A light and comforting food for breakfast, evening tea time and especially for suhoor during Ramadhan. This naan bread is a version of how most locals in Mauritius make this recipe. You can add anything you love for the filling inside the bread; cheese, sauteed chicken and ground beef work best. I have shared the recipe for Mauritius style tomato ground beef below, you can use same method for tomato chicken as well.
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Ingredients for naan bread:
- 230g self-raising flour
- 1 small packet dry active yeast
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 cup warm water
- Egg wash, mix 1 egg with 1 tbsp liquid milk
- Sesame seed
- Parsley leaves
- Cheddar Cheese and Mozarella (You can use any cheese you prefer)
- Vegetable oil
Ingredients for ground beef:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large green bellpepper
- 1 onion
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 1 tbsp paprika powder
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- Vegetable oil
- Salt and peppet
Preparations for ground beef:
1. Into a saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat and add the onions and bellpepper. Allow to cook until onions turn translucent, add the ground beef, ginger and garlic paste, paprika, chilli and coriander powder. Cook for 10 minutes.
2. Pour tomato puree, season with salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes, lid covered. Stove off and allow to cool down, lid uncovered.
Preparations for naan bread:
1. Add 1 tsp salt and dry active yeast into a cup of warm water, mix and allow to rest for 5 minutes until yeast has dissolved.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, melted butter, egg and 1 tbsp salt together, using your hands. Knead the dough onto your kitchen table, while constantly dusting lightly the surface with flour so that the dough does not stick onto the kitchen table. Once done, the dough should not be sticky or wet. In another bowl, rub vegetable oil and place the dough. Oil the dough lightly, cover the bowl for around 30-45 minutes until the size of the dough has risen.
3. Flour your kitchen table, knead dough again to divide into half, using a pastry cutter or sharp knife. Divide both pieces of dough into half again. At this point you can choose the portion sizes of your bread by cutting the dough into half again.
4. Roll out each dough vertically with the palms of your hands, until it increases in height (dislayed in 4th picture). Cut into half again and roll each one vertically, with width 4cm and fill the middle of the dough with cheese or sauteed ground beef, make sure it is not hot (displayed in 3rd picture). Close both ends of the dough and shape into spirals (displayed in 5th picture). Preheat oven at 180C.
5. Brush each with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes.