Enjoy the soft flaky crust and butter-y inside of homemade naan bread in a healthier version made with whole wheat flour!

Homemade Naan Bread

In case your wondering, I woke up super late on Saturday morning batting my eyes at the brightness why there wasn’t a Saturday post. Oops.

But, I’d like to just say that this naan bread rocked my entire weekend. Soft, warm, fluffy, pull apart bread that was so well seasoned. Can I get a whopping yes for Naan Bread?!

Homemade Naan Bread

I buy naan bread all of the time. Indian food and my family? Check. Several flavours of naan bread? Check. Naan bread finishing before the entire meal? Check. That’s because it’s insanely delicious. So when I realised that I could make this at home, in a pretty short time period and eat it super fresh AND seasoned how I want, I put down the laptop and ran, not walked, ran to the kitchen to experiment.

Naan Bread

I love that the whole wheat flour makes this a little bit chewier than normal but also makes it so much softer. The burned parts are so reminiscent of store-bought naan bread that and are my favourite part. My favourite flavour is cheese naan bread, so I sprinkled some grated parmesan cheese and added all my favourite flavours of garlic, salt and pepper into each naan bread, then sprinkled extra garlic and cheese on top with a bit of coriander (I used parsley for some of them). I love how seasoned these were and how well they held seasonings.

This plus homemade butter chicken is the making of a very delicious Indian dinner. Something I really need to put on regular rotation.

Homemade Naan Bread

Whole Wheat Homemade Naan Bread

Preparation 45 min Cook Time 5 min Serves 6-8     adjust servings

Enjoy the soft flaky crust and butter-y inside of homemade naan bread in a healthier version made with whole wheat flour!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese for sprinkling (optional)
  • cilantro, parsley for topping

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add both flours, brown sugar, baking powder, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together.
  2. Create a well in the centre of the flour. Slowly the warm milk and yogurt to the dry ingredients, and then mix together with a spatula until just incorporated.
  3. Flour your hands and knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough will be sticky. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes on the counter. This will allow the dough to rest and become manageable before making the naan.
  4. Divide the dough into 6-8 balls (the smaller balls will puff up more) and roll into a circle. Press the dough down with your palm, then roll into a slightly oblong shape on a floured surface using a rolling pin. It should measure about 6-8 inches.
  5. Over medium-high heat, heat a cast iron skillet or a regular large skillet. Brush both sides of the naan with the coconut oil and here you can add even more seasonings on the outside of the naan.
  6. Add a teaspoon each per naan of coconut oil into the hot skillet, and add the naan. Cover with a lid and bake for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until you see bubbles starting to form. They will puff up a little bit, but the indicator is the slightly darkened spots (you don't want everything to burn).
  7. Turn the naan over and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute on the other side, looking again for the slightly darkened spots. Sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese, cilantro or parsley. Place on a wire rack to let the naan cool. Continue with the other naan breads until finished.

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Recipe Notes

  1. MAKE IT VEGAN
  2. I have substituted cold coconut cream for the greek yogurt and the milk for almond milk to make this recipe vegan. If using the cold coconut cream, add up to 2 tablespoons more almond milk. You can also use vegan parmesan cheese for the sprinkling.

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75 comments

  1. We are definitely Naan lovers. My husband could eat it everyday if I left him; well me too. 🙂

  2. Oh yeah I buy naan bread all the time too. This looks great!! can’t wait to try it with whole wheat flour 🙂

  3. Jessica, I’m literally drooling over this bread. YES YES YES. Totally craving this for lunch today! pinned!

  4. This looks soooo delicious! Did I go past the recipe, can’t see it?

  5. You really made this sound soo good. It’s been years since I’ve tried naan. I have to get my hands onto more bread making.

  6. I just love naan bread! It also makes a great pizza crust when I don’t have time to make my own : )

  7. You made homemade naan girl? Get out of here! This is so fantastic!!!!! And whole wheat too?

  8. Oh super NOM to this NAAN bread! It definitely looks flaky, soft and delicious!

  9. ela@GrayApron says:

    I would like tear a piece and chew it right now! Love that bread! 🙂 ela

  10. Kurt and I are huge Naan bread lovers. To be able to make it at home is even better. Thanks for sharing

  11. I love Naan bread so much, they are the sun on a rainy day for me! Definitely would like to make these soon!

  12. Oh this looks so great!! Love those burned parts (those are usually my favorite parts of anything). Making this could be preeeetty dangerous around here…I think I’d make a meal solely of naan. 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    Naan is my favorite! I basically want to eat it all the time. Love that this is whole wheat and topped with so much tastiness!!

