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Naan {Flatbread} Pizza

October 4, 2017

This recipe for naan (flatbread) pizza is an absolute favorite in our home. But I’ll admit, I only make it once in a while. Not because it’s a difficult recipe, but because it is somewhat time consuming, and most likely makes a huge mess.

If you’ve never eaten fresh authentic naan bread — well you’re missing out. I was first introduced to this kind of bread years ago when we lived in Northampton MA and started trying the Indian cuisine. WOW. It’s sooooo good. It’s like a fluffy, chewy cloud of dough that tastes great with hummus, oil & herbs, butter, vegetables, meat, anything really.

So then I thought about it and I figured, why not try making my own naan bread? So I did! This isn’t quite like the real stuff — but it’s still pretty good. It’s a chewy, soft flatbread. It was only natural that I’d also use it as a pizza crust.

This recipe will make about 5-6 smaller pizzas (no bigger than the size of a dinner plate). We like to make several small pizzas so we can vary the sauce and toppings on each and have a buffet of different pizza to try.

What you’ll need:

For the naan:

1 package of active yeast (fast rise, pizza dough are fine too)

1 3/4 lukewarm water

3 1/2 cups of white flour

pinch of salt

coconut oil to cook the dough

For the pizza:

Your ingredients can vary based on what kind of pizzas you want to make. We enjoy having fresh herbs, lots of veggies and red sauce on only half of the pizzas. So here’s what we usually have:

1 cup red sauce (whatever flavor your family enjoys โ€” we LOVE Paul Newmanโ€™s Sockarooni!)

1 red pepper

2 white potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced)

fresh rosemary

fresh basil

olive oil

baking sheets / stones to bake the pizzas in the oven

How to pull it all together:

First you need to make the naan. Dissolve a tbsp of the yeast in a bowl with 1 3/4 cups of lukewarm water.

Then add the flour and salt and mix it all up – feel free to use your hands or a spoon. It’s not going to look like a smooth ball of dough – but rather a sticky blob. Once the dough is mixed, cover and put aside for about 20-30 minutes.

While the dough is rising, I like to prep all the pizza toppings. We usually do a couple pizzas with potatoes on them, so I slice up my potatoes and have them boiling on the stove. I also will saute up some peppers. Today we only had red peppers so that’s what I used. I chop up the rosemary and basil from the garden and get a bowl of olive oil ready. Dump some red sauce in another bowl and of course the big bowl of mozzarella cheese!

By the time all that is set up, the dough is ready to be rolled out and cooked. First you want to get the oil in a large skillet pan on medium high heat. You want a good coating of oil for the dough to sit in and bubble up – I use a 12″ pan so I need about a 1/4 cup of coconut oil.

While that’s heating up start making the naan pizza bases. Remember to flour your surface really good — this dough is VERY sticky. Take about a baseball size chunk of dough and roll it out to a thin disk. Think of the size like a personal little pizza. You want it to be about a 1/4 inch thick.

Carefully lay into the hot oil. You’ll see the sides get fizzy and bubbly. Leave it here for about a minute or two (feel free to check by lifting a side with tongs). It’s time to flip once the bottom side has pockets/bubbles that are golden brown. Once you flip the dough, cover the pan and leave for about 30-45 seconds. Uncover, and remove the golden bread onto a separate plate. Repeat this process until your dough is finished, or you’ve made enough pizza bases for your meal. If you don’t use all the dough right away, it’s good in the fridge for a couple days.

Now it’s the fun part! Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Set up whatever baking sheets you’ll be using. We use a large pizza stone and several smaller baking stones. Fit the naan onto your baking surfaces however it will fit, it’s fine if edges are touching. Then create the pizza masterpieces! Like I said before, we like some pizzas with red sauce and some with no sauce. I use a silicon brush to brush olive oil over the non sauced pizzas, then sprinkle fresh herbs over it before covering with cheese and assorted toppings. YUM!

Once your pizzas are topped, place them in the oven and let them back for about 10-15 minutes. Then remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing them up and devouring the homemade deliciousness.

