Oil-free Cheesy Avocado Naan flatbread with Garlic Kale and Roasted Acorn. Vegan recipe

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Naan! Naan flat bread is the bread of choice served at most restaurants, I think I now know why. We eat unleavened Roti/Chapati most days with Indian food. I do whip up a quick Naan every now and then. The usual Naan is made with refined flour, yogurt and butter. I have a popular Naan post with all you need to know about a vegan version using non dairy yogurt(soy, cashew or coconut milk yogurt), different ways to cook and so on. The post has different types of Naan bread - Plain Naan, garlic Naan, Naan stuffed with  Cauliflower, Kale and carrots, and Avocado Naan! The avocado Naan got lost in all the different varieties so it definitely needed a post dedicated to it. 

Yes, if you dont have non-dairy yogurt on hand. no fear. Use mashed avocado!
This version is refined Oil-free. It also has some basil, nutritional yeast, chopped up chili and onion flakes. It is one addictive flatbread in itself.  You can make this without the spices and herbs too. See the original Naan post for plain avocado naan.

Oil-free Avocado Naan

I topped one (because I ate the other with vegan butter) with some roasted Acorn and garlicky Kale. The pictures are from a few weeks back, hence the roasted Acorn. you can use sweet potato or other roasted veggies. I roasted the Acorn squash whole. Washed it, made a few knife punctures and roasted at 330 degrees F until tender. Then cooled it, halved and removed the seeds, chopped and kept for later. 

You can make smaller pita sized flatbread and load it with Falafels, veggies and tahini, serve it up with some hummus, or go the regular route and serve it with Indian curries.

The Naan bread can be topped with pesto, stuffed with tofu and spinach sauteed in garam masala(Paneer Naan), or with a Samosa potato mixture(Aloo Naan), or coconut flakes, pistachios and sultanas(Peshawari Naan) And so much more.



For a Glutenfree Naan bread see here.
For other breads, flatbreads, sandwich loafs see here.

If you do try any Naan variation, do let me know :)

In other news, lots more vegan cheese hitting the market.
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Steps:
Proof the yeast in warm water and sugar until frothy.
Add flours, onion flakes, salt, mashed avocado.



Knead into a soft dough. 



Let sit until doubled. Add chopped basil, chili, nutritional yeast, other additions if using.



Knead fro a minute. 



Divide into 2 and roll out. Press seeds on top.



Spray water on the bottom and place on hot skillet. 



Cover and cook for 1-1.5 minutes.



Flip and cook for another minute. 
Serve hot. 



Or make a Naanizza(Pizza) with sauteed greens, roasted veggies and more. 



Oil-free Cheesy Avocado Naan flat bread.
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, nut, refined oil
Makes 2-3 flatbreads

Ingredients:
1/4 cup warm water
1.5 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon sugar or maple (or bread flour if using stevia. Add equivalent stevia later with dry ingredients)

1/2 cup bread flour
1/4 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons mashed avocado(about half a regular sized Avocado)

Add later:
1/4 cup chopped basil
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 green chili finely chopped (optional)
Seeds for topping: Sesame(Til), Nigella(Kalonji) or Carom(Ajwain)

Variations: Add other chopped up greens(spinach, baby kale) or herbs(cilantro).
Add a Tablespoon or evoo or vegan butter.
Add chopped up roasted mini peppers.

Method:
In a bowl, add warm water, yeast and sugar and mix well.
Let sit 10 minutes or until frothy.
Add all the dry ingredients and avocado and mix.
Knead into a soft dough(3-4 minutes).
Spray water on top, cover with towel and let sit for 1.5 hours or until doubled. Use a bowl with enough space for the dough to double without touching the towel on top.
Add chopped basil, chopped green chili, nutritional yeast and 1-2 Tablespoons wheat flour and knead for a minute to combine well.
Divide dough into 2 parts (for 2 large 10 inch Naans or 3 parts for smaller) and roll into oval shape or shape with your hands by pressing it outwards. Use flour if needed. The hand shaped Naans puff up better. 
Use any large pan/skillet which can withstand high heat. Heat it on medium high heat until hot.
Pat some nigella, sesame or carom seeds on top and spritz the bottom with a little water.
Place the naan with bottom on the pan.
Cover and let cook on medium high till it starts to puff.
Flip after 1-1.5 minutes, and cook for half a minute( for pita style)
If you like a charred Naan, then instead of flipping to cook the other side, hold the uncooked side of Naan over the flame with tongs for a few seconds to cook and char some spots.
Serve hot, topped with vegan butter or olive oil with any Indian curryDaal lentil stews, vegetable Subzis, salad and pickle.

