Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Meat Stuffed Flatbread – All this needs is raita and chutney for a delicious meal!
Ground lamb is usually sold in 1 lb. packages and it Is not advisable to defrost and refreeze meat and can sometimes be challenging to cut the meat when it is still frozen. When I only needed ½ lb. of lamb for a recipe, I decided to make the 1 lb. package of lamb do double duty.
Since this ground lamb filling started out as an Uzbeki recipe, the seasoning is slightly different than the traditional Indian keema filling, however, the slight changes are so subtle it is hardly noticeable.
My cooking philosophy is to waste as little food as possible and not to unnecessarily buy ingredients if I can find a substitute that works just as well. Another change I made to the original Indian Keema Naan is instead of using green peas, I used mixed frozen vegetable because I already had a bag opened in the freezer.
While purists might say this is not a truly traditional Keema Naan, I say why not make a few changes. This is how many recipes evolve over time and also a way to add your own twist and creativity.
If you’d like to start off with the whole 1 lb. of lamb like I did, head over here to see the Uzbeki Samsa recipe filling. After I made the samsa filling, I took out half of the filling to make the samsa then simply added a few more ingredients to Indianize the filling. However, the recipe below is written as a stand alone recipe utilizing only ½ lb. lamb.
It is not necessary to make both Samsa & Keema Naan at the same time. You can make the filling for both and then freeze one. That way it is already made when you are ready to make the other. Simply defrost and use in the recipe.
This flavorful Naan is so good – all you need is a bit of chutney and raita and your meal is ready.
I had it with my award winning Watermelon Chutney & a simple raita with just some pomegranate and garam masala.
Now who can resist this bite?
Keema Naan – Meat Stuffed Flatbread
- Filling Ingrediens:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ onion finely chopped
- 1 finely chopped garlic clove
- ½ lb. ground lamb
- 1 teaspoon red chile powder
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley omit for traditional keema naan
- ½ tablespoon finely chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice of 1 lemon
- Dough Ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour + ¼ cup as needed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a shallow bowl, combine water and sugar. Add yeast on top and leave for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
- In a large bowl, combine 1 2/3 cups flour and salt.
- Add proofed yeast and knead until you have a soft and elastic dough, adding an additional ¼ cup flour if needed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel.
- Leave to rise for 2 hours, until almost doubled in size.
- To make the filling, heat oil in a skillet.
- Add cumin seed. When the cumin starts to change color, add onion and garlic.
- Saute until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent.
- Add lamb and cook until meat is cooked through.
- Add chile pepper, coriander and frozen vegetables.
- Cook until vegetables are heated through.
- Add parsley if using, mint, cilantro, salt and pepper.
- Stir to combine.
- Add lemon juice and stir to combine.
- Leave to cool while the dough is continuing to rise.
- Now the dough has risen, it is time to stuff the naan.
- Divide dough into 4 equal portions and roll into smooth balls.
- Divide filling into 4 equal portions.
- On a floured surface, roll out one of the dough balls to a circle about 4” in diameter.
- Hold the dough like a cup in your hand and place one portion of the filling inside. Bring the dough around the filling so it is well sealed. If needed, use a little water to seal the dough.
- On the floured work surface, gently roll out the stuffed dough to a circle about 6” in diameter.
- While you are repeating the procedure for the rest of the dough, heat a skillet/roti iron/tawa and brush with a little ghee.
- Cook until air bubbles appear on the top. Flip over and cook for another minute.
- Repeat until all 4 Keema Naan has been cooked.
- Serve with your favorite chutney.
This month, we are catching up on old ‘Bread Bakers’ themes we missed out on. Our host of the month is Pavani at Cook’s Hideout. Check out what the Bread Bakers have baked up.
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- Keema Naan from The Schizo Chef
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- Savory Almond Meal Bread from Palatable Pastime
- Sourdough Cinnamon Buns from Baking Sense
- Steamed Apple Date Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Vegan Gluten-free Banana Bread from Cook’s Hideout
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- Yeasted Lemon Bundt Cake from Anybody Can Bake
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Oh man this looks amazing! I seriously need to make this soon. Pinned!
thanks – yes I am sure you will love them!
Oh my, this look so good. It’s like an entire meal in one bread.
yes bread = meal in this case, at least!
That is a complete meal all in itself. I would love to try your keema naan recipe with may be cauliflower rice and TVP. So filling and so yummy!!
Yes – they are filling indeed. 1 Keema Naan (or the vegetarian version you suggested) and lunch is ready!
This stuffed bread is a great switch instead of sandwiches!
I agree – This “sandwich” is a meal on its own!
Keema naan is one of my favorite filled flatbreads. I do usually use peas but next time I’ll experiment. I love the way yours turned out, Mireille!
thanks – I just used mixed frozen veg cuz that’s what I had – but the peas are more traditional
I’m with you. I believe recipes are merely guidelines and always adapt to use items I have available and that are compliant with the tastes of my diners.
Exactly – I try not to waste food whenever possible
Mir- loved reading about your philosophy on food – such a lovely take on the Indian (and persian) Naan ! this looks super delish and I can think of a hundred vegetarian fillings that would replace the lamb at my kitchen !
Thanks – yes I avoid food waste at all costs – I am glad you like me quasi-fusion version!
These are perfect for a meal.
definitely – filling on its own!