  14. We eat whole wheat naan a lot at my house! I’m so psyched to be able to make it homemade now! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, Jessica! <3

  15. Kelly says:

    We love naan and that’s so awesome that you made it at home Jessica! And whole wheat too? Love this – pinning 🙂

  16. Graham @ Glazed & Confused says:

    Naan is my absolute weakness. Everytime I’m around it, I try to refrain from eating more than 1 piece, but I always end up slathering butter on even more.

    I’ve never made naan myself (or any breads for that matter), but I’m pinning this so I can try it out for myself. It seriously looks so delicious!

    I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s such a beautiful site and your recipes are so well thought out and all look so damn delicious. LOL 🙂

  17. Dang! That’s some gorgeous bread, Jessica! Really wish that I were not wheat sensitive…I love bread dearly. Seriously, I could dive into that third photo and just live there. Beautiful bread, my friend! Thanks for sharing and have a great rest of the week!

    • Jessica says:

      Oh no! But thanks Stacy so much :). I know it’s late but I hope you had a great week.

  18. This needs to be on my regular rotation too! Your homemade version looks 1000 times btter and the addition of cheese is perfect <3

  19. I love naan bread… but homemade!! Holy moly girl! This is absolutely amazing! YUM!

  20. girl! this looks like the best naan bread everrrr!!! so flavorful, and the whole wheat makes it look even better!

  21. Maggie says:

    Never thought about using whole wheat flour to make naan bread. Good idea! Just pinned it to save the recipe. 🙂

  22. I LOVE naan! And these look just perfect!

  23. My mouth is watering just looking at that naan. It looks like it has just the right consistency, and that’s not easy to do! Definitely going to try to make this soon.

  24. Lauren says:

    Oh my goodness these so look delicious! I love Indian food, I cannot wait to try these out

  25. Super delicious Great recipe. Thanks for posting this up.

    Simon

  26. Laura says:

    The list of directions doesn’t mention sugar, did you intend sugar to be in this recipe.

  27. Are you kidding? When I go out to an Indian restaurant, naan is the reason I always eat too much. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Kella says:

    You left out where to put the sugar and Parmesan cheese

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kella,

      Thanks for letting me know! I just updated the recipe.

  29. Sheila says:

    Hi these look amazing. i would like to make them tomorrow. how much warm milk is it please, it has a ? instead of the ammount. cant wait to try them 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sheila!

      Sorry about that, I’ve had some technical issues with recipes. It should be ⅓ cup. That should also say active yeast NOT nutritional yeast. I’ve fixed both! I hope you enjoy!

      • Sheila says:

        fabulous thanks, am making them for my indian dinner party tomorrow x

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Sheila,

          Great! It seems I still had a few issues (so sorry about that!) So I’ve updated the recipe one last time! Good luck!

  30. joy says:

    Is it possible to list the carbs, protein, fat, sugar, etc?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Joy,

      161 calories in each, 27.2 g in carbs, 5.4 g protein, 3.5 g fat and 2.0 g sugar. Hope that helps!

  31. Kaylee says:

    Are there alternatives to the Greek yogurt??

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kaylee,

      You could always use vegan yogurt. I’m not sure coconut cream would stand up.

  32. Ims says:

    This was delicious – before brushing on the olive oil to put it in the pan I sprinkled some garlic salt over it and it was just absolutely wonderful. Thanks! X

    • Jessica says:

      You’re SO welcome!! Thanks so much for letting me know. LOVE the garlic salt idea!

  33. Ims says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I love this recipe, I make it about once a week and it doesn’t even seem to be enough. This recipe speaks to my soul. The only thing I struggle with is that the actual cooking is quite labour intensive – I was wondering if you had ever tried making them in the oven, and how that turned out?

    Thanks!

    Ims

    • Ims says:

      Ok hi I just realised my comment ended up right under my other comment from the first time I made it and now it looks like I have dementia and forgot I posted that first comment. Whoops… I swear I’m not crazy, I just love naan. 🙂

      • Jessica says:

        Hey Ims,

        Haha no you don’t seem crazy at all!! I’m SO glad you’ve been enjoying this recipe so often and thank you so much for sharing! I have never tried making this in the oven but I plan to make a video for this post soon and I will try it out then and let you know.

  34. Shauna Haught says:

    So I’m just made this and it was awesome….I had to tweak it a bit though being short of some ingredients…I used wheat pancake mix and self rising flour….omitted the sugar since it was already a sweeter mix….and I invented my own greek yogurt out of 1/4 oz Greek cream cheese thinned out with milk to a yogurt consistency. I also used garlic salt instead of garlic powder and salt. Perfect pairing with an Indian chicken curry and rice dish I made for lunch. Thumbs up!

  35. Jessica says:

    Hi Shauna, Oh wow! Thanks for letting me know and so glad you enjoyed! Very interesting changes, love that you used what was in your house and still made a great dish.

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