Easy Vegan Naan

I love naan! It’s the first thing I think about when I know I’m getting indian food. It’s the Indian equivalent to Mexican chips. Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines mainly of Western Asia, South Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Caribbean. And if you have a pizza oven you’ll love this recipe!

When you may look at the directions, you may think that it’s not very easy, but trust me, as a girl who is nothing close to being a baker, even I can do it. There are several essential things to note, however. The first is to pay attention to the kind of yeast you’re using. If using active dry yeast and instant (or rapid-rise) yeast, you can use them interchangeably in recipes, but active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in water before using, while you can mix instant yeast right into the dough. Also, instant yeast doesn’t have to be proofed first. 

“Proofed” means sitting in a warm, happy place, allowing the dough to rise. Instant yeast may also be marketed and sold as rapid- or quick-rise yeast. Enzymes and other additives are included to make the dough rise faster. With this yeast, you can skip the dough’s first rise and shape the loaves right after kneading. “Active” describes any dry yeast that needs to be activated before use, hence the warm water. You can use either. I used the active dry because it’s what I have on hand. 

The other thing to note is the pan you use. You can use a regular cast iron pan, or if you’re like me, and make your tortillas, you will want to use a comal. The comal is a Mexican style grill or griddle, and unlike a regular cast iron pan, it is thin. It heats up efficiently and retains the heat, making it a favorable tool for recipes that require high, stable heat. Hence, the perfect pan for naan!


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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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Baked Aloo Gobi with Potatoes

Baked Aloo Gobi with Potatoes

A few years ago, I taught a vegan Indian food class, and it sold out within a few days. Everyone loved the rich, spicy flavors of India, and this dish will not disappoint! You can make it quickly, and it perfect for these cold winter days!

Aloo Gobi is a simple dish made from cauliflower and potatoes originating in the North Indian Punjab region. (“Aloo” is Urdu for potato, while “gobi” means cauliflower).  There are generally two kinds of Aloo Gobi, one made with onions and tomatoes, and one without.   I love both, but this one is my favorite.

I loved using Asafetida in this dish because it makes Indian food taste, well, Indian! You can find it in most Indian or international grocery stores for around $4.00. When used properly, a pinch of asafetida supercharges every other spice in the pan, like salt but in a funkier way (and without any sodium).

This is a quick and easy weeknight meal that can easily be re-heated for lunch the next day! Although it is a stand alone dish, I love it served over curried lentils! I like to serve this dish with my easy garlic Naan, cilantro, and vegan yogurt!


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Baked Aloo Gobi with Potatoes

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

Easy and delicious, this Aloo Gobi makes a perfect weeknight meal!  


Ingredients

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  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¾ teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • Pinch of asafetida (optional, but recommended)
  • Pinch of cayenne (adjust according to preference)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning finished dish
  • 12 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Unsweetened vegan yogurt

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons (or a solid glug) of oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and fry until golden brown and beginning to pop. Reduce to medium heat and stir in onion. Cook until lightly browned. 
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the garam masala, coriander, chili powder, fenugreek leaves, turmeric, and cayenne, and asafetida, and stir to combine.
  3. Add potatoes and cauliflower to pan, and toss to coat.
  4. Spread mixture in a large stoneware or 3” ceramic baking dish.
  5. Bake at 400° F (204 C) for 20 mins, then cover with parchment and bake for another 15 mins or until tender. Taste and adjust salt and spices accordingly. Garnish with fresh cilantro, lime juice, and unsweetened vegan yogurt. 
  6. Serve over lentils or rice. 

Notes

*Be sure to dice your vegetables evenly, so they cook evenly. 

Aloo Gobi with Chana

Aloo Gobi with Chana

After Mexican food, Thai food, and Indian food vie for second as my most favorite food.   A few weeks ago my husband ordered a Veg Manchurian from our favorite Indian restaurant. It was delicious, but it was waaaaay too SPICY.  I got the hiccups and couldn’t feel my tongue after 7 bites.   Maybe it’s just my western palate, but I would have enjoyed it so much more if it lost some of its heat.   So I decided to dive headfirst into Indian cooking!   The ingredients sound complex, but it really is ALL about the spices.  After perusing many a dozen recipes (both North and South Indian) I realized that most of the spices in this recipe are universally Indian/Middle Eastern, and by adding them to my pantry, I opened up a whole new world (or at least a dozen countries worth) of food!

Aloo Gobi is a simple dish made from cauliflower and potatoes.  There are generally two kinds of Aloo Gobi, one made with onions and tomatoes, and one without.   I love both, but this one is my favorite…mostly because I envisioned eating it over creamy coconut curried lentils!  I added chickpeas or “chana” to bump the protein and it was delicious!

Baked Aloo Gobi with Chana

•2 medium russet potatoes, cut into 1” cubes

•1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into small florets

•1 14 oz. can chickpeas (chana) 

•2 Tbsp Olive Oil 

•2 tsp. ground cumin 

•2 tsp. ground turmeric

•1 tsp. ground coriander

•¾ tsp garam masala

•¾ tsp dried fenugreek leaves

•¾ tsp amchur (dry mango powder)

•1 Tbsp. minced ginger

•1 Tbsp. minced garlic

•Pinch of asafetida (optional, but really great)

•Pinch of cayenne (adjust according to preference)

•1 tsp. (or more) kosher salt

•1 Tbsp. (or more) fresh lime juice

•½ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

1. Chop the cauliflower into small florets and put in large bowl.

2. Chop the potatoes into 1” cubes and add to the bowl.  Add drained, rinsed chickpeas.

3. Mix spices until well combined.   Remove Add spices to the vegetable mix; toss to coat.

4. Add olive oil, minced ginger, and garlic, to the bowl and toss well. 

5. Let the vegetable mix sit for a minute or two.

6.Spread mixture in a large stoneware or 3” ceramic baking dish. 

7. Bake at 400° F (204 C) for 20 mins, then cover with parchment and bake for another 15 mins or until tender. Taste and adjust salt and spices accordingly. Garnish with fresh cilantro, a dash of turmeric, and lime juice. And serve hot with any Indian bread.

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