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February 4, 2010

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Naan or Nan is TH's favourite bread. That and palak paneer are his absolute favourite dishes to order in a restaurant. I recently got the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day from the library and got totally smitten by it.  I don't have most of the stuff that they have mentioned as requirements, like pizza peel and oven thermometer and baking stone and even a proper oven to do broiler method of baking in but this, this Tawa Nan I could try.

The dough is the master Boule recipe mentioned in popular book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I halved the recipe since I only wanted to use it for Nan the first time around.

Check out all bread recipes in Edible Garden. I have taught myself to bake pretty well over the years, even if I say so myself.

Let's look at the step by step pictures to prepare tawa nan at home:

Here's what we need first - 3/4 tbsp of active dry yeast. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Throw the yeast in a bowl with 1.5 cups of lukewarm water. I warmed my water in the microwave for a minute on medium-high powder. The recipe says no need to dissolve the yeast or anything but I secretly made sure it is dissolved. You see, nothing wrong in being extra careful. 

Yes, I check atleast twice if the front door is locked before I go to bed. Why do you ask?

Btw, the below picture is not pretty. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Told ya! Just add 3 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour and a generous pinch of salt to it and the prettiness factor increases exponentially. 

See? 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Ok, now bring the mixture together with your fingers. No need to knead. Heh. You'll be left with a sticky mass of dough. Just leave it covered somewhere for about 20-30 mins. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

I left it alone for around 20 minutes and it almost doubled. The recipe says not to worry about doubling, etc so I didn't. I always listen to what cookbooks say. Ok, almost always. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

The dough will be sticky and very elastic. Dig your hand in some flour and tear off a peach-sized piece. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Lay it on a floured surface (my 'surface' is this). 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

With the use of your hands and/ or your rolling pin, stretch out the dough till you form a nan shaped... err.. thing. Mine is square cuz TH wanted square naans. What? You don't believe me? Its true!

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Heat a skillet on high heat, brush on some ghee or oil, lower the heat to medium and lay the nan on carefully. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Flip over in about 2 mins when the first side starts browning. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Cook closed for 30 seconds to a minute now, depending on the thickness of your nan, which shouldn't be too much, btw. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

That's it! Yummy, spongy, soft nans are now ready. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

The texture and taste was awesome and we loved it. Just make sure to have it when still hot otherwise the nan may turn a bit rubbery. That's to be expected right, even the ones baked in tandoors that we get in restaurants turn all hard on us if we don't eat it immediately. 

Nan On Tawa or Tawa Naan Recipe - Step by Step

Reminds me of pizza base. Here's how to make pizza base from scratch, while we are on that topic. 

Here's the recipe, all in one place. 

Tawa Naan / Nan Recipe

Ingredients:
1.5 cups lukewarm water
3/4 tbsp yeast
3 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
A generous pinch of salt

How to Make Tawa Nan

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add in salt and the flour, incorporate well until a sticky dough is formed. No kneading necessary. 

2. Set aside covered for 20-30 mins. 

3. Tear or cut off with a serrated knife peach-sized amounts and transfer to a floured surface. Shape into oblong nans with help of rolling pin if necessary. Make sure there are no holes in the nan once you are done rolling it out. 

4. Heat a skillet on high heat, brush on some ghee or oil, lower the heat to medium and lay the nan on carefully.

5. Flip over in about 2 mins when the first side starts browning. 

6. Cook closed for 30 seconds to a minute now, depending on the thickness of your nan. 

Serve nan hot and immediately. Will go fabulously with butter chicken, paneer butter masala, or even this easy chicken curry with coconut milk.