Zucchini Flat(naan)Bread

Naan / noon /nan is a Persian word and means bread. Naan is a kind of flat bread found in the Iranian cuisine, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Indian and Middle East countries.

Naan being freshly prepared in tandoor and we can get fresh beautiful naan for breakfast, lunch and dinner from bakery everyday. There are loads of different kinds of naan bread. All are gorgeous, tasty and beautiful. Today I baked my zucchini flat bread.

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Zucchini flat bread naan, is a favourite treat. Zucchini which is called ‘ Kadoo’ makes main roll in keeping the bread soft and moist. It is a beautiful combo of zucchini with onions, cheese and spices. I have used mozzarella cheese, but it goes well with feta or cheddar cheese too. These are Sooooooo good. Sooooooo delicious and hearty naan bread.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 30-40g Cheese (feta cheese, mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese)
  • 40-50 ml water
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1.2 tsp chilli flakes
  • Vegetable oil

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How to make it?????

Grate the zucchini and squeeze to release the juice. Add chopped onion, eggs, cheese and season with spices. Mix all together. Then add flour, baking powder and combine with hand. Slowly add water to the batter and knead it for 2-3 minutes. If the batter is sticky add some flour. Make a ball and cover the dough and allow to rest for 1 hour.

After an hour, place the dough on a floured surface and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each dough into a small ball.

On a floured surface, using a rolling pin and roll it into a flatten circle.

Heat a little bit oil in a pan and add in flattened dough. Once one side fried ( 3-4 minutes) flip over and fry other side.

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Zucchini flat naan bread

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour

1 large zucchini, grated

2 eggs

1 onion, finely chopped

30-40g Cheese (feta cheese, mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese)

40-50 ml water

1tsp baking powder

2tsp salt

1tsp paprika

1.2 tsp chilli flakes

Vegetable oil

How to make it?????

Grate the zucchini and squeeze to release the juice. Add chopped onion, eggs, cheese and season with spices. Mix all together. Then add flour, baking powder and combine with hand. Slowly add water to the batter and knead it for 2-3 minutes. If the batter is sticky add some flour. Make a ball and cover the dough and allow to rest for 1 hour.

After an hour, place the dough on a floured surface and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each dough into a small ball. On a floured surface, using a rolling pin and roll it into a flatten circle. Heat a little bit oil in a pan and add in flattened dough. Once one side fried ( 3-4 minutes) flip over and fry other side.

Meat pie

This type of beautiful and delicious stuffed fried bread is made in different countries such as Iran, Turkey, Afghanestn, Republic Azerbaijan, India, China, Korea and referred to by different names.

 

For example in Iran it’s called ‘ Kelane ‘ in Afghanestan is called ‘ Bolani, in India is called paratha, and yet , you can call these kinds of filled pastries or stuffed  bread: pie or pan cake too.

 

It is baked in the oven or fried in the pan with meat or vegetable filling. The filling can be beef, lamb, pork or combination of meat with vegetables or just simply all vegetables. So the fillings might be differ from one house to the other house.

In above attached photos you can see Persian Kelane and Indian Paratha.

 

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Ingredients for dough

  • 400g all purpose flour
  • 167ml boiling water
  • 140ml warm water
  • 2g salt
  • 27ml vegetable oil

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 600g ground beef
  • 400g potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 30g soy sauce
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp spices including: fennel, cinnamon, salt and chilli powder

 

How to make it??

Mix flour with salt. Add boiling water to the flour and whisk it with a spatula. Then add warm water and knead the dough with hand. Rest the dough for half an hour.

 

After 30 minutes, add oil to the dough and knead it for 1 minute. Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

 

Meanwhile, preparing the filling: In a large bowl, mix ground meat with mashed potatoes, chopped veggies, grated ginger, soy sauce and season with spices until combine well.

 

After 2 hours, dust your hands and divide the dough into 8-10 pieces. Scoop 2 tbsp of beef filling. Dust your hand and give a ball shape to them.

 

Now, place one of meat balls on the dough and slowly slowly seal the wrapper completely. Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

 

Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

 

Serve these beautiful stuffed bread or pie with Sesame oil, soy sauce, or sweet chilli sauce.

