|Gluten free naan, persimmon chutney, radish and carrot curry, and curried chicken.|
The kids and I are watching a series called "Big Crazy Family Adventure", a documentary about a family who travels from Canada to a remote town in India without taking a single plane, stopping in many countries and having many adventures and exploring the sites along the way. In the episode we watched today, the family finally, finally reached India, and they were showing the food that the family was eating- naan bread, chicken, and veggies. Exactly as we were watching that and the boys were saying how yummy it looked, they said they were hungry and asked what I was making. I got inspired and said why not make similar to what they're having- Indian chicken, and gluten free vegan naan bread and veggies- the kids thought it was a terrific idea.
The thing about naan bread, a yeasty pan fried flatbread- in addition to typically being made with gluten, it usually is made with dairy, yogurt and butter- something I can't eat, so I said I'd try to make our naan without dairy or gluten.
Is it authentic? No. Real naan is much more fluffy.
Is it delicious? Absolutely! Does it replace naan in an Indian meal? Certainly.
My kids said the entire meal was absolutely delicious- they couldn't pick their favorite part, because they enjoyed every single bit of it.
If you aren't able to eat dairy or gluten, this naan recipe is the perfect one for you.
2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon date syrup or jaggery syrup or other sweetener
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups gluten free flour mix (homemade or store bought)
5-7 tablespoons warm water
Coconut oil as needed
1. Mix your yeast with your sweetener and 2/3 cup water.
2. Let sit a few minutes to proof.
3. Add the salt and the flour and add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you have a dough that is a little looser than regular bread dough, but not too much looser.
4. Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes.
5. Oil your hands and grab a fistful of dough. Flatten out the dough thinly with your hands onto a piece of oiled parchment paper, making sure not to tear it.
6. Transfer each flattened piece of dough onto a heated frying pan or similar. I used my cast iron griddle for this.
7. Cook on one side until starting to brown in spots, then flip over to the other side and cook there until the dough is fully cooked and it starts to get spots.
8. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
9. Serve with your favorite Indian side dishes, whether vegan or not.
Are you a fan of Indian food? What is your favorite Indian dish? Ever had naan? Ever made naan? Gluten and dairy naan or some vegan gluten free alternative?
Does this look like a recipe you'd try?