Soft Gluten Free Naan (Indian Flatbread)

Soft Gluten Free Naan (Indian Flatbread)

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! Putting it mildly, he said it was jealous. Creating a soft gluten free naan seemed hopeless at the time. 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 give it a go on a preheated pizza stone in an oven as hot as you can get it. The traditional temperature is 800°F. Therefore, 500 to 600°F would be great. If you are allergic to yeast, see my Gluten-Free Yeast-Free Naan Recipe.

UPDATE – August 22, 2014 – I made these on Channel 24 NBC Fresno.

Making Gluten Free Naan on KSEE24 - Fresno NBC

Find my latest video below with instructions on how to make this gluten free naan, thinly rolled so you can use them for tortillas.

Look for this recipe any many others in my upcoming cookbook, Carla’s Best Gluten Free Recipes. Hopefully to be published in lated 2015.

Watch the Video!

Soft Gluten Free Naan – Gluten Free Indian Flatbread

Rating: 51

Yield: Makes 7 gluten free naan.

Soft Gluten Free Naan – Gluten Free Indian Flatbread

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 and/or 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) (omit for tortillas)
  • 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


  1. Combine warm water, honey, and yeast in a medium-size bowl; and set aside until frothy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate, large bowl, add rice flour, starch, gum, salt and baking powder (omit baking powder when making thin tortillas); whisk thoroughly, and set aside.
  3. Add buttermilk, oil, and beaten eggs, to yeast mixture; and whisk well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, stir until it reaches a soft dough, the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes. Allow the batter to rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Add up to 1/3 cup of the dough and pat out to a thin patty, using starch-dusted hands. Add additional potato starch, as needed.
  6. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium heat, preferably a cast in pan.
  7. Transfer the patty to the skillet using the plastic wrap. Avoid touching the plastic wrap on the skillet. Fry for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes on each side and until patches of golden color show up.
  8. If desired, using a stick of butter, coat each side and set aside.


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.

Gluten Free Naan - Indian Flat Bread


  1. Reply Simmy

    I only have potato flour, Doves gluten free self raising flour and Doves gluten free plain white flour available to me.

    Can I substitute the following 3 flours mixes in the recipe with what I have some how?

    – 3/4 cup white and/or 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)

    Thanks in advance for any help/tips :-)

    • Reply Gluten Free Recipes

      Hi Simmy,

      Because I have not tried this recipe with those flours, I have no idea if it will work. I do not recommend using potato flour at all, though. Try your plain flour. If it contains xanthan or guar gum already, omit it in this recipe. Use your flour mix to replace the rice flour, cornstarch and potato starch.

      Please let me know how it works out for you.


  2. Reply Michelle

    WOW! These were delicious. I just scooped the batter into my cast iron pan then spread it out with a spoon. Worked great.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Reply Gluten Free Recipes

    Facebook Comment – April 8, 2015,

    “I have made it and was pleased. I kept the extra in a zip bag in the fridge, reheating a piece in the toaster or later as it was a little older I heated between 2 paper plates and it was soft and pliable to eat with some yellow lentil curry. I know they say some gluten free bread does not store well but I did not find that to happen with this bread.”


  4. Reply Shari Reinders

    I followed the written recipe, but found the dough to be too wet. I then watched the video, and discovered the liquids were twice as much as the video. Which one is correct? I used the batter, the taste was good, but I had to put the batter on the griddle and spread it with my fingers. Thanks for any advice. I made your soft wraps, and loved them!

  5. Reply gabriella

    this recipe works! it’s easy to make and tastes really good. made it completely vegan. we had it tonight with roasted red pepper and walnut dip.

  6. Reply BreadWinner

    I cook Naan on a gas stove in a stainless steel pan and I never have any issues. They come out perfect and delicious so don’t think you can’t use a regular stainless steel pan with these.

  7. Reply kiss the cook

    My son got the diagnosis of a possible celiac disease a couple of days ago, so I’m now in the process of frantically searching the net for substitutes for his favorite food.
    I found your fantastic blog and it already contains a lot of ideas I needed. This naan and the self-made teriyaki sauce (yeah!) are just the beginning.
    A heartfelt thank you from far away Germany. We will browse your recipes and try out many of them, I’m sure.
    Merry Christmas.

  8. Reply Anna Kuehl

    These are flippin fantastic!!!! will make again and again!!
    in fact I made them yesterday and im gonna make them today. :)

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