Super easy vegan naan bread. The perfect accompaniment to a delicious curry or just as is! Soft, fluffy and wonderfully flavorful!
I am honestly thrilled about this vegan naan recipe because it is sooo easy.
We love a good curry and when you have a good curry, well, a delicious naan bread is the perfect companion.
And when it’s this easy to make it yourself, there’s really no reason not to.
That being said, it’s not super quick to make these, but it is super easy.
How to make vegan naan
It’s 5 easy ingredients that you mix up in a bowl, knead a bit (not long at all) and then leave to rise for 30 minutes.
Then you divide the dough up into 8 pieces, roll each one out until it’s nice and thin and then fry it in a very hot pan with a teeny tiny bit of oil.
It only takes 2-3 minutes for the vegan naan breads to brown nicely on both sides, so the cooking part only takes around 20 minutes.
So all in all, you can have hot and delicious freshly made vegan naan breads within an hour (or a little over an hour) if you started right now!
I went with the easiest version of this recipe that I could, I didn’t want to add any bells and whistles because it’s not really necessary.
However, you can definitely fancy up these naan breads by adding crushed garlic or cilantro or even turn them into butter naans by brushing on some melted vegan butter and then adding a sprinkle of sea salt (yum!).
I hope you’ll love this vegan naan bread! It is:
- Super easy
- The perfect accompaniment to curry!
- Ideal for dipping
- Soft and fluffy
Serve them nice and warm! If you have leftovers, store them at room temperature where they will stay good for up to 2 days. They’re easy to reheat, you can microwave them or warm them in the oven until heated through.
More Vegan Indian Inspired Recipes!
- Vegan Butter Chicken
- Vegan Tikka Masala
- Vegan Korma
- Vegan Chickpea Curry
- Vegan Potato Curry
- Vegan Curry
- Add the flour, yeast and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together.
- Add the maple syrup to the warm water and mix in.
- Pour the warm water over the flour mix and stir in with a spoon. Flour your hands and a work surface and get in there with your hands, kneading the dough about 20 times so that it forms into a nice big ball. The dough will be quite soft.
- Place the ball of dough into an oiled dish and turn it over a couple of times so that the dough is lightly coated in the oil, then cover the bowl with a cloth and leave to rise on the countertop for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes bring out the ball of dough and place onto a parchment lined board. Alternatively use a floured baking mat. Cut the dough into 8 roughly even sized pieces.
- Heat up a non-stick frying pan with a tiny bit of olive oil - it really must be a very small amount, like a half a teaspoon.
- Roll out the first naan into roughly an oval sort of shape and place into the hot frying pan. Allow to cook until nicely browned on each side (if the pan is hot enough, it should only be 2-3 minutes before it's perfectly done both sides).
- Repeat for the rest of the naan breads.
- Add more oil as needed if your pan starts to look too dry, but use only a small amount at a time.
- If you would like to make garlic naan, then once you've rolled out your naan bread, dip your finger in water and lightly dab the water onto the surface of the naan bread, add crushed garlic and press it in, it will stick because of the dampness of the dough from the water. Then fry it as usual.
- If you want to make a butter naan, then melt some vegan butter and brush it onto the naan bread during cooking or just after it's finished cooking. A sprinkle of sea salt on top of the vegan butter is also delicious to add.
- The reason for only using a tiny bit of olive oil when frying is so that your naan doesn't end up oily, as it tends to soak up the oil. However if you like them like that then go ahead and use more.
- Prep time includes time spent rising.