Yellow Naan (Fennel Scented Buns)

Yellow Naan

These buns are light, have a hint of sweetness and taste slightly of liquorice (from the fennel seeds). Usually eaten on their own or with spicy beef curries. For breakfast, I like to split the buns and toast them and then smear some butter on them. You can increase the sugar content to make the buns sweeter.

Recipe: Yellow Naan

Also known as: Yellow Buns/Fennel Scented Buns/Viryari wara Buns

Categories: Breads, Breakfast

Accompaniments: Butter or Curries

Servings: Makes 24 buns


  • 4 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup luke-warm water (or as needed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seeds (viryari/vairiyali)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla essence (depending on the strength of the essence I use a weak one, or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder)
  • pinch of yellow food color
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

For topping:

  • 1/2 egg beaten with a tsp of water (egg-wash) or 2 Tbsp evaporated milk


Fennel seed

Fennel seed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the raisins/cranberries to the flour (if using).
  • In a separate bowl, mix the water and yeast. Add the yellow food coloring and mix. Add the fennel seeds, oil, vanilla essence, egg, sugar and mix well.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the flour and combine.
  • Pour the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes. It will be a semi-firm dough.


  • Put the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with cling-wrap.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place.
  • When doubled in size, knead the dough again to punch out the air.
  • Grease or line with parchment paper two 8 inch round pans or one 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Make 24 small balls from the dough.
  • Place 12 of the balls, fairly spaced apart, in each of the 8 inch pans.

Divide dough into balls.

  • Cover the pan again with cling-wrap and let the dough rise for a second time in a warm place. It is essential for the dough to rise again as this determines how airy the buns will be.

Risen dough

  • Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
  • Brush the surface of the buns with egg wash or evaporated milk.
  • Place pans in middle rack and bake for 18-20 minutes. Check with knife for done-ness.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Approx. nutritional content:



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