Near-instant grilled naan

Near-instant grilled naan

Anjum's Quick & Easy Indian
Lisa Linder

This is the quickest naan you will ever cook, it comes together in minutes, needs only a short knead, then cooks again in moments. On the table in less than 15 minutes.


Quantity Ingredient
300g plain flour, plus more to dust
1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2/3 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons caster sugar
4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
90-100ml water
20g unsalted butter, melted, plus more to serve

Optional toppings

Quantity Ingredient
good couple of pinches nigella seeds, or other seeds
coriander leaves, chopped
garlic, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to its highest setting (mine goes up to 275°C). Place a grill shelf or baking sheet on the highest shelf to heat through.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add the wet ingredients, including the 20 g of melted butter. Bring together into a dough, it should be quite soft; if not add more water. Knead quickly until smooth.
  3. Roll out into 1⁄2 cm-thick breads on a lightly floured surface. Pat in some nigella seeds, coriander leaves, or garlic – or nothing if you do not want a topping – and place in the hot oven. Cook two at a time until light spots or a light golden colour appear on the upper surface, then turn over and cook the underside for a minute or so. Take out, brush with butter and keep the breads warm by wrapping in a napkin or foil and placing in a warm place while you make the rest. Serve hot.


  • I generally always cook my own poppadums, as I don't like the fried ones you buy in the shops. All Indian stores (real and online) will sell different varieties of these. To cook them you'll need an open flame and a pair of tongs. Take a poppadum in the tongs and place it over the flame, keeping it moving so that all bits of the poppadum are exposed to the direct flame, but no part actually burns. Once it is puffed up and crisp all over, it is done. They will only take one or two minutes each and you'll find they are a revelation.
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