Naan Recipe:- How to make a no yeast recipe of Naan?

Tawa Naan

Naan or naan bread is very famous Indian flatbread now popular around the world. This is an easy recipe to make Naan at home without yeast and oven. You can also make garlic naan and butter naan with the same recipe. My family loves naan, so I make it quite often and trust me after trying this recipe you are going to make it often too. Naan is basically Indian flat bread that also resembles pita bread. It is leavened with baking powder, baking soda or sometimes with yeast, kept for several hours to rise and then rolled in to small discs and cooked. Traditional way naan is cooked in clay oven (tandoor) that most of us don’t have at home. So in this household naan recipe we are going to cook naan on iron griddle or tawa and on stove top (direct flame). It is little tricky, but once you try it, you will get it.

Usually naan is made with all-purpose flour (maida) but if you are health conscious you can mix whole wheat flour (atta) and all-purpose flour 1:1. Texture and taste would be little different from actual naan, still tastes great 🙂 . Naan made with all-purpose flour is much softer and smoother than that of made with whole wheat flour. Naan is usually served with some curry like paneer masala, rajma masala, chana masala, aloo gobi curry etc.

In this naan recipe I used both baking powder (for soft texture) and baking soda (for little crispness). I used sugar to enhance the fermentation. I kneaded the dough with milk to make a softer dough and yogurt to give the dough little sourness and taste. For garlic naan I used mixture of fine chopped garlic, dry fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) and olive oil. For butter naan just brush butter on top of fresh hot naan. You could also try mixture of Italian seasoning and olive oil to season these naans. These are just some of many ways to have them.

Whenever you knead the dough for naan make sure it is really soft and let it rise for at least 4-5 hours. After 4-5 hours or when you want to make it divide the dough into balls and let these balls rest for another 10 minutes, and then roll them. This will give soft and textured naan. Use very less water on naan so that it can stick to tawa or griddle and doesn’t fall when you are cooking on direct heat. Also avoid too much of water, else it may get stuck to the tawa and will be tough to take out. Keep the temperature between medium to medium high heat.

There are some tricks on how to knead the dough for naan and how to cook naan on stove top.

I really recommend watching my easy to follow step by step instructional naan recipe video which will help you in making just the perfect naan yourself.

Naan

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp Curd
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • Water
  • 1 Egg optional
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Butter

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl mix together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Sieve them together.
  • In another bowl mix milk, sugar, yogurt, oil and water. Knead a soft dough as shown in the video by sprinkling little water at a time. Rub little oil on the dough, cover it and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes take little oil in hand and knead the dough again. Now cover the bowl with cling wrap and let the dough rest for 4- 5 hours.
  • After 5 hours or when you want to make naan take some oil in hand and knead the dough once again. Take ball size dough and make rounds and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes roll the dough using generous amount of dry flour. Take some water in your fingers and gently pat the rolled naan.
  • Heat Tawa at medium heat and put the naan with water side down. Wait till you see some bubbles on naan. Now put the griddle on the stove and put the tawa upside down on the griddle.
  • Cook for few second till you see brown spots on naan. Naan is ready put your choice of seasoning and enjoy with your favorite curry.

Video

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All Comments

  • Wow looks very yum. Can I use groundnut or refined oil instead of olive oil?

    anu March 8, 2014 5:52 pm Reply
    • Thanks Anu.
      Yes you can use any oil as far as you like it. You can also substitute it with butter.

      Regards,
      -Shilpi Amit

      Shilpi Amit July 27, 2014 6:55 pm Reply
  • Hi, stumbled upon your blog accidentally and was amazed by your collection and simplicity of your recipes. Thanks, will definitely try a few.

    Sherie August 25, 2014 8:02 pm Reply
    • Dear Sherie,
      Glad to know that you liked my Blog and recipes.
      Stay connected for more 🙂
      Also checkout my youtube channel if not explored yet: https://www.youtube.com/user/FoodsAndFlavors

      Regards,
      Shilpi Amit

      Shilpi Amit August 25, 2014 8:24 pm Reply
  • LOL. I made Naan as per your measurement and instructions. It was a wow result. Every one has appreciated for the softness and the taste. U r a wonderful chef.

    sumathi September 21, 2014 3:47 am Reply
    • Thanks Sumathi,
      Measurement always helps. Now you can enjoy naan often at home :). Try these Naans with Dhaba style or Restaurant style recipes.
      Do stay in touch for more.

