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South African Milk Naan

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South African Milk Naan

Milk Naan Rolls with poppy seed topping and grated cheese

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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.

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Bake Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Bread Recipes
  • Cuisine: South African


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  • 23 cups Flour
  • 1/4 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


  1. Add the milk powder, salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour to the mixer.
  2. Add the yeast and butter to the warm milk and pour in.
  3. Sprinkle in the fennel seeds and mix on a medium speed.
  4. Add flour (½ cup at a time) until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Work the dough/ knead for about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl.
  7. Cover with cling and allow to rise for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  8. Knock the dough down, portion into 2 parts, and shape.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and allow to rise for a further 20 minutes.
  10. Brush with egg then sprinkle it with poppy/sesame seeds.
  11. Bake at 180C / 350F for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with butter and grated cheese.
  12. Enjoy!!


Prepared, tried, and tested by Rochelle Lazarus Govender


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1859
  • Sugar: 34
  • Sodium: 1323
  • Fat: 34
  • Saturated Fat: 15
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 333
  • Fiber: 14
  • Protein: 52
  • Cholesterol: 151

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

This truly 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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