A little over a year ago I picked up some Indian food to go for my husband while I was caring for my father. As I took the naan out of the bag I wanted to cry, I wanted some so bad! To say the least, I was jealous. Creating a soft gluten free naan seemed hopeless. After promising everyone yesterday that I would experiment with a recipe I just had to give it a go. My husband (who eats gluten) and I loved the first batch I created. Yeah! I can have my own gluten free naan! The only regret was that I only made half of a batch. You can make this in a cast iron skillet, as I did, or check out the two techniques of an Indian chef in the video below (making a gluten version). I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is usually baked in an 800°F oven, but a heavy skillet will do very nicely. If you are allergic to yeast, see my Gluten-Free Yeast-Free Naan Recipe.
A soft, pliable gluten free naan ready to pair with any buttery Indian dish or eat plain.
- 1/2 cup water, heated to 110°F
- 1 Tablespoon honey, (or agave syrup) (or sugar)
- 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar + enough milk to make 1/2 cup) (rice milk for dairy-free/vegan)
- 3/4 cup white rice flour
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons potato starch (or try tapioca starch*) + more for dusting
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (or potato starch*, if using tapioca starch above)
- 2 teaspoons guar gum (or xanthan gum)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon gluten free baking powder (for browning and texture)
- 1/4 cup cooking oil (I used EVOO extra light in flavor)
- 2 large eggs, beaten (skip for vegan diets or use a Gluten Free Egg Substitute
- Unsalted butter (or Earth Balance spread), for buttering tops of naan
- If using milk and vinegar mix and set aside for 15 minutes until thick. If it doesn't reach the consistency of butter milk, use less than 1/2 cup.
- Add warm water to a medium sized bowl; add sugar or honey; stir to dissolve; add yeast; stir; and set aside until frothy, about 5 minutes. If it does not bubble start over with fresh yeast.
- In a separate, large bowl, add remaining dry ingredients; whisk thoroughly.
- Add buttermilk, oil, and beaten eggs, to yeast mixture; whisk well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients; using a rubber spatula, stir until it reaches a soft dough the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes; allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- Scatter 2 tablespoons potato starch to a clean, flat surface; scoop 1/3 cup at a time of dough; add to floured surface; knead with dusted hands; shape into a disk as wide as your spatula. Add additional potato starch, as needed.
- Using a wide, thin spatula, transfer to preheated cast iron skillet.
- Using your fingers or a pastry roller, immediately flatten and distribute dough in pan working from the center, moving outwards (too fragile to roll out and then transfer). Be careful not to burn your forearm on the pan.
- Fry on each side for approximately 2 1/2 minutes; coat tops of fully cooked naan with salted butter.
- Repeat with remaining dough adding additional potato starch as needed for kneading.
- Serve warm; when eating plain, fold with buttered side inside. (Picture below is gluten free naan cooked on medium-high heat for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, removed from burner on occasion.)
If you have a gas stove and wish to cook it on top of the fire, a grease splash guard may work to hold the dough. You know, those wire-mesh screens.
If you like a dryer naan, cut the buttermilk back as much as half.
Visit Carla’s Gluten Free Online Store.
In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, 50% of all proceeds are donated to their Center for Celiac Research and Treatment.