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Easy No Yeast Naan Bread with Greek Yogurt

by Karen D. Insignares

In a pinch for time, make this quick and easy, no yeast involved, naan bread.  It’s soft and tangy and so fast to make, it’s the perfect companion for hummus, curry, or a quick pizza!


Let’s talk about a traditional naan bread recipe.

A traditional Naan is made with flour, water, yogurt, and yeast. Then it’s cooked in a tandoor oven. A tandoor is a wood-fired ceramic oven. The dough is stuck directly onto the sides of the oven until brown spots form.

Let’s be real though, who has that kind of equipment in their home kitchen? in this recipe, we use our plain old stove top and a hot pan.

Making a quick and easy naan bread without yeast.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t always have time to make bread. Between mixing, and kneading, and waiting, and shaping, and waiting again. Who does? That’s why I love this quick recipe for  Naan bread because it cuts out all the wait time by removing the need for yeast.

Interestingly enough, Naan actually translates to “bread” in old Persian, so there are different kinds of Naan. If you’re interested in making other quick breads, these don’t use yeast:

Chapati: An Indian flatbread made combining the same ingredients for Naan, but without yeast or any other rising agent.

Paratha: A traditional Thai bread made with flour, water, and vegetable oil, then cooked in a Tawa, an Indian cast iron skillet.

Stack of naan bread

How does naan bread get fluffy without yeast?

Alright, let’s jump into some science. You’re able to make this naan bread without yeast because we use baking powder instead. Baking powder is a mixture of baking soda and cream of tartar. Together, they act as a rising agent when interacting with an acid. In this case, we are using Greek yogurt as the acid and moisture in the recipe. In this way, you get a quick and instant rise with a deliciously tangy flavor.

Let me tell you, that tangy flavor goes perfectly with our sweet and savory Roasted Red Beet Hummus.

Side shot of pile on naan bread with view into opened pocket

Cooking Naan Bread

As we mentioned, Naan is cooked in a tandoor, which I’m guessing you don’t have, don’t worry, I don’t either. To cook Naan in a basic ass home, all you need is a medium sized pan and a stovetop that can get pretty hot. You don’t even need oil or butter to grease the pan. Just a clean and dry pan that you can place the dough directly on.

I’ve read that you can make it in the oven, but it’s just so much easier for me to have a hot pan going while I roll out dough.

overhead shot of pile of naan bread

Let’s waste less food.

Naan Bread

Although I doubt there will be any bread left to store, Naan bread can be frozen. All you have to do is wrap it in seran wrap, aluminum foil, or in a zip-top bag. Just try and reduce contact with the air as much as possible. Let it cool down before freezing to reduce ice crystals forming from condensation. Naan bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.

You could use leftover bread to make Easy Mediterranean Hummus Flatbread Pizza

or dip into

Greek Yogurt

I tend to buy big containers of greek yogurt. So if you have extras like I always do, you can use extra greek yogurt for:

  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • A creamy curry sauce;
  • Popsicle sticks; 
  • Or my favorite, subbing it for ricotta in our Zucchini Lasagna found exclusively in my free E-book.



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Quick and Easy Naan Bread Without Yeast

In a pinch for time, make this quick and easy, no yeast involved, naan bread. It’s soft and tangy and so fast to make
Recipe by Karen D. Insignares
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, plus 2-4 tablespoons for kneading (0.30)
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder (0.16)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (0.02)
  • 1 ½ cups of Greek yogurt. ($3.20)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • With a spatula, mix in greek yogurt and stir until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls and roll them out into a disc about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  • Heat up a skillet to medium-high heat and place the rolled out dough onto the dry pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until brown spots form, flip, and heat for another 2-3 minutes until brown spots form.*

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