Naan bread is a delicious flatbread that can be used in many different types of cooking. It’s perfect for making naan pizza, naan tacos, and goes well with Indian-inspired dishes like butter chicken.
Store-bought naan bread can be quite expensive, especially if I’m buying one for each family member. Making naan dough not only saves money but it saves time as you can make a big batch of dough and then freeze the leftovers for a future meal.
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How to Freeze Naan Bread
Freezing naan bread dough is an excellent way to store it for future use. You can have frozen naan ready in minutes by simply popping it into the oven or microwave when your meal is almost finished cooking.
Defrosted naan bread is just as good as fresh naan and won’t make a difference to your cooked naan once it’s been in the oven.
Here are some simple tips on how to freeze, thaw and reheat naan bread.
What Is Naan Bread?
Naan bread is a slightly leavened flatbread that originated in Persia. It’s typically made with all-purpose flour, yeast, and salt then it’s cooked at high heat within an oven or tandoor (clay oven) which gives naan its characteristic puffy texture.
What Is Special About Naan Bread?
Naan bread is full of flavor with a slightly sweet taste. It’s also soft, airy, and chewy making it the perfect accompaniment to many types of cuisines including Indian-inspired dishes like chicken tikka masala or tandoori chicken.
Types of Naan Bread
Naan bread comes in many different varieties and flavors. Plain naan is the most common variety of this flatbread, but you can also find garlic or onion flavored versions.
You’ll even make fresh naan bread stuffed with cheese or other fillings like raisins and walnuts.
Popular flavors of Naan:
- Plain Naan Bread
- Garlic Naan Bread
- Onion Naan Bread
- Stuffed Cheese Naan Bread
- Raisin and Walnut Naan Bread
What’s the Difference Between Naan and Pita Bread?
While naan bread and pita bread are both flatbreads that can be used in an array of dishes and there is a big difference between the two.
Both types of flatbread are made using similar ingredients like flour, yeast, salt, and water but they vary in thickness. Naan bread dough is typically rolled out to form one large disc before it’s cooked. This means that naan bread is much thicker than pita which has a pocket in the middle like an American hamburger bun.
How Long Does Naan Bread Last?
Store-bought naan bread will typically last for about one week in the refrigerator. If you want to prolong its shelf life, store it at room temperature and make sure it’s tightly wrapped with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it into an airtight container.
If you don’t have foil, then you can use parchment paper to wrap your frozen naans before placing them in a freezer bag.
Homemade Naan bread will last for about three days at room temperature before it goes bad.
How Should You Keep Naan Bread Soft?
Homemade naan bread should be eaten within a few days of making it. If the leftover naan seems dry, you can brush them with melted butter or olive oil and wrap them in plastic before placing them into an air-tight container.
If you have plenty of leftover Naan bread then it’s a great idea to freeze it!
Is It Ok to Freeze Naan Bread Dough
Yes! You can freeze naan bread and it will still be safe to eat when thawed. Storing Naan bread dough is super useful when making batch amounts and it just saves time and energy at a later date to have frozen dough stored for future use.
So yes you can freeze fresh naan bread!
How to Freeze Naan Bread
- To freeze your naan bread dough well you need to be sure it is fully cooked through and cooled completely.
- Next, you want to wrap them well in freezer bags or a freezer-friendly container. You can use plastic wrap if you don’t have a freezer bag. Just be sure to make sure you wrap the bread tightly.
- Label your airtight freezer bag with the date and freeze immediately. A freezer bag will help prevent freezer burn and keep the dough good until you are ready to defrost naan bread in the future.
How Long Can You Freeze Naan Bread
You can freeze naan bread for up to two months.
When you are ready to serve simply let it thaw and then heat it back up in the oven or microwave.
How to Store Naan Bread in the Freezer
The best way to freeze naan bread dough in my experience is to wrap or place it in a plastic bag. If you’re recycling or wanting to be eco-friendly you can even store them in an empty bread bag.
I love these reusable large freezer storage bags! They are perfect for storing frozen naan bread – for your next curry…what do you think?
