Qubani Naan

September 20, 2018mayurisjikoni



What is Mega Blogging Marathon?

Well, its a group of bloggers who get together to post a dish for 26 days according to the chosen theme. For more details check out the initiator Srivalli’s page here. For this theme we had a choice of 3:

1. A-Z Indian Flatbreads that are not made using batter e.g. like rotis

2. A-Z Indian Flatbreads using batters e.g. dosa

3. A-Z International Flatbreads.

I decided to opt for option number 1. India has such a huge variety of flatbreads to offer that are made on the stove top, in the tandoor, in the oven, under the grill or fried. Its going to be a challenge to look for flatbreads beginning with all the letters of the alphabet as for this group cannot use batter based flatbreads. However, am up for this challenge.

A very early morning flight to Nairobi and then from there to Mumbai… I’m exhausted. However, its good to be in Mumbai…with that blast of hot air as you come out of the plane and that typical “India” smell. I wish the Mumbai airport could have the queue system to catch taxis especially when the wifi is not strong enough for one to book and Ola or Uber. Taxi guys want to haggle with the fare which can be very annoying. I prefer the system they have in Bangalore where one queues up for the airport taxis and they too have to queue up. So systematic and basically one cannot refuse to take you to your destination. However, really excited to be in India. It feels weird that we’ve arrived and are not able to greet my mother in law. We’re giving her a surprise for her 85th birthday…all meeting up in Goa. According to her its only her daughter and son in law going to Goa for some R&R.

It’s day 17 and Q has been quite a different letter to find an Indian Flatbread. I could have opted to make quinoa roti which is a healthy option to normal wheat rotis. However, I wanted something a bit traditional and not a modern recipe. It was when I was searching for the Hyderabadi Halwe ki puri that I remembered Qubani ka meetha. And that’s when the idea struck that I can use up the few dried apricots I had in the fridge to make a sweetish naan recipe. Q for Qubani Naan turned out pretty exotic, with saffron, apricot, cardamom flavors and the crunch from the poppy seeds.

The naan was served with a a moong dal shorba. The slight chilli and sour taste of the shorba coupled with the sweetish naan was a delightful meal. This naan is similar to the Peshawari Naan which is filled with a mixture of dry fruits, nuts and coconut. Here I chose to use only chopped apricots or Qubani as they are called in Urdu. Sweet naans are very much a part of the Mughlai cuisine.

qubani naan 1

qubani naan 4

qubani naan 2

qubani naan 3


Makes 4

For the naan dough:

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp instant dried active yeast

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp oil

½ cup plain yogurt, room temperature

½ – ⅔ cup warm water

For the qubani /apricot  filling:

10 – 12 dried qubani/apricots

¼ cup hot water

For the topping:

2 tbsp milk

2 tbsp poppy seeds

a few strands of saffron

Preparation of the dough:

  1. Mix flour, baking powder,salt, cardamom powder and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add the yeast and mix well.
  3. Add the yogurt and mix the flour.
  4. Add water as required to form a soft dough.
  5. Dust the work top with little flour and knead the dough till it becomes smooth and silky. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
  6. Add the oil and knead it gently.
  7. Shape the dough into a ball.
  8. Grease the bowl and dough with some oil.
  9. Put the dough in the bowl and cover it.
  10. Let it ferment till the dough is double the size.
  11. Gently punch down the dough and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  12. In the meantime prepare the filling.


Preparation the qubani/apricot filling:

  1. Soak the qubani or apricots in the hot water for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the water and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  3. Chop the qubani into small pieces and keep it on the side till required.


Preparation of naan dough:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Punch down the dough.Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each part into a ball.
  3. Divide the filling into 4 parts.
  4. Dust the rolling board or worktop with little flour.
  5. Take one ball of the dough and roll it out to a 3 inch circle.
  6. Add one part of the filling in the middle of the circle.
  7. Gather up the edges of the rolled dough to the centre, pinch it well to seal and press gently to flatten.
  8. Dust the rolling board or worktop again with little flour and roll the stuffed naan into an oval shape  of  3-4 inches in diameter and about  4-5 inches in long.
  9. Place the rolled naan on a greased baking tray.
  10. Repeat steps 3 to 7 with the remaining dough and filling.
  11. Brush the naans with little milk.
  12. Sprinkle poppy seeds and saffron strands over the naan.
  13. Bake in the hot oven for 10-15 minutes until they puff up and become light golden in colour.



