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naan recipe with step by step photos. soft and slightly chewy are these delicious naan made without yeast. for some folks using yeast can be a daunting affair and so this naan bread recipe fits in as it is incredibly easy to make. you can make naan on a griddle (tawa) or a skillet on a stovetop. alternatively, you can grill them in a tandoor or oven. in the recipe post, with step by step pictures, i have explained two methods of roasting naan. first one is a stove-top method which uses direct flame and the second one is the griddle method.

naan kept on top of each other in a cane basket. served with dal makhani in a white bowl and side of sliced onions garnished with coriander leaves in a small bowl.

what is naan

naan is a leavened flatbread made in some countries in asia. these breads are baked in a tandoor ( a cylindrical oven made of clay). naan is also popular in india and is served in almost all restaurants. though naan is not made in indian homes as a staple. it is roti or chapati (unleavened flatbread made from whole wheat flour) that is made on a regular basis. for the leavening of naan dough, yeast is used or a mixture of curd+baking powder is used. this naan bread recipe uses baking powder and curd for the leavening.

what is naan bread

both naan and naan bread are the same. in asia, we call these delicious bread as naan and in united states, these are called as naan bread.

variations in naan recipe

there are many ways a basic naan recipe can be modified to suit your tastes.

1. whole wheat flour – in this recipe post, i have used all-purpose flour to make these naans. you can even use whole wheat flour or a combination of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. sometimes i make this naan bread with a 2:1 proportion of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, but you can use 1:1 or even 3:1 of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour respectively.

if you are very conscious about eating whole wheat flour naan only, then you can check these two naan bread recipes made with whole wheat flour.

  1. wheat naan
  2. butter naan

2. herbs & spices – to make the naan more flavorful, you can add one to two herbs or a mix of herbs in the dough. some spices or spice powders will also make naan taste more better.

3. cheese naan – to make cheese naan, stuff some grated cheese in a rolled dough. seal, roll and roast the naan.

4. butter naan – add some butter in the dough instead of oil. after roasting the naan, brush with some softened or melted butter.

5. with yeast – naan is also made with yeast and i also make these on occasions. i have one more recipe of naan where the naans have really puffed up like pita bread but they are made with all-purpose flour (maida) and yeast.

can you freeze naan

this naan dough can be frozen for up to four to five weeks. since curd is added in the dough, i recommend not freezing it for more than four to five weeks. place the dough in an airtight box and keep in the freezer. before making the naan, thaw the dough completely at room temperature. then begin with rolling and roasting.

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what to eat with naan bread

in the indian cuisine, naan bread is often served with a curry or a dal (lentils). the curry can be of paneer (cottage cheese) or a mix of vegetables. the dal that pairs exceptionally well with naan is dal makhani. apart from dal makhani, even dal fry or dal tadka can be served with naan. i have mentioned some more indian curries and lentils that can be served with naan.

1. curries – usually a creamy and smooth curries or spicy curries accompany naan bread very well. some of the curries that come in this category are paneer butter masala, malai kofta, palak paneer, matar paneer, methi matar malai and kadai paneer.

2. lentils  – some gem of dal recipes make a nice match with naan like – dal makhani, dal tadka, chana masala, rajma recipe and chana dal.

3. vegetable gravies – both dry vegetables dishes, as well as curries, can be served with naan – bhindi masala gravy, veg kadai, veg kolhapuri, veg handi, aloo gobi, dum aloo, baingan bharta and matar mushroom.


naan is one such yummy dish that makes you forget about all-purpose flour 🙂  i do make whole wheat naan, but sometimes the family wants soft textured naans made with all-purpose flour, the way they serve in restaurants. so i combine both whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour to make naan – like in this recipe of garlic naan.

whenever we go to a restaurant then most of the time we end up ordering naan bread with a curry or lentil-based dish. knowing very well that it will be probably made with all-purpose flour (maida) and not good for health. but what to do. naan tastes so well with curry dishes that you end up loosening your guard about eating healthy food. once in a while we all like to relax our guard and relish fried food or other supposed to be unhealthy food.

preferably naan bread should be eaten hot. as once it cools down then it becomes dense, hard and loses its taste. at least the restaurant ones become like that. not this recipe. the naan remains soft and slightly chewy even when they become warm or cool.

making dough for naan

1. in a mixing bowl take ¼ cup fresh curd or yogurt. for a vegan naan, use almond or cashew yogurt.

