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Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan

Sharing today, one of my favorite Indian Bread, Garlic Butter Naan which is easy to cook, and don't need yeast or lengthy fermentation time. 

In India, everyone still don't feel comfortable using yeast in everyday cooking. Few weeks ago, when I shared Garlic Naan, everyone back home expected it to be without yeast.  Few of my friends even asked me to post a no-yeast method... Saying "post an everyday easy naan recipe, Savita!" Well, if you ask me, I always think yeast naan is very easy to make.... However, I get the point. 

So for anyone looking for a quick and easy everyday Garlic Naan Bread, I thought it would be good to share a recipe that needs no yeast or not much resting time. This recipe also comes with a little personal touch... Read on to unfold....

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What does Yeast Do?

First, it is really important to know that yeast is fermentation agent which gives naan signature fluffy, airy, and soft texture. Yeast feeds on sugar, multiply in dough making it full of carbon dioxide molecules (bubbles). Longer dough sits, more fermented the dough becomes.

If you can find yeast in your local store and can spare sometime to allow yeast to ferment the dough, you can try my Garlic Naan Recipe which uses yeast.

How to get Fluffy Naan without Yeast?

Well, good question! Let me share with you, how?!

Other than yeast, what leavening agent you can think of which can give airy texture to a bread? These are: baking soda, baking powder, and eggs. So in many naan recipes, all over internet and even in cookbooks, egg and baking powder/soda are added (a lot) to get fluffy (bubbles) texture without yeast.

However, a naan bread that is heavy in baking soda or egg can taste very dense, egg-y and will be very heavy on stomach. When I was trying to get a perfect naan recipe without yeast, I did mess up few batches which tasted very egg-y or unappealing due to soda.

So, after a few experiments, I decided to get rid of fatty egg-yolk from egg and reduced the amount of soda to almost negligible. To my surprise, this change really made me like no-yeast bread! Right at that point, I knew, I have a recipe to share! (finally!) 

You know, garlic naans or butter naans in general, are special favorite of my better-half. He did not like a single batch which was heavy on egg. But, when I gave him to taste the naan, I'm sharing today, he could not judge if this one is yeast garlic naan or not!

hurrah!!! Worth all effort for me!!

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One thing is certain, these naans will sure make you forget store-bought naan. Plus these are healthier than store naans! Chances are, you might start making'em at home very often than picking a packet from store. I promise!

You know the best part, these naans can also be baked in household oven. I always tell you, Indian traditional Tandorr is much much high-heat vessel than household oven. So, home oven, due to low heat, (yes, you reading correct), results in not-so-good baked yeast naans. However, addition of egg, in naan dough, keeps them moist and fluffy when baked in home oven.

This recipe has become my favorite when I have few guests coming over. Just roll a couple of naans, put on hot sheet pan and bake. Much easier than rolling and searing each naan on tawa (iron skillet), one at a time. Isn't it? So, I have included both instructions, cook on tawa or bake in oven below.

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Freeze or Not?

Unlike Yeast Naan, I don't recommend freezing Egg Naans. These are best when served just out of the oven. You can cook'em 2-3 hours in advance though. Then, just before serving..... Just like you warm tortillas, wrap naan in damp kitchen towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds. This will freshen-up the texture and make'em moist again. 

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Okay, let me sum-up this new Naan Recipe for you quickly:

1) No yeast or much time needed to make these naans.
2) No egg-y smell or Baking Soda after taste. Only egg white and tad of baking soda added, yet lite and fluffy texture matching any store bought naan!
3) Good news!! These naans can be baked in oven and will not lose moisture!
4) Last but not the least, homemade naans gives you option to make it healthier. Use part all purpose and part wheat flour and also skip butter if you prefer.

If I may ask, what is your favorite Indian Naan? Yeast or no yeast?

Let's head straight to the recipe! Enjoy! -Savita

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Few of my earlier Yeast Naan recipes:

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Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan

Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 6 Naans Serves 2 Notes No. of servings depends on serving size!
Smart Swap Use all Wheat Flour for a Whole Wheat Naan!

