Oh the sweet smell of freshly baked, warm bread. I take so much pleasure from eating warm bread, especially buns and small flatbread. The sensation of breaking a bread apart and eating it with nothing but a little bit of olive oil, salt and cilantro is wonderful. To me there are very few things that are so simple, yet delightful. If you think I am over-exaggerating then you most likely never had a home made oven baked vegan naan bread.
Now before you think it is too much work let me tell you this vegan naan bread is very easily made and all you need is a little bit of time and patience – except for the ingredients that is.. don’t forget those.
There is just one thing I like to emphasize. When you mix the dough it will be very sticky. I wouldn’t recommend sticking your hand into it but I did it just for the sake of showing how it should look like. Fight the urge to add more flour and just cover it with a damp cloth or cling film once it is mixed and let it rest in a warm place in the house.
Once it doubled in size you tip it onto a board or straight onto the kitchen counter. Just make sure to dust it very, very generously with flour. Otherwise it will stick to the surface like glue. I fold the edges towards the center until it stops being too sticky and punch it down a few times.
Unlike pizza you won’t be able to throw the vegan naan bread dough up in the air and swirl it around to get a flat dough. It is simply too soft for that. Let’s just say I had bit of a wasteful morning cleaning up after trying said tossing technique.
There are many ways of eating these. You can serve them alongside curries, stews or have them with some home made hummus or other dips. I can highly recommend a sundried tomato hummus or a nice chickpea salad.