Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Naan Without A Tandoor

naan with keerai curry

Mum made some keerai curry last night for dinner and I thought I would make some chapathi to go along with it. Unfortunately we ran out of atta flour and I only had some wheat flour and plain flour in stock. So, I dug up my recipe book and started searching for some sort of a roti recipe which uses wheat flour or plain flour. At last I found a simple naan recipe. However, I was feeling rather lazy to bake the naan in the oven, so I went online and did some research on how to cook naan on a stove instead. I must say that I did stumble upon many ingenious methods to cook naan without a tandoor or even a oven. 

I started off with a cup of wheat flour and started stirring in some yogurt. The recipe called for 1/2 cup of yogurt, but I ended up using less than that. The amount of yogurt needed to bring together the dough may vary, so stir in the yogurt bit by bit.

adding in the yogurt

Once the dough is brought together, knead the dough with a little butter and let it rest about 1-2 hours.

kneaded dough with butter
Once the dough has rested, flour it and knead again. Divide the dough into desired size.

Flour your board/workspace, take one portion of the divided dough and stretch it using your fingers. Brush one side of it with water and place it on a hot pan/skillet, wet side down. Cook for about 30-45 seconds in high heat. Turn over and continue cooking.

flatten dough using fingers

brush one side with water
Once cooked, remove from heat and spread some butter on the hot naan.

spread a little butter

hot yummy naan




1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp butter


1)Combine flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and make a well.

2) Add yogurt into the mixed dry ingredients and make a dough.

3) Once combined into a dough, knead the dough with 1/4 tsp butter.

4) Once kneaded let the dough rest for 1-2 hours covered with a damp tea towel.

5) After 1-2 hours, flour the dough with 1 tsp of flour and knead and divide into desired portions.

6) Dust some flour on the board/workplace, take one portion of the dough and flatten using fingers.

7) Brush one side with water. Place wet side down on a hot skillet. Cook on high heat for 30-45 seconds, turn over and cook the other side for another 30-45 seconds.

8) Once cooked remove from heat and spread some butter while the naan is still hot. 


1) Add the yogurt a little at a time to ensure you get the right consistency of dough. If you added too much yogurt, add in more flour.

2) Make sure pan/skillet is really hot when you cook the naan.

3) Stack up the cooked naans to keep it warm longer.

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