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2. add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 pinch baking soda. if you do not have baking soda, then skip it.

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3. mix all the ingredients very well till the sugar dissolves.

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4. now add 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida), 1 teaspoon salt or add as required in the bowl.

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5. mix again with a spoon so that the salt is evenly distributed in the flour.

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6. make a well in the center and add 2 tablespoons oil. note that you can even add butter instead of oil.

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7. add ¼ to ⅓ cup water or add as required.

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8. first mix and then begin to knead.

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9. knead to a smooth dough. if the curd is thick, then you may need to add more water. in case the dough looks dry, then add some more water and knead. if it becomes sticky, then sprinkle some flour and knead again. you should get a soft stretchy dough. you can even use a stand mixer to knead the dough.

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10. flatten the dough. you can even spread some oil all over the dough if you want. place in the same bowl.

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11. place a moist kitchen towel or napkin completely covering on the dough. cover the bowl with a lid and let the dough leaven for 2 hours.

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12. in the below photo, the dough has leavened after two hours.

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rolling naan bread

13. make medium-sized balls from the dough.

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14. flatten slightly and sprinkle some flour on the dough as well as on the rolling board.

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15. sprinkle some onion seeds (kalonji) or sesame seeds (black or white) or melon seeds (magaz) on the rolled dough. i have added onion seeds. if you do not have these seeds, then simply skip them.

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16. roll to a 6 or 7 inches elongated circle.

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17. roll the top side to get a tapering edge. you can even gently pull the dough with your hands to get this pointed edge. the naan will have a tear-shaped form.

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making naan on stove-top

18. heat a heavy griddle or tawa or skillet and keep on medium-high to high flame. place the naan bread ready on the hot tawa or skillet or griddle.

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19. keep the flame to medium-high or high and begin to cook the naan bread.

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20. let one side get partly cooked. you will see few air pockets on the naan.

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21. when you start seeing the air-pockets, then flip.

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22. now cook the second side on medium-high to high flame.

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23. again you will see air-pockets appearing on the second side. flip when you see many air-pockets on the naan. (this photo is for reference only). you will see that the second side has cooked more than the first side. the second side has to be cooked more than the first side.

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24. you have to flip the naan using tongs and place it directly on the stovetop flame.

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25. grill the first side on the flame till you see some charred spots and blisters.

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26. roast the edges of the naan bread too.

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27. turn over and roast the second side too till you see some charred spots. avoid fire roasting too much as then the naan becomes crispy.

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28. place the naan bread on a plate or tray. spread or brush with some softened butter or melted butter. you can even use ghee (clarified butter) or oil for a vegan version. you can even skip using butter or oil entirely.

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making naan on a griddle (tawa) or skillet

29. heat a heavy griddle or skillet on a high flame. place the naan on the hot tawa.

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30. you will see some air pockets on the naan.

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31. flip the naan bread.

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32. cook the second side more than the first side. please note that on a high flame the naan will get cooked faster.

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33. press the edges with a spatula so that they are also roasted and cooked properly.

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34. flip again.

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35. you can flip again and press the edges for even cooking. remove the naan and spread some butter or oil. serve naan bread hot. this way make naan with any of the methods. you can even stack cooked naans in a casserole or roti basket and serve later.

naan bread recipe

36. serve the naan bread hot or warm with your favorite curry dish like – malai kofta or palak paneer or matar paneer or dals like dal tadka or dal makhani.

naan bread

naan recipe

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easy naan bread recipe without yeast on tawa or stovetop - soft, chewy and delicious naan bread made on stove-top and on a griddle.
naan recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 50 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):9 naan
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

wet ingredients

  • ¼ cup curd or yogurt - can use cashew or almond yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda

dry ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 2 tablespoons oil - butter can also be added
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup water or add as required

additional ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon onion seeds (kalonji) or melon seeds or sesame seeds
  • butter or ghee or oil - as required for spreading on naan (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