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Meat pie

Ingredients for dough

  • 400g all purpose flour
  • 167ml boiling water
  • 140ml warm water
  • 2g salt
  • 27ml vegetable oil

Ingredients for filling

  • 600g ground beef
  • 400g potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 30g soy sauce
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1tsp spices including: fennel, cinnamon, salt and chilli powder

 

How to make it??

Mix flour with salt. Add boiling water to the flour and whisk it with a spatula. Then add warm water and knead the dough with hand. Rest the dough for half an hour.  After 30 minutes, add oil to the dough and knead it for 1 minute. Cover the dough with a towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, preparing the filling: In a large bowl, mix ground meat with mashed potatoes, chopped veggies, grated ginger, soy sauce and season with spices until combine well. After 2 hours, dust your hands and divide the dough into 8-10 pieces. Scoop 2 tbsp of beef filling. Dust your hand and give a ball shape to them.

Now, place one of meat balls on the dough and slowly slowly seal the wrapper completely. Heat the oil in a pan and fry each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Serve these beautiful stuffed bread or pie with Sesame oil, soy sauce, or sweet chilli sauce.

 

French Toast

French toast is one tastiest bread dish which is slices of bread soaked in mixture of egg and milk or cream with lovely spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

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French toast is known with different names such as gypsy toast, German toast, or eggy bread.

Cooked slices of bread might be served as a sweet dish with maple syrup , jam or honey and might be served as a savory dish with tomato sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

How to make it??

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and cream.Butter the slices of bread on both sides. Then soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture for 10 minutes, and turning to coat boat sides.

Fry the slices of bread on lightly greased on a skillet on medium heat until browned on both side.

Transfer the French toast to a plate and pour over honey , jam or maple syrup.

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French toast

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

How to make it??

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and cream.Butter the slices of bread on both sides. Then soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture for 10 minutes, and turning to coat boat sides.Fry the slices of bread on lightly greased on a skillet on medium heat until browned on both side. Transfer the French toast to a plate and pour over honey , jam or maple syrup.

Potato stuffed bread (Naan shekampour)

One of the easiest and tastiest bread you ever had. Preparing the dough does not need any yeast , baking soda or baking powder. Very easy peasy. I stuffed my bread with potato and some vegetables but you can fill it with any kind of meat or herbs and vegetables. The most important point is to make a good dough and then you can go on with your favourite fillings.

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Traditionally this wonderful bread is baked on a brick or stone griddle but nowadays, if you want to bake it at home, you can use a pan, as I did.  Today, I made potato stuffed bread and seriously it is just delicious naan bread.

I have loads of bread ( naan) recipes such as: pan fried naan, keema naan, sheermal bread, kelane naan bread, pitta bread, naan Barbari, onion spiral bread, naan fateer, olive bread, spicy lentil flat bread, garlic bread, Indian chickpea flat bread, country bread, paratha bread, garlic-rosemary bread, stuffed rose shaped bread, bread sticks with green olives. You can find them here in my web page.

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Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups  or 450 g all purpose flour
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Ingredients for fillings

  • 400g potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and fined chopped
  • 3 fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it??

In a large bowl, add flour, salt and oil. Mix together. Then slowly add water. Combine well and knead the dough for few minutes. Cover the dough and keep it for 30 minutes to rest.

Meanwhile prepare ingredients for filling. Heat the oil in a skillet, and sauté chopped onion until soft. Then add chopped green herbs, and potatoes. Season with all spices. Mix everything well and fry for 2-3 minutes and set aside.

Once dough is ready, grease your hand with oil and knead the dough again for 1-2 minutes. Now divide it into small or big portions, it depends on you.

Take a portion of dough and with a rolling pin flat the dough on a floured surface. Top it with stuffing ingredients and then lift the dough from all sides ( as you see in the photos).

Gently flatten the dough ball with rolling pin. Heat a pan, spread a little bit of oil in the pan and place the dough on the pan.

Bake each side for 3 minutes then flip over and bake other side.

