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Gluten-free Naan Bread Recipe

Sara Vaughn
This homemade gluten-free naan bread is light, fluffy. It is beyond incredibly easy to make with just a few simple, everyday ingredients. It pairs perfectly with curries, dal, or with your favorite dips!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¾ Cups 1:1 Gluten-free Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum Omit if your blend has it.
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ Cup Arrowroot Starch
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar or Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • ¼ Cup Plain Yogurt Use a dairy-free alternative if desired.
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • Olive Oil for frying You can use another type of oil if you prefer.

Instructions
 

Bloom the yeast.

  • Combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl and gently mix until combined.
    1 Tablespoon Yeast, 1 Cup Warm Water, 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • Set the bowl aside for about 10-15 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom.

Mix the dry ingredients.

  • Combine the 1:1 flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, (xanthan gum if needed), and salt in a separate bowl and whisk it together.
    2 ¾ Cups 1:1 Gluten-free Flour, ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder, ¼ Cup Arrowroot Starch, ½ Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

Combine the wet ingredients.

  • Mix the yogurt into the yeast mixture.
    ¼ Cup Plain Yogurt

Make the dough.

  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and knead until a pliable dough is formed.
  • Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.

Shape the naan dough.

  • Separate the naan dough into equal portions.
  • Gently flatten the dough into desired shapes.

Cook the naan dough.

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat.
    Olive Oil for frying
  • Place a piece of the flattened naan dough into the hot oil. Let the naan cook for about 45 seconds before flipping and repeating on the other side. You are looking for a little char on the outside of the bread. The bread will puff and air bubbles might form, this is nornmal.
  • Brush the cooked naan with butter if desired before setting it aside on a plate under a kitchen towel to keep the naan bread warm until serving.
  • Repeat cooking the pieces of naan bread until all pieces are done.

Notes

Can you make naan dairy-free?
This naan recipe is already gluten-free. You can switch out the yogurt for a dairy-free alternative to make it dairy-free naan. Instead of brushing the finished naan with butter, you can brush it with ghee or even a bit more olive oil if you prefer.
What is the best skillet to cook naan in?
I find the best results for cooking naan bread are in cast iron. If you don't have cast iron or don't want to use it, you will still get beautiful results in another skillet.
Can you make naan ahead of time?
Naan bread dough can be made up to 2-3 days before you plan on cooking it. Just punch down the dough to release gases and then wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the fridge until you are ready to shape and cook the naan bread.
Can you freeze naan bread?
Cooked naan be wrapped and frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat the frozen naan, place the naan still frozen on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 5 to 6 minutes, and it's warmed through.
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