenever I'm baking some more naans. You know what,  may be I will bake a few this weekend! How about you?

This week was Indian food week. I hope you enjoyed it!

Quick Oven Baked Naan Bread

Quick Oven Baked Naan Bread
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Indian Category Difficulty Easy Yields 6-8 Baked Naans (Serves: 4) Notes Idle time for dough rise: 1-2 hour


    Oven Naan Dough
  • 2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 & 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour (plus 1/3 cup while kneading)
  • 1.5 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water (lukewarm, not too hot or too cold)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk (lukewarm, not too hot or too cold)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (cold butter, cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Garlic (cloves, grated)
  • Toppings
  • Cilantro (fresh chopped)
  • Butter - Salted (optional)


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  • 1. Preheat oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
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    2. Lukewarm 1/2 cup of water, add sugar and mix well. Sprinkle yeast over top. Let it sit until foamy. (about 10 minutes.)
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    3. Add lukewarm milk, garlic, 2 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour, oil, salt over bloomed yeast and mix it together. Add 1 tbsp more flour at a time until dough comes together.
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    4. Now, add pieces of cold butter and knead the dough briefly, just for 1-2 minutes in the bowl. Dough will be little wet. If feels too wet or sticky, add 1/2 tbsp flour more at a time. Dough should not be very dry.
    Additional Notes
    Don't worry if butter is not fully mixed in dough. Little chunks are good.
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    5. Coat the bowl with 1 tsp oil, add dough and coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and then with clean kitchen towel. Leave to rise at warm place until double in size. (1-2 hrs)
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    6. This is how it looks after about 1 hr. Punch down the dough and transfer to work surface (flour dusted board)
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    7. Roll the dough to a big large 1/4 inch thick, 10-12 inch wide circle. No need to be precise, a rough circle will work.
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    8. Cut out pieces of dough with 3.5 inch large cookie cutter or a bowl and stretch each piece with hand slightly, then place on the baking sheet, one inch apart. Repeat step 7 and 8 with any remaining trimmings. Prick naans with fork to make tiny wholes in naan.
    Additional Notes
    I cut about 7 of these naans from this dough. They are small when cut from dough sheet, then I slightly stretch each with hand.
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    9. Make sure oven is proper preheated. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. After first 9 minutes, switch on broiler for 1 minute. Remove from oven, brush hot naans with butter and let cool slightly.
    Additional Notes
    No more than 10 minutes, please! Keep an eye after 8 minutes, if naan look cooked, just broil and take out. Longer in oven, harder the naan or any flat bread.
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    10. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top and serve.

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  1. Wow this worked beautifully! I didn’t add garlic, just Nigella seeds but I followed your recipe and we all loved it! Thank-you so much! x

    Thanks for feedback, Michelle. I’m glad you enjoyed. Try garlic next time, it adds delicious flavor in naan.
  2. Just took the bread from the oven! It is so good and so easy to make. I did mix by hand with no problem!

    Awesome! Glad to hear that. Enjoy!
  3. Do I need to use a mixer or can I mix by hand?

    You can easily mix by hand. Use a wide bowl so that mixing and brief kneading is convenient. Please read Step - 4 on recipe card for more details.
  4. What I get for not reading the entire recipe before making. The total time is really higher due to the rising.

    Rising Time is mentioned just below the Baking time. Rising time is not active time so it does not go towards time taken to prepare the recipe.
  5. So sad! There’s an advertisement blocking Step 2 & it’s Impossible to remove it! I make this recipe all the time and wish I could read it

    Hi Noelle, thanks for letting me know. I'll get this fixed today. I regret the inconvenience it has caused.
  6. Hi Savita I am cooking a dinner for 110 people and want to serve your chicken yougart curry and these naan breads. I want to prepare the day before (I am not a professional !) and was wondering what you suggest so they dont dry out. Should I undercook and warm them up before serving ? Or freeze ? Do you have any suggestions please ?

    Hi Nicky, I have never kept these Naan overnight. In 5-6 hours, oven baked flat breads can loose moisture. Usually, when I make'em in morning... At dinner time, I wrap naans in damp clean towel and microwave for 5-10 secs at a time. This makes naan soft like just cooked. To make a day in advance, I recommend freeze and re-heat in conventional oven before serving. (Please note, I have not tried freezing these Naan. Sharing this based on my experience of freezing other flat breads. I hope it helps.)
  7. Hi I’m planning to make these tonight - very excited! Your other recipe uses both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Can that combination be used here also? Thanks!

