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Tawa Naan (No Yeast)

no yeast tawa naan
For our everyday meals, I cook Tawa Roti.  A whole wheat flatbread cooked on a griddle, also called as Chapati or Phulka.  
Naan is a leavened, Tandoor (clay oven) cooked Indian flatbread, which we always order in a restaurant.  If you are looking for a yeast free Naan recipe, this Tawa Naan is perfect.. soft and fluffy.  Garlic Naan, Butter Naan are most loved versions of this soft flatbread recipe.

All Purpose Flour/Maida - 2 cups
Boiled Potatoes - about 1/2 cup
Sour Cream - 1/2 cup
Milk - about 1/2 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Molasses or Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Butter or Oil
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Garlic - 2 cloves
White Sesame Seeds/Til - about 1 tsp
Nigella Seeds/Kalonji - about 1 tsp

How to prepare yeast free Tawa Nan:
  • Microwave milk in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds, so that milk turns lukewarm.  Make sure the boiled potatoes are soft enough to be mashed well.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, grated potatoes, sour cream, baking soda, molasses and salt.  Mix all the ingredients well.  You can use thick yogurt/curds/dahi as an alternative for sour cream.  Now add warm milk, little at a time to form a soft dough.  Add about 1 tsp oil and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic food wrap and let it rest for about 4 hours.
  • The longer the dough rests, the softer the naan will be.  Add another 1/2 tsp baking soda if required.
  • Knead the dough once again.  Divide the dough into 6 balls.  Roll each one dusting little flour slightly thicker than chapati.
naan without yeast
  • Heat a griddle/tawa and cook one side of the rolled naan.  Cook the other side of the naan on direct heat/flame of the burner, just like a phulka.  Use tongs to move the naan and roast for few seconds so that brown spots appear and the Naan puffs up.
  • Apply butter to the hot Nan.  Garnish with chopped cilantro, and/or Nigella seeds and/or Sesame seeds.  For Garlic Nan, roast finely chopped garlic with few drops of oil or butter.
  • Serve hot Naan with Malai Kofta or any curry you like.  Naan tastes best when served hot.


  1. I love naans...but never tried making it without yeast...thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

  2. Wow, that looks just as amazing as with yeast - gotta this version one time! thanks for the recipe dear!

  3. Does the dough expand while resting? Also, I guess you included the baking soda.... any idea how excluding it affects the result?

    Thanks for the recipe. Look forward to trying it :)

    1. The dough expands depending on the amount of time and the temperature its resting at.
      Adding potatoes makes the naan soft and fluffy. I am guessing excluding baking soda should be okay.
      Hope it helps.


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