Homemade naan bread recipe no yeast, super easy to make soft and chewy traditional naan. I am not blowing my own trumpet but so many of you who tried it told me this is by far most easy and Best Naan recipe ever.Here's how to make naan at with my tips to make it simple and easy.
Naan is undoubtedly one of the most popular leavened flatbread made India and some other Asian countries. This homemade Naan bread recipe is what I make very frequently to serve with butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, dal makhani or malai kofta.
Traditional naan bread is baked in a tandoor (clay oven) on charcoal or wood. But now with non-availability of that kind of open space in our home kitchens, I am sharing with you The stovetop version.
You can make homemade naan recipe in two ways.
There are two methods used for leavening of naan dough. One is making naan with yeast. And the second one is No yeast naan without yeast which is served in a most Indian restaurant. A mixture of curd+baking powder is used to leaven the naan dough.
Today I am sharing with you this naan recipe with yogurt. You don’t need to wait for the dough to rise for hours. Just kneed the dough and once it is ready, make naan with it. You can make this quick recipe in 30 minutes flat and there is no resting time involved. Its easy and tastes exactly like restaurant naan. Easy and Instant gratification!
What are the Ingredients in Naan bread?
Like many other bread recipes, this easy naan is made with few basic ingredients, flour, water, salt and sugar along with a leavening agent. You can make naan with the yeast or make it without yeast. Make plain naan or flavour it with butter, garlic or herbs and spices as per your choice.
Flour- You can make it with All purpose flour or use a mix of all purpose flour and whole wheat
Curd/Yogurt- This makes naan soft from inside.
From the Pantry: Sugar, salt, Oil, Butter, nigella seeds or kalonji
Herbs- Cilantro/coriander, garlic (for garlic bread)
Naan Recipe Variations
I am making butter naan but you can make many variations of naan with this recipe.
Basically, add your favourite herbs or spices in the dough or encrust the dough with them before cooking. I am talking about some of the popular variations.
Butter naan - Plain naan is baked first and this is brushed with an ample amount of melted butter.
Cheese Naan - When making dough ball add some grated cheese, roll the dough with stuffing and then roast the naan.
Garlic Naan - While making dough add some grated garlic and then before roasting press some grated garlic. Also to make it more garlicky you can brush it with garlic butter for extra delicious taste.
Stuffed naan - There are many stuffed naan variations which can be made with veggie stuffings like paneer naan, gobi naan, or non vegetarian keema naan etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use whole wheat flour for Naan?
You can use whole wheat flour in the naan but the texture and the colour of the naan will be different. The best way to make naan with whole wheat is by using a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.
What can I substitute for yogurt in naan?
You can either use yeast or if you want to make vegan naan you can use cashew yogurt.
What to Serve with Naan Bread?
You can eat naan bread with curry or any Dal. The most popular curry recipes to serve with naan are butter paneer or karahi paneer, paneer kofta, malai kofta. Dal makhani and Naan is a meal combination that is one of the best satisfying restaurant meal.
Some other dishes to enjoy with naan are - Langar dal, Dal tadka, Chana masala, mixed vegetable sabji, aloo gobi, matar mushroom, methi paneer , Veg Jhalfrezi etc.
Watch Naan Recipe Video
More Such flatbread Recipes
Paneer Stuffed Paratha
Missa Dal Paratha
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Homemade Naan Recipe
- cast iron griddle or skillet
- 2 cups All purpose flour maida
- ½ cup yogurt
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- For garnish and flavour
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon kalonji seeds onion seeds
- 3 tablespoon Coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon garlic for garlic naan
Making Naan Dough
- In a mixing bowl add 2 cups of flour, add salt, powdered sugar, 1teaspoon baking powder, ⅕tsp baking soda and mix them all to combine well so that these are evenly distributed in the flour.
- Next, add 2 tablespoons of oil and mix with the flour mixture to make a dough of crumbly texture. Add yogurt now and kneed the dough with this.
- Add in a couple of tablespoons of warm water to make a soft, smooth and pliable dough. Make sure to add a small amount of water at a time you do not want to end up with the watery or sticky dough.
- The dough should be soft and stretchy. In the end, you can add a bit of oil to bring it all together and ease of making.
- Cover the dough with a moist kitchen towel. Now if you want you can make the dough and immediately make naan with it or rest it for 10 minutes for better gluten formation. Either way, Naan will turn out good. But make sure dough does not dry up so keep it covered with a moist cloth.
Cooking Naan perfectly
- Place naan bread water side down on to the griddle/tawa.
- Reduce the heat to slow and cook naan till bubble starts to appear. Now increase the heat and take the griddle off heat.
- Completely reverse the side of the griddle and cook naan on the open flame. While cooking this way make sure that bread is not directly touching flame initially so that it is fully cooked from inside.
- In the last 20 seconds bring it closer to heat so that space between air pockets is fully cooked as well.
- Now with spatula release it from the griddle and apply plain melted butter to make butter naan or garlic butter to make garlic naan.
- Likewise, you can make all naans like this. You can also make stuffed naan I have shared that recipe of chur naan before I will leave a link in the description.
- Serve this hot crispy outside and soft inside naan with dal makhani chana masala or your favourite gravy for a satisfying restaurant-style meal at home.
Stepwise method of Making Naan
First step starts with making dough for naan.
Add flour in a big mixing bowl.
Now add salt, sugar, baking powder and mix them.
Add oil and mix throughly by rubbing in-between tips of your fingers and thumbs.
The resulting mixture will look like fine bread crumb.
Add yogurt and mix it with other ingredients as well.
Add required amount of warm water to make smooth and pliable dough.
Divide the dough into 5-6 equal parts. Shape dough into balls.
Roll out into oblong shape.
Apply coriander or garlic on one side and also add nigella seeds/kalonji. Press with rolling pin so that garlic sticks to the naan bread.
Turn this side and apply water on the other side of rolled naan.
Place naan on a hot iron griddle or cast iron skillet. Press it so that it sticks to tava or skillet.
Cook for 2 minutes on medium heat till bubbles start to appear.
Now turn this and cook naan upside down and cook on direct flame to get those characteristic charred marks.
When cooked nicely apply butter and serve Naan with your favorite curry.
Thank you. I used a crepe pan. V hot but non stick. It did sort of stick but it didn’t bubble I put it on cake rack and held it over flame and it browned well but still no bubbles. It was ok but a bit heavy and breast not really chewy. I used e v olive oil. Should I have used a lighter oil? Also the dough was a little sticky. I will persevere and make again as it seems like a great recipe!!
Sorry. Autocorrect!! Should have said bready. Not breast!!!!
The FAQs were really helpful! Thank you for this recipe.
Tried the Naan recipe today. The Naans turned out super soft inside n crispy at the base. Amazed to see the results with curd, I use to use yeast. This ends my search for fresh yeast and dry yeast. Love and guys for sharing this amazing recipe. My 76 yrs mom too loved it. God bless🥰
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