Aloo Naan (spicy potato stuffed naan bread)

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Aloo Naan (spicy potato stuffed naan bread)

There’s nothing like fresh hot naan.  I love all kinds of naan.  Peshwari Naan, Garlic Naan, Plain Naan, or in this case a stuffed Naan.  You  might be thinking to yourself (or not) why stuff potatoes inside a bread?  Well, why not?  Actually since this serves as the main carb for a meal, it’s perfect.  It’s great served with daal, channa dishes or one of my go to dishes Sabzi Paneer Masala.  Since I don’t own a Tandoor oven, the best way I know how to mimic one is by using a pizza stone.  A Tandoor oven heats up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit.  The highest my gas oven will go is 550 degrees Fahrenheit.  In order to compensate for this temperature difference  I usually place  the pizza stone in a rack closest to the upper element.  I usually preheat the oven to the highest it will go (500 for electric or 550 for gas) with the pizza stone in it.  Then right before baking the naans, I turn the oven to the broil function.  This helps even out the heat from the top and the bottom and usually the naans turn out fantastic.  Try this one.  You’ll be the talk of the town.

Naan ingredients

Aloo filling ingredients

Proof yeast in water and sugar

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add liquid ingredients.

Make the dough and let it rest for 4-8 hours.

Cook the potatoes in the microwave, mash them and add all the spices. Make into 6 equal balls

The potato ball should be a little smaller than the naan dough ball

Roll dough into a 3" circle and place the potato ball in the middle

Pull the edges of the dough together and make a nice smooth ball

Let the dough balls with the filling inside rest for about 3-4 minutes before rolling out

Heat oven to 500 (or as high as it will go) with a pizza stone in it

Place rolled out dough onto hot pizza stone (I can usually fit up to 3 on the stone)

Cook for 2-3 minutes. Naan will usually puff up

Brush hot naan with ghee (clarified butter) or just plain butter

Enjoy your Aloo Naan!

The Aloo filling is delicious!

Here’s the recipe:

Aloo Naan

Makes 6 Naans

Plain Naan dough:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

2 tbsp plain yogurt (I like Greek)

3/4 cup warm water

Aloo Filling (potato filling):

2 medium russet potatoes

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1/2 tsp dry mango powder (Amchur)

1 Serrano chili, partially seeded and chopped

2 tbsp chopped Cilantro (coriander leaves or Dhania)

1/2 tsp garam masala

additional items:

2 tbsp oil (to coat hands, for the dough etc)

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) – to brush the naans with

1/8 – 1/4 cup flour to dust rolling surface

Making the Naan:

I make the dough for this naan in the morning before going to work, it only takes a couple of minutes and it’s perfect for when I get home.  The dough works really well 6-8 hours later.  Needs at least a minimum of 4 hours, so plan accordingly.  

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let it proof for a few minutes until it bubbles up.  In a larger bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking soda.  Make a well in the center of the flour and add in the yogurt and oil.  Mix together until you get a coarse crumbly texture.  Slowly add in the proofed yeast mixture and knead the dough.  Don’t worry if the dough is slightly sticky.  Put a few drops of oil on the dough and smooth it all over the dough ball.  Cover the bowl with the dough in it with some plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 4 hours.  I prefer about 6-8.  It doesn’t really over-rise so even if it is longer than 8 hours, it’s okay.

Aloo filling:

Wash the two potatoes and pierce the skin with a fork a few times.  Microwave about 4-5 minutes (depending on microwave) until potatoes are tender.  Don’t skin and boil these potatoes since we’re trying to reduce moisture content.  Once cooked and slightly cooled, peel the potatoes and smash them with a fork or a potato masher.  Add all the spices to the mashed potatoes and mix well.  Divide and roll into six equal balls.

Putting it all together:

Preheat the oven to 500 or 550 (as high as it will go) with the pizza stone in it.  Pre-heat for about 20 minutes because you want the stone nice and hot.

Coat hands with a little vegetable oil and knead the naan dough a few times and divide the dough into six equal parts.  Sprinkle a little flour on the rolling surface and roll out dough into 3″ circles.  Place a potato ball in the middle and wrap dough around it like a little dumpling.  Make sure to pull the edges together well.  Make all six balls the same way and let it rest for about 5 minutes (this rest period helps a lot when rolling it out).  In the meantime, turn the oven on to broil and make sure the rack with the stone is closest to the top element (be sure to wear oven mitts or you’ll get a nasty burn like me).

Roll out naans into an oval shape.  Before placing them on the stone, coat the palms of your hands with a little oil and flip each naan back and forth to lightly coat each side.  Place 3 naans on the stone (or however many will fit on your stone).  Cook for about 2 minutes, maybe 3 depending on your oven.  It should get a nice golden brown color on top and will puff up.  Take out the naan and brush with ghee (clarified butter) or regular butter.

Make sure to wait 2-3 minutes between baking batches of naan to give your oven time to get back to the maximum temperature.  Serve Naan with Sabzi Paneer Masala.

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16 responses »

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  2. OOOH! I also have a Naan question…..I know you are not just sitting there waiting for my next question but I am so interested in your recipes :) With the Naan you had said you put your oven to 550 (gas) and then put it to the boil setting. Just to clarify, right when you are going to put it in you then turn it to broil?? and do you put it “under the flame” or just on the same rack in the oven? and is your broil element in the main oven part….mine is underneath (if that makes sense) Please, at your convenience.
    Thank you ever so much,
    Spice Crazy

    • What I’m trying to do is create heat from the top and bottom. So I put the stone in the middle rack and turn the oven as high as it will go so it’ll heat up the stone. I leave it in there about 20-30 minutes so the stone is good and hot with the heat nicely absorbed. Then I try to mimic that bottom heat to the top by moving the rack up and and switching to broil when the naans are on the stone. It takes about 2-3 minutes max and cooks both sides without any flipping. If you are not using a stone you have to flip the naan over. Or you can use a BBQ grill on high setting if it’s gas, or high heat on a charcoal. flipping is required on a BBQ. Same amount of time 2 minutes or so. I hope that helps. Please feel free to ask me anything, anytime…honest. I teach. I love to answer questions.

  3. I love love love your blog and all your recipes! Your step by step photo’s is really great, it helps people like me that is too lazy to read instructions carefully! :)
    I think I will be spending the rest of my evening here on your blog, great work.

  4. Those look absolutely delicious! I can just imagine how wonderful they must taste right out of the oven.

    Or at least any oven except for mine right now :-(

    One day, I am going to get me one of these pizza stones!

    • I’m so sorry about your broken oven. :( Guess what? if you have a gas stove you can make naan on the stove top. It actually tastes better. Need a wire mesh thingy to keep it flat. I use a metal vent cover that is used under microwaves from Home Depot (of course) works for pizzas too.

      • Really! Wow. That sounds like a plan. My oven is back in working order, but I am intrigued by this stovetop thing. It just goes to show that eaters will figure out just about anything to satisfy their cravings :-)

      • I think it works great. It’s any kind of heat safe metal that will support dough. I’ve used a metal cooling rack before. It leaves funky “grill” marks but tastes great.

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