August 5, 2011

Butter Naan | Without Yeast | Homemade Basic Naan Recipe

Butter Naan
For more than 15 years now, I have been making Naans this way and never once has it failed me. It is always a hit with everyone in my family no matter what the occasion is. In fact, they all prefer these homemade Naans to the restaurant one. I love and enjoy making Naans as I feel that they make me more energetic. I was enthralled with the entire process of making them when I learned it from my neighbor Aunt at the age of 15.

There happens to be a little incident related to these Naans. It was the year I had to sit for my Board Exams. My mother had to leave for Trichy as she got a call that my grandfather has met with an accident. She was very unhappy that she had to leave as the next day happened to be my Birthday and I can’t go with her as I had to sit for a national competitive exam. My neighbor Aunty convinced my mother to leave me with her and asked her to go and attend to my grandfather. May be it is a coincidence that she too has a daughter who happens to be 1 year older than me and a son who is one year older than my younger brother.

The next day after many a wishes from all of them I went to school as usual but my dear Aunty had arranged for a surprise party in the evening. We all enjoyed it immensely. She had made these Naans and Paneer Butter Masala to go with them, saffron pulao with raita and cauliflower kurma, carrot halwa and chocolate balls. That was the first time I had Naan and I was bowled over by the combo.

We had dinner on the terrace sitting on a mattress under the moonlight and stars surrounded by a gentle breeze and Kenny G’s Sax music. It was a memorable birthday and also a memorable dinner for me. I couldn’t thank her enough for taking me under her wings, making me feel at home and going to all such lengths to make me feel happy and letting me not to worry that my mother was not there with me.

I learned it from her that week itself and had been following it all these years only perfecting it along the way. Here is the recipe for you.

Butter Naan / Basic Naan
You’ll need:
All Purpose flour
2 cups
Fresh Bread Slices
Slightly Sour Curd
1/2 cup
Milk / Water
1/2 cup
Cooking / Baking Soda
1/2 tsp
Butter, melted
5 tbsp
1 tsp
1/2 cup
To taste
Trim the brown sides of the bread slices. Sift the flour to incorporate air into it. Tear the bread slices roughly. In a vessel place the torn bread pieces and pour the curd, milk / water, baking soda, salt and whisk well. Let it rest for 10 min.

After 10 mins, whisk again. The resulting mixture would be semi solid. Add the sieved flour little by little over this mixture while kneading with your hand. sprinkle more water, if needed for kneading. Just bring about everything together taking care not to knead the dough tightly. The dough has to be loose. Take a tsp of oil in your hand and smear it all over the dough, cover and let it rest for at least 1 hour. You can rest it upto 3-4 hours.

Take a portion of the dough, an orange size preferably and pull it gently between your hands to make a tear drop or an oblong shape. As the dough is soft and pliant you should not have any problem. After dusting it with flour just roll over that shape. Your Naan are ready to cook and here comes the fun part.

Keep it Ready:
An Iron griddle / Tawa and a lid to cover the Naan
1/2 cup of water
A wire mesh (If you don’t have please see Notes)
Melted butter with a brush or spoon.
How to cook:
Keep the iron griddle ready on the big burner of the stove. It has to be real hot but not smoking. Take little water in your palm and splash it on the hot griddle. Immediately place the rolled out Naan on it. It will stick to the griddle. Cover with a lid to get the smoky flavor.

Place the wire mesh over the small burner. Let the flame be kept in low. Lift the lid to see whether the Naan has puffed up in places. Flip it over to the wire mesh. The uncooked part should be facing the flame. Increase the flame. You can see it puffing up. Gently press to settle and cook till brown spots appear.

Transfer it to a plate. Basic Naan is ready. Brush the side cooked directly over the flame with butter and your Butter Naan is ready to be served.

I served these soft, buttery and flaky Naans with Panner Tikka Masala. It was utterly, butterly, delicious.


If you do not have a wire mesh, I’m sure you will have a spatula that is used for draining out deep fried foods from oil (Jaali Karandi). You can use that. I did the same thing as my wire mesh is somewhere up in the loft and I couldn’t reach it. Just hold the spatula slightly above the flame.
As the griddle I use is heavy I just can’t hold it upright over the flame. Also in this method you need not have to fear the Naan falling over the flame and of the arm pain.
To get a perfect shape: Roll the dough into a ball. Shape it into a cylindrical shape first. Then start rolling over it.
Do not let the dough rest for more time as it may get sour.
Using milk to knead the dough will keep it soft.
For every cup of flour use 2 bread slices, if big or 3 if the slices are small in size.
If you are going to serve some time after cooking, Do not apply butter. Stack the Naans one above the other and roll in a soft, clean cloth. Before serving just heat them again and apply butter. This way they won’t feel like plastic discs while eating.

