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Indian Restaurant Style Peshwari Naan Recipe

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This is one of the most popular British Indian restaurant style Peshwari naan recipes

Peshwari naans take some experimentation to get right. I don’t really have a sweet tooth so if they’re too sweet, I just don’t like them.

That is of course not the case with many people who love very sweet peshwari naans.

Therefore, please use the recipe below as a guide. Feel free to adjust it to your own tastes when you’re making the peshwari paste.

With a bit of practice, you will find a recipe that is exactly as you want your peshwari naans to be.

British Indian restaurant style peshwari naan

You are going to love this authentic curry house Peshwari naan recipe!

You don’t need a tandoor oven to make perfect tandoori Peshwari naans!

Many people falsely believe that you need a tandoor to make delicious naans.

The photo of the naan above was made in a tandoor. But the day I learned this recipe we also cooked a few on a hot grill.

The end result looks different but is just as delicious. 

Following are a couple of photos of Peshwari naans I made at home without the use of my tandoor oven. 

Peshwari naan in a pan

Cooking the Peshwari naan over high heat.

How hot should the pan be?

Think tandoor here! The sides of a tandoor oven are very hot. You need to do the same with your pan.

As the naan cooks in the pan, bubbles will form. When they form to where you like them, turn the heat down slightly and let it keep cooking. 


To brown the top side, you can either flip the naan over or if you are cooking on gas in a cast iron pan, you could turn it toward the flame.

Naan ready to eat

Freshly cooked naan smothered with delicious ghee and sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Peshwari naan

This was so good! You’ve got to try this at home.

Working ahead

You can make your naan dough a good three days in advance. I usually make it 24 hours in advance which gives the dough the perfect flavour for me.

If you have any left-over dough, it can be frozen for up to six months. Just take it out of the freezer to defrost and rise again.

All of the Peshwari paste ingredients can be prepared one or two day in advance as well. 

When to serve Peshwari naans…

If you are planning a curry evening with friends, why not make a selection of naans? Place a plate of plain, garlic, peshwari naans and cheese and chilli naans on the table and word will get around.

Your local takeaway might just call you up to ask for your secret recipe.

In short, Peshwari naans are delicious served whenever you want them! I used to make them for my kids as a Saturday morning breakfast treat. 


Peshwari naan

Peshwari naans are easy to make and have fantastic flavour.

Where is this recipe from?

I learned this recipe at a local curry house. The chef there took me though the recipe step by step which I photographed for you. It’s always a lot easier when you see photographs after all.

I learned a lot of great recipes that day. That was also the day I learned to make keema naans. Here’s a couple of photos to perhaps entice you to try these too. 

restaurant style keema naans

These keema naans cooked in a pan were delicious.

Finished Indian restaurant style keema naan

You really can make these just like those at restaurants with a mouthwatering piece of keema in the centre.

Try the meat mixture of this recipe. Then just form the meat into small balls similar to the peshwari ball you see above and follow the rest of the instructions for this recipe.

I have noticed that when making keema naans, some of the meat does show through but that is fine. It’s expected.

British Indian restaurant naans

Rolling out the naans

In the above photograph you see a dough ball with the peshwari naan filling in it. The peshari naan is rolled out flat and then cooked just like it is done for keema naans.

It isn’t as noticeable with Peshwari naans but with keema naans you will see that the meat rolls out really flat too. That is how they achieve that really flat meat in the centre of keema naans.

Peshwari naans

Making peshwari naans – British Indian restaurant style


Please note that in order to make this Peshwari naan recipe, you of course first need to make the dough.

I have three naan doughs you might like to try.

Keema naans
Curry house style naan dough using self-raising flour. (amazing results)
Authentic naan dough with yeast.
Authentic naan dough with yoghurt and no yeast.

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British Indian Restaurant (BIR) Style Peshwari Naans

British Indian restaurant style peshwari naan
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 quantity naan dough (see link above)
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon (more or less) sugar
  • 200g almond flakes
  • 3 tablespoons single cream
  • 20 sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon melted ghee


  1. First make the peshwari paste.
  2. In a food processor, blend the almond flakes, cream, desiccated coconut, sugar and sultanas until they form a thick paste. You may need to adjust the recipe by adding more cream to form the paste if it is too crumbly or more almond flakes if too wet.
  3. Kneed the peshwari paste into a pliable dough.
  4. Now take a tennis ball sized ball of the naan dough and make a shallow hole in it with your thumb.
  5. Place the peshwari paste dough into it and then fold the naan dough around the peshwari paste.
  6. Roll out into a flat round or teardrop shaped disc.
  7. Slap the disc between your hands to get all the excel flour off.
  8. Heat a frying pan over high heat.
  9. When hot, place the naan disc on the pan and dry fry it for about two minutes. Bubbles should form on the top.
  10. Turn the naan over to colour the top for about 30 seconds to a minute and then turn it over again until cooked through.
  11. Brush with hot ghee and serve immediately.

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I hope you enjoy this curry house style Peshwari naan recipe. If you do give it a try, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.


Sunday 27th of March 2022

Always wanted to make peshwari Nan and today I did it and omg it was amazing, this was so easy to make and will do again and pop in some crushed pistachios.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

That's great. and sounds even better with the addition of pistachios. Thanks Dan


Monday 23rd of August 2021

I am about to try making your Peshwari Naan recipe. But, which naan recipe of yours would you recommend using - I notice you show a choice of 3.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 26th of August 2021

You can use any of my naan recipes for Peshwari Naans. Thanks Dan


Monday 14th of June 2021

this site is GREAT. Only request is a quick video on how to make the balls of dough filled with the peshwari paste. This would help with getting a feel for the actual texture of the filling and the dough. Otherwise, long live BIR!

Thanks Doug

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

Thanks for the feedback, I will try and work on that soon. Dan

Jay Tee

Friday 5th of February 2021

I make a lot of bread. A LOT. And I've pretty much got my naan recipe down, after a few years of fiddling. So, I have to confess to not having actually tried the dough recipes - I came for the peshwari paste ideas.

Mate: nailed it. This is the shizzle. My sister used to live in Rusholme and took me out to eat down the curry mile. My Indian mates have taken me to their favourite haunts in Bradford...and I've eaten in plenty of backstreet dives in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Panjim, etc, etc.

And yeah. This is the shizzle.

Dan Toombs

Monday 8th of February 2021

Great to hear! Thanks very much. Dan

Sarah Bird

Saturday 19th of September 2020

These were so good! A real hit with the friends I cooked dinner for, will definitely make them again!

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