Restaurant Style Naan Recipe, made with Whole Wheat flour, without any egg or yeast on Tawa.
Basic Naan Recipe that you can use to create different flavours like Garlic, Mint, Pesto and Cheese Naan, and pair with your favourite curry.
- What is Naan
- The best Recipe for Homemade Yeast Free Butter Naan!!
- Stove top cooked or Oven Baked Naan
- Ingredients to make Whole Wheat Tawa Naan
- How to make Yeast free Naan without Oven
- Serving suggestions
- Some Indian Breads from the blog
- Recipe Card
- Whole Wheat Tawa Naan Recipe(No Yeast Naan)
What is Naan
Naan is a leavened flatbread of Central Asian Origin and is very popular in Indian Sub-continent. Traditionally, it is made with All Purpose flour/Maida and baked in clay ovens/tandoors.
Naans have become one of the main breads served in Indian restaurants and go well with varied no. of curries and dals. And now people also love making it in their homes especially those who avoid eating out.
The best Recipe for Homemade Yeast Free Butter Naan!!
Yeast is commonly used in commercial recipes for store bought Naan. Many recipes also use egg to get that bubbly and chewy texture. But did your know that you can make absolutely soft chewy and bubbly Naan without any yeast and egg!! This is a prefect recipe for those avoid yeast and egg in their diet due to various medical and religious reasons.
I make Yeast Free Naan at my home whenever I make Dal Makhani or on any special occasions when guests are invited. And trust me my folks love my recipe and they say these are much better than the restaurant ones.
There's another recipe of Naan with Yeast that I will post soon.
Stove top cooked or Oven Baked Naan
Also, I prefer cooking Naan on gas stove rather than baking which may makes these naans a bit drier as compared to cooked on stove top. To cook Naan on stove top, you can use any pan or griddle. Prefer cast iron or iron skillet or griddle.
Ingredients to make Whole Wheat Tawa Naan
Flour- I use a combination of Whole Wheat Flour and All Purpose Flour. This gives me perfect naan soft with some nutritional value. You can use either of the flour in the recipe or use a combination in any ratio your want. I usually take in 1:1 ratio.
Herbs and Spices- Nigella Seeds also known as black seeds, Onions seeds or Kalonji (in Hindi) are added as topping which add flavour to this bread.
Various herbs like dried mint and fenugreek leaves, garlic are can be added for different flavour and variation.
Leavening Agents- For yeast free naan I use a combination of baking powder, baking soda and curd.
Others- Oil and Salt. I also add milk while kneading which adds softness to dough. You can add milk powder also and add water to knead the dough.
How to make Yeast free Naan without Oven
- Mix together all the dry ingredients. Add curd/yogurt and oil to it. Yogurt should be at room temperature.
- Start kneading the flour into dough by adding warm milk to it. Add milk slowly and gradually.
- Dough will be little sticky at this time. Let the dough rest for 5-10 mins, then add a tsp of oil and knead into a soft pliable dough.
- Keep the dough in a well-oiled bowl for 30 minutes and cover it with a damp kitchen towel or cling film.
Make Naan (on Induction stovetop)
- To make naan, divide the dough into equal portions the recipe makes 10-12 naans depending upon the size you want roll out the dough portion.
- Heat the inverted griddle/pan on the stove top.
- Take a portion, add some nigella seeds or you can simply roll and add seeds later. Roll out the dough portion in tear drop shape.
- Apply some water one side and put it on the griddle with the wet side down. It will stick to the base of the griddle. The pan or griddle should be hot.
- When bubbles start appearing on the top side, rotate the pan upside down with top side now facing towards the stove and cook the bread.
- Once done, brush some butter and sprinkle nigella seeds(kalonji) on top.
- Serve hot with the curry or dal of your choice.
Above images show how to cook on induction stove-top. Shall soon update with regular gas stovetop.
Naan is a part of most of the main course menu. Whether homemade or store bought, it is also a must include bread at parties as everyone loves it. Serve it with your favourite curries.
You can also make pizza using leftover naan or dough. Or, make stuffed naans using various fillings like Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese)
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You can freeze or refrigerate the dough. Thaw the dough in refrigerator before making it.
But yes, you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze. Naan bread made with yeast freezes well and can be stored for about 2 months.
You can refrigerate the leftover bread wrapped in an aluminum foil lined with a food packing or parchment paper.
Naan made without yeast tastes best when it is served fresh and hot.
You can reheat frozen naan in oven or air fryer, at the preheat mode 180C or 350F. Do not thaw it before reheating it.
To reheat on gas stove, lightly oil the tawa/griddle, then heat it on low flame from both the sides for 2-3 mins.
You can use these leftover naan for making pizza also. Top with your favorite toppings and bake for about 5 mins or till cheese melts. On stove-top, heat a griddle on stop-top, once it is hot, lower the flame and transfer naan on tawa, cover with a lid, and cook it for about 5 mins or till cheese melts. Check in between if the base is not burning.
Whole Wheat Tawa Naan Recipe(No Yeast Naan)
- Rolling Pin
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Griddle/Tawa or Iron Skillet
- 1 cup Wheat Flour
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 2 tbsp Curd/Yogurt
- 2 tbsp Oil
- ¼ cup Milk or 50 ml
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tbsp Kalonji Seeds
- 1 tsp Salt
- Butter for brushing
- Mix together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.1 cup Wheat Flour, 1 cup All-purpose Flour, 1 tsp Baking Powder, ½ tsp Baking Soda, 1 tsp Salt
- Add curd/yogurt and 1 Tbsp of oil to flour and start kneading the flour using warm milk. Give 5 min. rest to dough, it will be sticky.2 tbsp Curd/Yogurt, 2 tbsp Oil, ¼ cup Milk
- Add remaining 1 Tbsp of oil and knead till you get a smooth, soft and pliable dough.2 tbsp Oil
- Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 mins. In colder climate you can keep it for about 2 hrs.
- When ready to make, divide dough into equal portions.1 tbsp Kalonji Seeds
- You can roll plain or add some nigella seeds on the dough portion and roll out each portion in tear shape. Brush the top side with some water.
- Meanwhile heat an inverted pan or griddle on gas stove and once it is hot, transfer the rolled dough to pan, with wet side down.
- Cook naan till bubbles appear on the top.
- Invert the pan and cook the top side facing towards the pan.
- Brush hot naan with butter and sprinkle some nigella seeds/kalonji on it.Butter for brushing, 1 tbsp Kalonji Seeds
- Serve hot with Dal or Curry of your choice.
Do give this recipe of homemade Whole Wheat Naan a try and trust me you will find these better than the store bought or those served at restaurants.
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