 

This is a great family dinner making activity as well, my daughter loved being a part of the action and making her very own little pizza just the way she wanted.

Do you have a favorite pizza recipe you make at home? What’s your favorite toppings?!

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Amanda October 4, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Wow! Had no clue this was how naan was made! Need to try this SOON! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’›

    • Reply Marie October 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Well, traditional naan is baked in a circular oven called a tandoor (I think thatโ€™s the right name) โ€” so this is a quick and easy way to make something comparable if you donโ€™t have one of those, which I definitely donโ€™t. Hope you like it!

  • Reply Dianna October 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Impressive to make it from scratch! Sounds delicious…thanks for the clear steps!

  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy October 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Naan is so good! I’ll have to try making my own one day. It looks so tasty!

  • Reply Laura October 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love this! Will it work with gluten free flour?

    • Reply Marie October 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Iโ€™m not sure โ€” Iโ€™ve never tried it like that.

  • Reply Divya October 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    We are BIG pizza people! I haven’t tried a naan pizza before though! I’ve heard great reviews!

  • Reply Felicia @ The Starving Chef October 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Have you ever tried using your pizza stone to cook the naan? Naan is traditionally cooked in a tandoori (stone) oven, so i like to use my pizza stone under a broiler to recreate the effect – plus it’s healthier than frying! Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Marie October 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Ya know, I never even considered it?! But itโ€™s a brilliant idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply Robin October 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    This sounds amazing – especially the fresh herbs! Flatbread pizzas (with store-bought naan) are my trick for fast, easy, delicious individual pizzas, but I’ve never tried making it from scratch. My favorite combos that I’ve figured out are nectarine/mozzarella/basil/balsamic reduction, spinach/artichoke/truffle oil/cheese, and mushroom/truffle oil/cheese. SO good!

    • Reply Marie October 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      WOW, those all sound divine!!!

  • Reply Abbey October 5, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Naan bread is delicipus! This looks so good l! It would be especially for families with different tastes

  • Reply Kristine October 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    What a great idea! I made homemade naan a while back and thought it would be a good vehicle for pizza. Now I must try this!

  • Reply Ashley Griffith October 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Ooh, I looooove naan bread! We’ve made flatbread pizzas before, but never with homemade naan. Definitely going to try this!

  • Reply Robyn Shaver October 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love naan bread and will definitely be trying this!

  • Reply Carley October 7, 2017 at 3:58 am

    These look downright delicious! I honestly don’t know if anything with cheese that I don’t like.

  • Reply Meghan October 8, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I absolutely love Naan Bread and even better as a Flatbread Pizza! Love the recipe and cannot wait for more.

  • Reply Antonia October 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I’ll try this over the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Patty October 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    You’re amazing. I would’ve just bought the dough, or better yet, the naan already made! ๐Ÿค“ Looks great!

  • Reply Yesenia October 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Marie, this looks delicious and I love pizza. But it’s so much work. I much rather take a trip to your house and have you make it for me. What do you say? Are you game? Lol

  • Reply Diana October 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I thought you would have used store bought bread! It’s so cool you made it, def want to try now!

  • Reply Jen E. October 14, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I feel like this looks easy enough that I can make it. I’ve been wanting to make naan bread on my own for a while, everything is so much better when you make it at home than when you buy it in the store. Thanks for sharing this

    • Reply Marie October 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Itโ€™s super easy! I hope you love it!

  • Reply Keli October 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    This looks so rustic and delicious! Pinned for later. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Tanya October 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Naan bread is one of my favorites! Pillowy fluffy goodness. I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  • Reply Talat October 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Delicious and yummy looking bread. Definitely going to give it try.

  • Reply Coralie Grassin October 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I hadn’t realised naan breads were so easy to make – thank you! I will try this with the kids tonight!

  • Reply Ajay chander October 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    wow nice pics and good preparation in step by step method. thank you !

  • Reply Talat October 21, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Wow! very good step by step method.described very precisely.

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