Cheese stuffed Naan – Add a touch of cheesy delight to your favorite flatbread with this delicious naan recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is to create these simple flatbreads stuffed with cheese and on tawa.
Naans are one of the most popular flatbreads in India. This recipe post is about one of the classic favorites in the naan category, which is the delicious Cheese Naan. Slathered with butter and served hot with a dal or a delicious sabzi.
About the Recipe
These naan bread remain soft for a very long time, so they travel well in a picnic basket or in a lunch box, or at tailgating events.
Serve Cheese Naan as a plain snack or with a side dish of any North Indian lentils or veggie curry. So, you can serve it with dal fry, dal tadka, paneer masala, mixed veg gravy, veg kadai, matar paneer, or veg kurma.
Since this Cheese Naan recipe also uses a good quantity of all-purpose flour (maida) and it is made at home, it is a little healthier than the ones available at restaurants and hotels too.
Ingredients for Cheese Stuffed Naan
- 4 cups all-purpose (plain flour)
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons melted butter or oil
- 1/2 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
- 2-3 cups water or add as needed
- 1 cup grated cheese (You can add cheese according to your taste)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted, to brush on the cooked naans
Instructions for Cheese stuffed naan
- To make the dough in a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, along with baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
- Mix very well with a spoon or spatula.
- Combine butter and curd with flour and mix well until the ingredients are well combined.
Then add ¾ cup water in parts. Using your hands, knead to form a sticky, smooth dough.
Add more water if needed while kneading dough.
- Finally, add a teaspoon of oil and knead into a smooth dough and shape it into a large dough ball.
- Cover the bowl and allow to leaven the dough for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, grate the cheese and keep it aside. You can use cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, or processed cheese.
- Once the naan dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough, knead for a minute, and divide into equal portions.
- Roll one portion into 3 to 4-inch diameter rounds. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of grated cheese at the center.
Bring the edges in the center and then join them. Press the joined edges back on the dough.
Now, begin to roll in a way that we get elongated, oval naans.
- Heat a cast iron skillet or a regular frying pan. Brush with oil.
- Evenly spread water on one side of the naan, now place this naan on the tawa, with the waterside facing down.
- Quickly sprinkle some chopped garlic, and press it down on the naan, in a way it gets embedded in the Naan. This is optional.
When you see some blisters and the naan begins to puff up, flip the tawa upside down, in a way that the tawa is up and the naan is in direct contact with the flame.
Keep moving the naan for even cooking. Flip again and put it on the flame when this second side is cooked.
Take them on a plate and brush warm naans with melted butter.
- Cheese Stuffed Naan is ready. Serve and enjoy.
Cheese Stuffed Naan Serving Suggestions
Serve hot Cheese stuffed Naan along with Spinach Mushroom Chickpea Curry Recipe or Tadkewali Masoor Dal Recipe, Pudina Pyaz Kachumber Salad Recipe – Mint & Onion Salad followed by a dessert of Mango Sago Kheer Recipe
You can serve them hot or stack them in a roti basket or casserole and then serve them later. Serve Cheese snacks as a snack or pair them with your Indian meals.
Tips and Variations
- You could make cheese naans with only whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour.
- You could even use any of your favorite cheese which melts on cooking.
- You can add your preferred herbs (fresh or dried) and ground spices.
- If you love paneer, then add grated paneer instead of cheese to make paneer naan bread.
- Naan can be thick or thin. Thicker naan will be fluffier but make sure you have very good heat source. Else it will remain uncooked.
You can reheat it in the microwave or cast iron skillet or nonstick pan. You can reheat it in a microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute till heated through.
If you are reheating on the pan, heat each side on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes till it becomes hot.