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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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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Kelane Naan Bread

Kelane is a traditional Kurdish stuffed fried flat bread. A very delicious thin bread. This bread is made in different countries such as Iran, Turkey, Afghanestn, Republic Azerbaijan. and referred to by different names. For example in Iran it’s called ‘ Kelane  ‘ in Afghanestan is called ‘ Bolani  ‘ .

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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, like I baked Kelane in a dried pan and in serving time you put some butter on the bread. Kelane bread is not only a bread but also is a full healthy meal.

It’s made of flour and stuffed with herbs such as chives , spring onions and garlic. . They are out of this world. So so sooooo yummyyyyy. This bread is one of those goodies that you won’t stop eat it.

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Ingredients for dough

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

 

For filling

  • 300 g spring onions
  • A bunch of coriander
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin

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Method

In a bowl mix flour and  salt. then add oil and mix together. Then slowly add  water. Mix well. Using your hand and Knead it well for 3-4 minutes.  Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and  leave to rest the dough for half an  hour.

Meanwhile, finely chop herbs and vegetables for filling. Add all spices, grated garlic and olive oil. . Mix ingredients together and set aside.

Once dough is ready, Divide it into 10 pieces or less ( you can keep the size of dough small or big as desired ).  Take one piece of  dough. Flat the dough with a rolling pin. Spread some of herbs in half of the dough and fold it ( as you see in the photos). Then with your hand or  with a rolling pin, gently press it.

Heat a pan and spread a little bit oil. Place the dough in the pan. Spray some oil top of the dough and bake each side for 3 minutes.

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Olive Bread with Cheddar Cheese

This gorgeous bread is truly delicious. If you are a olive lover, this bread will make you so happy.

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Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 250 ml lukewarm  water
  • 15 g dried yeast
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • 100 g stuffed green olives, cut into small pieces
  • 200 g shredded cheddar cheese

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Preparation
In a bowl with 100 ml warm water, add sugar and dried yeast. Dissolve it. Cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm place, for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix flour with salt. Add 1tsp olive oil, remaining of the warm water and prepared yeast to the flour. Blend it in a mixer for 5 minutes.

 


Preheat the oven to 200C.
Sprinkle some flour top of the dough, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave it to rest for 2 hours. Once dough is ready, sprinkle pinch of flour on the working surface, and spread the dough. Place shredded cheddar cheese and olives in the centre of the dough and bring corners of dough together and give a round shape. Place it inside the baking tray.


Sprinkle some flour top of the dough. Using handle of a wooden spoon, make a cross on the dough, and slightly press it. Then make other one.
Bake it for 30 minutes or until it’s inside  is beautifully baked and outside  is golden.

 

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Persian Kebab Koobideh

Kebab in the Iranian culture is one of super foods. Kebab is a kind of meat dish. It does not necessarily need to be only lamb or beef grounded meat , it could be combination of both together.

One of popular kebabs in Iran, is kebab koobideh. Kebab might be served with rice ( pilaf/polow ) along with salad, fresh herbs . This rice with kebab is a simple and plain rice without any herbs or nuts. And sometimes kebab served in wrapped flat naan bread ( Lavash, or Sangak).

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Kebab koobideh literally means a kind of kebab has been grounded, so koobideh means grounded.

Iranian food and cuisine poorly represented in international level. I love to introduce and present Iranian/Persian food as much as I can.

 

Please share my recipes with your friends and let them know more about my beautiful country, with friendly people and delicious dishes.

Some Iranian foods have long history and return to ancient time ( thousand or hundreds years ago) some are forgotten from Persian table. I just try with sharing my recipes present Persian cuisine.

I hope my recipes will capture my Iranian and non-Iranian friends attention.

 

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Ingredients

500 g grounded meat ( mixed minced)

1 medium onion, grated and drained

Salt and pepper to taste

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Method

Finely grate onion. Squeeze onion juice to get rid of all moisture, other wise kebab meat will fall off from skewers in the cooking process.

In a bowl with meat, add onion, season with salt and pepper. Combine together and knead meat mixture well for 2-3 minutes until meat mixture becomes paste like. Keep the meat in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Make your fingers wet with tap water. It will help meat does not stick to your hand. Get an orange size meat portion in the palm of your hand and press the meat to the kebab skewer.

Once you prepared all kebabs in the skewers. Put slices of flat naan bread in baking tray and put kebabs on the bread, so you will catch kebab juice on the bread.

 

Place the tray in the oven and let to cook for 25-30 minutes.