      Regards,
      Shilpi Amit

      Shilpi Agarwal September 28, 2014 9:41 pm Reply
  • Hi Shilpi! I made your naan this evening to have with dinner. We enjoyed the breads very much. They were very soft and wonderful to eat. I like that they weren’t as salty as many flat breads are. That way I can season the tops as I like. Making the dough hours in advance was great too. I’m sure I will make this naan again. I’m new to cooking Indian food. Thanks so much for this recipe, your blog and videos. It is all very helpful for me.

    Mary Blackledge Corroo September 30, 2014 7:41 pm Reply
    • Thanks Mary.

      Glad to know that you liked Naan and also finding my blog/videos useful.
      Stay connected for more.

      -Shilpi Amit

      Shilpi Agarwal October 1, 2014 9:12 pm Reply
  • I have only cooking soda at home. Is that enough to give same results if 3/4 spoon is used ?

    KTL February 4, 2015 12:36 am Reply
    • Hi There,
      I have never tried it alone with cooking soda. I think it should work. If you try it let me know if it works.
      Regards,
      Shilpi

      Shilpi Agarwal February 4, 2015 2:26 pm Reply
  • I made the dough for naan and it has been sitting for almost five hours now. Can I put into refrigerator and make the balls tomorrow?

    dixie154 February 13, 2015 6:58 pm Reply
    • Hi Dixie,
      Ya you can refrigerate it. Take it out from the fridge alteast two hours before making naan.
      Thanks ,
      Shilpi

      Shilpi Agarwal February 13, 2015 11:51 pm Reply
      • Thank you for the advise. After the two hours do I then make the balls and let it rest the 10 min. before rolling? Can I then cook in a cast iron skillet? I don’t have one of the things you used in the video to cook it on.

        dixie154 February 14, 2015 12:06 am Reply
        • Ya Dixie you can use cast iron skillet. I also works fine.
          Regards,
          Shilpi

          Shilpi Agarwal February 16, 2015 11:54 pm Reply
  • Naan turned out great! My first time cooking Indian food (Naan and chicken curry)…sooooooo good. Your video also really helped me. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    dixie154 February 17, 2015 8:32 am Reply
    • Wow that’s great Dixie. I am very happy to know that you tried it and liked it. Do try my other recipes and let me know if you have any problems.
      Cheers,
      Shilpi

      Shilpi Agarwal February 17, 2015 11:23 am Reply
  • Wow fabulous.yummy

    Thangam April 1, 2015 12:50 pm Reply
  • Can u please tell me the measurement for 2 cups of flour because we are just 2 people n 4 cups bcm too much for me. Thank u

    navya June 2, 2015 4:21 am Reply
  • Tried naan with Gobi tikka masala.. Both came out very well. Thx

    Megha June 24, 2015 7:30 pm Reply
    • That’s great to know Megha. Thanks for trying my recipes and keep visiting foods and flavors.

      Shilpi Agarwal June 25, 2015 12:21 pm Reply
  • Thx a lot again! Wanted to know if you have some good recipe for sprouts.. I don’t like eating sprouts raw..please share. Thx

    Megha June 27, 2015 9:51 am Reply
    • Hi Megha, I have posted only one sprout recipe- sprout and fruit salad. Even though you don’t like raw sprouts you might like it. It comes out really tasty. Other than that you can make sprout sandwich, just steam the sprouts. Mix onions,cucumber, green chilly, coriander leaves and cheese (optional). Take bread pieces, spread garlic coriander chutney one one piece and ketchup on another. Stuff them with sprout mixture and grill them. It comes out very tasty.
      Thanks,
      Shilpi

      Shilpi Agarwal June 27, 2015 10:08 pm Reply
  • Thx a ton! I will surely try this.

    Megha June 28, 2015 7:21 am Reply
  • I love roti but I must avoid gluten.. do you have a gluten free naan..

    janet June 15, 2016 8:56 am Reply

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