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Whole wheat Naan

Whole wheat Naan

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Fermenting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Author Hema Magesh


  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • ½  tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp curd/yogurt
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 -1 tsp kalonji or nigella seeds
  • butter for brushing


  • Proof the yeast in half cup of warm water and ½ tsp of honey.
    naan prepn
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, take the flour, sugar, salt, kalonji, milk powder, curd and the remaining half cup of water. Mix well with a ladle. If you do not have a stand mixer, put the flour on the countertop, add all the dry ingredients first and incorporate. Make a well in the centre and add the water and curd. Mix well.
    Naan peparation steps 4-6
  • Add the proofed yeast and mix well till there is no dry flour.
  • If using a stand mixer, knead with the dough hook for 2-3 minutes on setting 2. Then add the coconut oil, and continue kneading for about 5 minutes. Knead with the hand for 8-10 minutes if you are not using a stand mixer. The dough will be sticky. Add the coconut oil in between the kneading process. You may add a bit of flour if the dough is too sticky.
    Naan peparation steps 7-9
  • When the dough becomes tacky, transfer to an oiled bowl and allow to rise in a warm place till it doubles in size. I normally prefer to keep it in the stand mixer itself for rising.
  • After it doubles in volume punch it down. Can you see the gluten strands formed? Now  gently knead a few times to redistribute the gases.  
    Naan peparation steps 10-12 jpg
  • Pinch balls the size of a tennis ball, and roll on a board using rolling pin to about ¼th of an inch. Cut into 3 portions.
  • Transfer 1 piece to the hot tawa or skillet. When bubbles start forming on the surface, flip over. Apply butter generously and cook on both sides, till golden brown specks are formed. Remove from the skillet and sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves on the naan. The naan usually puffs up well.
    Naan peparation steps 13-15jpg
  • Serve with Butter chicken masala or paneer butter masala.
    Naan peparation steps 16-18
  • You can also make garlic naan , by spreading chopped garlic randomly on top of the rolled out naan, and then rolling out one more time so that it gets stuck on the surface.



Storing leftover dough

  • The leftover dough can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • When ready for use, just keep it out for half an hour. No need to knead. Pinch the dough, roll out and make naans as usual.
  • It also freezes well, just that you have to thaw completely to activate the yeast.