Naan (Gluten Free)
Make Gluten free Naan at home with this easy recipe using Gluten free flour. Naan will be fluffy, soft and delicious just like one served in Indian restaurants (won't believe these are gluten free)
These soft and garlicky naans are gluten free and perfect for a gluten free curry and naan dinner. With this recipe, Naan comes out SO good that you will not believe it is gluten free. I'm sharing my tried and tested recipe including tips for which gluten free flour to use and how to cook naan gluten free yet soft and delicious just like regular naan served in restaurants.
This Naan recipe is also yeast free. (Can be dairy free when served without butter).
Gluten Free Naan
With this Naan recipe, I'm so glad to have fulfilled one more recipe request. I received so many GF Naan requests in emails, on Facebook, Recipe Request page. It took me sometime to find the right kind of gluten free flour and ingredients that will make Gluten Free naan taste just like a regular naan.
I can 100% certify that this gluten free naan tastes just as good as my Yeasted Garlic Naan recipe. My husband loved my gluten free naans which is a big A+ for me. He even sneaked in kitchen and ate a second naan. lol!
Friends, this Gluten Free naan recipe is my family approved, have been tested multiple times. You will love the flavor!
Served with: Today, I served Naan with Chickpea Curry from blog (Vegan and Gluten Free).
What Do You Need To Make Gluten Free Naan?
For this Gluten Free Naan recipe, I used pre-mixed Organic All Purpose Gluten Free flour from the Arrowhead Mills. I wanted to make sure ingredients for Naan are easily available in-store and online. As per my research, you can find the listed flour in most of the grocery stores in US. Otherwise, flour is also available at Amazon.
Here are all of the ingredients to make Naan (Gluten Free):
- Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (Pre-Mixed Rice Flour)
- Baking Powder
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Black Pepper
The most important ingredient to make Naan gluten free is gluten free flour. I used many brands of flours to finally rest my case to use pre-mixed GF All Purpose Rice Flour. Pre-mixed means flour comes pre-mixed with binding ingredients. As you know, GF flour can be otherwise hard to bind/roll. By using pre-mix, I don't have worry about buying or measuring binding agent.
Due to good binding, Naans are easy to roll, do not break apart.
Follows the brand name of GF flours that I have used.
- Arrowhead Mill's Organic All Purpose Flour (Gluten Free). I used it for this naan recipe. It substitutes 1 to 1 for any all purpose flour. It is made with organic rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, millet flour, and xanthan gum.
- Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour. You can also use this flour. It is made with garbanzo flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, Sorghum flour, and fava bean flour. I did not use this flour yet. But per my experience, it should work perfectly for naan. For best results, add 1 tsp Xanthan Gum per cup of flour.
Here is link to my Gluten Free pantry collection - GF flour on Amazon (affiliate links)
If you can't find suggested brand of gluten free flour. Use any other brand of gluten free flour with premixed binding agent. Most common binding agents are: Potato starch, Tapioca Flour, Xanthan Gum. For best results, add 1 tsp Xanthan Gum per cup of flour.
To make the dough, start by mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately. Then mix together and add water until dough comes together. Dough should be soft, should have no dry flour streaks but not at all sticky. I use 3-4 tablespoon water in total for 2 cups of flour.
Tip: Don't be tempted to add more water. Sticky dough can get tricky to roll.
Rolling Gluten Free Naan Bread
Due to moisture and oil in dough, this recipe's dough can be rolled without flour. But if you have never rolled a flat bread before then I recommend dusting the flour board with thin layer of gluten free flour before start rolling.
To make even size naans, transfer dough to work board. Form an even log, then cut the log into even size 8 pieces. This ensures even looking naan when rolled.
If using tortilla press to roll naans, then use two layers of parchment paper, dust with gluten free flour. Place a piece of naan dough. Press firmly to flatten it. If it does not flatten fully. Take it out on work board and roll slightly to flatten to 1/8 inch thickness.
