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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


  • 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


  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

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