This is off to Jabeen's Iftar Nights


  1. wow truly said radhika, its a utterly butterly delicious it..will make this on this sunday and let u knw how it come out...:)

  2. This is delicious and I am bookmarking your recipe!

  3. bookmarked Radhika...Naans look yummylicious

  4. Looks gud ....liked your recipe ...different from mine ..will try it dear

  5. Looks yummy and will try soon during the weekend.

  6. truly yummy with loads of butter ..

  7. yummmmmm is not the word...looks very tempting...pls pass me some!!

  8. I am going to book Mark this awesome recipe.

  9. Lovely mouthwatering butter naan.. I also bookmark this...

  10. Wow its too good and wil surely try it.I think if u've given step wise then i would be a great help for begginers like me.

  11. really new idea of making naan ...bookmarked!!!

  12. Naans look very soft n nice...n that too with out yeast...nice..:)

  13. these are so tempting! and since they are without yeast, no need to keep the dough for hours to rise :)

  14. I made naan with yeast yesterday. turned out good. Thanks for the without yeast. will try it soon+.

  15. Bookamrked dear!!! Thats a yummilicious, perfect naan!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  16. Wow its perfect naan,love the version...

  17. Perfect and so delicious looking naan..I've tried naan with yeast but your recipe without yeast sounds interesting..must try this sometime..thanks for sharing!

  18. Buttery soft n perfect looking naan ~ very nice n well explained post!
    Us Masala

  19. Perfect naan,makes me hungry..yum

  20. awesome looking naan....Perfect

  21. Wow..looks soo buttery n yummy:-) never tried the yeast less naan..this looks soo soft n fluffy

  22. that's really an interesting way to prepare Naan!!
    I love the expression, "utterly, butterly delicious"!!!!

  23. Looks Perfect Radhika, bookmarking this dear

  24. Nice recipe, thanx for sharing, as it's my hubby's fav. Book marked this.

  25. Nice story behind the nan! :)

    Nan looks yummy and buttery! Never tried adding bread slices.Will try with wheat bread!


  26. It is intriguing. I am absolutely going to give it a try. I am yet to master a naan recipe, I am too intimidated by it.

  27. Lovely naan and love the story behind it too.

  28. delicious looking it

  29. Explained well.. Never knew naans can be made without yeast..

  30. A delicious looking naan...will try your way next time....bookmarking

  31. naans look great dear, liked this recipe a lot, a must try :)

  32. naan looks tempting...
    if interested check out my version

  33. very soft n delicious butter naan...well explained..bookmarked !!!

  34. Very well explained. I am yet to make this version. Thanks for sharing it. Butter coating makes so tempting.


  35. Different and delicious soft naans.

  36. Wow! The naans look super soft Radhika. Sure to try this one. Bookmarked.

  37. Cooking Naan at home will be a dream come true for me.. Lovely recipe.. will sure try em' soon.. Naan looks gorgeous.. just perfect like store bought..

    And I am from Trichy too.. :) and absolutely sweet of ur neighbor to have made it memorable for you till today.. :) kuddos to her !!

    Thanks For Linking it with Iftar Nights..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

  38. Perfect naan and that's one yummy platter..

  39. wow i'm bookmarking this too. Looks really yumm! this is my 1st time here and love ur space :).... Renee

  40. Delicious naan bread, my favorite to serve with tandoori chicken.

  41. Dear Radhika,
    How clever using bread instead of yeast packets! You say your griddle is super heavy, so how do you flip it on to the wire mesh? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  42. @ Anonymous: Slip a spatula underneath the Naans and flip it onto the wire mesh. Though the Naans would be sticking to the griddle it will come off easily once cooked.

  43. I tried making this RAdhika ! and they were fabulous .. didnt use the bread though, but some yeast.. like you said, even my family now wants me to make it @ home rather than the restaurant. Thanks for posting !

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  44. The story behind the butter naan adds "softness" to this delicious bread - thankyou!

  45. The story behind the butter naan adds "softness" to the dish - thankyou!


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