Soft Butter Naan (without tandoor)

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Butter naan recipe with step by step photos – easy, healthy and soft whole wheat butter naan made without tandoor. These soft naans are made on stovetop or tawa/griddle.

butter naan served on a white plate with a bowl of curry kept on the top left side and text layover.

Naan and rich North Indian curries always make a good pair. So on days when I don’t make the usual phulkas or rotis, I end up making naans.

Easy to make are these light and soft Indian breads. Naan are always made with all purpose flour/maida. yet the same soft texture can be achieved with whole wheat flour. I have used the regular chapati atta for making these naans.

Generally, butter naan which we get in restaurants is slathered with butter. I always add some butter in the dough and then spread some butter on the top of the naan, while serving.

Usually naans are cooked in tandoor (clay ovens). At home you can cook grill them in an oven or cook them on a tava/griddle. Since we prefer burnt spots on the naan, I always cook the naan partly on fire. Though this is optional and you cook the naan on the tava completely, like we cook chapatis.

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Serve these homemade soft butter naan with dal or curry.

How to make butter naan without tandoor

1. Take ½ tsp yeast and 1 tbsp sugar in a bowl.

yeast for making naan

2. pour  1 cup water or as required.

add flour - making butter naan

3,  add 1 cup whole wheat flour.

add flour - making butter naan recipe

4. Begin to whisk the mixture.

whisk mixture - making butter naan recipe

5. whisk the entire mixture till smooth.

mixture for making butter naan recipe

6. cover and allow this mixture to sit for 30 to 45 minutes.

mixture for making butter naan

7. Then add the remaining 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tbsp softened butter, 3 to 4 tbsp curd and ¾ tsp salt or as required.

add butter to naan mixture

8. Mix everything and begin to knead. Knead to a smooth, soft dough.

knead butter naan dough

9. Cover and allow the dough to leaven for about 25 to 30 minutes.

butter naan dough

10. divide the dough in medium sized balls.

butter naan dough

11. cover and keep aside the dough balls for 15 to 20 minutes.

butter naan dough

Making butter naan

12. Take a dough ball and lightly sprinkle some flour over it. You can also sprinkle some sesame seeds or nigella seeds on the dough ball and then roll it.

butter naan dough ball

13. With a rolling pin, roll into rounds with a medium thickness.

rolling butter naan

14. On a hot tava or griddle, place the naan. You will see bubbles appearing.

butter naan on tava

15. When the base is partly cooked, turn over the naan and let the other side get cooked.

cooking butter naan

16. When this side is cooked, remove with the pair of tongs and place the first cooked side touching the fire. The butter naan will puff up. Flip and brown the other side too.

making butter naan recipe

17. Here is a pic of naan sprinkled with nigella seeds, getting puffed.

butter naan recipe with nigella seeds

18. Place them in a roti basket or casserole and spread butter on top. Prepare all butter naan this way. You can stack them in the roti basket and then serve later or serve them immediately.

butter naan recipe

19. Serve these soft butter naan with dal or curry of your choice.

butter naan

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butter naan recipe

Butter Naan (without tandoor)

These are soft whole wheat butter naan made on tawa or stovetop.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine North Indian
Course Main Course
Servings 12 to 14 butter naan


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup water or as required
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon Curd (yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoon softened butter, unsalted or salted
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or as required
  • butter as required for spreading on the naan


making dough

  • In a bowl, take the instant yeast, sugar. Add water and stir the mixture.
  • Then add 1 cup whole wheat flour and stir or whisk it with the rest of the yeast mixture.
  • Cover and keep aside to leaven for 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Then add the remaining whole wheat flour, salt, butter and curd/yogurt. Knead to a soft and smooth dough.
  • If the dough become sticky, add a few tbsp of flour and knead again. If its dry, then add some more water.
  • Cover the naan dough and keep aside for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into medium balls.
  • Give a resting time for the dough balls for about 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and keep aside.

rolling butter naan

  • Lightly dust the dough balls with some flour. 
  • You can also sprinkle some sesame seeds or nigella seeds on the dough ball and then roll it.
  • Roll into a small to medium sized rounds/rotis of medium thickness.

cooking butter naan

  • Place the naan on a hot tava or griddle.
  • When the bottom is partly cooked, flip. You will see bubbles on the naan.
  • When the second side is cooked, remove the naan with a pair of tongs and place the side which was cooked first facing the fire.
  • The naan will puff up. Flip and brown the naan.
  • Place the hot naan in a roti basket or casserole. Spread some butter on top.
  • Make all naan this way. If not serving straight away, then stack them in the roti basket.
  • Or else you can serve these butter naan immediately.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Butter Naan (without tandoor)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hello!
    Thanks for your beautiful recipes!
    I’ve just tried this one and the taste was awesome!
    But my naans were very dry despite the fact I put vegetable butter on top and that I covered them to keep the ‘moist’.
    I don’t have a tawa so I cooked them on a cast iron pan.
    Do you have any advice?
    Thanks a lot,
    Have a nice evening and take care.

    Camille aka Rosenoisettes

    1. thanks. when kneading the dough add some more water. the dough should not look dry. it should be soft and pliable. cooking naans on a cast iron pan is fine. i guess this is due to the dryness in the dough.

  2. Hi Dasanna…
    I wanna try dis recipe but i have fresh yeast instead of any oder yeast…can i use dat…if yes wat difference needs to be made in d recipe..?

    1. vini, you can use 1.5 teaspoons fresh yeast. but if using fresh yeast, then dissolve it first with lukewarm water and sugar. the water should be warm. if the water is on the cooler side or hot, the yeast won’t get activated. keep the solution to proof for 10 to 15 minutes. it should become frothy and bubbly. this means that the yeast has got activated well. then mix it with the flour and other ingredients and knead to a soft dough. then follow the recipe steps.

  3. Your recipes are great, but, I have a different comment.
    I saw that you are using a non stick tawa whose upper coating has come off. This is extremely dangerous, as the industrial chemical glue that is used to fix the teflon to the tawa is extremely toxic, can even be fatal. This causes several diseases including cancers.
    It’s better not to use non stick utensils to cook. But, if you must, you must not let any scratches appear on the surface. You must use only wooden karchis and never metal ones, to scratch things off it. Take extreme care when washing them, not to cause any scratches. Use soft scratches. If you see any scratch, just throw away the non stick utensils.

    1. thanks aalok. i know about this. i am very careful with non stick pans. i use only wooden spoons or spatulas for non stick pans. also i use sponge to clean them. the one in this post is an iron tawa. its a very old tawa and one that i have been using for many years. thanks for the concern 🙂

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