Soft and healthy whole grain naan (Indian flatbread)

Make a soft and healthy naan, an Indian flatbread from whole grain flours. Whole wheat flour, chickpea flour and jowar (sorghum) flour combined together makes a healthy and delicious soft naan.

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Who doesn’t love naan? Soft, slightly chewy, be it plain or slathered with garlic butter, it is an all-time favourite with kids or adults. You will see it everywhere, in marriages, parties and so many Indian restaurant menus.

In a lookout for increasing the nutritional value of this delicious bread, I hit upon this idea of making a naan with multigrain flours. There are several whole wheat naan recipes out there, however, this recipe is not only about whole wheat but whole grain flours. It is a naan with a combination of flours of whole wheat (atta), chickpea flour (besan) and jowar (sorghum) flour. Binding it all together with yogurt makes for a super soft delicious naan.

Soft and healthy whole grain naan (Indian flatbread)
Soft and healthy whole grain naan (Indian flatbread)

There are few pointers you need to keep in mind while making this naan though:

  1. It is a much stickier dough to deal with since it has high hydration (98%) and also since both chickpea flour and jowar flour are gluten free flours. When I made it for the first time, I thought it won’t come together but trust me, it will. Do use a bench scraper to help you through the process.
  2. After the proofing, it will be still a sticky dough but you will be able to roll it gently. If needed, you can use a grease proof paper while rolling as well to transfer it to the skillet.
  3. Traditionally naan is cooked in an extremely hot clay oven. However, at home, we can replicate the high heat of the tandoor oven by cooking these delicious naans on a hot iron skillet.

Brush the naan with roasted garlic butter and you will not believe how delicious it is. Enjoy it plain or with my healthy malai kofta, I am certain you will make this combination again and again.

Some other jowar (sorghum flour) recipes that might interest you:

  1. Jowar vada with moringa leaves
  2. 10 minute bajra-jowar dosa
  3. Gujarati muthia
  4. Whole grain chocolate cake with zucchini 

Go ahead, make these and don’t forget to report back on how it turned out for you ?

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2 thoughts on “Soft and healthy whole grain naan (Indian flatbread)”

  1. Healthy, soft and yum! Made the naans today and unbelievable that they don’t hv any maida! Thank you!

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