22 December 2013

Tawa Naan| A leavened thick flatbread made on a flat pan


I am so bored of the usual home made Indian flatbreads- Rotis,chapathis,parantha,puri,bhatura ( Reminds me Hindi movie,"3 Idiot's dialogue - "Dhokla, Faafda, Handva ,Thepla, Khakra ... aise lagta hai koi missiles hai ..hope mine doesn't sound like that :P) etc etc. Anyways,so I made Naan.Not Tandoori way,not in Oven but on a flat skillet pan/Tawa. Easy and super quick .
Honey P was like ,"When did we buy naan ?? Is that the frozen naan from the grocery store ?? Orr..is it the leftover naan from yesterday's ...well we didn't go to the restaurant yesterday ...so how come ???


I said,"Honey P, I made it ".:)) ...
Honey P - "I didn't know we had a clay oven."
Me - ohh ee chettande oru tamaasha :p (Honey P can joke too :p)
Honey P - Pinne enganne ?? (Then how did you do it ??)
Me - Ende yetta on our usual tava/pan you know .
Honey P-Really ,mmm...kollamallo (awesome)
Me- Restaurant style aayit ille...nalle taste ille yetta (  (It tastes great just like restaurant style,right Honey P)
Honey P - pinnalathey...nee alley ondakiye (Ofcourse,....rest won't translate..u'll think I am self-boasting :D:D..well....)

Moral of the story,"He gave me a thumbs up." :D . He just loves naan.Yep,I prefer this way more than made in an oven ,it comes out much softer and yummy.

Moreover, this post is exclusively dedicated to my special friend,"Blessed Jewel" ,I met somewhere in this blogosphere and she requested for the same looong time ago but I didn't get a chance to do so because of certain inevitable circumstances but it was something in my "To-prepare-ASAP" list and my top most priority but unfortunately it got delayed and am extremely sorry to my sista for the same .But better late than never ...So here..an easy breezy recipe for "U" which can be made on a flat pan directly.

Little bit about Naan,(to those who don't know the exact definition ;P ) - Well my dear friends ,Naan is a thick leavened flat bread quite popular in South Asian countries and is made with all purpose flour,yeast/baking powder,yogurt .

This is How I made Naan on a flat pan :

Tawa Naan


All purpose flour - 4 cups
Active dry yeast - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 1 tablespoon
Warm Almond milk/Milk - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1-2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Yogurt/Curd - 3/4 cup
Ghee/Butter/oil - 2-3 tablespoons
Warm water or milk as needed for kneading

1.Frothy yeast 2. Non sticky dough 3.Dough's size got doubled 4. Roll them into balls 5.Place it on pan,bubbling,blisterin and blackening underneath.

  • Activate dry yeast by combining it with warm almond milk and sugar and stirring it well until yeast is dissolved . Let it sit for 10 minutes approx or until risen and frothy.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl ,followed by wet ingredients including the above frothy yeast.
  • Mix everything well and knead it into a smooth ,non sticky dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap or an aluminium foil.Keep it aside in a warm place like in an oven for an hour or until it gets double in size.
  • Once the size doubles,punch it down ,put a tablespoon of ghee/butter/oil and knead once again into a dough.
  • Divide the dough into big lemon size shape balls.
  • Using a rolling pin,cover each and  every balls with little flour (to make rolling easier & non-sticky) and roll them into teardrop shapes ,8-9 inch long and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Warm a Tawa/Flat pan/Cast iron skillet on high heat (Keep an eye though as the pan should be really hot).
  • Carefully place the naan on the hot pan (stretch the naan a little with fingers as the rolled naan tends to shrink back a little) for about 1 minute or until it starts bubbling.
  • Flip the naan. ( It will appear blistered and blackened/deep browned which is expected).Cover it with a lid and cook it for another 1 minute. Repeat for rest rolled out balls.
  • Put the stove off.Remove naans and if you wish brush both sides with butter which I didn't do it.
  • That's it naans are ready to be served with any spicy paneer curries or non-vegetable curries.I served this time with spicy Patiala chicken curry.
  •  You can also use a combination of all purpose and whole wheat flour.
  • I used almond milk to make it little more healthy .You can use just warm water or milk .I microwaved the almond milk for about 1 minutes.It should be just warm not hot .


Now the next post will be "Patiala Chick...err I mean Chicken".........................

Eat,Love,Live well,