For baking the Naan see the method in my original post here. Need more reasons to make Avocado Naan. See Kristy's baked Avocado Naan post using my original recipe here. :)

Garlicky Kale

Spicy Garlicky Kale:
In a medium pan, heat a teaspoon of oil or a Tablespoon of vegetable broth, add 3-4 cloves of garlic and saute until garlic is golden.
Add washed chopped Kale(2-3 cups), 1/4 teaspoon salt, piri piri or other chili powder to taste and mix well. Add a Tablespoon vegetable broth or water.
Cover and cook until Kale is tender. 
Serve topped with sesame seeds and piri piri or lemon juice.



This Naan is being shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.Allergy Free Wednesdays, Ricki's Wellness Weekend


Vegan Avocado Naan - Indian Flatbread

To make things even more easier.. here is a video made by the sweet people at India base making my original Avocado Naan recipe. They are a small business with vegan curry sauces available in Canada. The video makes the whole process look easier:)
Please ignore the butter and chicken curry references at the end. Those are easily substituted by vegan butter and vegan indian curries. Quite a few already veganized here. That is Not me in the video. :)



29 comments:

  1. loved the pics of the naan. on my to do list. even hubbs liked it... however he says, it should be called pizza naan :-) looks fab.

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    1. Thanks Dassana! I need to make a proper pizza dough with the avocado in it!:)

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  4. Aw yes, that is calling to me! Avocados make anything better in my mind, but I'd never thought that naan could be improved with it too! I bet I could eat that just on its own!

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    1. Yes you can.. its a soft delicious bread. i can eat any freshly baked bread as is:)

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  5. how delicious! i wish i had tried naan before going gf. it looks like it has the perfect texture. i love the idea of adding avocado to the base and then topping it like a pizza!

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    1. The avocado adds the healthy fat and the extra creamy moisture like from the yogurt. You can try the glutenfree Naan that has been tried by quite a few people who swear by it:)

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    2. oh, i don't remember that you made gf naan! do you have to steam it, because i don't have a steamer..

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    3. oh yes, its the steamed one. :) you can whip up a steamer if you have a small stand that fits in any deep pan with a lid..or even a overturned cake pan will do. place the naan with parchment on the overturned cake pan.

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  6. I miss naan so dearly! It seems like it would be a snap to veganize, but it's impossible to find in stores or restaurants. I never, ever thought to use avocado to take out the yogurt though. That would make it even better than the original, if that's even possible.

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    1. Luckly we get Vegan Naans at a few restaurants in Seattle now.. so cool right! it is easy to veganize with a non dairy yogurt. works out perfectly. this avocado one works equally well too. it just looks green-ish :)

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  7. Oh my gosh you look gorgeous in the videos, Richa!!! I love naan flatbread and the garlic kale sounds so delicious! Thanks for making vegan Indian cuisine amazing!

    Guess what? I am nominating you for the Liebster Award because you are a fantastic vegan blogger and one of my favorite reads!

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    Warmly,

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    www.veganmiam.com
    ★ i travel + i eat vegan blog ★

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    1. Thank you so much Rika! Thats such an honor:) xx

      oh and that is one of the founders of India base in the video:).

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  9. Last year when I made your avocado naan, I finished it off on the outdoor grill. Now that it's finally warm enough to grill, I need to do that again! Perhaps grilled pizza is in order!

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  10. Healthy naan,luks so perfect and tempting...

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  11. Naan is one of my absolute favorite breads - add to that a creamy avocado - yes, please!

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  12. I love the idea of using mashed avocado in place of soygurt- brilliant! he color and seeds are awfully pretty too :)

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  13. You know how much I love your avocado naan! I can't wait to make it again as a base for a pizza! Yum!

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  14. I remember seeing Kristy posting your avocado naan a while back and I thought I HAVE TO MAKE THAT! I didn't have an avocado in the house so I promptly forgot. Best remedy that situation!

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  15. Naan is one of my absolute favorite breads - add to that a creamy avocado - yes, please!

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  16. This avocado naan bread looks so good, and not even that hard to make. I will defenitely try to make it sometime!

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  17. just made these! yum yum! i will definitely be making them again :)

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  18. Adding avocado sounds like a great idea! What a great way to impart layers of flavor. Definitely making a rendition of this soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. I didn't have avocado on hand so I used canned pumpkin, it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it with avocado now.
    -Sherry

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  20. Could this recipe work using a gluten free flour?

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    1. see this one for gf naan http://www.veganricha.com/2012/01/glutenfree-naan-flat-bread-vegan.html

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  21. the one thing missing from my folder... a vegan naan! and with avocado??? am i dreaming? thanks Richa! i tell you, your stuff is the best : )

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