  • You can roll the naans into a round shape if you like.
  • You can cook the naan on the tawa too. I prefer to bake them for even cooking.
  • Add other dry fruits like raisins, cranberries, etc, nuts and dried coconut as a filling to make Peshawari Naans.
  • Enjoy these sweet naans with a curry of your choice or with some hot masala tea or coffee as a snack.
  • I used instant dried yeast. If you use normal dried active yeast then you will have to add the yeast to warm milk with a bit of sugar it to allow it to ferment. Cover the mixture and let it ferment for 10 minutes till it becomes frothy.
  • You can smear some butter or ghee on top of the baked naan before serving.


A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962


You may want to check out what flatbreads I’ve made so far for this event:

A for Akki Roti

B for Bhakri

C for Chousela

D for Dalpuri

E for Ekadashi Thalipeeth

F for Fungawela Mag na Paratha/Sprouted Bean Parathas

G for Gulachi Poli

H for Hyderabadi Halwe ki puri

I for Indori Masala Roti

J for Juar Jo Dhodho

K for Kulcha

L for Luchi

M for Makki Roti

N for Nagori Puri

O for Onion and Carrot Ragi Roti

P for Padvari Rotli


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  • Sowmya:)

    September 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Apricot in naan must be pure bliss! And your pictures make it all the more tempting Mayuri!! Fabulous pick!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much Sowmya.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Amazing Mayuri, not even in my dream i would have thought of adding apricots in naan, would love to give a try to this qubani naan very soon. My hubby like naans very much, hope this qubani naan will definitely surprise him and surely tickle his tastebuds.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Priya..I’d always wanted to try the recipe for the sweetish naan and apricots and letter Q gave me the opportunity.

  • vaishalisabnani

    September 23, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Omg ! This qubani naan is such a innovative naan and I am drooling over it . Beautifully made naan and with apricots it must have tasted heavenly .
    Mayuri , have a fun trip in Goa , and do let us know the reaction of your mil on her surprise party .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much Vaishali, I loved the sweetish naan and will be making them more often. My MIL got the shock of her life to see us all in Goa.. she still keeps on telling everyone how we nearly gave her a heart attack.

  • harini

    September 23, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    OMG! the apricots peeking out of the naan sounds very tempting. Very creative pick Q for Qubani.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Harini.

  • gayathriraani

    September 27, 2018 at 5:15 am

    We get a sweet Kashmiri naan here. That is the only time I have tasted sweet naan and I really liked it. Your version sounds so much richer than that and it looks fabulous Mayuri. Welcome to India. Have fun.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thank you so much Gayathri.. I love the sweet naan but with tea rather than with a curry.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    October 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    The bread sounds fantastic! and love how lovely it looks…nice to read about your surprise party..looking forward to read more about the party..:0)

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    October 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Qubani naan looks delicious, never heard of it. Something new and different to try for sure. And yes in Mumbai you have the prepay taxi option which is more systematic .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 12, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you Renu, the idea came about because I’d always wanted to try out peshwari naan.

  • Padmajha PJ

    October 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Hope you all had a good time in Goa and birthday [belated] wishes to your mom in law Mayuri. The naan looks really nice!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much Padmajha. Yes we all had a wonderful time in Goa and will pass on your wishes to her.

  • Preeti

    October 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Love the addition of apricot in bread… Gives really fantastic natural sweetness.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Preeti and it does.

  • Annapurnaz

    October 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Oh My! Naan sounds real yum with apricots. I’m holding myself from drooling over it 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much Ritu.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    The naan studded with the apricots is just so amazing. My husband is a big lover of sweet naan and he would be so happy if I made this for him.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 22, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya, go on make it for him and make him happy 🙂

  • code2cook

    October 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    so cute. love this idea of making qubani naan. it is looking very tempting from the clicks, surely eating would have been awesome. Loved this idea of adding apricots.

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