There are several types of indian flat breads.. some leavened like Naan, some unleavened like Roti/Chapati or stuffed unleavened like Parathas. The default bread of choice is Roti and Parathas. There are very few days when I make Naan at home. It is just what we grew up eating.. more unleavened breads(roti, paratha) at home and Naan outside in restaurants. The naans in Indian restaurants though are very likely to be non vegan. I’ve posted naan bread long before on the blog, using yogurt and butter/ghee and it was time to veganize it!
Also, check out my post about glutenfree steamed Naan flat bread.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 4+ cups bread flour or unbleached white flour
- 1.5 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup organic canola, safflower or coconut oil
- 3/4 cup plain non dairy yogurt, unsweetened or lightly sweetened, at room temperature . Or 3/4 cup well mashed Avocado
- 1 to 2 Tbsp canola or coconut oil for cooking
- Nigella seeds for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, pour warm water and stir in the sugar. Sprinkle yeast on the water and let sit for 10 minutes or until frothy.
- In another bowl, combine, the flour with salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add 3.5 cups of the flour mixture, 3 Tbsp oil and 3/4 cup yogurt to the yeast bowl. Mix well to combine. Add more flour a few Tablespoons at a time to make a soft smooth dough. Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Place the dough in the bowl. Drizzle a Tbsp of oil on the dough. Roll the dough to coat in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or heavy kitchen towel and let sit to rise for 1.5 hours or until it doubles.
- Punch the dough down and use a Tbsp or more flour if needed to work for half a minute. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll the dough balls lightly in flour and place on parchment. Cover with towel or another parchment and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Take each piece of dough, and roll/shape into 8 to 9 inch oval shape. roll and handle lightly to keep the dough airy. Dust lightly with flour to help with the rolling.
- Spritz the top of the Naan with water. Sprinkle Nigella seeds. Then brush or spray oil.
- Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven and let heat for half an hour.
- Place as many breads as the stone can accommodate.
- Bake 2-3 minutes till the breads puffs and top gets golden. Broil for half a minute to crisp/char.
- Use any cast iron girdle/skillet/grill pan, which can withstand high heat. Heat it on medium high until heated evenly.
- Place the naan with bottom on the pan.
- Cover with a lid and let cook on medium high till it starts to puff. 2 to 3 minutes
- Flip and cook for another minute.
- To get charred Naan, hold the Naan directly over the gas flame with tongs for a few seconds to cook and char some spots.
- Serve hot, topped with vegan butter or canola oil, with any Indian curry, Daal and veggies. To store for a short time, wrap in a clean kitchen towel. To store for longer, cool completely and place in an airtight bag. Keep on the counter for upto 2 days and in the refrigerator for upto 7 days.
- Spritz water on the rolled Naan. Press 2 tsp of finely chopped garlic and a Tbsp chopped cilantro on the top along with the nigella seeds. Spray oil on the garlic. Cook according to instructions.
Allergy Information: Dairy, egg, corn free recipe. Can be made soy and nut free.