Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe

It is one of the most featured recipes in many articles. You can easily make naan using your stove, and it is as good as Tandoor/Oven naan.

As the title says, Stovetop naan is a stovetop version of Naan, this is something I always make whenever I invite my friends for lunch or dinner. It’s not only easy to make and but also a good surprise for them because normally people don’t expect naan to be served at homecooked meal fiesta. At least the friends I have definitely not.

Stovetop Naan is very easy to make. Trusts me the outcome is better than the tandoor one( no offence). You can make many variations once you know the basics of making dough for naan. My favourites are Garlic butter naan and Paneer Naan. Cheese naan is very popular here in Malaysia. I had it the first time here in Kuala Lumpur. It was not very popular in India back in those days(the year 2006 or before). 😊

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A little food story behind the stovetop naan

I also have this often at our office cafeteria. They serve it with mint chutney and lentil curry or Grilled Chicken, which is also a good combination. Yeah, sometimes you find chicken πŸ—  not cooked properly or sometimes surprisingly overcooked. That’s the thing about cafeteria food.

Though I have had a very good rapport of being a foodie with the cook there and he keeps experimenting with the afternoon snacks, and I am the first one to try most of the time. What I learnt to from him is to take feedback for improvement. So one thing that amazes me in his canteen side restaurant the big traditional clay tandoor but instead of wood, he uses an LPG cylinder. and Naan quality really not great every single time.

So What I learnt :
  1. Doug consistency matters
  2. Tandoor is to cook the naan with even heat, but if something fundamentally wrong then tandoor also cannot do anything.
  3. the naan is crispiness depends on the dough and the thinness of the naan.

So if that is the case, then all I have to do is to prepare the proper Naan Doug and cook it with even heat. So why I can’t do this without an oven? Anwer is yes you can, and the result is less messy fresh naan in your kitchen without dealing with any hassle of the clay oven.

You need the following to make perfect Naan :
  1.  A thick iron or nonstick skillet
  2. A lid almost the size of the skillet. The lid is used to cover the naan while cooking on the skillet.

Some extra tips:

  1. I use chopped green chillies and coriander to garnish the naan.
  2. brush the naan with butter just after it is off the skillet.
  3. If you are going to keep it a bit longer then wrap it in the cheese or cotton cloth before keeping it in the box.
  4. keep the chopped garlic/onion/cheese before you start making naan for convenience. This will save your time and you can only focus on making the naan quickly.
  5. Don’t worry about the shape when you roll the naan. No one expects naan to be round shapes like chapati or torialla. (the best thing about naan). I always found different shapes of naan in restaurants.

I prefer to eat with any vegetable or curry, but as earliest as possible once it is out of the stove. I like hot naan, cold get more chewy and no crispyness at all.  My some of the favourite curries, which I cook normally whenever waw have guest at home.

You can check all the curres recipes I have posted in mywaytocook here.

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Garlic Naan

It is one of the most featured recipes in many articles. You can easily make naan using your stove, and it is as good as Tandoor/Oven naan.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Indian vegetarian recipe, naan, stovetop naan, vegan
Servings: 8 -10 naans
Calories: 175kcal
Author: ila

Ingredients

  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 10/15 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix water,yeastΒ  and sugar. Keep it aside for 5 minutes until you see fluffy layer on top.
    Step2 2 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • After five minutes
    Step3 2 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Yeast is ready, add salt,mix it in flour and knead for 10-15 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or wet cloth and let it rest for 1 and 1/2 hour
    Step4 1 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • After 1 and 1/2 hour
    Step5 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Chopped garlic
    Step6 1 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Punch the dough. Take a handfuls of dough(about size of gold ball).
    Step7 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • roll it into think circle or whatever shape you want.
    Step8 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • spread some chopped garlic
    Step9 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Roll it again. 2 times.
    Step10 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Heat skillet on medium heat, place naan on skillet
    Step11 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Once it start bubbling / raising turn it on the other side
    Step12 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Hear is a tip : at this stage I normally cover it with lid for 15-20 seconds to make it more fluffy. This step is optional πŸ™‚
    Step13 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Naan is ready.
    Step14 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe
  • Brush it with butter
    Step15 Stovetop Naan| How to make naan without a tandoor? |Garlic Naan Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg

20 Comments

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  2. 5 stars
    I will absolutely be making this.

  3. 5 stars
    WOW…. This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good. Nice picture. So tempting…

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  6. Jenna Breitbarth-Guidi

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I absolutely loved these. We used our pancake griddler and it worked awesome. I too added a little more water since the dough seemed too floury and wasn’t coming together properly, but it wasn’t too hard to get the right consistency.

    Made with this awesome curry and http://www.scalingbackblog.com/savory-bites/16117996741/ and it was a huge hit.

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks again for a great recipe. I used the left overs for a quick pan bread at breakfast (with a bit of butter and cinnamon/sugar). This is a keeper for a basic naan recipe. (thanks for the cotton fabric tip, too). This would be an easy thing to make a batch at the beginning of the week to have on hand for quick meals.

    • 5 stars
      Left overs – meaning the plain “golf-ball” stage was refrigerated and ready for the next morning. No garlic.

  8. 5 stars
    Making this now. What’s the best way to keep these from getting dried out before they’re served?

    • 5 stars
      Hi Diana,

      The best way is to wrap Naans or chapatis in cotton fabric ..something like small scarf size.

      Thanks for visiting mwtc and trying the recipe. Please share your experience later. all the very best.

  9. 5 stars
    yummy garlic naan so good and nice tip

  10. 5 stars
    I tried it today-got to say the amounts are a bit ‘off’.. at first, there was WAY too much flour vs liquid.. added more.. then too wet, added more flour, consistency was really hard to find.. I thought it was a bust. Sat near the woodstove for 1-1/2 hours.. it did double.. although not as ‘smooth’ as I like.. made 8 naan’s.. brushed the pan w oil, followed instructions.. once turned, used lid to ‘steam’ a bit; 1/2 of them, I added crushed garlic.. at the end, I dusted w sea salt and pepper.. it def needed the sea salt.. I was prepared to be disappointed.. but? NO WAY! was AWESOME! soooooo chewy.. great recipe! (although I still think the flour/water ratio is off)

    • 5 stars
      Dear Jennifer, I can completely understand your problem. I normally use Pyrex cup to measure ingredients and note it down immediately But in this case I should have used weight for flour and ml for water instead of using cup. I will definitely update the post. But I have to make garlic bread again, and I will make it asap for sure πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your appreciation. I am glad that you are happy with the recipe.

    • 5 stars
      When making any kind of bread, you wil almost never add the same amount of water when you make it. Daily climate (drynes or humidity) will effect it as well as altitude and reigon. It’s best to keep the flour measurement consistent and add water until desired consistency.

  11. 5 stars
    Looks simply delicious and perfect.. awesome pictures too.. first time here.. Happy to follow your space πŸ™‚

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