Spelt Naan Recipe a Quick and Easy Bread - My Natural Family (2024)

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This is the best quick and easy spelt naan recipe and it's yeast-free too. It takes about one-third less time to make without the yeast.

I love this Clean eating naan bread recipe so much. It is a family favorite for sure. We have been trying to eat out less often and one of our favorite places to eat is our local Indian food restaurant. It is a new discovery for us. I didn't think the children would be as favorable as they are to curry and other dishes. We love making it at home now and this recipe is great to go with it to complete the meal.

I really could not believe how easy this einkorn naan recipe was to make. I decided to try making a version without yeast and was not expecting it to work well with all of the whole grain flours I was using. Wrong! It was amazing.

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This version takes probably a third of the time to make as opposed to a version with yeast in it. Plus it had the softest texture and a great taste.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you can't find Ghee (clarified butter is the same thing) then for the skillet part you may use an oil like avocado and then for eating use regular butter, olive oil, etc.
  • You could totally use this as a type of pizza dough if you would like.
  • I haven't tried the recipe myself with other types of flours or different combinations of flours but it should more or less work. The texture will just be a bit different and you will probably need a different amount of water and/or yogurt. You would just need to always mix until you have a dough that is not sticky but not overly dry.
  • These freeze great. Either put parchment paper between each one and put in a freezer gallon bag and take one at a time out or put them in a big pile and they will freeze together. To unthaw, put the entire bag on the counter, open the bag a little so they don't get soggy and let unthaw for an hour or so.
  • My daughter loves to use these like a tortilla to make sandwiches with. Give it a try!

We have several recipes on our site you might enjoy eating along with this clean eating naan recipe. Including ourIndian Saag Recipe, Simple Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe, orChicken Tikka Masala Recipe.

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Quick and Easy Einkorn and Spelt Naan Recipe

★★★★★5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Rebecca Baron
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: Clean Eating
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Description

I love how fast this Clean Eating naan bread comes together since they don't have yeast. They are really easy too.

Ingredients

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  • 1 Cup Einkorn Flour *
  • ½ Cup Light Spelt Flour *
  • ½ Cup Oat Flour *
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Real Salt *
  • ¾ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbl Water (more or less, as needed)
  • 2 Tbl Chopped Cilantro
  • 3 Tbl Ghee * (clarified butter, melted)
  • Water, (for brushing)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Real Salt

Instructions

  1. Sift together the einkorn flour, spelt flour, oat flour, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Place the yogurt and oil in the well and work into the flour with your fingers. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a dough forms that is not sticky, but not overly dry, either.
  2. Dust your work surface with a little einkorn flour and knead your dough for 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a towel. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. When the dough is done resting, divide it into 8 equal pieces. Keep pieces covered as you work so that they do not dry out.
  4. Heat a frying pan or cast iron skillet to medium high. Keep a lid next to it.
  5. Roll a piece of dough gently with a rolling pin into a round about ¼" thick, sprinkling with a little chopped cilantro halfway through rolling. Dough does not need to be in a perfect circle.
  6. Brush the bottom of the dough with a little water. Brushing the water in the center of the dough, but not on the edges will help it bubble more. Place the dough, wet side down, in the middle of the hot pan and cover with the lid immediately. Cook for 30-35 seconds (dough should bubble a little in the middle, but if it doesn't, that's fine too). Remove the lid and drizzle 1 t. of ghee top of the dough and flip over. Cook for another 30 seconds and remove from the pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough.
  8. Brush with more ghee, if desired and sprinkle with a little garlic powder and salt. Serve immediately.

Keywords: Clean, Easy, Yeast-Free

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  1. Rebecca

    I'm amazed at the amount of comments without actually cooking it first, I was hoping to find someone who used a successful replacement for the spelt, I think I'll try more einkorn and then let everyone know here, thanks for the recipe,can't feedback is appreciated!

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  2. Aine McAteer

    Yummy!

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  3. Lena

    This looks excellent. If I don't have spelt flour on hand, can I substitute with more einkorn or oat flour? Does it matter whether it's whole grain or all-purpose einkorn? For the oat flour, I just take rolled oats and grind in my Vitamix.

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    • Rebecca

      I've only used one kind of einkorn flour. I buy it from Jovial. It must be all-purpose, cause it's basically white. Anyway, I've only done the recipe as written, but for lots of recipes I use straight einkorn. It's my favorite Clean flour by far. I would think it would work great. You'll just have to use a little more than the spelt flour since it soaks up more liquid.

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  4. Maryjane

    I would love to try the naan bread. There is only one thing. The Einkorn Flour and the spelt flour are not gluten free to change them are they considered heavy weight flours? Or do you any suggestions for what gluten free flour to use? they look amazing.

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    • Rebecca

      Hum. I've tried gluten-free flour in quite a few recipes, but not this one and I'm not sure if they are heavy weight flours. I do know that I always need a little more spelt than normal flour and quite a bit more einkorn flour than normal flour. Cause they absorb more water. Not sure if that has anything to do with light or heavy flour, but I would guess with a gluten-free flour blend it's made to absorb flour the same as normal flour, so you probably wouldn't need as much. Boy, I really don't feel like this comment is helpful. Sorry.

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  5. Karren Haller ♥

    I have used naan bread for personal pizzas and there great, not to mention just to heat and eat with a splash of butter or humus.

