Monday, July 12, 2010

Recipe for Whole Wheat Naan

Naan is a South Asian flat-bread, almost like pita bread. It is typically served with Indian or Persian dishes. Here's my favorite recipe for delicious whole wheat naan that's quick and easy to make and goes well with lentils, vegetable curry or hummus.

Makes 6 – 8 naan
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh yeast
¾ cup warm water
1½ cups whole wheat flour
All purpose flour for dusting
1 tbsp oil
1¾ oz/50g unsalted margarine or coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
salt to taste (1tsp)

1) Place the sugar and yeast in a small bowl or measuring cup, add the warm water and mix well until the yeast has dissolved. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until the mixture is frothy.

2) Sieve the flour. Place the flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add the oil and salt, and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix with your hands to form into a ball of dough, adding more water, if necessary. Turn it onto a lightly floured counter and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth.

3) Return the dough to the bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1½, or until it has doubled in size.

4) Preheat the broiler to high, and grease a sheet of foil. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead for 2 more min. Break off small balls with your hands and pat them into circles 4½ inches/12 cm in diameter and ½ inch/1 cm thick.

5) Place the dough circles onto the grassed foil and cook under the very hot broiler for 7-10 minutes, turning twice, brushing with the coconut oil or margarine.

6) Serve warm or keep wrapped in foil until required.


  1. I made some last night. The first batch didn't come out the way I wanted, but the second batch was perfect!!!

  2. It can be tricky to make, but once in the hang of it, it is awesome!