If you love Indian food, you've probably enjoyed the fluffy and delicious naan bread that accompanies many of the dishes. But did you know that you can make this bread at home, and even better, make it vegan? That's right, with just a few simple ingredients, you can create homemade vegan naan that's sure to impress your family and friends.
This simple recipe used pantry ingredients to create the ideal addition to any meal, but especially for dipping into your favorite curry.
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For the full ingredients list with measurements, check out the printable recipe at the bottom of the post.
- Bread flour
- Soy milk
- Apple cider vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- Dry yeast
To make homemade naan, begin by whisking the vinegar and soy milk together in a small bowl. Set this aside for about 5 minutes, to curdle.
Create a well in a bowl of flour and pour in the curdled milk. Add dry yeast, salt, and vegetable oil. Knead until the dough combines. Shape it into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic, and let it double in size for 1 hour.
Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces, rolling each into a ball. Flatten the dough to create flatbreads.
Heat a dry skillet until very hot. Cook each flatbread until bubbles form on one side, then flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
Serve the naan as is or enhance it with a brush of melted vegan butter, chili flakes, and cilantro.
Sometimes you don't like a certain ingredient or you do not have it on hand. Here are a few ideas to use as easy substitute ideas.
- You can use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour if you don't have it on hand. However, keep in mind that bread flour has a higher protein content, which helps give naan its signature chewy texture.
- Soy milk can be replaced with any other non-dairy milk of your choice, such as almond, oat, or coconut milk.
- Apple cider vinegar can be replaced with white vinegar or lemon juice.
- Vegetable oil can be replaced with any other neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed oil.
- If you're trying to reduce your sodium intake, you can use a smaller amount of salt or replace it with a salt substitute.
To vary the flavor of your homemade vegan naan, below are a few ideas to consider.
- Try adding herbs and spices such as cumin, coriander, garlic powder, ginger powder, or paprika.
- Another idea is to use chickpea flour instead of white flour for a gluten-free version. This will give your naan an even more unique flavor and texture.
- You can also top your naan with vegan cheese before baking or brush it with melted vegan butter once it's finished cooking.
- Additionally, you can serve your vegan naan with different accompaniments such as chutneys or pickles.
Homemade vegan naan can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 1 month.
When ready to eat, simply thaw the frozen naan and reheat it in a skillet over medium-low heat until warm.
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One key to success when making homemade vegan naan is to make sure that the dough has enough oil and moisture.
If it's too dry, the naan won't puff properly or have its signature chewy texture. So if your dough seems a bit dry, add a teaspoon of extra oil (or non-dairy milk) and mix it into the dough until it's just barely moist. This will help ensure the best results.
This has to do with a higher protein content. While it still has carbohydrates, fast, and calories, the added protein makes it better or most diets.
No. While they may seem similar and contain many of the same ingredients, a pita bread rises specifically to create an interior pocket where naan is thicker and solid while remaining fluffy.
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The Best Homemade Vegan Naan
- Combine vinegar and milk in a small bowl, whisking until curdled. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.1 ⅓ cup soy milk, 3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Create a well in a bowl of flour and pour in the curdled milk. Add dry yeast, salt, and vegetable oil. Knead until the dough comes together. Shape it into a ball, cover it with plastic, and let it double in size for 1 hour.2 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 ½ cup bread flour, 2 ¼ teaspoon dry yeast, 1 teaspoon salt
- Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces, shaping each into a ball. Roll out the dough to form flatbreads.
- Heat a dry skillet until very hot. Cook each flatbread until it bubbles on one side, then flip and cook for 30 seconds more.
- Serve as is or enhance with melted butter, chili flakes, and cilantro
- Make a double batch of naan and freeze half of it to have on hand to serve at a later date.
- Chop garlic and onions to mix into the dough for added flavor while the naan cooks.
- Brush the top with vegan butter and herbs as soon as it is done cooking.
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- Always sanitize countertops, cutting boards, utensils, and cookware thoroughly between each use.
- Wash your hands in warm soapy water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. Remember, "FROG" means friction rubs off germs.
- After serving food, allow it to cool, then place it into the refrigerator or proper storage immediately. Food should be at room temperature for no more than 2 hours for safety.