Saturday, 20 April 2013

My Papa's Naan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Papa's Naan- Best Tandoori Chicken and Naan Bread in the KLCC Area

Words and Photos by Araceli and Jorge Arismendi

In October, 2012, in the heart of the KLCC area, steps away from the Petronas Towers, a new and delightful stall was born. On the return home from work to my downtown condo, I noticed a huge sign stating, "The Best Tandoori and Naan in KL is now open!" This was the perfect opportunity for me to try this flavorful North Indian poultry dish. My husband and I quickly parked our car, threw our work bags in the trunk, and rushed around the corner to My Papa's Naan. Situated in the Black and White Kopitiam restaurant, the cozy, al fresco dining area was simply charming. I started to become overly excited due to the wafting aromas of tandoori and naans. Cayenne pepper, red chili powder, and among other spices tickled my nose and the anticipation to try the best tandoori in town became intense.  Luckily, the owner Mr. Ragunathan Marthammuthu (Ragu) was present so I began to inquire about the development of his tandoori shop, attempting to distract myself from the short wait and arrival of my 7 ringgit dinner. Ragu was more than happy to explain the business and history of My Papa's Naan.

Tandoori Chicken, Naan Bread, KLCC, Indian Food
Tandoori Chicken, Naan Bread, KLCC, Indian Food

This tandoori chicken recipe has been passed down through many generations within the same family. Last year, Ragu decided to give the 20 year old recipe a brand hence the name  My Papa's Naan was created.  
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Tandoori Chef Ali and Humble Owner Ragu Marthammuthu

He continued to explain the chicken tandoori process and the steps it takes to make a good tasting meal.  Every morning Ragu and his lovely wife, Vasanthi, wake up in the early morning to begin the preparation of the tandoori recipe and the savory side dishes that accompany the naan bread. The chicken marinates for at least 6-12 hours before making its way to the shop which opens at lunch time at 12:00 p.m. Their dedication and loyalty to their family tradition remains intact which is quite evident when you take that first bite of goodness. Ragu and Chef Ali use a traditional tandoori clay pot also known as a tandoor rather than a gas stove that most places in town use. 90% consists of charcoal which costs more but produces better and tastier meat. The tandoor they use at the shop was built by Ragu and he purposely created a small one which enhances the flavors of the chicken.   Utilizing this type of clay pot definitely sets his stall apart from his competition without a doubt.  
Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Oven, KLCC, Naan Bread, Indian Food
My Papa's Naan uses a traditional tandoori clay oven also known as a tandoor

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Mouthwatering Tandoori Chicken cooking on the tandoori clay oven

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The heat from the clay oven is the key to a spectacular tandoori chicken

My Papa's Naan, KLCC, Tandoori Chicken, Affordable Lunch, Affordable Dinner, Indian Food
A real treat to watch the Tandoori and Naan Bread process- Amazing!
My Papa's Naan, Tandoori Chicken, Naan Bread, KLCC, Indian Food
My Papa's Naan, Naan Bread, Tandoori Chicken, KLCC, Lunch, Dinner
Fresh condiments to accompany your naan bread: Green Spinach RM3, Mixed Veggies RM3, Sardine Masala RM3, Mutton Keema Masala RM3

After an engaging conversation with Ragu, my meal came out, and my right hand began to take over.  Dipping the naan in the condiments was a real treat.  I could taste the humbleness and deliciousness  in every bite. I was literally in food heaven. The naan bread was fresh, crispy and soft on the outside. The tandoori chicken tasted so tender, juicy, spicy, it was plain FINGER LICKING GOOD! "One more set please," kept repeating and repeating. I felt like I was eating mama's home cooking.  Sometimes when you read signs like, "Best in town," it makes you a bit doubtful but this message was true in every sense of the word. 
My Papa's Naan, Tandoori Chicken, KLCC, Naan Bread, Affordable Lunch, Affordable Dinner
Tandoori Chicken Meal at its BEST! RM 7

Every Saturday afternoon, My Papa's Naan provides free Naan Making Classes!!! 

My Papa's Naan, Naan Bread, Tandoori Chicken, KLCC
Saturday Afternoon Naan Bread Making Classes
My Papa's Naan, KLCC, Tandoori Chicken, Naan Bread
Biggest Fan making Naan Bread

Reasons to Visit: Flavorful Tandoori Chicken, Inexpensive Dining, Fresh Naan Bread, Saturday Naan Bread Making Classes

My Papa's Naan
Menara Citibank Foodcourt 
Jalan Ampang ( only lunch 1130am - 3pm)
2nd Location
Rasta Foodcourt Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (Only Dinner 6.30pm - 1am)
Hp: +(6)012-4200961


  1. anything that is near klcc, i'm in! i love tandoori very much, i used to travel all the way to suzi's corner for tandoori. klcc is indeed nearer to me. thanks for sharing!

    1. It's really delicious! Check it out!

  2. This is the tandoori for champion la! Thanks for the recommendation!


    1. Sure, no problem. It feels good to share good food with people. :)

  3. What a great price! I adore tandoori chicken so I shall defo be making my way there to try it out!

  4. looks like a great place to visit... marking this down! :)

    1. Awesome, let me know what you think about it!

  5. Only RM7 for that huge piece of chicken? O.O That's unbelievable!