Easy to make at home, vegan naan bread bakes up pillowy soft and delicious! Perfect for soaking up soups & stews, and as a base for mini pizzas and wraps.
Mix dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, yeast, sugar and salt, mix to combine.
Mix wet ingredients: In a medium bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, combine the 3/4 cup warm water (between 105 and 115ºF.) with the yogurt and oil.
Combine dry & wet: Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Dough will be rough & shaggy looking and tacky to the touch.
Quick knead: Knead the dough by pulling the dough ball onto itself about 5 times, and form a ball. Doesn’t have to be a tight ball.
Cover and let rise: Tightly cover bowl with saran wrap and let rest in a warm area away from drafts for about 60 – 90 minutes. The warmer the area, the faster the dough will rise. Once dough has risen it will have doubled in size.
Turn dough out: Fill a small bowl with flour and lightly sprinkle a flat surface with flour. Turn dough onto the flat surface and sprinkle with flour. Dough will be tacky.
Shape dough: Dust fingers with flour and shape the dough into a rectangle, it doesn’t have to be a perfect shape.
Cut dough: Cut the dough into 6 pieces, making them as even as possible (again it doesn’t have to be perfect).
Roll & flatten: When ready to bake, roll a piece into a ball. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into an oval shape (about 9 x 4 inches), flatting to about 1/8 inch thick. Add more flour as needed to your work area and fingers.
Heat skillet and bake: Get the skillet nice and hot by heating over medium-high heat. Place dough onto the skillet surface. When bubbles start to appear (above left), flip the naan and cook the other side.
Garnish: Once done brush with olive oil or melted vegan butter and enjoy!
Store: Leftover naan can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days on the counter. To keep longer, freeze for up to 2 months.
If using active dry yeast instead of rapid rise:
Yogurt substitute: You can use vegan mayo or vegan buttermilk in place of yogurt. I’ve tried both replacements with perfect results.
Dough didn’t rise: If dough doesn’t rise, let it rest a little longer until it does. There could be few reasons for this. Yeast is expired, not warm enough spot, or maybe the one of the ingredients was cool and the yeast didn’t activate right away. This happened on my last batch, but ultimately the dough rose after about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Keywords: vegan naan, naan bread, Indian flatbread