Homemade Whole Wheat Naan

Homemade naan is the easiest way to get your kids involved in your kitchen. It’s also the most unfussy way to have warm bread ont he table in less than an hour.

This recipe is quick, simple, and ridiculously scrumptious. I was totally avoiding carbs until I couldn’t pry myself away from these soft rounds of warm, sweet wheat. Dunking them in yesterday’s Curried Coconut Soup? Hello, yes.

Super quick tutorial so you can see how dadblummed easy it is to make naan. You whip up a some basic dough (recipe below, of course) then toss it in whole wheat pastry flour (available in the bulk foods section of Whole Foods. It makes all the difference. Don’t scrimp and go with plain ol’ whole wheat here).

Roll a golf-ball sized piece of dough out flat.

About this flat. I aim for 1/4″ of flatness. It’s thin enough to make a lovely final product, and thick enough to easily peel itself off of your workspace after being rolled into a pancake.

Heat a skillet to medium heat, spray it with olive oil, then toss your round right into the pan. Wait for the little bubble to rise from underneath the dough. This signals you’re ready for flippage.

Flatness? Flippage? Am I writing these things?

Flipness done.

Oh gracious. It’s late. I should not blog past my bedtime lest I make up obscene words.

Sheer prettyage.

Serve it with chickpea soup and you’ve got some serious dinnerfliskin.


I’ve gotta get me some shuteye’n.



1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm water
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons salt
2-3 cups whole wheat pastry flour + and additional cup or so for kneading
nonstick olive oil cooking spray


In a large bowl, combine the water and yeast. Whisk in the maple syrup. Allow mixture to sit for 3-5 minutes. Then, whisk in the salt, and stir in just enough flour with a wooden spoon to form a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Sprinkle more flour, if needed onto the dough if needed to keep it from sticking while you knead it lightly in the bowl.

Cover and set aside for 1 hour.

Head a large skillet to medium heat. Spray with nonstick olive oil cooking spray. Generously cover a clean work surface with flour, then pull the dough off in golf-ball sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough in the flour, then use a rolling pin to roll it about 1/4" in thickness. Transfer to your hot skillet, cook until golden brown (about 60-90 seconds_, then flip with a pair of tongs and allow the other side of your naan to cook until golden brown (about 60 seconds more).

Pair with Cheeky Kitchen's Curried Chickpea Soup for the ultimate comfort meal!

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24 Responses to “Homemade Whole Wheat Naan”

  1. 1

    Rana on March 6, 2012 at 5:00 am Reply

    I’ll make to today to go with the leftovers from yesterday’s soup! Thanks for getting it up so quickly!

  2. 2

    Skye on March 6, 2012 at 8:49 am Reply

    I didn’t know it was this easy to make homemade naan. Can’t wait to try!

  3. 3

    heather b on March 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

    we love naan in our family (my daughter’s fave lunch in naan and hummus) so can’t wait to try!

  4. 4

    anna on March 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

    mmm, just gorgeous. still off gluten so i can’t partake, but i love the look of it.

  5. 5

    kimber on March 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply

    MMMMM! That looks sooo good! (I’ve never thought about making my own! Yay! Thanks for the recipe!)

  6. 6

    Valerie on March 15, 2012 at 7:26 am Reply

    You sold me! I love Naan, but have never made it. It really does look easy so I’m adding it to my menu to make. Yummmm.

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  8. 7

    Miriam on May 31, 2012 at 3:12 am Reply

    You cracked me up!! Flippage is totally a word :)
    In a skillet… brilliant, I can smell the naan already

  9. 8

    Miriam on May 31, 2012 at 3:14 am Reply

    perhaps you can try it with Spelt flour if that agrees with you?

  10. 9

    Melanie on August 6, 2012 at 8:24 am Reply

    I got your link off of pinterest and made these last night. They are soooo good! And extremely easy to make. Thanks!

  11. 10

    lynn hagerup on September 2, 2012 at 6:58 am Reply

    I have been baking bread for a while now …this sounds like a keeper
    thx for sharing

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    jenn on October 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Made this naan today and loved it! I was also a hit with the kids, too! Thanks for sharing.

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    Linda Green on January 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Just made these and they are super easy and very satisfying. I made mine a little thicker cause we like things a bit doughy. Is that a word?

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  19. 13

    Christine P on January 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I’m making these right now. I needed more than 3, closer to 4, cups of flour so I sure home they turn out ok.

  20. 14

    Christine P on January 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm Reply

    “hope” not “home” :-/

  21. 15

    Christine P on January 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply

    It turned out fantastic!!! I think the reason I had to use more flour is that I grind my own wheat. I used fresh ground soft white wheat. Very tasty!

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    Chris on January 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Wow! This was really good! I have tried a few whole wheat naan recipes and have not been very satisfied. My whole family really enjoyed this recipe. I used soft white wheat freshly ground and it turned out great. We had it with Jocooks Coconut Shrimp Curry. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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