making dough

  • in a mixing bowl take ¼ cup fresh curd or yogurt. for a vegan naan, use almond or cashew yogurt.
  • add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 pinch baking soda.
  • mix all the ingredients very well till the sugar dissolves.
  • now add 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida), 1 teaspoon salt or add as required.
  • mix again with a spoon so that the salt is evenly distributed in the flour.
  • make a well in the center and add 2 tablespoons oil. note that you can even add butter instead of oil.
  • add ¼ to ⅓ cup water or add as required.
  • first mix and then begin to knead.
  • knead to a smooth dough. if the curd is thick, then you may need to add some more water. in case the dough looks dry, then add some more water and knead. if it becomes sticky, then sprinkle some flour and knead again. you should get a soft stretchy dough.
  • flatten the dough and spread some oil all over the dough. place in the same bowl.
  • place a moist kitchen towel or napkin completely covering on the dough. cover the bowl with a lid and let the dough leaven for 2 hours.

rolling naan bread

  • make medium-sized balls from the dough.
  • flatten slightly and sprinkle some flour on the dough as well as on the rolling board.
  • sprinkle some onion seeds or sesame seeds (black or white) or melon seeds on the rolled dough.
  • roll into a 6 to 7 inches elongated circle.
  • roll the top side to get a tapering edge. you can even gently pull the dough with your hands to get this pointed edge. the naan will have a tear-shaped form.

making naan on stove-top

  • heat a skillet or tawa or griddle and keep it on medium-high to high flame. place the naan bread ready on the hot tawa or skillet or griddle.
  • keep the flame to medium-high or high and begin to cook the naan bread.
  • let one side get partly cooked. you will see some air pockets on the naan.
  • when you start seeing the air-pockets, then flip.
  • now cook the second side on medium-high to high flame.
  • again you will see air-pockets appearing on the second side.
  • flip when you see many air-pockets on the naan and place naan directly on the stovetop flame.
  • grill the first side on the flame till you see some charred spots and blisters.
  • also, roast the edges of naan bread.
  • turn over and roast the second side too till you see some charred spots.
  • place the naan bread on a plate or tray. spread or brush with some softened butter or melted butter. you can even use ghee (clarified butter or oil for a vegan version. you can even skip using butter or oil entirely.

making naan on a griddle (tawa) or skillet

  • heat the griddle or skillet on a high flame. place the naan on the hot griddle or tawa.
  • you will see some air pockets on the naan.
  • flip the naan bread.
  • cook the second side more than the first side. please note that on a high flame the naan will get cooked faster.
  • press the edges with a spatula so that they are also roasted and cooked properly.
  • flip again.
  • you can flip again and press the edges for even cooking. remove and spread some butter or oil. serve hot. this way make naan with any of the methods. you can even stack cooked naans in a casserole or roti basket and serve later.
  • serve the naan bread hot or warm with your favorite curry dish - malai kofta or palak paneer or matar paneer or dals like dal tadka or dal makhani.

NOTES

  1. the number of pieces will vary depending on the size and thickness of the naan. approximately 8 to 9 medium sized naan can be made.
  2. alternatively, you can also cook the naan bread in a tandoor or bake them. place the naan bread for baking on a greased hot tray or stone and bake in a preheated oven at your ovens highest temperature.
  3. the naan bread recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  4. the dough can be freezed. in the freezer the naan dough stays good for 4 to 5 weeks. in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. 

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
naan recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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140 comments/reviews

  1. Your recipes have always turned out to be superawesome .whenever i need to cook any dishes i always look upon your site for help .
    You are doing a great job .
    Thnk you for your help always . 🙂4 stars

  2. Turned out to be great… Just one query though is it neccessary to cover with moist cloth? I forgot to.. Just put a pan on the dough to cover it4 stars

  3. Helo Dassana Amit
    I have made naan wtht yeast wth 2:1 atta n maida,n followed instructions exctly like u.
    They realy turnedout well.
    Which one r gud 4 health naan wth yeast or soda?
    Best wishes

    • thanks sam. good to know this. naan with yeast is good for health than the one made with soda. for more healthy naan, only make with atta or increase its quantity.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    I have tried so many of your recipes and they have all come out great. Don’t know what I’d do without you. I want to make these Naan in my oven. Could you please tell me the oven settings for it?

    • thanks tanvi. you can bake at the highest temperature in your oven. also if you have a baking stone its good. but if not, then just place the naans on the baking tray and bake them.

