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Mauritian-inspired naan

Mauritian-inspired naan

By Shelina Permalloo

This is typically eaten throughout Ramadan, and is usually on Eid tables during the year. It isn’t a naan you would probably recognise – it’s more of a hybrid dough, enriched with eggs, milk, and butter borrowed from French brioche. These can be made with beef mince or cheese

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  • Makes8
  • CourseSide
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook40 mins
  • Total time1 hr
  • Plusplus proving

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  • 550g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp fast action yeast
  • 10g caster sugar
  • 150ml whole milk, warmed
  • 1 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Egg
  • 100g butter, at room temperature

For the filling

  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 200g grated Cheddar and mozzarella

For the topping

  • 1 British Blacktail Free Range Egg
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. To make the dough, bring all the ingredients together in a large bowl with 10g salt, until ‘shaggy’, then add 50-75ml warm water. Bring the dough together, then knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth.

  2. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and rest in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. This can vary depending on how warm your kitchen is. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment.

  3. Knock back the dough and divide it into 8 equal-sized balls. Dust the work surface with some extra flour, then take 1 ball and roll into a rectangle around 20 x 12cm. Sprinkle 2 tbsp cumin seeds and a good amount of grated cheese along the middle of the rectangle and fold it in ½ lengthways to ensure none of the filling escapes. Go over it with a rolling pin to ensure it is firmly inside.

  4. Roll this piece of dough up from one of the long edges to make a coiled rope shape, then shape this into a spiral. Tuck the loose end into the bottom of the dough. Repeat this process with the other pieces to give 8 individual ‘rolls’. Place onto the lined tray and allow to rise for around 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Lightly beat the egg for the topping with a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp water to create an egg wash. Brush this over the tops of the naans, then sprinkle generously with cumin seeds and sesame seeds. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden and cooked all the way through. Allow to cool before serving.

Cook’s tip

 I like to cover the dough and put it into the microwave (without it being switched on) as I find this creates a nice warm environment for the dough to rise


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


1,973kJ/ 471kcals



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