Can You Reheat Naan Bread in the Oven?
Yes, naan bread can be reheated in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about ten minutes until hot all throughout. This is best done using an oven-safe baking dish.
When Reheating Naan bread, add a little extra oil or melted butter to the naan before baking to help it reach its original texture.
Reheating Naan Bread Quickly
If you want to reheat your frozen naan bread quickly, then the microwave is the best method for you! All you need to do is place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second intervals until hot.
Naan is a great Indian bread and side to go with your favorite Indian cuisine or curry.
Can You Reheat Naan Bread in the Microwave?
Yes! Frozen Naan bread can also be microwaved for about a minute and a half to two minutes until hot all throughout.
When reheating naan in a microwave it’s best to use a plate so it won’t get soggy from condensation.
Other Methods to Reheat Naan Bread
You can also reheat naan bread in a dry skillet over medium heat until slightly warm and crispy.
Another option is to toast it in the oven or broiler just be careful not to burn it! 🙂
What Should You Serve Naan Bread With?
Naan bread goes well with all types of cuisines from Indian food to Mediterranean-inspired dishes and others!
You can even use naan to make sandwiches or cheesy garlic naan for dipping in soup or tomato sauce. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this versatile bread!
Frozen Naan Is a Great Weeknight Solution.
So, you have plenty of naan bread stored in the freezer. The question is what should you cook to go with it? Here are 10 favorite Indian dish recipes which go well with Naan bread:
This butter chicken recipe is amazing. The creamy sauce that coats the chicken is heavenly, especially with naan bread to sop up all of it.
The spices compliment each other well too making for an amazing meal you won’t forget anytime soon.
I love teriyaki chicken, but I don’t love that it usually has a lot of sugar. Making your own healthier version at home is easy with this Instant Pot teriyaki chicken recipe!
This Indian dish cooks up in no time and you can serve it over rice or noodles for an amazing meal everyone will enjoy.
Tikka Masala is a great dish to go with Indian bread and would go well with your frozen naan bread once defrosted! Try this delightful dish today!
Lamb Curry is amazing, really easy to make and it tastes great with Naan bread! Enjoy this special Indian lamb dish today!
Indian Vindaloo is a hot pork Vindaloo and is the perfect dish to go with naan bread. Tender pork pieces in a spicy vindaloo sauce make for an amazing Indian meal!
Short beef ribs are a delicious meal you can enjoy alongside a potion of your favorite homemade naan.
Try Chicken Tandoori today. Tandoori is a healthy and tasty dish which you won’t want to miss!
Biryani makes the best leftovers and this easy Instant pot vegetable biryani recipe will not disappoint you.
If you love veggies you will love this Indian vegetable jalfrezi recipe which is packed with nutrition and goodness.
Dal Tadka is the ultimate Indian dish to enjoy with your cooked naan dough. Enjoy some Dal with this fantastic and simple recipe.
Tips for Serving Naan at a Party!
You can serve naan alone or with accompaniments like hummus, dips and, sauce.
Here are some popular Naan accompaniments:
Hummus- Classic flavor is best but if you want to mix it up try adding in roasted red pepper, jalapeno or, other flavorful ingredients to create unique flavors.
Check out our fantastic recipe for Hummus here!
You can also add sesame seeds to your cooked naan, Indian food and, your Indian cuisine dishes.
Dips- Try serving naan with your favorite dips like salsa, guacamole or, creamy avocado cilantro, ranch, tzatziki and, more.
Sauces- Naan is best served alongside sauces like tikka masala sauce, tomato cream sauce etc.
Why Not Make and Freeze Some Naan Bread Today!
If you want to save time and money, try our tips for freezing naan bread. These easy steps will help ensure your frozen naan is ready when you are! Y
You’ll also love the fact that it’s a much healthier option than store-bought dough–no preservatives or additives here….and you can simply reheat when needed!
All of this makes taking care of your family easier in just one quick step!
Be sure to check out our Super Popular Butter Chicken Recipe! It’s our favorite Indian recipe and makes a fantastic dinner!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!