Garlic Naan without yeast

by thecurrytheory

Who doesn’t love some homemade naan! I know I do. This is the first time I have made it without yeast and it actually came out great. This a great recipe to impress family and friends or on a date night at home.

Traditionally I grew up eating “Chappatis” which are kind of thin and soft, just like tortillas but are made with whole wheat flour. Chappatis are practically consumed in every household in India.

Although here in the States and other parts of the world in all the restaurants I have been to only serve naan bread which is made in a clay oven with yeast mixed in the flour, it’s a lengthy preparation. The naan is also called Indian flatbread. It is delicious but it’s not the only bread served in India, there are many different kinds of flatbreads made with different grains in different regions, mostly Wheat is a big denominator there. People have many misconceptions about the real food consumed in India but the truth Nana is not our traditional bread, not at least in the northeast where I grew up. Although Naan is loved all around the world in different countries because of it’s soft and delicious texture. Another thing you can make with naan is Naan pizza making it your dough base for the Pizza.

Serves: 6
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 2 and 1/2 cups of unbleached flour up to (3 cups)
  • salt to taste (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of plain whole-milk yogurt (or low fat)
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed
  • 1 and a half cup of lukewarm water for kneading the dough
  • 4 garlic cloves and a handful of cilantro roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoon of soft or melted butter


  1. For this recipe, set the oven on HIGH for broiling the naan.

  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients first (salt, baking powder, baking soda, flaxseeds).

  3. Making a little hole in the middle of the mixing bowl add in yogurt and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  4. Then knead the dough softly with a spoon adding less pressure as possible and incorporate the yogurt to it.

  5. Add little water at a time, once you have mixed the yogurt then simply knead it with your hands. (Please look at the videos attached)

  6. Add in little extra flour if it is too sticky. We want a soft fluffy pizza dough consistency.

  7. Once the dough is ready, apply the remaining olive oil on top of the dough and make a soft round ball. Set it aside for about 2 hrs. If you have more time, then 3-4 hrs

  8. Once the dough has risen and super soft to touch, rub your hands with a little olive oil and start dividing the dough into 6-7 equal parts.

  9. Roll out the dough in an oval-shaped flatbread and dab on about a tablespoon spoon of chopped garlic and cilantro on the top of the naan. (You can skip this step if you like them plain)

  10. In a large pizza pan, place about 2-3 naans and cook them on HI broiler flame for about 4-5 mins or until you see bubbles with golden brown chard on the naans. Quickly take them out, apply the melted butter on top.

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