Monday, April 8, 2013

Masala Nan, Nan stuffed bread, Tandoori Nan

I have always loved masala nan. I almost like all the dishes that are cooked in Tandoor. While mentioning tandoor i feel like little talking about it. Traditional Tandoor is a mud packed oven, which is quite economical and extremely environment friendly since it is made up of pure clay or mud without the addition of any minerals. It is also not put up into furnace before people start using it. It is simply sundried before it is brought in use. And with the help of tandoor some amazing dishes are prepared. To mention a few namely, tandoori roti, tandoori chicken, tandoori gosht and the list continues.
But here i have prepared Nan by using the science of Tandoor in gas stove  and oven. The results are no less brighter than the Tandoori Nan . I got excellent nan by this process and therefore i would love to share this recipe with you.

This recipe will serve- 4 people(12 medium size nan)
Preparation- 45 minutes to 3 hours
Cooking - 2 to 3 minutes for each nan
Level of difficulty- medium


For Dough 

  • All purpose flour- 500 Gms
  • Olive oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt -1 Tsp
  • Sugar- 1 Tsp
  • Yeast- 1/2 of fresh block or 1.5 Tsp of instant yeast powder or granules
  • Yogurt- 2 Tbsp
  • Luke warm water- 130 ml
For the filling

  • Potato- 4 large size boiled
  • Onion- 1, finely chopped
  • Curry leaves- 4 to 5 (optional) or any herb of your choice.
  • Mustard seed or cumin seed- 1 Tsp
  • Butter- 1 Tbsp
  • Chili optional
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Butter for greasing nan

Dough preparation
  • Bring together all the ingredients except luke warm water and then by adding little luke warm water time to time prepare a soft dough. Cover this dough with wet cloth and leave it aside for minimum 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Nan dough after 1 hour of kneading.

Masala Preparation or Filling Preparation
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of Ghee or Butter in a skillet, add the seeds and let them crackle. 
  • Add the turmeric powder and fry a little .
  • Now add the curry leaves and then the onion. 
  • Season with salt and fry until onion is translucent. 
  • Now pour this whole preparation over the boiled potatoes. Now mash the potato. Your filling is ready.
Masala or potato filling

Nan preparation and baking 
  • Fold the dough after the given time. Take 2 inch size ball from the dough.
1 inch size ball

  • Dust it with flour.
Ball pressed between palms and then dusted with flour

  • Fill in with the masala.

  • Roll it flat, prefarably in oblong shape
  • Super heat Tawa or frying pan. 
  • Grease the flattened nan with water on both side.
  • Place this greased nan on the super hot tawa. watch it rise after 30 seconds, Flip it. wait for another 30 second.
Nan on super hot pan, flipped once

  • Now place a pizza pan inside the oven and turn on the broiler in the oven.
  • Transfer the nan from pan to Pizza pan. Broil for 30 seconds, flip onto other side, broil for another 30 seconds. Take out and grease with butter.
Nan broiling in oven

Nan broiling in oven flipped onto other side.

After step 4
(if you have pizza stone heat it inside the oven and straight away place the nan on your pizza stone. Flip onto other side once you see the nan has risen up and allow it to brown on the other side too. Once it is brown grease it with Butter and enjoy)

Repeat the process until you get desired number of Nan's.

This is how we make nan by replicating the mechanism of Tandoor.

Enjoy your masala nan with Mutton Rogan gosht or any curry of your choice.

Ready to east nan, Greased with butter 

Happy cooking.
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By- Sushmita Pandit


  1. yum looks amazing! I think I will have to give this a go!

  2. Hello Nathalie ....This is very easy recipe, and tastes great in taste.... give it a try, and do let me know how it turns out to be. :-)

  3. Truly loved your blog! Wonderful collection of dishes.

  4. That looks amazing Sushmita, very nicely explained.


  5. very good. step by step pictures..looks so good and beautiful. thankyou for shearing. Indian Recipe

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