August 3, 2012

Naan with yeast

I have tried Naan all time with baking soda and fruit salt. But this time I tried it with yeast and the results were really good. The same soft and fluffy naan were ready for dinner. I uesd instant yeast and the dough rises in about 1 hr. I read that instant yeast helps to rise the dough fast than normal dry yeast. But many recipes uses the active dry yeast. But if you have to prepare in short time go for instant yeast.

I used the same method of cooking on tawa for this naan as with chappatis. But some recipes recommend using the convection oven. Try out this and enjoy your delicious soft Naans


Maida/ All purpose flour - 2 cups
Milk - 1/4 cup
Fresh curd - 1/4 cup
Instant Yeast - 1 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp or as required
Butter - 1 tsp


Mix sugar in warm milk. Milk should be just warm as bearable when you touch with your fingers.
Add yeast to this and leave for 5 mts. After add curd to this and leave it covered for 10 mts. The mix will be frothy and bubbly by this time

Mix salt and butter to the flour in a large mixing bowl. To this add the yeast mixture and knead to a soft dough. Add water if required but be careful not to add too much. Apply oil on your fingers if the dough is sticky. After kneading apply oil on top surface of dough and leave this covered for 1 - 1/2 hrs in a warm place.

The dough will raise after 1 1/2 hours. Gently knead the dough again and make balls slightly bigger than for chappatis.

Dust the rolling surface with flour and roll the balls. It should be slightly thicker and try to elongate on the sides like the traditional naans.

Heat the tawa on medium flame. Apply water on one side of the rolled naan. And put this side on  the hot tawa. This helps it to stick the rolled dough on the tawa. It will start bubbling up slowly.

After you see the bubbles, turn the tawa upside and show it direcly on the flame. This will help in cooking the top part of the naan. After you even spotting on the naan remove from the tawa and apply butter on top.

Alternatively you can take the naan and flip it on a flame directly over a stand which is used for making rotis directly on flame. and flip it on wither sides to get even coloring. Spread butter on top. a

Serve the butter naans hot with your favorite side dish.


After rolling to the desired size, add thin slices of garlic pieces and roll again slightly. This will give Garlic naans
Similarly you can add sesame/cumin seeds on top and roll once to get Sesame/Cumin Naans


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