Monday, May 21, 2012

Broccoli Naan

Weekend is the time I like to cook elaborate meals. A few months back, I was at an Indian restaurant for a  lunch buffet where they served broccoli naan. I am not a big fan of this vegetable and never really enjoyed eating it - be it baked or boiled - the flavor is a little too strong for my taste. Naturally, I was a little skeptical as to how the naan would taste. But I was in for a pleasant surprise. It was really amazing and it didn't taste at all like broccoli.  It was a good revelation for me as it gave me a way to eat broccoli - sneak it in parathas or naans. After all you cannot give a miss to eating something that is so packed with nutrients.  

Broccoli naan has been on my to do list of recipes ever since I had it at the Indian buffet. Making this naan is just like making any regular naan. The only addition is stuffing the broccoli.  
Broccoli Naan

(Makes 6 palm sized naans)
1.5 cups APF (I used equal amounts of APF and whole wheat flour)
1 tsp instant/rapid rise yeast
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lukewarm water
1/4 cup yogurt (at room temperature)
2 tbsp melted butter/oil
Salt to taste
1/2 cup shredded broccoli  
Water/Milk to knead the dough

Making the naan is a simple 3 step process - 
1. Make the dough 
2. Make the stuffing 
3. Stuff and roll the dough out, and bake the naans

Start by preparing the dough. The dough needs to be rested for at least half an hour (more is always better). Since we are using instant yeast, the dough rises pretty quickly and you can make naans with as little as 30 minutes of resting time. 

1. The Dough:
  • In a bowl, mix sugar and yeast together and pour lukewarm water over the mix. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. 
  • In another bowl, take flour and add salt to taste. Mix well and pour the yeast mixture over along with yogurt and melted butter/oil. 
  • Mix all of the ingredients and add water/milk as required to form a loose, sticky dough. 
  • Oil the dough, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least half an hour.  

2. The Broccoli Stuffing: 

To use broccoli as stuffing, it needs to be finely chopped, or shredded in a food processor. I find it easy the food processor way. All you need to do is clean the broccoli, put the florets in the food processor and pulse it a couple of times. 

I used just the shredded broccoli without even the added salt, but you can spice the broccoli up and use a spicy stuffing if you like. I prefer mine the simple way. 

3. Making the Naans:

  • Now that the dough has been resting for some time, divide it into 6 equal balls. 
  • Dip the ball in flour and spread it out with your fingers or simply roll it out to about 3" diameter.
  • Put 1-1.5 tbsp of shredded broccoli in the center, and gather all sides around the stuffing to form a ball.
  • Dust this ball with some flour and press it between your palms. At this point, you can choose to either roll it out or stretch it from all sides to form a triangular/oval naan. It should be about a quarter inch thick.  
Before baking, sprinke some dry flour onto a baking sheet/pan and then lay the naans over it. Bake the naans in a preheated 500 F oven for 10-15 minutes or until done. Apply butter on top and serve hot with your favorite curry.

The naans turned out really soft and stayed soft even the next day. 


  1. Hi..bumped into your blog through Nupur's blog. Stuffing veggies into naans/parathas is always a great idea. My husband doesn't care for broccoli either but I love it in any form. I will try it for him some day.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Snehal! Yeah I think stuffing veggies is a very good way to eat the veggies you don't like. But somehow I had my doubts with broccoli :)

  2. So you don't cook the broccoli before you use it as stuffing? The naan looks incredible!

    1. No, I don't. Since the broccoli is shredded, it gets cooked as the naan bakes. And the oven temperature is set at 500 F, so there is no need to cook the stuffing.