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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kohlrabi Stuffed Kale and Fennel Naan with Home-garden Lemon Cucumber Raita

kohlrabi naan

The unassuming basic naan recipe lends itself well to boundless additions and variations.

Much like the Mint Fennel Garlic Naan, this recipe starts out with Fennel and Kale added to the dough; but, to take it a step further, sauteed and flavored kohlrabi is stashed into the dough when making the naan.

Instead of Kohlrabi, Daikon radish or Opo squash or Chayote squash can be used.

kohlrabi naan

Peel and grate the kohlrabi finely; heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and saute the grated kohlrabi with salt and turmeric powder till cooked and fairly dry. Since this will be enclosed and folded in the dough, it cannot be runny.

Fennel and Kale being handy in the backyard garden, I went with those. I needed to find ways to use them up. But, any other herbs and greens can be used instead.

kohlrabu kale stuffed naan indian flat bread

The naan dough is pretty much the same as Mint Fennel Garlic Naan, so, prepare as usual and let it rise. The only addition is grated sauteed flavored kohlrabi folded into the naan as it is rolled out for cooking.

kohlrabi kale fennel naan indian flatbread

My preferred method of making naan using gas stove:
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet to high heat
  2. Brush one side of the rolled out naan dough with water and place it water-side down on the hot skillet
  3. Allow bubbles to form on the top surface
  4. Transfer the part-cooked naan to a wire frame, flipped now so the uncooked side is down over the flame
  5. Hold the naan on the wire frame directly over the flame till cooked through, shifting and moving it to cover all its surface
  6. I prefer some mild charring as it adds character and flavor

Serve warm with vegetable curries,  chutney, and raita.

Here I serve it with a simple Indian chickpea curry called Cholay, and a yogurt-based raita made with home-garden lemon cucumbers.

lemon cucumber home garden

For the Lemon Cucumber Colorful Raita:
1 Lemon cucumber,grated
½ Green apples, diced
¼ Red onions, sliced thin
Orange and Yellow Mini Peppers, chopped finely
Green Spring Onions, chopped on a bias
Thai green chilies, slit and chopped on a bias
Cilantro for garnish
Greek Yogurt

lemon cucumber raita

  1. Cut the lemon cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp and grate finely
  2. Chop some mini orange and red peppers, red onions, green apples, spring onions, and Thai green chilies if preferred
  3. Combine the grated lemon cucumbers and all the finely chopped veggies, along with thick Greek yogurt and stir well; season to taste
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro

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