    Hi Dottie, I don’t recommend wheat flour for this recipe. The flat breads can dry quickly in oven. Adding wheat flour speeds this process. Happy cooking.
  8. This Naan bread was awesome! So light and fluffy and simply delicious. It was even better than our local Indian restaurant, whose Naans are often burnt and are always greasy. I altered the recipe by half and made two breads - one garlic and cheese, and the other cheese and baby spinach. Both turned out perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I can see it becoming a favourite in our house!

    Hi Kristy, this is made-my-day kind of feedback. So thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed Naan. Love the flavors you tried. Spinach and cheese are so perfect with baked naan.... In-fact there is recipe on blog to make spinach-cheese naan croutons for tomato soup. (divine!) Thanks once again for sharing your experience with us.
  9. Great recipe, it was a little hard to work with but I probably didn’t add enough flour before I let it rise, also two helpful toddlers didn’t make it easy. I think I should master it quickly though. The taste was so good, better than from a restaurant! They were light and fluffy with crispy edges.

    Thanks, Lindsey. Making a restaurant quality naan at home was the objective. I'm glad you enjoyed and found it good. Thanks for sharing your feedback. On a side note, if dough looks too wet, I often mix it with wide spoon first to avoid messy hands, then eye ball little flour at a time until It is no too sticky. This helps me avoid adding too much flour.
  10. Raising right now as I type this. Cant wait to have the final product.
  11. Hi It looks so tasty. I am going to try this, this evening inshaallah. Thanks
  12. Hello, This looks amazing, Can you tell me the oven settings for this? I have an electric oven with too many options so I dont know which one to use for this. i tried baking naan using the intense heat option and they turned out as biscuits.

    Hi Atika, I don’t think I can guess your electric oven’s setting. Please heat it according to described in recipe. You can use oven’s manual to explore its functionality. I would bake a sample naan first. Keep an eye as it bake quickly to test how long it take in your household oven. Naan is a flat bread if you leave it in for long it will harden for sure. Test and try is the way to go. I hope it helps.
  13. Hi thanks for sharing your recipe. Can you tell me how to keep it soft cos it gets hard by the evening (made then in the morning)

    Hi Lizzie, fresh homemade naans won't have long shelf like because these have no preservatives or added softeners. However, this is what I would do. Wrap naans in damp clean paper towel and microwave for 10 secs at a time. These will be soft as just made.
  14. These look PERFECT AND DELICIOUS! I love BREAD , having grown up in an Italian home. Naan is just what I need, especially cooking for 1 now that Im widowed. Making Good Bread is like ART..your recipe and pictures are a great tutorial for me. Thank you so much:)
  15. Looks really great...its fresh and soft look has inspired my to try it today.

    Hi Khan, I hope you enjoy cooking naan!
  16. Yum taste very good
  17. Very nice recipe. I made adjustments by adding soump/fennel seed to recipe. We South Africans like Jeera and Soump in Naan Bread. Also top with some poppy seeds. Thaks for the recipe.

    Hi Sach, I'm glad you enjoyed naans. Honestly, now I want to try naan with fennel seeds. I bet it will taste awesome. On my to-try list. Thanks for sharing this idea.
  18. I started to make naan bread a year a go but I like your way best. but can you still fry them in a little olive oil? and you do not us yogurt like my recipe like mine does and they look great. thanks for sharing!

    Hi Terry, thanks! Yes, you can fry the naan. In India, deep fried naan is called "bhtura" and pan fried is called "paratha". I prefer to add milk, but yogurt also go good in naan dough. I'm glad you like this recipe. Thanks for your feedback.
  19. Made this tonight and it was amazing!! I will definitely make again!

    Hi there! I'm glad you enjoyed naans. Thanks for sharing your feedback.
  20. I tried your other yeast-free recipe with the gluten free flour mix and it came out great! I did have to increase the baking powder to 1 tsp to make it come out right. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I also am making this yeast recipe for the rest of the family who can have gluten and really love it. I am using water instead of milk and using organic shortening instead of butter to accommodate my other daughter's allergies. It works very well and we love it. Thanks so much.
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