Note: Don't worry about getting the perfect round or oval shape. Only even thickness is important as to ensure even cooking of the naan.
Cooking Gluten Free Naan
For best results, cook gluten free naan on dry skillet (flat bottom or a pancake cooking sheet). Once skillet is hot, place a rolled naan on the hot skillet one at a time. Wait until surface shows tiny bubbles (naan bread rises).
Flip and cook other side until brown spots appear all over on the naan bread.
Tip: For restaurant style, charred texture, after cooking second side briefly on the flat top, use tong to move naan to the direct stove flame. Cook until slightly charred.
Keep cooked naans warm by placing in tortilla warmer or wrapping in clean kitchen towel.
Naan Dough can be made up-to 2 days ahead. To store, cover dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate in a Ziploc bag (or in a container with lid.) Gluten Free Naan are best when cooked and served fresh.
I hope you will like this Gluten Free Naan as much as we did.
Can't wait to hear more of your recipe requests. If you want a recipe, send me a recipe request here.
Happy Cooking! -Savita x
Serve Naan with Curry or Stew:
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- 1. Make Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients and stir with fork to mix well. Add all wet ingredients with 2 tablespoons of the water. Mix with wooden or silicon spoon until dough comes together. Add 1-2 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together. Use hands to knead the dough for 30 seconds until dough is soft and has no dry streaks.
- 2. Rest Dough and Prepare Garlic Butter: Cover dough in plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 20 minutes. In a microwave safe bowl, add butter, and garlic. Microwave for 10 seconds at time until butter just melts. Set aside.
- 3. Divide Naan Dough: Dust a work board with thin layer of gluten free flour. Make a log of rested dough. Divide into 6-7 equal sizes pieces.
- 4. Roll Naan: Using a rolling pin or a tortilla maker, roll each dough pieces, on flour dusted board, to a 6-7 inch round or oval naan. Repeat for all pieces of dough. Set aside on a plate. See Note 3.
- 5. Cook Naan: Heat a flat bottom skillet or a pancake cooking sheet. When skillet is hot. Place naan on hot skillet on at a time. Wait until surface bubbles. (about 1 minute)
- 6. Cook Naan: Flip and cook other side of naan until brown spots appear all over on the naan bread and bread mostly puffs. For even better texture, after cooking second side briefly on flat top, use tong to move naan to direct stove flame. Use a tong to flip a few times until charred marks appear. Repeat Steps 5-7 to cook all naans.
- 7. Butter Naans and Serve: Apply melted butter and garlic mixture immediately on the hot cooked naan. Keep stacking cooked naans in a plate lined with large clean kitchen towel. Fold towel onto naan stack to keep them warm. Or use a tortilla warmer. Serve hot and enjoy!
- Dough will be soft, will have no dry flour streaks but not at all sticky. I use 3-4 tablespoon water in total for 2 cups of flour. Don't be tempted to add more water. Sticky dough is not easy to roll.
- Roll and Cook Time Varies: If you have not rolled flat bread before? Rolling Naan might take you longer than suggested time. But it is not difficult and time will improve as you repeat rolling naans.
- Don't worry about getting the perfect round or oval shape. Only even thickness is important as to ensure even cooking on the stove top.
- 2 cup gluten free flour yields, 7 inch long and 4-5 inch wide, oval shaped, 6-7 naans.
- Gluten Free Flour: This Gluten Free Naan uses pre-made Gluten Free flour from Arrowhead Mills All Purpose Flour (picture in post above recipe card). I wanted to make sure ingredients for Naan are easily available in-store and online. As per my research, you can find the listed flour in most of the grocery stores in US. Otherwise, flour is also available at Amazon.
Here is link to my Gluten Free pantry collection - GF flour on Amazon (affiliate links)
- If you can't find suggested brand of flour, use your favorite GF flour. If it does not have biding agent pre-mixed, then add 1 tsp of Xanthan gum per cup of flour.
- Baking Powder: Instead of all baking powder, you can also use 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder.
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