Soft, fluffy and delicious homemade naan bread made with just TWO ingredients! This 2 ingredient dough naan bread is healthier than traditional naan and takes less than 10 minutes to make- no yeast!
Naan Bread without yeast
After stocking up on a bunch of pantry friendly ingredients, I found myself to have a plethora of self-rising flour.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t go out and buy this particular type of flour as if you look through my recipes, it’s not a flour I regularly use.
I often stick to grain-free and low carb flours, like coconut flour and almond flour.
However, as a means to make use of my pantry staple ingredients, I’ve been digging through it over the past week!
The famous 2 ingredient weight watchers dough has been used to make these 2 ingredient bagels, 2 ingredient pizza crusts and 2 ingredient soft pretzels.
After a curry craving last night, 2 ingredient dough naan bread had to be next!
What is naan bread?
Traditional naan bread is a staple bread in many East Asian countries, like India and Sri Lanka. It’s leavened and most often baked in the oven.
It’s generally made with flour, yeast, salt, and water.
Enjoyed with curries, stews and on their own, they make a fantastic side dish or a substitute for a pizza base!
In this recipe, we don’t bake the naan bread but instead, dry fry it (pan fry it without oil). This makes is SO much quicker.
Taste-wise, naan bread is mild and doughy, and with a slightly more salty flavor than standard bread.
Texture-wise, it is doughy, fluffy and slightly tender on the outside- you MUST enjoy it warm!
Is naan bread healthy?
Depending on where in the world you are and how you make your naan bread, it can be healthy. More often than not, it is what you eat WITH the naan bread that can tip it in the direction of unhealthy.
While traditional naan bread tends to be coated in oil or butter, my version is healthier than the original and virtually fat-free!
How to make naan bread from scratch
Making naan bread from scratch is SO simple. As it contains no yeast, it literally takes less than 10 minutes to make a batch!
- Self-rising flour– Either gluten-free self-rising flour or standard self-raising (self-raising) flour must be used. You can make your own self-rising flour following the recipe here.
- Greek Yogurt– Either non-fat or standard Greek yogurt works. I used coconut Greek yogurt, to keep it vegan friendly, and also dairy-free.
- Salt– Optional, but reduces the yogurt flavor in the dough.
- Butter or oil, to brush– To give the naan bread a gorgeous shine. This is not necessary at all.
No crazy mixing bowls or kitchen gadgets needed at all!
In a large mixing bowl, you’ll want to combine your flour, salt (if using it) and Greek yogurt and mix until combined. If you like, use your hands to mix in the dough until fully incorporated. Form a big ball of dough.
Then, you’ll lightly flour a wooden or kitchen surface. Sprinkle a little extra flour on the ball of dough, and transfer onto the floured surface. Press the ball of dough into a circular shape and cut into 8 even pieces. Flatten each piece of dough, and form a rough, oblong shape.
Finally, you will heat a large non-stick pan on medium heat. When hot, place one piece of naan dough onto the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, before flipping and cooking for another 2 minutes. Repeat until all the dough has been used up and 8 naan bread remains!
If desired, brush the tops of the naan bread with melted butter or oil.
What can I use instead of yogurt in naan bread?
While Greek yogurt is the only kind of yogurt that works well (including vegan Greek yogurt) there IS another alternative for Greek yogurt that can be used.
Sour cream works in the same way Greek yogurt does, as it is thick and holds together. You can substitute the Greek yogurt with sour cream.
I haven’t tried vegan sour cream, but lactose-free sour cream does work.
Is naan bread vegan and gluten-free?
My version IS vegan (dairy-free Greek yogurt) and gluten-free (gluten-free self-rising flour).
If you don’t follow any of those diets, stick to Greek yogurt and standard gluten-free self-rising flour.
Can you refrigerate and freeze naan bread?
If you plan to enjoy the naan bread within 3 days, there is no need to refrigerate it.
To refrigerate: You should avoid refrigerating the uncooked dough, as it will become stickier the longer it sits. You will need to add extra flour to make it durable to form into naan bread.
If you have leftover naan that you don’t want to enjoy immediately, you can refrigerate it to enjoy later.
Place leftover naan bread in a ziplock bag and be sure to enjoy them within 7 days.
To freeze: Cooked naan bread is freezer friendly. Place the naan bread in a ziplock bag. They will keep fresh frozen for up to 6 months.
To reheat: Allow frozen naan to thaw to room temperature. Either reheat in the microwave or crisp up in the pan.
What to eat or serve with naan bread
Traditional ways to enjoy Naan bread is to enjoy it as a side, but here are some other suggestions-
- Side dish– Enjoy naan bread with homemade curry, with a veggie burger or your favorite protein.
- Pizza- Substitute your traditional pizza crust with naan bread- Top it as you would with any pizza and bake until the toppings are cooked and cheese is melted.
- Toast substitute- Replace your toast with it, and spread some almond butter or homemade Nutella on top!
