Gluten-Free Naan Bread {no yeast, no xanthan gum}

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This Gluten-Free Naan Bread is incredibly easy to make. You can whip the recipe up in the time it takes for your curry to cook. You can make it on the hob in a few minutes and you don’t need any yeast or xanthan gum. Simple and quick. You can be dipping your bread into your curry in no time.

Gluten-Free Naan Bread on wooden board with coriander

Curry nights are not the same without some naan bread to help scoop up the curry sauce and raita. It’s almost like an alternative form of cutlery.

I have been really missing naan bread recently with my homemade curries. I used to make it myself before I was gluten-free and it was always so easy to whip up. So I have no idea why it took me so long to create a gluten-free version. And you know what, this version is just as easy and just as delicious.

What is Naan Bread?

Naan, meaning bread in Persian, is a flatbread typically made on the walls of a clay tandoor oven. The exterior is crisp and the inside fluffy. The bread is usually used for scooping other food or can be stuffed with a filling.

Now, tandoor ovens are not that usual in domestic kitchens but we can easily make Naan Bread in a searingly hot pan on the hob instead.

Naan Bread is typically leavened but in this recipe we forgo yeast and the boring rising time and use baking powder instead. It does the job excellently.

This isn’t the only yeast-free bread recipe on this website. Have you tried this delicious Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread?

Gluten-Free Naan Bread on wooden board with coriander

Why is this Naan Bread recipe so brilliant?

  • It’s gluten-free and uses cassava flour and almond flour for the dough.

  • No yeast. No xanthan gum.
  • The recipe itself takes just 10 minutes to make, but do factor in the 30 minutes resting time.
  • Incredibly flavourful thanks to the almond flour, cassava flour and black onion seeds.
  • Made with yoghurt for deliciously soft texture and tang.
  • Easy to make dairy-free.

How do you make Gluten-Free Naan Bread?

  1. Whisk cassava flour, almond flour, baking powder, onion seeds and salt together.flour mix in a bowl for Gluten-Free Naan Bread recipe
  2. Add melted butter, yoghurt and a beaten egg.ingredients in a bowl for Gluten-Free Naan Bread recipe
  3. Bring together into a smooth dough ball, then rest for 30 minutes.dough for gluten-free naan bread
  4. Divide into 4, then roll each out into a teardrop shape.dough for gluten-free naan breadrolled-out dough for gluten-free naan bread
  5. Heat a pan then dry-fry the naan breads for 45 seconds on each side.
  6. Brush with melted butter then serve immediately.

Pro Tip

This dough is susceptible to cracking and tearing but I have great success rolling the dough out between two sheets of cling film. This means no extra flour and a nice smooth surface.

Do you need a curry recipe to go with this Naan Bread? Why not try this Turkey Peanut and Kale Curry.

Gluten-Free Naan Bread on wooden board with coriander

Can you make Naan Bread dairy-free?

Yes, you just need to swap the butter for melted coconut oil and the natural yoghurt for coconut yoghurt.

How long does Naan Bread keep for?

This naan bread is best eaten straightaway. Just as well it’s so quick and easy to make.

Can the Naan Bread dough be made in advance?

Yes it can. You can make it up to two days in advance and store it in the fridge in cling film. I recommend bringing it out of the fridge an hour or so before you want to start preparing your naan bread to soften a little.

How can you switch things up?

  1. Garlic Naan – Lightly sauté some crushed garlic in the melted butter.
  2. Peshwari Naan – Add 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut and diced dried apricot to the dough. You’ll need to add a little more yoghurt to the dough – about 10-15g.
  3. Naan Bread Pizza – Don’t include the onion seeds in the dough and you have a fine recipe for a pizza base.

If you make Gluten-Free Naan Bread then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own leftover creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Gluten-Free Naan Bread on wooden board with coriander

Really Easy Gluten-Free Naan Bread {no yeast, no xanthan gum}

This Gluten-Free Naan Bread is incredibly easy to make. You can whip the recipe up in the time it takes for your curry to cook. You can make it on the hob in a few minutes and you don’t need any yeast or xanthan gum. Simple and quick. You can be dipping your bread into your curry in no time.
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 316kcal

Ingredients

  • 100 g almond flour
  • 100 g cassava flour
  • 1 teaspoon black onion seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 30 g butter melted
  • 90 g natural yoghurt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander chopped finely

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flours, onion seeds, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the melted butter to the flour mix with the yoghurt and egg.
  • Bring the dough together with your hands and knead into a smooth ball.
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and leave for 30 minutes on the side in your kitchen.
  • Heat up a wide flat bottomed pan.
  • Divide the dough into 4 then roll each out into a teardrop shape. Roll the dough in between two sheets of cling film, shaping and patting to repair any tears.
  • Heat each naan in the hot dry pan for about 45 second - 1 minute on each side or until brown spots start to appear underneath.
  • Brush the naan breads with the rest of the melted butter and sprinkle with coriander. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • This recipe was developed using medium sized eggs.
  • You can make this recipe dairy-free by swapping the melted butter for coconut oil and the natural yoghurt for coconut yoghurt.
  • The 30 minute resting time is not essential but it does help the flours to settle together and create a more cohesive dough to roll out.
  • Since the dough is susceptible to cracking and tearing then best results are achieved rolling the dough out in between two sheet of cling film.
  • The naan breads don’t keep well and are best eaten straightaway.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3mg
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Comments

  1. I cant have nuts or seeds, is there a flour I could use instead of the almond flour? do you think bejan/chickpea flour would work in this recipe?

    • Hi Jane, almond flour and chickpea flour are both high protein flours so it would be a decent switch but I haven’t tried the recipe with chickpea flour so I can’t say for sure. Let me know how they turn out.

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