Coriander/Cilantro Naan (Indian Flatbread)
So, you tell me you love Naan. I ask you why? - You say you love the way its bready and airy texture blows your mind away. I ask you how often you eat it then? You say as often as you make that weekly trip to Indian/Pakistani restaurant. I ask you why? You can make it at home cant you? You say, Oh well, you don't own an Oven nor do you have tandoor (pst...actually the truth of the matter is making Naan's at home is simply not the same as having those at restaurants!) (echo) I am yet to start making Naans comes another comment from somewhere.....
Coriander/Cilantro Naan (Indian Flatbread)
Stop Stop..wait! Yet to make Naan? Don't own Tandoor to whip out that authentic Naan? The Oven made ones not coming out as well? Your search ends here :) You make this bready, soft and absolutely delicious Naan on a skillet as well as Oven/Tandoor. Take it from me, this is absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong...Even if you manage to have a dough which has not risen at all, don't throw it away, the Naan's made from those also come out absolutely delicious. This Coriander Naan (Flatbread) is the recipe from the British chef Simon Rimmer. I have tweaked this recipe only a wee little bit. Coriander in Indian terminology represents two things - Coriander Seed and Cilantro. Indians generally don't use the term "cilantro" that much - its either Coriander (which means the herb) or Coriander Seed. Hence I have used both these elements in this Naan - both the spice as well as the herb. The result is a beautiful amalgamation of soft,spicy and herby delicious Naan.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Makes around 6-8 Naan(s)
  • Approx 5 cups of bread flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1-1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil plus extra for brushing
  • few sprigs of cilantro for garnish
1. Dry roast the seeds until aromatic
2. Crush them coarsely using a Mortar and pestle, or use that coffee grinder that has been lying around unused for a while now :) They are perfect for this.
3. Put them into a pan with the water and bring it to a boil. Set aside.
4. Put the yogurt into another bowl, add the yeast. Pour the seeds+water mixture and stir well
5. Add 1-1/2 cups of flour and stir it well until blended. Cover the bowl and let it prove for 30minutes.
6. Then add the salt, oil and the remaining flour. Knead it well on a lightly floured surface until smooth and place it back in the bowl. Cover it and let it double - approx 1 hour.
7. Then punch it down, turn it down on a lightly floured surface and slowly add in the chopped cilantro into the dough.
8. Divide the dough into small balls and then using a rolling pin, roll it out into oblong shapes
9. On a skillet, place the naan, brush it with little oil.
10. once its done on one side, turn it the other side.

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By Lawanya on Aug 19, 2012

i made this several times and making them today as well............. but i didnt add corriander, and substitued Cilantro with finely cut curry leaf pieces. and i used this Indian electric instant Chapathi maker
it came out really really nice. infact my hubby told that this NAAn is the best food experiment i ever made.. ;) 

thank u so much...

By HariLakshmi on Feb 6, 2012

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By Supriya on Jan 21, 2014

I dont have microwave or oven so please suggest how to make

Use stove top for this recipe --DK

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By seema on Jun 1, 2013

Suggestions for whole wheat naan? Just use same amount of flour as white flour or different amount...also any difference in times it needs the yeast to raise it? If I want to bake it, what temperature and time? thanks

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By Swapna on Nov 21, 2012

Hello, I tried this today and it came out wonderful!!! Added grated garlic along with coriander leaves and baked it in the oven. I halved the recipe but had to use around 1/4 C water extra, maybe its the consistency of the yogurt. Thanks a lot for the recipe and instructions. You have a beautiful blog with wonderful recipes.

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By Melanie Royster on Jun 18, 2012

I was just wondering if this recipe is lower in fat than most found in the store?

By Bngbngpopop on Apr 16, 2012

I made these last night with my boyfriend, along with curried cauliflower and chicken tikka masala. We were so excited to be making nan because we are both such fanatics, but our bread came out a bit heavy and doughy in the end. It tasted pretty good but the doughyness through off our enjoyment. Any suggestions? Are they supposed to be a bit heavy?

By RITU on Mar 1, 2012

I have been trying to make naan for years, tried different recipes but I was never satisfied. I will try making this tomorrow and let you know how they turn out.

By HariLakshmi on Feb 5, 2012

DK, Yesterday I made this Naan for Dinner and it was big hit. Even my 3 year old who is picky eater enjoyed so much. Thanks! for wonderful recipe.

By Claus on Feb 4, 2012

I werent able to get all that flour mixed in. I think i only managed to get 3.5 cups in there. Should it really be necessary to get all 5 cups mixed in?

By F on Nov 26, 2011

This is not a vegan recipe. It has yogurt, which is dairy!

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By Ameya on Jul 30, 2010

Hi Dhivya, I was wondering, can you use instant yeast instead of active dry? I always seem to have better success with the instant variety.

