After lots of requests, here’s the recipe for my gluten free naan bread! This Vegan Gluten free Naan Bread recipe is also gumfree,nutfree and soyfree. Jump to Recipe
I got requests after my veganized Naan post, for a GF Naan. and I got obsessed with trying to figure out how yeast breads work gluten free ! I started baking breads back in early 2009 and it took me about one whole year to figure out gluten.. ha! and now I had to figure out what to do without all the gluten that makes the bread so airy, soft and in general bread as I know it!
For the regular Vegan-ized, but with gluten Naan – 4 ways(Plain, Avocado, Garlic and Stuffed with Cauliflower, see here.
Naan take 2.
I was initially going to make this post a story of how I got here with several other breads, but this is already going to be a picture heavy post… so another post will be dedicated to the gf sandwich loafs, tarts and buns.
Most of these were very edible, The tart and buns were consumed, the blueberry loaf was gone, the bob’s chickpea loaf and the sorghum loaf were a tad bit dry, so they were not going to be eaten without some intervention. I made crackers out them.. Made bread crumbs and then added a binding flour, water and spices and voila.. crackers! and they were gone in a day.Naan Take 1 with a little Sorghum. Its a teeny one, hence well shaped.
If you have heard of glutenfree steamed Indian cakes like Idli (Rice and Lentil steamed cakes) and Khaman/Dhokla(Chickpea flour savory cakes), you will know why I thought of steaming the bread. The steamed cakes are very moist and soft.
And I used oats and potato starch as major ingredients, because I kinda know what to expect in terms of taste and texture with them. Please make sure to use glutenfree oats.
I need a glutenfree sampler person who knows these new tastes, to give me feedback about if the final product is supposed to be the way it is. I mean to accept that this is how a gluten less bread would feel, texture wise., or this is how sorghum tastes like! So, if you are close to Seattle downtown and would love to sample some gf goods, ping me!:) I promise I will pass on only the good stuff.
Vegan Gluten free Naan Bread
- 1/2 cup (40.5 g) finely ground gf Oats not quick oats
- 1/2 cup (80 g) Potato Starch
- 1 teaspoon active yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- 1 Tablespoon organic canola oil
- 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) warm water +1.5-2 Tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) cumin powder
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) carom or fennel or nigella seeds
- Top with nigella or sesame seeds
- In a bowl, add 1/4 cup warm water and yeast and let it sit until frothy. 10 minutes.
- In another bowl, whisk oats flour, potato starch, baking powder, seeds, salt, cumin powder, black pepper, very well.
- Add in the dry ingredients to the yeast mix. Add salt, agave and oil and mix well to combine. Add a tablespoon of water at a time to make a thick batter (not really flowy) .Spray top with water so the dough doesnt dry out.
- Cover with damp towel or plastic wrap with enough space to double, and Let sit in warm place for 1.5-2 hours or until doubled.
- The batter will turn doughy because Oats will absorb the extra moisture.
- Oil hands and pick the dough up and gather into 1 or 2 balls. You can make two, 6 inch flat breads, a bit less than 1/4 inch thick. I made one 8 inch 1/4 inch thick and a small dinner roll
- Pat the dough into desired shape on parchment. Use parchment size that will fit in your steamer and leave some space for the steam to circulate.
- Sprinkle some seeds on top and pat them in.
- Spritz top with water. Cover with towel and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour, until almost double.(Let is Rise well. (below, after 45 minutes of rising)
- Start up the steamer. Place parchment on steamer tray. Place steamer in container when water is boiling(steam is getting produced continuously).
- Cover and steam for 12-14 minutes.
- Carefully lift tray or parchment out. Lift up the flatbread and flip it and place on dry parchment, so the bottom doesnt get soggy. (below, parchment has been peeled off the bottom)
- You can leave it be at this point and serve after a minute. Or do a quick grill.
- Start up a pan on high heat. Place the flat bread with bottom on heated pan. Cook for half a minute. Flip and cook for another half a minute.
- Let bread cool for half a minute before serving. Serve hot with any favorite indian curries or lentil soups. or cut it up to use as pita or a side.
I had used 2 Tbsps sorghum flour and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch in the first batch. And the dough was similar.
If you want to try variations, keep atleast 40% Oats and 40% starch and add other flours of choice in the other 20%. Keep the batter moist and let it rise well.You can also use this newer flat bread recipe. shape into a long oval and bake.Naan take 2.. day 2 after refrigeration.. still soft and airy!
This bread is starchy and I will work on a less starchy, more flours and a sandwich loaf version. Till then.. Wish me luck in more successful adventures with gf breads!