After those luscious looking Onion Kulchas, the next obvious thing in the list would be its cousins - Naan. There is nothing like a soft, bready Naan with Shahi Paneer. The combo is impressive to say the least, but then any of the gravies go very well with Naan.

Naan is an Indian flatbread - a specialty of the North - which is made with yeast and all purpose flour with/without flavorings and made in Tandoor. Of course this recipe works well with wheat flour too, which is what I go for mostly for healthy reasons. But once in a while the authentic version makes for a royal treat. I made these Butter Naans for some guests the other day and instead of keeping it plain, I added some spices and herbs. Well the cilantro is just an excuse to run to my potted plant and pluck a few - I am dithers about my new mini garden! :)

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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: Makes around 10-12 naan depending on the size & thickness
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Kalonji (onion seeds -optional)
  • few springs cilantro, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tbsp butter

Mix yeast, water and sugar in a bowl and whisk until the yeast has dissolved. Set aside for 5 min.


Sift the flour and add the rest of the ingredients except 1 tbsp butter and mix well.


Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture.


Mix well and add water until everything comes together as a soft dough.


Set aside in a bowl and cover it with damp kitchen towel or plastic warm and keep it in a warm place until doubled in size – approx 2-3 hrs depending upon the region you are in.


Now knead the dough for 5 more min and then divide the dough into small balls. Roll them with a rolling pin dusting with flour as and when required to avoid it sticking.


Shape it into an oblong. Set the Oven settings to broiler ( in case you don’t have Tandoor) and then place the Naan on a baking sheet, top the naan with some butter and put it inside the broiler. The minute dark spots start appearing on the top, turn and repeat the procedure. Serve immediately with any gravy of your choice.

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By vineeta on Apr 15, 2012

it was gud....just i didn't get cilantro to put in.....:D...thnx for d recipe dk.....

By Kelley on Mar 9, 2012

I have tried several different naan recipes, and this was my most successful attempt yet. Surprising, considering how simple the recipe is! The naan bubbled and browned nicely in the oven. The only room for improvement was in the texture - they were a bit tough rather than soft. Any suggestions? I made this naan exactly as described, except for the kalonji seeds.

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By shruti on Mar 8, 2012

hi. . i tried these butter naans in ludhiana ( typical punjabi style) they had placed some butter in the center of the dough balls, and then some butter over the naans once cooked. The naans were essentially softer, as the butter had spread out very well (both inside and outside) maybe this could be tried as well. ( i have to yet try them out ) :)

By swa on Jun 16, 2011

can naan be made with wheat flour for healthy reasons

By divya on Oct 20, 2010

i dont have a oven :( ---can this be done on the tava?

By Vardhini Koushik on Sep 27, 2010

Hi DK, Can I use bread flour instead of all purpose flour?

Of course! It will actually come out better than APF

By Naailah on Mar 18, 2010

How many naans did u obtain for this amount of flour??

depending upon the size of your naans, this one makes easily anywhere between 8-12 naans --DK

By Sunshinemom on Nov 15, 2008

Did you not post kulcha some time back? The naan looks good! I haven't made one for quite some time.

By Divya Kudua on Nov 13, 2008

Butter naan and paneer butter masala..I can simply live on it..;-)..never tried making naans at home though..they look simply delectable..;-)

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By rekhas kitchen on Nov 12, 2008

wow naan looks so fluffy yum yum yummy u r minty greenpea soup is a very big hit at my place thanks alot for such anice recipe

By Ramya's Mane Adige on Nov 12, 2008

Looks delicious, Dhivya!!! looks very soft and fluffy. btw, congratulations on joining the bawarchi team! :)

By Ramya's Mane Adige on Nov 12, 2008

Looks delicious, Dhivya!!! looks very soft and fluffy. btw, congratulations on joining the bawarchi team! :)

By Soma on Nov 12, 2008

last week was my first trial of Naan, and the yeast betrayed me.. so they were more like the middle eastern flat breads. I almost envy yours:-)

I'll have to try again.

By kamala on Nov 12, 2008

Naan looks fluffy Dhivya..Grt pics

By Kalai on Nov 12, 2008

Perfect naans, Dhivi! Please drop by my blog for a surprise! :)

By Curry Leaf on Nov 12, 2008

DK ,have 2 more joined the race.Please update I saw 2 extra links in some sites.

By Vanamala on Nov 12, 2008

Wow looks so nice...

By Mahimaa's kitchen on Nov 12, 2008

Woww.. ur picture makes me hungry!

By Mahimaa's kitchen on Nov 12, 2008

Woww.. ur picture makes me hungry!

By Madhu on Nov 12, 2008

Looks so good...

By srikars kitchen on Nov 12, 2008

wow.. looks really yummy & delicious... nice entry.. already i made it.. iwill post it future...

By raaji on Nov 12, 2008

Lovely naan making them today....hurray!!!!

By Srivalli on Nov 12, 2008

my gosh are turning this into wonderful place..I am so angry with could've done all these for roti mela!!!...bhoooo..such lovely ones...

By Cham on Nov 12, 2008

Very impressive ur naan Div ! Time to try in my oven :)

By Divya Vikram on Nov 12, 2008

They look perfect Dhiv..

By Curry Leaf on Nov 12, 2008

Lovely Naan,As you said,sometimes authentic is better.I always prefer them with AP flour.

By Medhaa on Nov 12, 2008

naan looks perfect

By Chandani on Nov 12, 2008

looks soooooooooo yummy!!! would love to have one right now:)

By Priya on Nov 12, 2008

Fabulous butter Naans, looks delicious Dk..

By Madhuram on Nov 12, 2008

Definitely tempting Naans DK. I'm glad that you don't use yogurt. I tried making Naan once and the recipe had yogurt and the naans tasted sour. I didn't like it at all. I'm going to try this version very soon.

By Lakshmi Venkatesh on Nov 12, 2008

Looks very tempting.

By Lavi on Nov 12, 2008

Dhivya..its really perfect, iam bookmarking this page..

By Bhawana on Nov 12, 2008

nan is my hubby favaurites. if I will show this to my husband then he will ask me to make :)

By jayasree on Nov 12, 2008

Naan looks very soft and fluffy. Loved the first pic and the detailed step-by-step pics are too good.