Naan bread variations and flavors
- Garlic naan- Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder into the dough. Brush the tops with melted butter and crushed garlic.
- Butter naan- Brush the tops of the naan with melted butter and let sit, before re-brushing again.
- Cheese naan- Divide naan dough into two, and top shredded cheese on one half of it. Top with remaining half and pan fry as normal, until cheese has melted in between.
- Paneer naan- Crumble fresh paneer into the naan dough, along with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and onion powder.
- Chilli cheese naan– Fold through red pepper flakes (to taste) into the dough, along with shredded cheese (1/4 cup). Cook as you would, and enjoy.
More delicious 2 ingredient dough recipes
2 Ingredient Dough Naan Bread- No Yeast!
- 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour use gluten-free, if needed
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt vegan Greek yogurt, non-fat, full-fat or reduced fat
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter of choice Optional, to brush naan breads
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, salt (if using it) and Greek yogurt. Mix well, until combined. Then, use your hands to form a large ball of dough.
- Lightly flour a wooden or kitchen surface. Sprinkle a little extra flour on top of the ball of dough, before transferring it to the floured surface. Flatten into a circular shape and divide into 8 even portions. Flatten each portion into a rectangular shape (like a classic Naan bread).
- Heat a non-stick saucepan on medium heat. When hot, place flattened dough and cook for 3 minutes, before flipping and cooking a further 2 minutes. Repeat until all the naan bread is cooked.
- Once cooked, if desired, lightly brush the tops of each naan bread with melted butter.
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Can this naan be made with whole wheat flour?
Hi Lois- As long as it is self-rising. You can check out the post for how to make your own too! 🙂
I see the formula adding the baking powder and salt. Would the amounts be the same if I used whole wheat flour?
Yes 🙂 The all purpose whole wheat flour I used to make it self-rising worked great 🙂
Yoghurt is not vegan. Vegans do not eat animals or animals products. I suggest you amend that.
You have clearly not read the post at all- This recipe used vegan Greek yogurt.
Very well aware what vegans can and cannot eat 🙂 Nothing needs to be amended at all, Evette.
Looks like four ingredients to me
Yep- if you use all the optional ingredients it’s 4, if you use the only required ones, it is 2. Enjoy!
Your recipies are awesome! I’m sorry there are so many “Karens” that pick apart each word! Can’t wait to make this 🙂
I made these for breakfast this morning with scrambled eggs and cheese, and saltfish. They were really good
Hi, love reading the recipes. Can I use normal plain yogurt for the Naan bread recipe or must it be Greek yogurt?
Yes, must be Greek yogurt or it will be too sticky. I’ve tried plain yogurt and I had to add almost twice as much to make the dough malleable, and even then it didn’t cook properly.
The best ,fastest and easiest recipe I ever made thank you 🙏I use bread flour with 2 tsp of baking powder,mix,add garlic powder,salt and chopped fresh parsley and it turn out wonderful!!!always love your recipe 😍
Thanks Arman. I have made many of items from your posts. I have your book too. Love that you are making easy and healthy recipes. Stay safe during this pandemic. Looking forward to making the naan.
No worries, Lois- Stay safe 🙂
What is the sodium content of naan bread?
Haven’t calculated it 🙂 You can easily do so using a calorie calculator or similar
Can I use Fat free Greek yogurt? Excited to give this recipe a try!
Of course 🙂
I make this recipe and I absolutely love it! I would like to see more of your recipes
We’re going to try this for dinner this evening, really looking forward to trying it!
Hope you enjoy it, Net!
So simple and super delicious. Thanks for another amazing recipe!!! ❤️
You are so welcome- Enjoy, Amanda!
Will it work with Greek style yogurt?
Hi there- I don’t really recommend Greek “style” yogurt as it generally is plain yogurt with slightly more tang. If your option is only that, you can use it, but you’ll find your dough to be stickier- That is okay- Add a little extra flour and you will combat that well 🙂
Sorry if this is redundant but how thick should I roll the dough?
Not redundant at all- It doesn’t rise much, so as thick as you’d like the naan to be.
I just made these and they came out great! Thanks for such a simple, wholesome recipe.
So welcome, Ericka!
Made these tonight a yummo. I had natural full cream Yoghurt worked wonderfully. Thanks for recipe
HI there, can I use any other kind of flour for this? I can’t eat wheat but love naan!
I’ve only tried it as written!
I made the garlic variety yesterday using gluten free self raising flour and sheep (natural) yogurt.. always struggle with the cups to grams/ml conversion, as we use that in the UK. Anyway, it needed more flour as you suggested (no idea how much I added in the end!), but OMG, these were literally the BEST gf naan I have ever tasted!!! Amazed that I actually made them!! Thank you so much for your recipe 🙂 Much enjoyed in a home in the UK x
Hope you are staying safe, I’m so sorry, we forgot to add the grams/mls- Will amend asap!