Oh yes you can :)

By Aswathy on May 16, 2010

:?: if using a microwave on convection setting, what shud be the temp and time settings??ran out of cooking gas, hnc!

I am not sure but see if this article helps -- --DK

By bad-dog-may on Apr 19, 2010

I made these tonight, they were real tasty. I put ramps in (mountain spring onions) with the cilantro which worked nicely, then wrapped up chicken with veggies and tsatsiki sauce. I cooked them in olive oil, because I have no ghee and didn't want to burn butter. They're perfect for wraps because you can make them any size- thanks!

By Foodie on Apr 4, 2010

Hi! its me again..weirdly enough right after asking my question i googled the whole oven/broiler business and had a look at my oven based on what i had found from my search..there is a seperate small section right below my oven..i even asked my mom and she didnt know anything about broiling but she did say that seperate section is for grilling, and since broiling and grilling are nearly the same thing im assuming that little seperate section must be the infamous broiler? Pardon my cooking skills and questions as im only 16! :wink:

Yes thats the one I think :) Oh don't worry! Its cool that you have already started your advent into the addictive world of cooking. :) Don't think twice about asking questions - will answer as much as I know and can :) --DK

By Foodie on Apr 2, 2010

Oh and what temp for broiling?

Hi Foodie, interesting questions :) Every oven is different depending on the make. But out of 4 ovens that I have personally used 2 of them were on the bottom section of the oven, separate from the Oven by itself while in the other including the one I have, it is a part of the oven itself. If you have a broiler, you will have a setting in the knob where you control the temperature or probably separately where u can see it which says "Broil" with a Hi/Lo setting. It does not per se have a temperature other than Hi/Lo at least from what I know. The measurements in cups that I give is the US measurement (240ml) wherein One cup of flour is 120gms. Hope this is useful :)--DK

By Foodie on Apr 2, 2010

Oh and also could you tell me how much would the measurements be in grammes? or how i could figure it out..? :oops: thanks!

By Foodie on Apr 2, 2010

Hi, I want to make this but before i do i wanted to ask about the oven/broiler setting.. this may sound silly but here goes.. is the broiler IN the oven? or is it seperate? and also, if it is in the oven which symbol is the broiler sign on my oven? Thanks.

By Radhika Vasanth on Mar 19, 2010

Naan say Eat Me Now...I am sure gonna make this for TH who is crazy about it.

By Naailah on Jan 9, 2010 u use metric cup or US cup for your recipes?

Hi Naailah, I use US cup for my measurements.....--DK

By Vandy on Dec 25, 2009

:) Hey, it looks great, though I make my naan dough using baking powder instead of yeast but they still turn out to be very soft and yummy...........

Normally the ones made with Baking powder is called as Kulchas...Naans are mostly made with yeast. Do see this link for Kulchas :) - --DK

By Nittu on Nov 11, 2009

Hi DK I made this Naan ,taste was vry good,but it was hard to bite,don't know what is the problem. Please tell me...

Depends on what you made it. Did you use Oven? Or the skillet? If using Oven, the hardness could have been due to overcooking it due to which it could have turned dry and hard. On the skillet, I really cannot think of any reason it could have gone hard since it by itself is an immensely soft textured naan. Did you allow the dough to proof well? May be it did not double in qty - when the yeast takes action and the dough doubles, it also helps to bring that softness to the naan. Hope this helps -- DK

By Michele on Nov 5, 2009

Hi, you don't put an amount for the fresh coriander in the recipe, i am guessing 1 to 2 tbs but want to be sure?

Hi Michele - yes 1-2 tbsp should work fine. I didn't specify since few like lots of cilantro while few others don't like too much of it here in this recipe.:)

By Jo on May 27, 2009

I tries this recipe last night and it was fantastic! Thanks!!

By Vidya on Mar 15, 2009

Hey Dhivya, looks awesome.I bet it tasted good too.
Inspired by this I made parathas and it came out well...Thanks!

By DK on Mar 13, 2009

Thank you girls :) Isnt Naan the one of the best things to happen to foodies :) :)

@Curry : Sweatha, believe u me, this does not take patience - and also the fact that I am among the last one to be credited with that characteristics! :) I think the theme must have slipped by me somehow..will update the post...thanks for the reminder dear:)

@Asha - yeah i agree..thats precisely why i fell hook line and sinker for this one :) its as good as any restaurant ishtyle ;)

@Noodlehead - Whoa! u manage to make me blush everytime and my better half thanks you for that :) I am sure this one will become ur fav soon :)

@Divs - U will feel silly for being scared after u make these...I am waiting for u to come back and tell me precisely that :)

@supriya - thanks dear. Barley roti's may be simple, but U just added bunch of nutrients and health to your family without noticing it...dont u think ?:)

@Lisa - Awe comeone Lisa. Your kitchen boasts of some super duper awesome recipes! This humble Naan making u think? How can that be :)

@Alka - thanks alka :) I happened to check out few recipes here and there for cakes, but never really gave it a thought since I obviously having an Oven makes me less curious about making those...But the minute I have one good recipe, I will post it :)

@Amy - will surely do my best to be a part :)

@Aparna - well I usually dont go for skillet that often - but I think its more the no. of minute u keep in the oven. It should be more or like put it inside, Yawn, take it out...thats how fast..otherwise they become hard.

