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South African Milk Naan

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Recipe for South African Milk Naan

Yield: 2

South African Milk Naan

Milk Naan Rolls with poppy seed topping and grated cheese

This is a type of Naan that is native to South Africa and it is known as Milk Naan. This Naan is fluffy and soft and may be eaten with curries or with cheese/jam or butter.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Proof Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Bake Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 2-3 Cups Flour
  • ¼ Cup Milk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Milk (warm)
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 2 Teaspoons Yeast
  • Poppy/Sesame Seeds (topping)
  • 2 Teaspoons Fennel Seeds


Add the milk powder, salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour to the mixer.

Add the yeast and butter to the warm milk and pour in.

Sprinkle in the fennel seeds and mix on a medium speed.

Add flour (½ cup at a time) until a soft dough is formed.

Work the dough/ knead for about 8-10 minutes.

Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover with cling and allow to rise for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.

Knock the dough down, portion into 2 parts, and shape.

Place on a baking sheet and allow to rise for a further 20 minutes.

Brush with egg then sprinkle it with poppy/sesame seeds.

Bake at 180C / 350F for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with butter and grated cheese.



Prepared, tried, and tested by Rochelle Lazarus Govender

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1859Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 151mgSodium 1323mgCarbohydrates 333gFiber 14gSugar 34gProtein 52g

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This Naan Bread is a soft, baked bread roll, with some fennel seeds and poppy seeds sprinkled on the tops.

This truly and delicious typical South African treat, from Indian heritage, should not be confused with the famous Garlic Flat Naan Bread.


Can I use milk instead of yogurt in naan bread?

Variations like milk or yogurt are used instead of water to make the dough soft and fluffy. This would change the texture and flavor of the bread. 


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