Naans (Tawa/Stove-top Version)

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4-6 naans
I've got several ways of making naans and this one is my easiest one. The naans turn out really soft and delicious and they are made on the tawa/stove hassle of baking or using a stone oven/tandoor. For a buttery herb & garlic version, click HERE.
2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tsp.
instant yeast
1/4 tsp.
baking powder
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
3 tbsp.
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
melted butter for brushing

Mix the dry ingredients, make a hole in the center and add the oil and yoghurt. Then gradually add the warm milk a little at a time and knead to form a very soft dough, but not sticky. Knead well and then apply a light layer of oil and cover, then set aside for an hour or two.

Once it's risen, knock the dough down and divide into 4-6 balls of equal size. Roll each one out and place on a floured surface. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like, It will swell up a bit during cooking so I normally roll it out to a bit more than quarter inch thickness.

Heat the tava, then place a naan on it and cover with a lid. Let it cook for 2-3 mins on medium to low heat, then uncover and check. If it has started forming bubbles, gently check the bottom and if it has started browning, flip it over and let it cook on the other side as well. You can cover it again if you like, it helps conserve moisture in the naan so that the result is extra soft.

Once browned to your satisfaction, remove, brush with some melted butter and place in a hotpot or cover with a cloth to keep warm until serving.

Enjoy with your meal!!


Perfectly soft and delicious!

i was lokking for the naan recepie fr a lona time...thnx i will try ...may allah bless u.u share infact teach us....

Jazakallahu khairan!! most of the time free recipes give the wrong measurements but yours give the correct one's!!! :) dear i just want to know,vch yeast is good bcz i ve never used it..n what if d dough bcome extra soft or sticky?i can add maida?

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W/Salaam, my preferred yeast is SAF Instant Yeast. ANd yes you can add maida/plain flour to dough that has become extra soft but always try to add the liquid sparingly when making the dough. Adding too much liquid means you will add extra flour and that will throw off the results. The dough may end up being too hard or too rubbery from all the extra flour that was not needed.

A.a. Fauzia. Can i use whole wheat flour instead of all purpofuse flour?. Shukran for wonderful recipes. Jazakmullah.

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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Assalamualaikum fauzia. I just tried ur naans they r alhamdulillah so softand delicious. i had a get together at home n all my friends loved it. jazakallah for all those delicious recipes of urs. i tried many of ur recipes like green pasta, sheesh tawook, naans, broccoli salad,potato pulaoetc n all of them r delicious. thank u oncemorefor urrecipes.

Lovely and easy naans, thank you!

can i make the dough a day before and refrigerate?

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Best made fresh or maximum a day ahead.

aslmwk.hwz u my super chef? i want to ask if i substitute instant yeast wid fresh yeast. wat shud b d qty?

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W/Salaam, yes you can...just multiply the instant yeast amount by 3 when substituting with fresh yeast. Meaning if the recipe calls for 1 tsp instant, you will need 3 tsp fresh yeast.

Im so glad iv found ur naan recipe.wish id found it yesterday. Cnt wait to try this.

Shud the tawa stand in low heat or high????

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Heat it then set the heat on medium and start making the naans. You can lower the heat as needed. But do not use very high heat.

Awsum result!

Slm fauzia,
I think you are doing an amazing job! I have tried your recepies & you deserve a hug from me I pray for you inshallah you carry on the same way sharing your recepies with all!

Jazzakallah !!

salam Fauzia,

Can I use this recipe to make Keema Naans? Thank You.

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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Nice ideas, but any idea what I could substitute for a Tawa? Such items are not available here in Egypt.

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Thanks. You can use a non-stick heavy frying pan. :)

can i make this without the curd

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Yes you can.

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Salam alaikkum sis.Wow its became perfectly soft. Thanx 4 ur recipe.Is there any name to this naan ? I mean YEAST ROTTI. Pls tel me. And if i put butter without curd what will happen?

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W/Salaam, I just call it tawa naan. Curd helps make sure it is soft.

can i melt butter cubes and apply on the ready cooked naans?

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Yes absolutely! In fact if you want garlic naan, simply add some garlic n finely chopped coriander into the butter and brush it on the naans. They will turn out awesome.

Yummy. Made these today. They were soft and delicious. Mine did not brown nice and even like the ones in your picture but cooked fine and tasted great.

salam do you have the recipe for cheese naans pls ?

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W/Salaam, sorry at the moment I don't but will be adding it soon. :)

Hi do u have butter naan recipe?

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Brush butter on these naans when they are done. I add some garlic and parsley in the butter to further flavour the naans.

I would like to make this naan in the morning but i don't have yogurt can I still make it and will it come out ok. Thanks.

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It will be fine. :)

Asalam-o-Alikum Fauzia. I made this yesterday but I didn't have instant yeast at hand, so I used active dry yeast. I did 'proof' the yeast. They didn't rise as much as I had expected. Does it make a difference which yeast is used? I doubled all the ingredients so according to the recepie that would be 2 tsp instant yeast. I added 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast. Did I add less, if so than how much active dry yeast should I add in place of 1 tsp?

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W/Salaam, I personally only every use instant so am not sure why the active dry yeast did not work. When you proofed it, did it foam up?

Yes it did foam up.I made them again yesterday and they worked our perfectly. This time I added a bit more active yeast. I'm thinking the first time around I didn't have enough yeast because this time around when I searched on it I could replace instant with active dry yeast, websites said yes, but recommended adding 25% more of the active dry yeast to make it equivalent to the instant yeast. JazakAllah for taking the time out to reply.

Assalam plz tell me how much 1/4 cup yoghurt amounts to in ml and 1/2 cup milk. I presume 2 cups of flour amounts to 240 g.
Thks in advance

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W.Salaam, 1/4 cup yoghurt is about 50ml. And yes, 2 cups flour is 240gm.

Hi Fauziaa

Can I substitude Atta for all-purpose flour.. I tried with all purpose folur but my family didnt like the smell of it .... pls reply

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Hi, all purpose flour is plain flour/maida. It shouldn't have a weird smell. Yes you can use atta but they might not be as fluffy/soft as with plain flour.

Made these and they were just simply amazing :)..better than the Deep brand frozen naans we get here in the US. Thanks!

Salaam is it possible for me to double the recipe so that I can make 12 instead of 6?

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W/Salaam, yes absolutely.

Asalamalakum. Can I bake these Naans too?

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W/Salaam, you can although I do have a baked naan recipe in this folder, please have a look at that one as well.

If I was to use this recipe to make keema naan, how would I go about it? When would I put the keema in?
Many thanks xx

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W/Salaam, when you divide the dough into sections, spread each ball out and put the cooked filling in the centre. Close it up and seal well then flatten it and roll out gently. Then proceed with cooking as you would the regular naans. :)