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Easy Vegan Naan

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 1-2 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minute
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup warm water or vegan milk (not hot or it will kill the yeast)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast 
  • 1 teaspoon organic vegan cane sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup plain dairy-free yogurt or coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cilantro, minced

Instructions

  1. Measure warm water or milk, add yeast and sugar. Stir and set aside until foamy (about 10 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, add flour, salt, and baking powder to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Once the yeast mixture is foaming, add the vegan yogurt or cream and oil, and stir to combine. Add to dry ingredients. I used a wooden spoon to stir – the dough will be sticky.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface (I used my countertop) and knead just enough flour to the dough to form into a loose ball (about 2-3 minutes). Add a bit more flour if too sticky. Alternatively, you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook. 
  5. Place back in mixing bowl and rub with a bit of oil, turn to coat.
  6. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place for at least 2 hours (I put mine in the oven since my oven has a proof feature which sets the range to 100°.) You can also heat your oven to its lowest setting, turn off the heat, and put the bowl in the cooling oven. 
  7. Remove dough from bowl and turn onto a floured surface. Knead for 30 seconds (adding additional flour if sticky). Then divide into eight even pieces using a knife or pastry cutter. 
  8. Lightly knead each ball until it forms a loose ball and place it on parchment paper. Repeat until each piece of dough is formed into a ball. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Prep cilantro and/or other fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme.
  10. When the dough has rested, begin heating a cast-iron pan (I used a comal) over medium heat.
  11. Roll out into an oval or circle with a rolling pin. Carefully flip dough and pat with a bit of water to prevent sticking to the pan. Press the garlic and herbs/cilantro into the dough until it sticks. Then place the wet-side down on the hot pan.
  12. Cook until the edges of the dough look dry and it’s beginning to bubble. Then flip the dough with a spatula and cook until the underside is brown. 
  13. Repeat until all naan is cooked. 
  14. Brush each flatbread with vegan butter; top with sesame seeds, minced garlic, or fresh herbs.
  15. Serve immediately.
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