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What To Serve With Naan Bread – 13 Delicious Sides

Wondering what to serve with your naan bread? You’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for naan bread.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with naan bread are butter chicken, palak paneer, spinach lentil dal, and sage lamb kofta. Try chana masala, jalapeno mango chutney, and vegetable korma for more vegetarian options. Try Greek chickpea salad, flank steak, and carnitas for unusual but tasty choices.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Butter chicken

Butter chicken and naan is a classic combo for a reason – they’re so good together. 

There’s nothing more satisfying than ripping apart a soft naan and using it to scoop up the creamy sauce and tender chicken.

This butter chicken recipe is especially perfect for busy weeknights.

It doesn’t involve marinating your chicken, and you only need 45 minutes of prep and cook time. You’d never guess!

Palak paneer

Whether you’re vegetarian or not, you’ll love this palak paneer.

Also known as creamed spinach and paneer curry, this dish is a delicious combination of creamy spinach, cheese, and classic Indian spices.

It’s made with ingredients that are probably already sitting in your pantry – minus the paneer.

If you’re ever in the mood for an Indian, skip the takeaway and whip up this palak paneer with some naan on the side.

Tandoori chicken

Who says naan bread’s only good for curry? 

It can also be an excellent base for smoky tandoori chicken. 

This dish gets its name from the tandoor, the cylindrical clay oven it’s usually prepared in.

But since you probably don’t have a tandoor lying around, this recipe calls for cooking your chicken in the air fryer.

Of course, the authentic version will always be the best, but this air fryer tandoori chicken is a close second.

Spinach lentil dal

The great thing about Indian cuisine is how vegetarian-friendly it is. 

Like with this spinach dal – it’s completely meat-free but still super delicious. 

It features spinach and lentils, seasoned with classic Indian spices including garam masala, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds. 

Complete your spinach lentil dal with a helping (or two) of garlic naan.

Sage lamb kofta

Lamb kofta is traditionally served with rice, but why not swap it for naan instead? 

Just spread the refreshing cucumber yogurt over your naan and load it with a couple of koftas. 

Eat it as is or treat it as a wrap for a hearty meal that you can eat with your bare hands. 

Check out Reluctant Entertainer’s easy sage lamb kofta with cucumber yogurt sauce recipe

Chana masala

This chana masala with a side of naan bread makes a superb meat-free meal. 

This dish has chickpeas in a thick, spiced curry sauce that’s almost like a stew. 

Even non-vegans will love this flavor-packed chana masala.

Jalapeño mango chutney

If you want to keep it simple, naan bread also goes nicely with chutney.

I like pairing my naan with this jalapeño mango chutney.

It has a highly irresistible sweet and spicy flavor combination. 

Just smear some chutney over your naan bread and you’ve got a snack that’ll satisfy your cravings. 

Here’s the recipe: Jalapeño Mango Chutney

Beef vindaloo

This beef vindaloo isn’t for the faint of heart.

If you can handle the heat, you’ll enjoy the fork-tender chunks of beef drenched in a fiery hot ghost-pepper-infused sauce.

Cut your naan into dippers and lather on some yogurt to take the edge of this spicy delight.

Check out full the recipe from Chili Pepper Madness.

Vegetable korma

For a complete and nourishing meal, serve your naan bread alongside this vegetable korma. 

This dish features a cashew and coconut milk curry base – making it quite the opposite of our last suggestion in terms of heat.

It’s loaded with mild spices and vegetables such as carrots, peas, potatoes, and beans.

It’s the perfect comfort food that anyone can eat – even vegans and people with gluten sensitivity. 

Try making this vegetable korma for dinner tonight!

Tandoori gobi tikka

Make Meatless Mondays more interesting with a meal of naan bread and tandoori gobi. 

This dish is made with cauliflower florets marinated in yogurt and spices. 

Once you’ve got your marinated florets, you can cook them on the stove, oven, or even in the air fryer. 

Head to Fun Food Frolic’s blog for the full tandoori gobi tikka recipe.

Greek chickpea salad

Naan bread shares some similarities to pita bread, so it’s no surprise it pairs nicely with Greek dishes too. 

Instead of your usual lettuce leaves, this salad is packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and chickpeas.

Everything is tied together with a creamy and tangy dressing. 

This Greek chickpea salad with tzatziki dressing will be your new go-to salad for a light and quick lunch.

Cilantro lime flank steak

Naan is incredibly versatile, so pairing it with flank steak still works, despite being unconventional. 

I like using flank steak because it’s a more affordable cut – but marinating it in lime juice, fresh cilantro, and garlic is an easy way to make the steak shine.

This cilantro lime flank steak is amazing when grilled – slice it up and wrap it in a freshly cooked naan for an unconventional but delicious wrap.

Pork carnitas

Serve your pork carnitas with naan bread for the ultimate Mexican-Indian fusion. 

This dish usually takes hours to cook, so it’s helpful if you have a crockpot or slow cooker. 

Once all the ingredients are in, you can leave the crockpot to do its job.  Ten hours later, you’ll have pork so juicy and tender that it’ll fall apart in your fingers.

This crockpot carnitas is a fun and tasty way to jazz up your naan bread.

The best side dishes for naan bread

  • Butter chicken
  • Palak paneer
  • Tandoori chicken
  • Spinach lentil dal
  • Sage lamb kofta
  • Chana masala
  • Jalapeño mango chutney
  • Beef vindaloo
  • Vegetable korma
  • Tandoori gobi tikka
  • Greek chickpea salad
  • Cilantro lime flank steak
  • Pork carnitas

What To Serve With Naan Bread

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your naan bread.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: naan bread side dishes, what to serve with naan bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 336kcal


  • 1 portion naan bread


  • Prepare your naan bread according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: butter chicken, palak paneer, tandoori chicken, spinach lentil dal, sage lamb kofta, chana masala, jalapeño mango chutney, beef vindaloo, vegetable korma, tandoori gobi tikka, greek chickpea salad, cilantro lime flank steak, and pork carnitas.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 336kcal

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