This spinach-and-potato-smothered Indian flatbread is worth the work involved in creating it, and definitely qualifies as a full meal.
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1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup water, room temperature
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup full-fat plain yogurt
Cooking oil, for the bowl
1 stick melted unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon coriander
1 pound fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup yogurt
3 cups of diced Yukon gold potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the Naan
In glass measuring cup, combine the yeast, sugar, and water and let sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime, mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in large bowl.
Step 2 Make the Naan
Whisk together the yeast mixture, yogurt, and milk and stir into the dry ingredients. Knead with your hands until the dough forms a smooth, soft ball, about 2 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave at room temperature until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Step 3 Make the Spinach
Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, and coriander in butter over moderately low heat for 5 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and cook, stirring often, for five minutes, until the spinach has wilted and moisture has evaporated. Stir in the yogurt and let cool for five minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Step 4 Make the Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 400º. Toss the potatoes with oil, season with salt and pepper, and place in one layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, until tender and slightly brown. Set aside.
Step 5 Make the Potatoes
Remove the dough from the bowl and turn onto a well-floured surface. Knead briefly and divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll into 1/4 inch thick ovals, approximately 6 inches wide.
Step 6 Make the Potatoes
Heat a cast-iron skillet over moderately high heat, and preheat the broiler. Brush the dough with melted butter and place in the skillet. Cook for about one minute, until the dough puffs up. Flip the bread, cover the pan, and cook for one more minute. Remove from the pan and brush both sides with butter and sprinkle with salt. Spread each piece of naan with layer of spinach puree and sprinkle with the roasted potatoes. Broil in the oven for 2 minutes, until edges of the naan turn golden brown.
You can make the spinach puree and roasted potatoes up to one day ahead. Allow to cool completely and refrigerate in air-tight containers.
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