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  6. Zan

    Never had Naan bread before but it sure looks delish!

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  7. Linda@MixedKreations

    I've never heard of Naan bread let alone tried it, but it looks amazing. Will have to try it.

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  8. Karly

    This looks so wonderful!

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  9. Erika

    Naan bread is so good!

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  10. Ashleigh

    These look amazing!! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Pinned!

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  11. jessica knott (Swanky Recipes)

    This naan looks amazing. I've been searching for a clean eating bread recipe and this is one I will def try!

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    • Rebecca

      Please let me know how it turns out!

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  12. Travel Animal Doctor

    Wow, that looks really good. I have always been a fan of Naan bread. I will have to try this recipe soon.

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  13. Elizabeth

    I must admit that I have only had nan once or twice, but it is delicious. Love your recipe.

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  14. Ohmydish

    Great stuff! Clean eating is the best, haha! Keep up the good work 🙂

    Reply

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Spelt Naan Recipe a Quick and Easy Bread - My Natural Family (2024)

FAQs

Is naan a lean or rich dough? ›

Enriching the Dough

While pizza dough is lean—that is, it's made of just flour, yeast, salt, and water—naan dough is an enriched dough—that is, it's got dairy in it. This affects its texture in a number of key ways.

Can you eat naan bread alone? ›

Perfect on its own – buttery, fluffy, with a hint of smokiness – consider serving it by itself on its own plate as a complementary side to other dishes, as a warm-up to the main course, or tear it up into a few pieces for dips, soups and more.

What is special about naan bread? ›

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread native to India. It resembles pita bread but unlike pita, it has yogurt, milk, sometimes eggs or butter which makes it softer than the pita bread. Our bakers shape it into a ball and slap it on the walls of our tandoor (clay oven).

Why is naan not soft? ›

Knead the dough properly: Kneading the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic is crucial to achieve a soft and fluffy naan. Over-kneading can make the dough tough, so be careful.

Is naan healthy or unhealthy? ›

While it may contain more carbs and sugars, it earns its reputation as a healthy alternative with its relatively generous amounts of protein and fiber. Despite its high carb content, naan can be considered a more nutrient-dense alternative to white bread and pita.

Can diabetics eat naan bread? ›

This yummy naan packed with diabetic-friendly methi, garlic and soya is perfect to add in your diabetes diet. Soya methi garlic naan comes with the goodness of three diabetic-friendly foods.

Which Indian bread is healthiest? ›

From health perspective, flat breads made of whole wheat flour (roti/paratha/chapati/phulka) are better than the ones made with all-purpose flour (naan & kulcha).

Is naan better than rice for you? ›

naan is calorically dense due to the refined flour. 100 grams of naan contains 310 calories, compared to 100 grams of steamed brown rice, which contains 125 calories. naan contains no fiber compared to the rice, which leads to an imbalance of gut bacteria, constipation, and a potentially increased risk of bowel cancer.

What do Indian people eat with naan bread? ›

Anything that is creamy goes perfectly while with it. Examples would be daal makhani, paneer based curries. Any Indian curry that is on sweeter side goes perfect with naan.

Why is naan unhealthy? ›

Skip: Naan

And like those fluffy spuds, this soft flatbread has little nutritional value. Most naan recipes call for Greek yogurt to give it that airy texture. But that's more than offset by less healthy ingredients like white flour, sugar, and oil.

What does naan mean in English? ›

: a round flat leavened bread especially of the Indian subcontinent.

Why does naan need yogurt? ›

Salt could be optional if you are having naan with a curry. (Cause curry usually has salt and the bread might not need it). Variations like milk or yogurt is used instead of water to make dough soft and fluffy. This would change the texture and flavor of the bread.

Is yeast or baking powder better for naan? ›

It wasn't a bad taste, but it was noticeable. I also found the baking soda doughs burned more easily. The baking powder-yeast dough compared to the yeast-only dough were nearly identical — similar air bubbles in the pan, similar dough texture, similar flavor — so, in the end, I stuck with yeast alone as a leaven.

What are the black bits in naan? ›

Its just the heat that creats the black spots after been cooked. Yeah, if its stale and you find those spots its a big no no. otherwise its only the heat that makes roti naan paratha etc indian bread look like black or brown or red spots on these edibles. Completely edible …

What food group is naan? ›

Grains (cereal) foods can be broken up into four main groups. The main sub-groups are: Breads - Wholemeal, wholegrain, white, rye, pita, lavash, naan, focaccia, crispbreads, damper.

What category does naan come under? ›

If the differences slipped by you, we're here to help. Naan is a leavened bread (meaning it uses yeast), while roti is an unleavened bread (meaning it doesn't). The different ingredients give a far different texture: naan is soft and chewy, while roti is dense and thin.

What food category is naan? ›

50 g of Tandoori naan by INDIANLIFE contains 1.2 mg vitamin C as well as 1.80 mg of iron, 0.00 mg of calcium. Tandoori naan by INDIANLIFE belong to 'Breads & Buns' food category.

What type of bread is naan? ›

Naan bread is a type of flatbread traditionally baked in a Tandoor – a cylindrical oven made from clay. There is no doubt that Naan bread is one of the most popular flatbreads served with any south Asian dish or any type of delicious food for that matter.

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