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Potato stuffed bread ( naan shekampour )

Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Ingredients for fillings

  • 400g potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and fined chopped
  • 3 fresh spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it??

In a large bowl, add flour, salt and oil. Mix together. Then slowly add water. Combine well and knead the dough for few minutes. Cover the dough and keep it for 30 minutes to rest.

Meanwhile prepare ingredients for filling. Heat the oil in a skillet, and sauté chopped onion until soft. Then add chopped green herbs, and potatoes. Season with all spices. Mix everything well and fry for 2-3 minutes and set aside. Once dough is ready, grease your hand with oil and knead the dough again for 1-2 minutes. Now divide it into small or big portions, it depends on you.

Take a portion of dough and with a rolling pin flat the dough on a floured surface. Top it with stuffing ingredients and then lift the dough from all sides ( as you see in the photos). Gently flatten the dough ball with rolling pin. Heat a pan, spread a little bit of oil in the pan and place the dough on the pan. Bake each side for 3 minutes then flip over and bake other side.

 

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Stuffed Rose Shaped Bread

Rose shaped bread is very delicious. However preparing of bread, needs spending longer time but result is so good and you will be happy with your baking.
This bread not only has a beautiful shape but also has a very tasty filling. If you do not like this filling you can simply add your favourite vegetables, different cheese or even meat (fish, beef, chicken,..).

 

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Ingredients for dough

  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1 cup warm water (not boiled)
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 tbsp. dried yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 tbsp. milk

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Ingredients for filling

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 200 g grated cheddar cheese
  • 4-5 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 3 tbsp. water

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Preparation
In a large bowl with flour, add sugr, salt and milk. Mix together. Add dried yeast , 4 tbsp. warm water, oil and egg. Mix all together. Then, slowly add and stir in remains of warm water to the flour. Transfer mixture into the food processor and knead the dough for 15 minutes until dough is elastic. 


Oil lightly a bowl and place the dough into the bowl, cover it and allow rising for 2 hours.
Until dough gets ready, we prepare filling. In a saucepan, heat the oil, add chopped onion and sauté until soft, then add in chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, salt, sweet paprika and 3 tbsp. water, mix well. Then, add grated cheese and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.


Once dough is ready, slightly press it with your hand to release the air inside the dough.
Spread some flour on the working table. Spread dough with a rolling pin into about ½ cm. Now cut 1 medium size circle and also cut smaller circles from the remaining dough.


Roll each one of small circle dough thinner. Add 1 tsp of the filling. Fold and seal with a fork ( see photos). Roll out the big circle. Cut like you see in the photo. Add ½ tbsp. of the filling to the middle. Fold to make a rose bud. Place the rose bud in the centre of an oiled baking pan, then place smaller filled doughs around the bud ( see photos). At the end, brush your filled dough with beaten egg yolk. Bake in 190C for 35 minutes ( or until golden). 

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 Stuffed rose shaped bread.

Ingredients for dough
500 g plain flour
1 cup warm water (not boiled)
1 egg
1 tbsp. dried yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ cup oil
2 tbsp. milk

Ingredients for filling
1 large onion, finely chopped
200 g grated cheddar chees
4-5 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp. oil
¼ tsp white pepper powder
1 tbsp. sweet paprika
3 tbsp. water

Preparation
In a large bowl with flour, add sugr, salt and milk. Mix together. Add dried yeast , 4 tbsp. warm water, oil and egg. Mix all together. Then, slowly add and stir in remains of warm water to the flour. Transfer mixture into the food processor and knead the dough for 15 minutes until dough is elastic.
Oil lightly a bowl and place the dough into the bowl, cover it and allow rising for 2 hours.
Until dough gets ready, we prepare filling. In a saucepan, heat the oil, add chopped onion and sauté until soft, then add in chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, salt, sweet paprika and 3 tbsp. water, mix well. Then, add grated cheese and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Once dough is ready, slightly press it with your hand to release the air inside the dough.
Spread some flour on the working table. Spread dough with a rolling pin into about ½ cm. Now cut 1 medium size circle and also cut smaller circles from the remaining dough.
Roll each one of small circle dough thinner. Add 1 tsp of the filling. Fold and seal with a fork ( see photos). Roll out the big circle. Cut like you see in the photo. Add ½ tbsp. of the filling to the middle. Fold to make a rose bud. Place the rose bud in the centre of an oiled baking pan, then place smaller filled dough around the bud ( see photos). At the end, brush your filled dough with beaten egg yolk.

