Naan, a popular Indian bread made with Keema stuffing. Delicious and easy to make.
For the naan bread
• Plain Flour -500gm
• Salt – ½ tsp or as per taste
• Baking Powder – 1 tsp
• Active dry yeast -2 tsp
• Milk -150ml (Lukewarm )
• Oil or butter – 4 tsp
• Curd -150 ml (lightly beaten )
• Egg -1 ( Lightly beaten)
For the keema stuffing
• Chicken Mince – 250 gm
• Oil- 3 tbsp
• Onion – 1 ( chopped)
• Chillies – 3 (chopped)
• Garlic cloves-2 (chopped)
• Tomato puree – 2 tsp
• Chili powder – 1 tsp
• Coriander powder – 1tsp
• Garam masala – ½ tsp
• Tandoori masala 1 tsp
To make the naan bread:
• Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, yeast and sugar in a bowl and pour in the lukewarm milk, oil, yoghurt and the beaten egg and mix it all together to form a ball of dough.
• Place the dough on to a clean surface and knead it for 10 minutes or more, to make it smooth.
• Pour 1/4 tsp oil into a large bowl and roll the ball of dough in it.
• Cover the bowl with a piece of cling cloth or kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
To make the keema filling:
• Heat oil in a pan and on medium heat, fry the finely chopped onion, minced ginger and garlic till lightly golden browned.
• Add the mince meat, chopped chillies, spices and salt and stir fry till nicely browned.
• Add in the tomato puree and about 2-3 tbsp water and let the mixture cook thoroughly, stirring occasionally, till all the liquid have evaporated.
• Remember, NO LIQUID SHOULD REMAIN. If the mince stuffing is ‘wet’, it will be impossible to roll out the naans without bursting them.
• Keep aside to cool completely then
Back to making the naan bread:
• Pre-heat your oven to the highest temperature. Put the heaviest baking tray to heat in the oven.
• Punch down the dough and knead it again and divide into 8 equal balls.
• While working on 1 ball, keep the remaining balls covered.
• Flatten the ball using your hands (or rolling pin), roll it out slightly and then place about 1 heaped tbsp of the mince stuffing in the centre and pull the edges up, seal and shape into a ball again.
• Dust will a little flour if needed and roll out into a tear-shaped naan, about 15 cm in length and about 12 cm at its widest.
• Brush the top with melted butter.
• Remove the hot baking tray from the oven, grease it well with butter and place the naan on to it (I cook 4 naans in one batch).
• Put it into the oven on the top rack for 2-3 minutes. It should puff up and brown slightly (do keep an eye on it after 2 mins).
• Once puffed up and browned on one side, flip the naan and back into the oven again for another 1-2 minutes till the top of naan goes golden brown (keep an eye after 1 minute). Now, serve hot.