Reheating Naan Bread
When it comes to Indian bread, Naan is one of my favorite breads. It is so easy and quick to make, and it tastes great! However, if you are like me, you don’t want to reheat your Naan the wrong way because it loses its original texture and gets soggy, even wet!
So we have experimented in our kitchen and have some methods and a few tips on the heating of naan bread and how to warm naan bread. We also cover frozen naan bread reheat naan that will help keep it from getting soggy or losing its texture.
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How to Reheat Naan Bread
Reheating Naan can be done by different methods. They will help to keep or make the bread crispy and delicious for the family gathering. So, whether you have frozen naans or leftover naan bread on the table, we got you covered on the reheating process!
How to Reheat Naan Bread in Microwave
Microwave ovens are by far the quickest way to heat naan bread. You’ll be able to heat the frozen Naan bread without defrosting it first quickly.
However, while this method is quick it delivers the least crispy naan bread.
1. Place the naan bread into a microwave-safe bowl. You can use any bowl but make sure it has a lid. If not, put a piece of slightly wet paper towel over the top of the bowl.
2. Heat the microwave at medium heat for 30 seconds. Check if the bread is warm. Each microwave is a little different so for your first one pause often till you get your timing right.
3. Once heated, remove from the microwave and cover with another piece of paper towel. Then place back into the microwave for 1 minute. Repeat this process until the bread is warmed through.
How to Reheat Naan Bread in Oven
If you prefer baking your Naan instead of microwaving, then you should follow these steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The preheated oven needs to be at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit for proper heating. To reheat properly, the bread needs to be heated quickly but efficiently to maintain its shape.
2. Put the bread onto a cookie sheet or pan and sprinkle a little water over it. The water will prevent the flatbread from drying out and maintain a soft texture.
3. Bake for 5 minutes and check the bread warm is warm. If the naan is frozen you will need to turn over the bread at this point a heat for another few minutes. I would also spritz a little olive oil over the top to help keep it moist inside and crispy outside.
If you prefer a softer naan then make a parcel of it with tin foil and that will trap in all the moisture.
You need to be careful as the bread warms, it can go from warm to burnt quite quickly so keep an eye on it towards the end of the reheating process.
4. Remove from the oven and serve. Or wrap the hot Naan bread in aluminum foil if you are not serving straight away.
How to Reheat Naan Bread in a Skillet or Stovetop
For those who love their Naan hot, this method is perfect. This method also works best for fresh naan bread.
1. In a skillet, add a bit of oil or butter and heat over medium-high heat. Make sure that it is hot enough before placing the Naan.
2. Add the Naan top side down and cook for about 20-30 seconds per side or until golden brown to keep the bread intact. Remember to flip it regularly to prevent overcooking.
3. If you want a crispy texture, cook each side longer.
4. Remove from the skillet and let cool a little before serving.
How to Reheat Naan Bread in an Air Fryer
Using an air fryer for reheating Naan is also quick and easy. It works through the air convection that heats thoroughly, giving the bread a lovely warm and crispy texture. Here are the steps to do it:
1. Prepare a safe tray and place the Naan.
2. Spray a bit of cooking oil on the naan to make it crisp.
3. Place them inside the air fryer and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Reheat for 3-4 minutes.
5. Take out the Naan and enjoy. Take care as the naan will be hot.
How to Defrost Frozen Naan Bread
Defrosting frozen naan bread is very simple. All you need is patience. Follow these steps to defrost frozen naan bread:
1. Thaw the bread in the refrigerator overnight. You can also leave it at room temperature for 1-3 hours.
2. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in a warm oven, air fryer, or skillet.
How to Store Leftover Naan Bread
Naan bread is delicious served as soon as it’s made. However, leftover naan is best stored in an airtight container or plastic bag to keep its freshness and texture.
1. Storing Naan in an airtight container
Fresh naan bread can be kept for three days in an airtight container or plastic bag. When stored in an airtight container, the naan will keep for 3 days before being eaten.
2. Storing Naan in a plastic bag
If you want to store Naan for longer, use an airtight plastic bag and freeze it for up to 2 months. The Naan may be defrosted by placing it in a plastic bag at room temperature for 24 hours, then heating it in an oven or on a skillet at medium to high heat with ghee, oil, or butter.
How to Add Flavor to Leftover Naan Bread
It’s possible that the flavors of your naan bread were lost while it was being frozen or kept in the refrigerator, and having bland naan bread isn’t worth it. Store-bought naan bread can also taste different than your preference. Fortunately, you may infuse extra flavor into your bread by toasting it in a skillet or baking it in the oven with ghee or butter for a buttery taste.
You may use almost any spice, component, or topping on your naan bread, but the most popular and best-suited flavor options are as follows:
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- dried oregano
- chili flakes
You can also use the flavorless Naan bread for a pizza base, burritos, and even nachos.
How Do You Soften Naan Bread?
The best way to soften Naan bread is by reheating it in the microwave and covering it with a wet or damp paper towel to add a bit of moisture. Heat the microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Add more reheating time if until it is soft enough.
Can You Heat Naan Bread in A Toaster?
Yes, you can toast naan bread in a regular toaster. Simply cut the bread into pieces that fit in the toaster. Then, put the Naan pieces and toast for 1-2 minutes depending on your preference. Toast all the sides and make sure not to overdo it.
How to Keep Naan Bread Crunchy?
To keep your naan bread crunchy using an oven to reheat it is the best way.