  5. I just tried making this for the first time, I’m curious, is the dough supposed to be stiff and difficult to knead? I’ve never made naan before so I have nothing to compare to, it just seemed odd. I don’t know what I did wrong.4 stars

  6. Looks great! Could I make the dough the day before, keep it in the refrigerator over night, and then cook it the next day? Thanks!

  7. I love it! I had volunteered to make naan for a (small) church meal, before realizing I didn’t have the appropriate yeast. I was so happy to come across this recipe! I mixed in fresh garlic when I kneaded with the oil, & sesame seeds when rolling out. I did multiply the recipe based off the 3-4 people, and have discovered that I am making (as I am in mid progress) near enough to feed a small army (no complaints here!). I did need to add quite a lot more liquid, but no problems with the final result! Thank you thank you thank you!!5 stars

  8. Happy dance””happy dance”””” yr recipe is awesome…. my daughter loved it..I love the way u explain and pic. R very good..keep do good recipes of us..4 stars

  9. Made this recipe twice and both times it was a super hit. I even had relatives asking for the recipe 🙂 Thank you for such amazing recipes.

  10. I love your recipe, and my grandkids love it also, and I’m going to make it again. I have a question, though. Sometimes I’m forgetful and rather ignorant at the grocery store even when taking a list with me, and have to rely on others for my trips to the store due to a disability. If I should forget to buy the yogurt (as I have done a few times already), is there a substitute I could use?5 stars

  11. Awesome recipe can’t wait to try thanks for sharing your whole wheat Naan can give a healthy diet for my daughter who is crazy after naan5 stars

  12. loved paneer makhanwala recipe, have been trying earlier for the perfect restaurant style your recipe completed my search thanks!

  13. Thank you for the amazing naan recipe.
    I tried it today and became successful.But I used a slightly modified method. I made the dough slightly soft and flattened the balls by palm instead of rolling stick and put a lid over the naan while cooking.
    Nice outcome and nice taste.5 stars

  14. I’m going to try this recipe, but I wondered if there is a way or if you have a recipe to create naan breads that have no yeast & are wheat free too?

  15. Hi Dassana, my naans puffed up like phulkas…. i wanted to have the texture as your pictures 🙁
    whr did i go wrong?

    • sometimes they do puff like phulkas. i have one recipe of naan posted on the blog, where most of the naans puffed like phulka. if you add garlic or sesame seeds or onion seeds on top, then they won’t puff like phulka. there is nothing to worry about. if the dough leavens well, most probably, the naans will puff up.

  16. I used whole wheat sharbati atta and result was amazing. My family loved it.
    Thanks for sharing this, I used to think Naan is not possible on tawa.

    Looking forward to more Indian Bread recipes.5 stars

  17. Hey dasana,
    Today I tried 3 recipes from ur blog . Naan, paneer makhani n aamkhand. All three turned out so well . Thank so much. My husband liked it a lot and today I recieved tons of compliments .all thanks to u.
    Keep up the good work.thanks again

  18. This is a wonderful recipe – thank you! I’m going to be using this as the base of an Indian pizza on my site with a big ‘ol h/t to you. make sure to check it out and please share with your pals if you’re so inclined. thanks again – the pics and detail are *much appreciated!

  19. Hi!
    I want to know how to prepare rolls, is it all purpose flour used for making the sheet used for veg rolls , chicken rolls available in the market ?

  20. I have found this website recently and haven’t stopped browsing it , trying my hand at palak paneer and naan today , so far so good , loved your presentation and skill.

  21. what is the difference between baking powder and baking soda …. as you have used both in the ingredients4 stars

    • baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate – when moistened releases carbon dioxide which helps in rising of baked stuff.
      baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). same function as baking soda. however baking soda is more strong.

  22. Hi Dassana,

    I tried your recipe naan and chole recipe. Brilliant outcome!
    I tried the tava method and in the toaster too. The toaster one turned out super crispy and yummmm……
    Thanks for the awesome recipes 🙂

  23. Dear mam,
    In this recipe, you have taken 3 cups of flour. Please let me know the cup size.
    Thanks, sudeshna

    • hi sudeshna. the cups used here are the US measuring cups. these are standard measuring cups, that is easily available in most stores. in grams it would be 240 grams of whole wheat flour and 125 grams of all purpose flour. hope this helps.

  24. Beautiful. Will be keeping this recipe close by, have been wanting to try making naan bread!