Bake in 190 C for 35 minutes  or until golden.

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Ice Cream Cones

It is pretty easy to make ice cream cones at home. They are delicious, crispy and fun to make it.

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You can bake them either in the oven or in a frying pan on a gas stove. And, for giving shape to the baked batter and rolling them, we can use cone mould, or make cone shape mould with aluminium foils or simply roll them with hand.

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites

  • ½ cup plain flour

  • ½ cup white or brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • ¼ tsp orange or vanilla essence

  • 1 tbsp cold water

  • pinch of salt

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Instructions

Place egg whites and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk together for 2 minutes. Stir in melted butter, water, milk, flour, pinch of salt, vanilla or orange essence, until incorporated and make the a smooth batter.

Now for baking you can either use oven or gas stove. Preheat the oven to 200C.

 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Pour 1 ½ tbsp batter on tray and spread into a thin layer. Move the spoon in circle and give a round shape to the batter. Place it into the oven and bake it for 8 minutes.

Other way of baking is: Pour batter into the warm non sitck pan. Spread into a think circle layer and cook for 5 minutes until edges are golden.

Now you need to do rest of process QUICKLY, BUT BE CAREFUL DO NOT BURN YOUR FINGERS.

 

So once cone is done, put a cone mould on baked cone and roll from the bottom of the cone in order to shape it. And then pull our the cone mould. Or cone mould is not available, simple put baked cone on a towel and roll it into a ice cream cone 🙂

 

 

 

 

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My Homemade Olive Bread

I love freshly baked breads, their smell is amazing and because I am an olive lover, I have baked and shared my different kinds of olive breads in my page  and today I baked other olive bread with crunchy outside and soft inside.

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This bread is salty, peppery, and combination of olives and garlic flavour makes magic and you will have a beautiful bread.

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Ingredients

  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 25g yeast
  • 5g salt
  • 2g garlic powder
  • 1  fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 g dried rosemary
  • 92g black olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 92g green olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 360 ml water

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix flour with garlic powder, salt, thyme, rosemary, chilli flakes. Dissolve the yeast in the 120 ml water and then add to the flour mixture. Now add the rest of the water ( 240 ml) and kneading the mixture until mix well together and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Add chopped olives and knead again.

Grease with the olive oil the bowl and transfer the dough into the bowl. Drizzle some olive oil top of the dough and cover with kitchen towel in a warm place and let it rest for 2.5 hours until doubled in size.

On a floured surface, flatten the dough and knead the dough 1-2 minutes and shape it into a ball. Sprinkle flour over parchment paper , add the dough , sprinkle some flour top of the dough and cover with a towel and let rise for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn the oven to 240 C and add a round iron cast pan inside the oven ( without the lid) for 45 minutes until the dough rise.

After 45 minutes remove the pan from the oven and transfer the dough with parchment paper into the pan and put the lid on. Bake the dough at 240C for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the lid and keep baking for 20 minutes at 230 C. By this way the bread get crispy golden crust. Let it cool before cutting the bread.

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My Savoury Bread (Cake)

Savoury bread (cake) is very popular in France.Savoury bread is one .Today I was thinking what kind of bread I make. I had a look into the fridge and found some olives and spring onions.

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Then I went to my small garden and collected some fresh basil and baked my savoury bread. But if you do not like basil, just easily add fillings of your choice. your favourite herbs such as dill, coriander or parsley. but you can add fillings of your choice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup black/green olives
  • 1 lemon zest
  • small bunch of parsley
  • 2 spring onions, green part

Instructions

Preheated oven to 180C.

First purée basil and parsley leaves, green part of spring onions and lemon zest. This gives extraordinary flavour to our bread (cake).