Ingredients

    No Yeast Garlic Naan Dough
  • 3 tbsp Yogurt  (yogurt should be sour, or add 1 tbsp more)
  • 1 Egg(s)  (only egg white of a large egg, or use 1.5)
  • 2 Cup All-Purpose Flour  
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil  (1 tsp extra for coating the bowl)
  • 6 tbsp Milk  (sometimes I need, 2 tbsp more. Add 1/4 cup first, then add little until dough is formed)
  • 1 tsp Sugar  
  • 1/2 tsp Salt  
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic  (paste, 1-2 small garlic cloves grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder  
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda  
  • Toppings
  • 2-3 Garlic  (cloves, fine minced, optional)
  • Butter - Salted  (melted, for brushing naan)
  • 2-3 tbsp Cilantro  (chopped, for garnish)

Directions

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  • Step for Recipe - Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan
    1. In a wide bowl add all ingredients for Garlic Naan Dough with only egg white and 1/4 cup of milk. Discard egg yolk or use it for breakfast omelette.
    Additional Notes
    Not adding egg yolks removes the egg-y smell of naans.
    Step for Recipe - Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan
    2. Mix all ingredients. Add 1-2 tbsp more milk at a time until dough comes together. (I end up adding up-to 2-4 tbsp more milk.) Knead the dough very briefly, just for 30 sec in the bowl until a bowl forms and flour is not dry. (please note this dough gets tough when knead too much, just mix until it comes together.)
    Additional Notes
    If dough feels too wet or sticky, add 1/2 tbsp flour more at a time. Dough should not be very dry or nor sticky. It should be soft.
  • 3. Coat the bowl with 1 tsp oil, add dough and coat in oil. Cover with clean kitchen towel. Leave on side for at least 30 minutes.
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    4. Heat an iron skillet or heavy-bottom pan. Or preheat oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Microwave and melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for 15 secs, add chopped garlic and set aside. Transfer dough to a flour dusted board. Divide dough into 6 equal parts.
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    5. Roll each dough to a (about 3" wide - 6" long) oval shape (or round if you prefer). You can also stretch the dough with hands. While you roll next naan, keep the rolled naans covered with kitchen towel.
    Additional Notes
    For softer naans, or if planning to cook in oven, leave naan a little thicker than as shown in picture.
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    6. Tawa Naan (Stove Top) - Place one rolled naan on heated skillet and let it cook for 1-2 minutes or until soda and egg action shows tiny puffed nooks, all over the naan.
    Additional Notes
    If using oven, place a sheet pan in oven to start heating up while you roll naans.
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    7. Flip the naan, and cook other side on tawa (skillet) for other 1-2 minutes until brown spots appear all over. Or place it on direct gas flame until slight charred and cooked on other side (just 10-15 secs max). Always keep a tongs/spatula handy to lift or flip the naan.
  • 8. Oven: Place rolled naan on hot sheet tray, two or three, depending on size of sheet tray. Bake for 4 minutes, remove, bush butter, put back in oven with broiler on for 1-2 minute, or until tops are nice and charred.
  • Step for Recipe - Homemade No Yeast Garlic Butter Naan
    9. Remove cooked naan with tongs and place next naan on skillet/oven, repeat until all naans are cooked. Immediately brush butter-garlic or just butter on cooked naans and spread some chopped cilantro. Butter will keep them moist while you finish cooking the rest.
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    10. Serve hot garlic naans with you favorite curry and enjoy!

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  1. Was home alone today so thought I would try this recipe out (halved the recipe). I only had sweet homemade vanilla yoghurt, so I added some lemon juice to make it sour. The recipe was so quick & easy to follow. Will definitely make again as it was sooooooooo yummy!!

    What a sweet feedback, Debs! Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed.
  2. Hi Savita As i live in Switzerland (Europe) i'm not familar with cup measurements. Could you please tell me how many grams are in 1 cup. Thank you so much. Best regards Brigitte

    Hi Brigitte, 1 cup of flour weighs about 4 ounce, or 115 grams. I hope it helps. Happy cooking!
  3. hello. I just moved to an area that is 5500 ft above sea level. ive had to adjust a lot of my baking and bread recipes. does this one need to be adjusted?

    Hi Kekentia , I don't think this recipe need much adjustment for higher elevation but I have not tested it at high elevation. That being said, since no oven baking is required for this recipe.. naan should turn out fine. I would keep the dough little moist and roll little thicker naans for soft texture. I hope it helps.
  4. I cant wait to try it!!

