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Authentic Recipe of Naan-e Afghani. Delicious Afghan Traditional Flatbread.

This authentic recipe of Naan-e Afghani has few ingredients and only needs a simple cooking technique to achieve a perfect Naan.

Things to know about Naan-e Afghani Recipe

Naan is an essential part of Afghan food. They eat it with every meal and include it in weddings, celebrations or dinners menu. Traditionally it is cooked in a clay oven, every neighborhood in Afghanistan has a bakery or ‘nanwayee’ where they bake thousands of naan each day.

Traditionally it is made using a starter called ‘khamir toursh’ but you can use instant yeast instead. The secret to the beautiful texture and aroma of Afghan naan is the right amount of humidity. This bread is cooked with lots of water.

The cook wets the surface before putting it in the oven and sprinkle some water while it is cooking. This delicious naan can be stored in the freezer for many days. Just place it in an airtight bag and reheat once ready to consume.

Delicious Afghan Traditional Flatbread. Authentic Recipe of Naan-e Afghani.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: افغانی نان
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


Servings 3 Pieces
Calories / Serving 760 kcal


  • 5 cups Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 packet Yeast
  • 2 cups Water Warm
  • 1 tsp Nigella Seeds – Black Cumin – Kalojeera – Kalonji -Kalanji
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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and yeast.
  • Slowly add water and mix.
  • Knead for 10 minutes until a soft dough is formed.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 260 C / 500 F.
  • Punch (degas) the dough and divide it into three parts.
  • On a floured surface, gently shape the dough into an oval, about ½ inch (1.5 cm) thick.
  • Once the dough is shaped, cut three deep lines on the surface with a knife.
  • Transfer into a baking pan.
  • Spray the dough with water and sprinkle nigella seeds on top.
  • Bake for 5 minutes. Spray the bread with water and bake again for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and wrap in a kitchen towel to keep it fresh and moist.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 760kcalCarbohydrates: 152gProtein: 26gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 1564mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Afghan Traditional Flatbread, Naan-e Afghani Recipe, افغانی نان
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Cooking tip for making Naan-e Afghani

You can store it in the freezer in an airtight bag for longer shelf life.

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What to serve with Naan-e Afghani?

Naan-e Afghani is served with most sabzi or meat dishes. Can also be served with feta cheese or jams, along with green tea.

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