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 13, 2009

THe naan looks perfect...thanks for the step by step procedures.. really helpful for first timers like me :)

By Gita's Kitchen on Mar 13, 2009

THe naan looks perfect...thanks for the step by step procedures.. really helpful for first timers like me :)

By Aparna on Mar 13, 2009

I make my naan on the stove-top too. While it tastes best in a tandoor, I prefer the stove-top version to the oven baked one every time. The naan is much softer, in my opinion.

By Srivalli on Mar 13, 2009

Thats a lovely naan dhivi...great one!

By Madhumathi on Mar 13, 2009

Your Naan looks like the one we get in restaurant..Got to try this soon :)

By amy on Mar 13, 2009

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By spicencook on Mar 12, 2009

Interesting and looks perfect....!!!
May be I got an idea how to clear my coriander seeds jar :))))

By Alka on Mar 12, 2009

Amazing....u know wht i am always hunting for some fancy recipes that could be made without oven/grill/Mw,since i don't own one yet.So you can easily imagine my excitement after i stumbled upon this
And BTW,do u have any such cake recipe,where cake could be BAKED on stove top(i have heard about baking in pressure cooker,but Google ain't helping me at tht)

By Rathna on Mar 12, 2009

Looks Drooling and Delicious. Will try very soon :-)

By Cynthia on Mar 12, 2009

You know that I have bookmarked this! Thank you!

By Lisa on Mar 12, 2009

Your naan looks perfect. I'm ashamed to admit I've never made my own but always wanted to. Soon, soon ..

By Supriya on Mar 12, 2009

Beautiful naan recipe DK, I will definitely try it soon, especially since I have been craving home-made naans recently. BTW, I did make ur barley-wh. flour rotis and loved them.

By Uma on Mar 12, 2009

looks perfect Dhivya! Lovely pictures as always.

By Divya Vikram on Mar 12, 2009

I have always wanted to try naan at home. But with the fear that they dont turn out well have kept postponing. Your recipe really inspires me Dhiv..

By Ashwini on Mar 12, 2009

Amazing Naan..Nice step to step procedure..Very tempting..

By Trupti on Mar 12, 2009

Naan looks very mouthwatering DK. Lovely photos

By Pavani on Mar 12, 2009

Great pictorial for naan making. Coriander makes them special.

By Happy cook on Mar 12, 2009

My naans always a faliure, i must try your cersion in a skliet.
Looks yumm.

By Priti on Mar 12, 2009

Lovely...thanks for your step by more reason to say we can't make naan at home :)...

By Noodlehead on Mar 12, 2009

ever since i tried your blueberry cake u've become my food guru! i hop over at least once a week to check out this space :) this looks great, just the kind of thing my picky toddler might enjoy. will try this over the weekend and let you know how it goes!

By Vani on Mar 12, 2009

Wow, that must have tasted wonderful! The pictures are so pretty too..

By aparna on Mar 12, 2009

Looks so yummy.

By Asha on Mar 12, 2009

Agree! We can never get restaurant style Naans but can make a good soft bread like Naans at home. Looks great DK, good one to try for me. I have made about 4 kinds of Naans and one more similar is coming shortly! :)

Have a great weekend, check FH to see what's going on this weekend for us! ;D

By Kitchen Flavours on Mar 12, 2009

Wow coriander paratha looks yum and flavourful....

By Lakshmi Venkatesh on Mar 12, 2009

Coriander Naan looks beautiful. Never thought of adding coriander seeds to Naan. They look very tempting.

By Akal's Saappadu on Mar 12, 2009

naan and chcikpeas curry look yummy! lovely photos!

By Akal's Saappadu on Mar 12, 2009

naan and chcikpeas curry look yummy! lovely photos!

By Priya on Mar 12, 2009

Naan looks amazing..eyecatching clicks..tempting me a lot..

By Lavanya on Mar 12, 2009

as usual nice pics n step by step procedure make us to prepare recipes very easily by giving deatailed procedure with pics !!

By Curry Leaf on Mar 12, 2009

WOW,perfect naans from you again.I wish I had a bit of your skills and patience in cooking ,I always shy away from these.As always mouthwatering pictures,:P :P

Hope you got my mail regarding 'Swiss'

By Nags on Mar 11, 2009

lovely! your step by step pics always help! gotta try it.