    HI Lisa, I hope you enjoy! Happy Cooking!
  5. Thank you for this recipe my my whole family loved it so easy wont be buying naan bread anymore :)

    Hi Tina, thanks for sweet words. I'm glad your family enjoy these naan so much. I'm happy to share the recipe.
  6. Incredibly easy to make! No more store bought Naan for me. Wonderful flavour!

    Dawn, thanks a lot. It makes me super happy to hear that you love these homemade naans more than stores bought! Thanks for taking time to share amazing feedback.
  7. Excellent. Was perfect my first try. Will never buy store Naan again! Thank-you!!!!

    Kathy, thanks! 'm glad you enjoyed naan so much. So happy to hear you find your favorite naan recipe here. Thanks for leaving your feedback. Cheers!
  8. This recipe worked so well with the gluten-free flour mix. I did have to increase the baking powder to 1 tsp. to make it lighter as the GF flour mix seemed to make it heavier for some reason. I make these all the time now and my gluten-free daughter loves them.
  9. Great recipe with no changes

    thanks, Sarah! I'm glad you enjoyed!
  10. this was easy and tasted fantastic, my entire family loved them! can these be made and stored in the fridge for a few days?

    Hi Amal, I'm glad you enjoyed naans. Honestly, nothing like a fresh made naan but I do freeze these, both cooked or just rolled. Reheat instruction would be same as any frozen Indian flat bread sold in store. I would not refrigerate for more than 1 day as it will start getting dry. I hope it helps.
  11. This did not puff up at all and the dough was very dry and flaky. Had to add quite a bit more milk. Not a good consistency and not one ate it.

    Hi Karen, this is my go to recipe to prepare naan every second week and it comes out good everytime. I'm not sure what went wrong for you. A few things to consider if you trying this recipe again: 1) When using greek yogurt, I add 2 tbsp more milk or water in the dough since greek yogurt does not have water content. It is okay to add milk or 1-2 tbsp more water until dough comes together. Amount of water also vary based on altitude or kind of flour used. Fine flour need more liquid. 2) This dough is not supposed to be kneaded like pizza or bread dough. Too much kneading makes dough tough. 3) If you make little thicker naan, that will also keep these moist. I'm soon posting a video of this recipe. Please check back soon, that will clear any other doubts. I hope it helps.
  12. Greetings. Tried it. Absolutely fantastic. Very easy to make and no oven needed. Superb recipe. This one is for keeps. Well done.

    Hi Nishi, thanks for sweet words. I'm glad you enjoyed naan.
  13. Wasn't sure how it would be without yeast, but it was amazing! I adore naan bread and this was so easy I'll definitely be making this in the future.

    Josephine, thanks! I'm glad you liked the naan. Thanks for sharing your feedback. -Savita
  14. It is good, but every time I end up using lot more milk, any idea why? if i only use 6tbsp of milk, i cannot add all the flour. Any suggestion?

    Hi Nathan, for me, amount of liquid varies based on kind of flour used. It is totally okay to use more milk or a bit of water until dough is neither dry nor sticky. Also, I use plain yogurt for this recipe which is not thick like Greek and large egg's egg white. I hope it helps.
  15. Making them as we speak. So easy and can't wait to taste them

    thanks, Natasha! I'm sure you will like'em! Happy cooking!
  16. I made these naans third time today! Turn out delicious everytime! thanks for sharing the recipe, Savita!

    Hi Laura, I'm glad you enjoying naans. Thanks for sharing your feedback.
  17. I I found that it needs more salt and the dough was tough. Any suggestions.

    Hi Cathy, I don't prefer a lot of salt in my naan bread since curry/gravy has salt too. Also, it is always best to adjust salt per preference and depends on kind of salt used. Regarding tough dough, add couple of tablespoon more milk while kneading the dough (treat it like pizza or bread dough). Water content usually vary based on kind of flour used. I use all purpose unbleached flour. Bleached or supper fine flours take more water than AP. I hope it helps.
  18. Do you think we could substitute the yogurt for sour cream? We do lactose free and its hard to find lactose free yogurt in our town.

    Hi Rachel, sour cream should be fine.
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