Feta and Red Chilli Stuffed Naan

Okay this isn't exactly a traditional filling for naan bread but I fancied making something different.  After the success of my Peshwari naan and since I had some feta along with a green bell pepper in the fridge in need of using up, Feta and Red Chilli Naan seemed the way to go.


Never mind that it's naan bread, it makes a nice change from ordinary bread and can be served with whatever you fancy.  Once you've made your dough, stuffing it is easy to do and you can experiment with different fillings to suite your taste.   
A Quick Word on Yeast:
You really need to use Dried Active Yeast for hand baking and not Easy Bake or Fast Action.  Easy bake yeast is suited to bread machine and you will not get the same result.
How do I know these things?  Because I made this mistake in the past and my naan turned out horrid and hard!  

Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/feta-and-chilli-stuffed-naan


To make 4 to 6 naan breads you will need:
150ml warm milk
2 teaspoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons dried active yeast (not easy bake or fast action which is suited to bread machines)
450g plain flour
1/2 a teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon vegetable oil - plus a little extra
150g natural yogurt
1 large egg - lightly beaten
a little oil for drizzling


For the feta and chilli filling you will need:

1/2 of a large green bell pepper - deseeded and very finely chopped
200g feta cheese - chopped until you have small crumbs
1 red chilli pepper - deseeded and very finely chopped
a small  handful of flat leaf parsley - leaves only and chopped
Start by throwing the chopped bell pepper into a dry frying pan and stir over a high heat just for a minute or so to remove the excess moisture or your naans will be soggy.  Remove from the heat and make sure is cold before continuing:  
Put the lot onto a chopping board and chop the lot again to mix together and set aside.


How to do it:
Put the milk in a bowl. Add just 1 tsp of the sugar, and the yeast and stir to mix.  Set aside for 15-20 minutes or until the yeast has dissolved and the mixture is frothy.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.  Add the remaining 1 teaspoon caster sugar, the yeast mixture, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the yogurt and egg. 
If the mixture looks too dry then you can mix in a little more yogurt.

Empty the ball of dough on to a clean surface and knead it for 10 minutes or more, until it is smooth and then form into a ball.

Pour a teeny amount of oil into a large mixing bowl and roll the ball of dough in it. Cover the bowl with a piece of cling film and set aside in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
This can take up to an hour.  
Preheat your oven to the highest temperature and put the heaviest baking tray you own to heat in the oven.

Punch down the dough and knead it again.  Divide into 4 or 6 equal balls.  Keep five of them covered while you work with the sixth.
At this point make a well in the middle of each ball and add some of the feta and chilli mixture taking care not to over fill.


Now pull the sides up to cover the mixture completely:


 Roll each ball to make a tear-shape - well mine were more oval in shape but hey ho!


Now remove the hot baking tray from the oven and put the naan on to it, you can do 2 at a time.  Put the tray back into the oven immediately for 5 or 6 minutes. They should puff up nicely.  Remove from the oven and brush each naan with a little ghee or melted butter, wrap in foil to keep warm and soft while you make the others.  When you're done serve straight away. 


If you're looking for Garlic and Coriander naan you can see my recipe here.
What's your favorite filling in a naan? 

1 comment

  1. This naan looks extra delicious! Yum! Thanks for sharing Jan :)

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan

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