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Za'atar Naan Bread

The Home Cook's Kitchen
This za'atar naan bread will jazz up any curry! A chewy, soft, yet crunchy bread, topped with melted ghee and a sprinkle of za'atar. Easy and delish!
Prep Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Sides
Cuisine Indian, Middle Eastern
Servings 8 naans
Calories 247 kcal


  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • cup greek yoghurt unflavored
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ghee for serving, note 1
  • za'atar spice blend for serving


  • Combine flour, salt, yeast and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Mix in water, yoghurt and vegetable oil and mix well to combine.
  • Knead dough for 5 minutes until smooth and well combined.
  • Place dough in a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 485F/250C.
  • Punch down dough to release air, and turn onto a lightly floured cutting board.
  • Divide dough evenly (as possible) into 8 pieces.
  • Roll out each portion of dough into roughly 12cm/4inch x 20cm/7inch oval shapes.
  • Spray both sides of each piece of dough with olive oil spray.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with paper and place in oven.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until dough has puffed up and is starting to go golden brown. Overcooking naan will lead to crunchy hard naan.

Alternative Cooking Method

  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium to high heat.
  • Place 1 piece of naan dough on hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes, or until starting to go crispy.
  • Flip and cook 1-2 minutes otherside until crispy.
  • Remove from oven/skillet, and spread over a thin layer of ghee with a knife.
  • Generously sprinkle za'atar over breads.
  • Wrap in foil until ready to serve.


note 1 - ghee is a clarifed butter found in a lot of Indian cooking. You should be able to find it in the Indian section of the supermarket or any Asian grocer.