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Tawa Naan (Grilled Indian Flatbread) Recipe Without Yeast or Oven

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Tawa naan served with veg kheema masala, a soya granules dish.

Tawa naan served with veg kheema masala, a soya granules dish.

Naan is an Indian flatbread that is traditionally cooked in a clay tandoor oven. Tawa naan, on the other hand, is prepared without using an oven. It is cooked on a tawa or griddle.

Traditionally, naan is served with any curry dish. In the photo above, we have paired it with veg kheema masala, a soya granules dish, but naan can also be enjoyed with a meat curry, as well.

It is preferable to prepare tawa naan with all-purpose flour. However, if you prefer, you can use whole wheat or a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. Depending on your choice, the amount of baking powder will need to be adjusted.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 45 min

2 hours

5 naan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maida (all-purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • kalonj (nigella seeds)
  • hara dhania (cilantro), chopped

Instructions

  1. Put the flour in a kneading dish and make a well in the center.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, baking powder, and oil in the well. Mix well.
  3. Add the milk, little by little, and knead until a sticky dough is formed. Knead for about 5 minutes until you have a smooth and soft dough. Cover this with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Dust your fingers with some dry flour and make 4 equal-sized flat pedas (flattened balls) from this dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest again for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat a tawa (griddle) on medium heat so that it is nice and hot by the time you finish rolling out the naan.
  6. While the tawa is heating up, take a piece of dough, sprinkle it with some dry flour, then roll it out into a thick oblong- or round-shaped roti shape.
  7. Brush some melted butter on it. Sprinkle it with a little kalonji and some cilantro, then lightly roll it with a rolling pin so that these stick to the naan.
  8. Flip the naan on your palm. Dip your fingers in water and wet the underside of the naan.
  9. Place the naan, wet-side down, on the hot tawa griddle. Press all around the edges lightly so that the naan sticks to the tawa nicely. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on low medium heat, cooking it evenly all over by moving the tawa as needed over the flame.
  10. Loosen the stuck naan with a spatula and put it on a plate. Prepare the other naan similarly.
  11. Serve the naan with any gravy or with veg keema curry with some sliced cucumber and onions as garnish.

Tawa Naan (Indian Flatbread) Recipe Without Yeast or Oven

© 2018 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 11, 2018:

Glad you can savor Indian dishes in Germany, manatita. Thank you.

manatita44 from london on October 10, 2018:

Well, I'm in Germany. I go to Raja Rani every day and have nan as well as mango lassi. I mix the nan with the rice and muteer paneer or dhal. Excellent dishes!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 08, 2018:

Yes, do try it Kirti. I am sure with a bit of practice they will turn out awesome. Thank you for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 08, 2018:

It must have been naan bakery, Verlie. Thank you for appreciating the recipes.

kirtidv2006 on October 06, 2018:

Amazing Rajan. Naan is definitely a favorite in our house. And my son loves it with butter on it. The recipe seems very easy to follow. Will need to try that instead of buying from outside. thanks. :)

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on October 05, 2018:

Rajan, When I was a young college student we used to eat meals at a place called the Naan Bakery or was it Naam? on 4th Avenue in Vancouver, BC. Beautiful food. Your picture of the meal reminded me how much I enjoyed those days. Love your recipes.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 05, 2018:

Yes, of course, and it's very low in calories so all the better. Thank you, Dora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 04, 2018:

Naan is one must-try item in the Indian restaurant. Thanks for the recipe.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 03, 2018:

Glad you like the recipe, Audrey. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 03, 2018:

Thank you, Devika.

DDE on October 03, 2018:

Wow! i like the no oven idea. It is simple and would definitely try it.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 01, 2018:

This is one of my favorite breads. Enjoyed the video., Thanks for sharing this marvelous recipe!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2018:

Thanks for going through the recipe and also watching the video. Glad you like it and maybe try it some time.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2018:

Thank you tebo for reading and appreciating the recipe. I do hope you can make it and would await a feedback. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2018:

Yes, cooking in a clay tandoor is the traditional way and it tastes better no doubt with all the earthy flavor. Glad you like this recipe which is the next best way to make it. Thank you, Peggy.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on October 01, 2018:

I have not tried eating Naan yet. The you tube recipe is easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

tebo from New Zealand on October 01, 2018:

I have always wanted to try making naan bread but never got around to it. I t was good to read you recipe and t watch the video which was especially helpful. Hopefully I will try and make some.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2018:

I enjoy eating naan bread cooked in tandoor ovens. That is a real treat! Nice to read your recipe here for it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2018:

Yes, Louise, naan is very simple to prepare and does not take long either. Since you have had it often you seem to relish it so trying it at home out would be the next step. Thank you for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2018:

Mary, you could use a flat iron griddle too. Roasting the bread over the flame directly is not advised as one side of the naan traditionally is wetted so it can stick to the clay oven. The fire in the oven roasts the outside of the naan while the underside gets roasted by the hot clay to which it is stuck. But it would be interesting to see how the naan turns out.

You can replace the nigella seeds with sesame or even chopped cilantro or not use anything at all.

If you do try it please share your experience. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2018:

Nice to know you like naan bread, John. Maybe you could try preparing it someday. Thank you for stopping by.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 30, 2018:

I've never tried making naan bread, but have eaten plenty of it in the past. It sounds easier than what I thought to make. Not too long to do either.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on September 30, 2018:

I love this recipe. I thought perhaps I didn't understand the flipping procedure until I watched the video. I don't have a tawa so would have to use a frying pan.

This is similar to how I make Mexican tortillas. However I flip it in the pan.

If after cooking I used a pair of tongs and pass the bread over the flames, do you think that would work?

Also, I have never seen the nigella seeds where I live but I can get chia seeds. Do the seeds impart a fennel flavor because I can get fennel seeds which we use for tea here. I could grind that down if necessary.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 29, 2018:

I like naan flatbread, Rajan, and now I know how to make it. Thank you.