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wheat flour naan recipe - crisp and light whole wheat naan recipe made with yeast.

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total time:
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wheat naan recipe with step by step photos. this wheat flour naan recipe gives you a nicely soft textured naan which you will like. naan is one of the popular indian flat bread. to make naan the dough is leavened with yeast. though there are naan recipes where you can make naan without using yeast. i have shared both the versions. this wheat naan recipe is made with yeast.

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few more versions of naan which you can easily make at home are:

usually the naan is made with all purpose flour (maida). however for a healthy version you can use whole wheat flour (chapati atta).

naan is served in most indian restaurants and is served best with rich curry dishes like paneer butter masala, palak paneer, shahi paneer and chana masala.

do i have to tell anything more about this bread? nah…. so directly moving to a wholesome healthy naan made from whole wheat flour.

whole wheat naan with yeast

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wheat naan recipe, wheat flour naan recipe
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wheat naan recipe

wheat flour naan recipe - crisp and light whole wheat naan recipe made with yeast.
course breakfasts, brunch, main course
cuisine indian
prep time 3 hours
cook time 20 minutes
total time 3 hours 20 minutes
servings 8 to 9 naan
rough calories per serving 163 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon melted ghee or oil
  • 2 tablespoon curd (dahi or yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoon kalonji seeds (nigella seeds) or white sesame seeds or both
  • some butter or ghee for applying on the naan

how to make wheat naan recipe

making wheat naan dough

  1. mix warm water, sugar and yeast in a small bowl.
  2. cover and keep in a warm place for 10 minutes or so till the mixture rises.
  3. sieve wheat flour and salt together.
  4. add curd, ghee and yeast mixture.
  5. mix and then knead into a smooth and elastic dough.
  6. apply oil or ghee to all the sides of the dough
  7. keep the dough in a large bowl covered with a lid in a warm place for 1.5 or 2 hours or more till the dough rises and doubles in size.
  8. punch the dough and then knead for 5 minutes.

making wheat naan

  1. divide the dough into medium sized balls and keep aside.

  2. roll each ball into a 6 to 7 inch circles and pull from one side to give a triangular oblong shape.

  3. sprinkle kalonji or sesame seeds on top.
  4. roll over the rolling pin so that the seeds get embedded in the naan.
  5. bake the wheat naan on a greased tray in a preheated oven for 180 degrees celsius for 3 to 4 minutes or more till you see golden spots on the naan.

  6. alternatively, these wheat naans can also be made without an oven. just cook it the way you make phulkas or rotis.

  7. remove and apply some ghee or butter on top of the naan.
  8. serve the wheat naan hot with any rich curry dish.

recipe notes

tips for whole wheat naan recipe with yeast:
  • if the naan dough feels dry, then add some more lukewarm water.
  • these naans can also be made without an oven. just cook it the way you make phulkas or rotis.
  • i made the naans both in the oven and on fire and the ones cooked liked phulkas on the fire were much better as they got a burnt taste and flavor.

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how to make wheat naan recipe

1: first we need to proof the yeast. mix ½ cup warm water, 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp dry yeast in a small bowl. cover and keep in a warm place for 10 minutes or so till the mixture rises. remember the water has to be warm. if you dip your little finger in water, it should not scorch or feel hot to you. it should given you a warm feeling without feeling hot. if the water is hot, it will kill the yeast and if its cool, the yeast won’t become active.

whole wheat naan recipe

2: add 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta) and 1 tsp salt in a sieve.

whole wheat naan and salt

3: sift these into a large bowl.

whole wheat naan recipe

4: add 2 tbsp curd and 2 tbsp melted ghee or oil.

add curd ghee for naan

5: add the yeast mixture.

add yeast for naan

6: mix to a soft dough and then knead for about 5 minutes till the dough is smooth.

dough for whole wheat naan

7: apply some oil or ghee to the dough from all sides.

apply ghee - whole wheat naan

8: keep the dough in bowl large enough to facilitate the doubling process. cover the bowl with a lid and keep it in a warm place for 1.5 hours or more till the dough has doubled in size.

naan preparation

9: after 1.5 or 2 hours, punch down the dough and then knead for 5 minutes.

knead the dough for naan

making wheat naan

10: divide the dough into medium sized balls and keep aside. take one ball of the dough on a floured surface.

divide naan dough

11: roll the dough to a 6-7 inches circle.

naan dough

12: now from one side slightly pull the dough to give the naan its oblong triangular shape.

giving shape to whole wheat naan dough balls

13: sprinkle on top kalonji/nigella seeds and then with the rolling pin just roll on the naan so that the nigella seeds get embedded in the naan.

adding kalonji to whole wheat naan

14: bake the wheat flour naan on a greased tray in a preheated oven for 180 degrees celsius for 3-4 minutes. i did not have to turn the naans whilst baking them. but if need be then do turn the naans whilst baking. once the wheat naans are browned and done, remove from the oven and apply some butter or ghee on the naan.

baking whole wheat naan

15: serve the wheat flour naan hot with any veggie or paneer dish like kadai paneer, matar paneer or even dal like dal makhani or dal tadka.

wheat flour naan

16: the whole wheat naans were incredibly soft from within and crisp from outside. not at all rubbery or hard like the restaurant naans.

wheat flour naan recipe, wheat naan recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi thanks for the recipe.. looks great.. planning to try it tonight.. can we double the ingredients for making more?

    • thanks preethi. you can easily double the ingredients.

  2. I made the naans with 50:50 wholewheat & plain flour. They were super soft. I partially roasted them on tawa & then on direct flame. Wanted to ask if i can roast them a bit on the tawa in advance and then while serving (after a gap of 1 or 2 hours) on direct fire? Since I like to serve very hot. Will these result in hard naans because of keeping them half-cooked for sometime?

    • thanks shweta. just roast them very lightly. meaning there should be no pale brown spots on them. they should just be cooked and be still soft. while serving, i think you will have to roast them on tawa only as i don’t think they will puff on direct flame. you can do this method. i don’t think the naans will be hard.

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  3. Hi Dassana, I tried making these and they are a hit at home! Have already made these twice over the last two weeks 🙂 and thanks for the tip of making on tava. We liked the tava naans better too compared to the oven cooked ones. Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks Ami for the feedback. Even we prefer the tawa ones.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    I followed your recipe and the naans turned out great. Tried both oven and tava, and liked the ones cooked on tava much much better (thanks for the tip and of course the detailed recipe! I would have never thought of making these on the tava). This is one of the several recipes I have tried from your blog all have been wonderful results. Thank you so much! Planning to try more during the holidays.

    • welcome ami. big thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes. even i feel tawa naan are better.

  5. thanks… it came out very well..

    • welcome parvathy

  6. Hi. Would coconut cream work instead of yogurt? It has somewhat the same consistency. I guess I could just go ahead and try it 🙂 and really don’t need to ask.

    • jodie, ok go ahead and try. i think it will work because here yeast is leavening the dough. the curd is just to make it softer.

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