For bread batter: place the flour in a large bowl. Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix together. Add eggs, milk and vegetable oil. Using a spatula and combine all together well.

Coat olives with 1tbsp of flour. This will prevent olives from sinking into the bottom when baking. Now add purée herbs, olives and chopped cheddar cheese. Combine all ingredients well together.

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You can either lightly Butter the loaf pan or spray oil , so that parchment paper sticks on it. Then butter parchment paper.

Fill the pan with batter and Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Once bread is ready, remove from the oven, top the bread with drizzle of olive oil and grated cheddar cheese. Place the cake inside the oven again for 3 minutes until cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven and serve it.

it’s very flavourful, soft, with melted cheese, citrusy and taste of olive.

 

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Keema Naan

Keema or qeema naan is a kind of stuffed meat bread. Maybe you asked what kind of meat is in the qeema naan.

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It might be minced beef or lamb. It’s absolutely super easy to prepare keema naan, t’s absolutely mouthwatering bread and it’s absolutely perfect 🙂

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Ingredients for dough

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 100 ml yogurt
  • 100 ml warm water
  • 150 ml water
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

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Ingredients for filling

  • 300 g minced meat ( beef or lamb)
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and chilli flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric

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Method

First we prepare meat mixture: heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onion and sauté until soft, add minced meat and all above mentioned spices. Let to cook meat until turn into brown. Set aside.

 

 

For making dough:

In a bowl with 100 ml warm water, add sugar and yeast. Mix together and let to sit for 15 minutes until surface of water is bubbly and foam.

In a bowl with flour, add salt, yeast, yogurt, oil and water. Mix together and knead well for 2-3 minutes.

Drop oil on the dough and cover it with a towel. Place the dough in a warm corner and let the dough rise until doubled in size. (it will take 2-3 hours).

 

Knead the dough until all the air is expelled.

Now place the dough on a floured surface and divide it into 5 pieces.

Take a dough and roll it with rolling pin. Put some of meat mixture in the centre of dough, Pinch all corners together. And give a round shape to the dough. Using bottom of a wooden spoon make holes all over the dough. Brush top of the dough with yogurt.

 

Heat a non stick pan and place the dough in it, until cooked from the bottom. Flip to the other side and let it cook until golden brown in colour. Once naan baked transfer it to a plate and brush it with melted butter.

 

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Sheermal Bread ( Naan Sheermal)

Sheermal/shirmal bread naan  is a traditional mildly sweet flatbread in Iran. Sheer means milk in Persian language,and because the dough is kneaded with milk instead of water , it’s called sheermal, means a bread made with milk.

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Sheermal bread is popular in Iran, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Semnan سمنان is located in South of foothills of Alborz Mountains. Semnan is one of historical and ancient cities of Iran, which was an important city throughout the era of the Persian Achaemenid Empire ( 550-330BC).

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Anyway, if you travel to ancient city of Semnan and towns around Semnan, among the souvenirs of this city, such as pistachio, walnuts, local breads, silk made cloth, halva, candy sugar and fruit leather, Sheermal bread naan is very popular between tourists, that is baked in Seman city for over 100 years.

Sheermal bread naan is one of bread for month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten as egg wash
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix sugar, yeast, and milk warm together.

 

In other bowl mix flour with salt and then pour milk mixture, beaten egg, and melted butter in it. Combine together. Oil your hand and knead the dough with your hand for 6-7 minutes until is smooth and no longer sticky.

Cover the dough, and let to rest until double in size. You can leave the dough in a corner of your kitchen in room temperature , to rise but it will take long time dough double in size but if preheat the oven for few minutes, and then turn off the oven and by this way you can create a warm environment to speed the dough to proof and rising up.

Preheat  the oven to 160C.Line your baking tray with parchment paper and once dough is ready, place it on the parchment paper. Sprinkle some flour top of it and deflate the dough.

Cover the dough and let to rest for another 20 minutes. Then give favourite decoration or design to the bread.

Egg wash top of the dough and garnish with sesame seeds. Sprinkle pinch of cinnamon powder on the dough. Transfer the dough into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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