Thyme & Garlic Naan Bread

This is very simple yet quite useful recipe for delicious, fragrant home-made naan bread that can be done within minutes and will go very well with all kinds of curries, soups and stews.

We served it with Perfect Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk.


  • 4 cups plain flour / 400 g
  • 1 tbs dried active yeast
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 6 tbs lukewarm milk
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves (stems removed)
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves (minced) or 1 tbs garlic granules
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs natural yogurt
  • some more flour for working surface


2 – 3 non-stick baking trays or 6 sandwich trays

easy naan bread recipe flatbread


  1. In a small bowl or mug combine milk with sugar and active yeast, leave in warm place for about 10 minutes or according to the packet instructions, until covered with froth.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together flour, thyme, baking powder, garlic and mix well, add olive oil, yogurt and yeast mixture when is ready. Add water if necessary.
  3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, then cover with tea towel and let it grow in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 140°C (275°F).
  5. When the dough is risen, divide it with floured hands into 6 portions, flatten in your hands until about ½ – 1 cm thick, place on baking tray or sandwich tray.
  6. Repeat the same with other dough portions.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with your favourite curry.

Makes 6 naan breads.


For more flat bread ideas check out Buntu’s Quick Yoghurt Flatbread or Naan Bread with Garlic & Coriander we made some time ago.

You may also like our other bakes with thyme: Herbed Croutons or Savoury Biscuits with Rosemary, Thyme & Sage.

More side dishes.

Soup and stew recipe ideas.

Warming up autumn and winter recipes.

Other Asian dishes.

Your thoughts…

  1. Je n’ai jamais fait de pain Naan. Je devrais car je l’aime bien quand je fais des brochettes de poulet.

  2. I posted in French…

    I had never made Naan bread before. I should because I like to have some when I do my chicken brochettes.

  3. These look beautiful! I’m going to try making them gluten-free using alternative flours. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Those naan breads look really good Margot! I have never made my own naan bread before, looks like I should make the plunge an bake some :wink:

    Rosie x

  5. I love garlic naan! The addition of thyme is new to me, but sounds great. How about sprinkling some sea salt on top?

  6. i love the smell of thyme in bread… so homey!

  7. Margot, the naan breads look great. Btw, i love your new look :-)

  8. Oooooh, I can just imagine the added flavour from the garlic and thyme. Nice one.

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