Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Naan ~ Without Yeast

Naan is a flat bread which is popular in India and also many parts of the world. Typically it is baked in a tandoor and has a distinctive taste and shape. It has won hearts of countless people across the world. There are so many recipes of making naan and today I am sharing a recipe which I learnt from my mother. She has been making this for years on a skillet and it turns out perfect every single time. 

Few days back, I asked my mother for the recipe and she gave me the ingredients. We settled down with a measurement and it worked like a charm. I am so happy the way it turned out. Do try this recipe if you don't have access to yeast. I am sure you will love it as much as I did:-)

  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 1 1/4 cup + extra for dusting
  • Warm Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Thick Yogurt (curd) - 2 Tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Ghee (clarified butter) - 1 tsp + extra for brushing on naan
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp (or to taste)


Take all the ingredients in a bowl except milk. 

Now mix in everything. Add warm milk little at a time to get a non sticky dough. Then knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until it becomes soft and elastic.

Cover this dough with a cloth or cling wrap and let it sit for 5-6 hours. Then divide the dough into five equal parts. Let it rest for 5- 10 minutes, covered.

Now take a dough ball and roll in flour. Start rolling it to get the shape shown below (or any other shape of your choice). Rolled dough should be of 1/4 inch thick.

Now place the rolled dough on a preheated hot skillet.

When it gets slight brown color, flip it.

Fry until the other side turns light brown. Then fry it on direct flame on both sides for few seconds until it turns slight dark and puffy. 

Transfer it to a plate lined with paper towel. Continue with the rest of the dough balls.
Once done brush the top of naan with melted butter or ghee. 

Naan is ready!!

Serve it hot with any curry of your choice. Above measurement makes five medium sized naan.


  1. this is great! is it possible to make naan with atta? just wondering. :)

    1. Hi Coral,
      I have not tried making it with Atta. I guess you can substitute half the quantity with atta. There will be a difference in the taste and texture. Hope this helps. Let me know if you try. Sorry for the delayed reply.