Once all kebabs are done. Get one slice of naan bread ( Persian Lavash bread or tortilla) rub some butter on the bread, spread some freshly chopped chives, coriander, parsley and onion. Place pieces of kebab top of it. Sprinkle sumac on kebab. Wrap the bread and enjoy it.

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Persian style chicken omelette with fried onion

Omelette is a dish made from beaten eggs, duck, goose, quail , ostrich egg…fried in butter or oil. Sometimes omelette is plain and sometimes you can add other ingredients and give more flavour.

I love any dish made from eggs : Boiled, fried, scrambled and poached eggs all are not only fantastic and tasty also full of goodness.

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Ingredients
3 eggs
One skinless, boneless  chicken breast, cooked and shredded
One large onion, chopped
Salt, chilli powder to taste
Olive oil
Slices of Persian flat bread or tortilla bread

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Method
Peel and finely chop onion. Melt the butter or heat the oil in a pan and fry onion until get gold colour. Put it aside. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add a pinch of salt and chilli powder and beat well with a fork. Add shredded chicken and beaten eggs to the pan with fried onion and let it cook and serve it with flat bread.

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Brushchetta

Brushchetta is one of tastiest starters or snacks 🙂

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Ingredients
2 finely diced tomatoes
1 grated clove of garlic
Slices of baguette bread
2 Tbsp extra olive oil
1 Tsp balsamic vinegar
Few fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation
In a bowl with diced tomatoes add grated garlic, vinegar, oil , mix all ingredient together.
Toast slices of bread in the oven at 220 C for about 6-8 minutes and then top toasted

breads with mixture of tomatoes.

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Indian Chickpea Flat Bread

This bread with crispy on exterior and soft on the inside, is light and low in carbohydrates.

Chickpea flour also known as gram flour or besan. You might call these breads pancake or crepe as well.

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Ideal bread for dipping in yogurt, oils or vinegar. It’s pretty easy recipe includes basic batter made of chickpeas flour with water. These beautiful flat breads can be served hot or cold or frozen as well.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas flour
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • 1tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

Mix chickpeas flour with salt- pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Whisk in 1 cup of the water to form a paste and make sure there is no lumps.

Whisk in the remainder of the water and combine well. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes. It will make the interior cream when cooked.

Heat the oil in a large or tiny non stick frying pan.

Pour some of batter in the pan and spread it. Cook the batter until becomes firm , then flip over and bake other side (each side will need 3-4 minutes to bake).

Serve hot or cold . They go well with salads, yogurt, butter or any curry or stew. It’s very delicious bread.

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Home made soda bread

It’s first time I made Soda bread. It was easy, quick and delirious.

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Ingredients

450g plain flouru

1tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

350ml butter milk

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C. Line the baking sheet with baking paper.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour butter milk in the well and mix it with hand.

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You should have a slightly sticky dough. Pour the dough inside the baking sheet . Cut a cross into top with a knife. Bake it for 35 minutes until is golden brown. Cool the loaf and then slice it.

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pitta bread (Naan)

Naan is a kind of bread which is very important part of cuisines in the Middle East. In Iran we have different types of bread (Naan) which in my previous posts I have shared several recipes for Persian flat breads naan.

Yesterday I baked these beautiful Pitta breads which is very popular in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles to Iranian flatbread ( Taaftun bread naan).

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If you want to taste pitta bread, so try this simple -quick dough. This home made pita breads are fluffy, soft, flat, easy to make and easy to eat 🙂

And equally goes well with variety of  kebab, falafel, dip aubergine, burgers and sandwiches…

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Ingredients

 

350 g strong flour

1tsp salt

160ml warm milk

80ml warm water

1tsp active dry yeast

1tsp sugar

1tbsp Olive oil+ extra for baking

 

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Method

Combine milk- water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Cover the bowl and let to rest for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes add 1tbsp olive oil to the yeast mixture.

In another bowl, mix flour with salt and dried or chopped fresh herbs. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and combine well.

Transfer the dough on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until you have a smooth dough.

Brush the bowl with some oil and add the dough . Cover it with a kitchen towel and let to proof for 1 hour until doubled in size.

Place the dough on a floured surface. Press on the dough to remove the air and divide it into 5 equal sized pieces.

Using a rolling pin, and roll out each piece of dough to a circle shape as you see in the photo.

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Heat the oil in a pan, and cook the pita bread for 2 minutes on each side in the pan until they puff up , as you see in the photo.

Serve it with kebab, or chicken, cheese and herbs. Soooooo tasty bread.

 

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