Naan Bread and Algerian Mutton Tajine

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I love Indian cuisine, the texture, the fragrance, the beautiful colors, the smell, the presentation into the copper Degchi! All the cuisine around the world brings something new, exotic, fusion and much more.

Today I made a fusion Indian Naan Bread and Algerian Mutton Tajine Recipe. For the Naan, the recipe comes from  Sweet & Savory By Shailja a beautiful and tasty Naan, that I first saw on Instagram. I followed her recipe step by step, however, I used grams and ml for my recipe (instead of cups as I am more familiar with these).

For the Naan:

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 300g of all-purpose flour
  • 6g baking powder (1/2 of individual bag for me)
  • 6g of  dry instant yeast (for me, I don’t have baking soda)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
  • 60ml of yogurt
  • 125ml of lukewarm water
  • Melted butter for brushing

Procedure:

  1. In a deep bowl add the flour, the yeast and the baking powder, the sunflower oil and the yogurt.
  2. Start to mix all the ingredients with your fingers.
  3. In a bowl dissolve the salt with 125ml of water.
  4. Pour gradually the water and start to knead with your hands.
  5. Knead until you feel the dough becomes soft and not sticky.
  6. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 2 hours in a warm place.
  7. Dust with flour a clean surface.
  8. After 2 hours, remove the dough from the bowl.
  9. Knead 2 minutes and cut the dough into 6 equal balls.
  10. In a medium heat add a round cast iron flat skillet.
  11. Flatten each ball into a round shape, the size of your skillet.
  12. Add the Naan to the skillet (you can see bubbles, I was impressed)
  13. Now the tricky part for me, I turned with my fingers the Naan to cook the other side over the gas flame.
  14. When it’s cooked, remove from the flame (be careful not burning your bread and your fingers), brush with a little of the melted butter.
  15. Process the same way for the rest of your Naan.

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For the Mutton:

Ingredients:

  • 800g of mutton (cut into pieces, medium cubes)
  • A handful of dry chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 6 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  • 1 teaspoon or  Ras el hanout (the red one for this recipe)
  • A pinch of salt (more if you like salt)
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet red paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of harissa
  • 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 liter of water

Procedure:

  1. On a medium heat add a large pot or a Tajine with sunflower oil.
  2. Add the pressed garlic, the red paprika, the ras el hanout, the salt and the black pepper.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Add the mutton cut in pieces.
  5. Pour the chickpeas (rinsed and drained) into the large pot or a Tajine.
  6. Continue to cook a few minutes to let the flavor blend together and stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Pour the water and cook for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. When the sauce is reduced and the mutton tender removes from the stove.
  9. Serve directly with the Tajine or transfer into a serving dish.

The mutton is extremely tender, spicy with the harissa and accompanied perfectly the Naan bread.

Bon Appétit.

PS: Thank you Shailja for the Naan’s recipe, it was a great success at home!!

52 Comments Add yours

  1. Raphaelle says:

    Awww … I am totally in love with your Nan bread, they look so perfect and soft. I need to try cooking them on the stove if this is the secret!

    1. Thank you Raphaelle; very tasty Naan and simple to make. For the secret, check Shailja post, she added pictures of the procedure, very helpful 🙂

  2. nilakshi says:

    this looks delicious!

  3. Your naan looks perfect Linda. Saving the recipe to try this way :).

    1. Thank you Sonal 🙂 Thanks to Shailja for sharing this recipe.

  4. Wow I love this Linda! Your naan looks soft and delicious! Will definitely be making both soon! My husband and I will absolutely love it I’m sure!! 😘

    1. Thank you Farianti :)This bread is really good. Do let me know how it turns out. Have a wonderful weekend xx

  5. Linda what a perfect meal, I have to make your naan bread and that lamb stew looks incredible.

    1. Thank you Suzanne 🙂 This Naan is also great with kofta.

  6. Noor says:

    This is on my to cook list. We are big lamb eaters so this is perfect.

    1. Thank you very much, Noor 🙂 Do let me know how it turns out. Have a great weekend.

  7. Malar says:

    Love the naan Linda 🙂

  8. yum yum yum, Linda! i love me son naan bread, but have yet to make it. i’ll be trying this dish out soon, for sure!

    1. Thank you, Alice 🙂 Super easy to make and so good.

  9. Fabulous naan bread 🙂

  10. Amanda says:

    This looks so good! I made a tajine this week too, but with chicken. I love the side of naan. I’ve never made naan before, but it looks easy enough. I must try this!

