Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Naan with Nigella seeds

Day 4 0f 7 days of Recipe Marathon.

Today I decided to make Naan (Indian flat bread). This is my favorite type of bread to order, in any Indian restaurants we go.

Recipe is very simple, takes few minutes to make the dough. But has to rest for at least an hour before proceeding to roast/bake them. Once the basic dough is ready, one can top them with different spices, seeds, nuts and even herbs.

I have toped it with Nigella/Kalonji seeds (which looks similar to black sesame seeds, but has very mild onion flavor, mostly used in Bengali cuisine). I use them for its flavor and as a topping on this bread, Naan looks so pretty when topped with this seeds.


  • All purpose flour - 1 cup ( I use unbleached flour)
  • Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1tsp
  • Sugar - 1tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp ( for kneading)
  • Yogurt/curds - 1/2 cup
  • Yeast - 2 tsp
  • Warm water - about 1 cup (2 tbsp for dissolving yeast + 3/4 cup for kneading).
  • Nigella seeds - few tbsp for sprinkling on top (substitute with sesame seeds(ellu) or cumin seeds)
  1. Take 2 tbsp of warm water, dissolve yeast in it,add little sugar to it. Cover and let it sit for 5-10 mins.
  2. Now add yogurt to yeast mixture. Combine all purpose flour, wheat flour and salt. Add this to the yeast mixture. Mix well, add little oil for kneading.
  3. Cover and let it rest for at least 1 hour, until raise in the volume.
  4. When ready, make lemon size balls, roll to circle shape(use little dry flour, if the dough is sticking while rolling).

  5. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of Nigella seeds on top of the rolled dough. Press/roll gently with a rolling pin(so the seeds won't fall while roasting).
  6. Heat griddle/tawa on a medium high heat.When hot,put the rolled dough on the tava.

  7. Leave it for few seconds, until you see small puffy bubbles on top. Flip/ turn over and cook the other side for few more seconds, till you see golden brown spots.
  8. Soft Naan is ready to be served. Enjoy with a side dish.

Recipe Marathon : Day 1- Chapatis , Day 2- Jodala Rotti , Day 3- Homemade Bread.


  1. Wow naan with nigella seeds sounds interesting..

  2. Naan with nigella seeds sounds too good' never tried this way'...

  3. This is interesting..i hv never tried naan

  4. ahh..naan on the griddle ... my husband is going to be thrilled to see this! he loves it quite a bit, and so far we haven't had much success! Love the nigella touch like the others too!! Lovely!.

  5. Never tried this...Looks delicious...

  6. I do add nigella for my naan's..I love the color of them on top of white bread..

  7. Naan looks like how it'd be in a restaurant ruchii.. This is ruchika :)
    and I am also cooking in the marathon, just saw this recipe.

  8. love the naans,,have to try the stove top[ method sometime..

  9. lovely pictorial ,..an dthe nan looks yumtoo

  10. This naan looks great. I have never tried making it. Whenever I give it a try, shall follow your recipe.

  11. lovely naan...please do check this link : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-party-09-at-easy2cookrecipes.html

  12. Honestly, I have never tried making Naan at home. You make it look so simpler. Thanks, will try the recipe soon.

    The clicks are beautiful....

  13. With nigella seeds the naan does looks very attractive. It is the topping that always attracts me to the naans.