    1. Thank you, Amanda 🙂 I saw your amazing Tajine. This naan is really good and the mutton very tender. I’m sure your naan will be very good, I remembered your first Challah bread, beautiful.

  11. platedujour says:

    We love naan bread at home, my soda bread is very similar to this bread. I love the fact that you mixed these two dishes together, beautiful combination! And very tasty too!! I should go to sleep now but instead I’m just looking at these pictures! Have some mercy from time to time Linda 😀

    1. Thank you, Marta 🙂 This naan with the mutton are very tasty, believe me this naan is super easy to make, I prepared another batch for the breakfast 😀 Have a wonderful weekend xx

  12. vanyadhanya says:

    oooh yummm….have to try the mutton tagine for sure.

    1. Thank you Dhanya 🙂 The mutton is very tasty.

  13. I love Indian flavours too, and I was taught how to make naan bread by my Indian/Fijian friend. Love it… Looks so go Linda, yum

    1. Thank you Zeina 🙂 I wanted to change the menu, and I made naan instead of Arabic bread with the mutton, great combination and also tastes good.

      1. Never tried making Arabic bread, well done fr making ur own. I have gone gluten and yeast free, and when home im now making my own naan bread whenever I feel like bread. I love flat bread.

  14. Chhapan Bhog says:

    Hi Linda, camel cross u your blog and saw this post. You na and looks absolutely perfect… Stunning indeed.. You have a wonderful blog..:)

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate 🙂 You have a an amazing blog too. Your blue cake is gorgeous and you Ram Ladoos so delicious. Have a great weekend.

  15. Neila says:

    The naan and the tajine look so yummy…Linda, do you think the naan can be cooked on normal frying pan? I don’t have an iron one…may be I have to buy one…:)

    1. Thank you Neila 🙂 The naan is very good, I can only imagine your spicy tchaktchouka with this bread, un régal. About the pan you can use a normal one but it is much better to have a cast iron skillet, they are on sale at Lulu.

  16. Mr Fitz says:

    great looking mutton

    1. Thank you, Mr Fitz 🙂 Very tender and spicy.

  17. I agree, Linda, beautiful naan – just what I need for my lamb tagine with black garlic. I love the combination although mine was a lucky accident (just finished posting it but my naan was bought). Never made naan myself, great project. N.

    1. Thank you Nicole 🙂 This naan is easy to prepare and really tasty, next time I will add nigella seeds/black seeds to perfume the naan. Do let me know if you try the recipe. You can see Shailja recipe, a lot of pictures of the procedure.

  18. I love the idea of naan and tagine together. Your nann looks so professional – it makes my mouth water…

    1. Thank you very much 🙂 It is a very nice combination. Have a great weekend.

  19. Total deliciousness at work here Linda! What a fabulous meal to sit down and eat – your family is truly so lucky to sit at the table each evening and enjoy your wonderful cooking!

    1. Thank you so much, Margot for your kind and sweet words 🙂 Have a wonderful week.

  20. I can imagine how wonderfully tender and buttery your lamb tagine. I absolutely love a stew such as this with chickpeas and harissa.

    1. Thank you Seana 🙂 The combination is delicious and spicy. The chickpeas soaked overnight have better taste than the canned chickpeas.

  21. andy says:

    whoa !! the naan looks soft and fluffy !! 🙂

    1. Oh yes, Andy 🙂 Really good a very nice experience.

  22. That’s awesome Linda! I do love naan bread (and my hubby more than me!).I missed Shailja recipe, so thanks a lot for have posted it! Just one question: do you think it will be possible make the naan with the electrical stove???

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Margherita 🙂 The naan is very tasty, even for breakfast with haloumi cheese and honey (un régal). I have no clue for your electric stove but if you have and outdoor one-piece gas stove cooker (for picnic) it’s an excellent idea. Small and easy to manipulate, in your kitchen Bonne nuit 🙂

  23. Thanks a lot Linda, I was wondering to make it when I will in Italy for my Christmas vacation (we all have gas stove)… I know that my mum would love this kind of bread!

    1. You’re very welcome, Margherita 🙂 I hope your mum and you will enjoy this bread!

  24. breadbarnone says:

    I’m just catching up on some of your back catalogue 😉 all looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much for you nice comment, that means a lot coming from you. Have a nice day! 🙂

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