Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread

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Fall brings comfort food craving for soups and stews. Now it's the best time to fire up your slow cooker and make a batch of satisfying fragrant curry!

As a side I usually make plain or flavoured cauliflower rice or shirataki rice. What I've been missing on keto was good old naan bread dipped and soaked in deliciously creamy sauce.

This low-carb naan is just what I was looking for. It's not like the regular naan you are used to but it's a really good keto flatbread recipe to serve with your Indian inspired favourites. I've tried a few ways to make it, with or without eggs and with different low-carb flour mixes. This nut-free keto naan is the best one I've tried so far and I hope you like it too!

How To Make Keto Naan Bread

Use the right type of yeast. Make sure you use dried active yeast and NOT nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is often used by those who avoid dairy to mimic the flavour of Parmesan cheese. Compared to nutritional yeast, active yeast not only adds flavour but is also the driving force behind fermentation and it's the key ingredient that creates a well-risen bread.

Sweetener to activate the yeast. The one ingredient that is often listed in naan bread recipes is sugar. The good news is you don't have to worry about that in recipes with yeast. How does it work? The yeast metabolises sugar and turns it into carbon dioxide and alcohol to create air bubbles in the dough. Even if you use sugar or honey, it will be used up by the yeast and no carbs will be left. Apart from sugar, inulin-based sweeteners such as yacon syrup can also be used. I don't have any sugar at home so I used yacon syrup. Carbs and calories from yacon syrup are not included (Note: Yacon syrup is listed in this meal in our KetoDiet App but I only used 1/8 tsp to calculate the nutrition facts).

Water temperature plays a key role. Use water that is hand hot, about 40 °C/ 105 °F. Too hot and the temperature will kill the yeast, too cold and the fermentation won't start.

Ghee for flavour. This recipe works best with ghee or butter but you can even use olive oil or melted duck fat.

Psyllium powder for volume and texture. Psyllium powder is an essential ingredient in most keto bread recipes because it provides volume and improves the texture. I make my own psyllium powder from whole husks by placing them in a food processor or a coffee grinder. I don't like using store-bought psyllium powder because many brands that I've tried are too dense and don't work in keto bread recipes.

Topping to taste. You can use plain melted ghee or mix it with minced garlic if you prefer more flavour. I sprinkled the keto naan tops with sesame seeds, nigella seeds and fresh cilantro. If you are not a fan of cilantro you can use chopped parsley.

Can I Make Cook Keto Naan Bread in a Pan?

I baked the naans in the oven but you can fry them in batches on a pan greased with ghee. This way you will get that "blistery" naan effect. Just make sure the ghee is hot and there is enough of it or it will stick to the pan. Keep in mind that if you fry the flatbread on a pan, it will soak up a lot of fat — that is why I prefer oven baked naan. Don't get me wrong, I love ghee and butter but the extra fat combined with rich curry sauce may be too much as it would significantly increase your daily fat and calorie intake.

Can I Make Egg-Free Keto Naan Bread?

Yes, you can! To do that, swap the egg for 1/4 cup (60 ml) of full-fat yogurt or sour cream instead. Just keep in mind the egg-free naan won't rise as much and will be more dense. Also, if you're omitting the egg, you should use 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum added to the dry mixture. That will help with the texture and keep the bread from being too dense and crumbly.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 naan bread)

Net carbs2.1 grams
Protein4.3 grams
Fat12.5 grams
Calories156 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 13%, fat 81%

Total carbs8.5 gramsFiber6.4 gramsSugars0.8 gramsSaturated fat6.4 gramsSodium237 mg(10% RDA)Magnesium34 mg(8% RDA)Potassium131 mg(7% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

  • 2/3 cup coconut flour (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup packed flax meal (38 g/ 1.3 oz)
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husk powder (32 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups hand hot water, divided (360 ml/ 12 fl oz)
  • 2 tsp yacon syrup
  • 2 tsp dried active yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp melted ghee or butter, divided (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds and/or nigella seeds (14 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing all the dry ingredients: coconut flour, flax meal, psyllium powder, baking powder and salt. Set the bowl aside. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  2. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup (120 ml) of hand hot water (about 40 °C/ 105 °F) with 2 teaspoons of yacon syrup. Make sure the sweetener is dissolved before adding the dried active yeast. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  3. Sprinkle the dried active yeast on top, stir and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes until foamy and frothy. This is when the yeast becomes activated. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  4. Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of melted ghee, egg, apple cider vinegar and the remaining 1 cup (240 ml) of water. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  5. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, process until well combined. Gradually add the dry mixture until all of it is combined with the wet mixture. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  6. Set aside and keep in a warm place for 25 to 30 minutes. You can place it in a sunny spot or in the oven with the light on. (If you do that, do not turn the oven on, only use the light.) Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  7. Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional). When the dough is ready (it will increase in size), use a sharp knife and divide it into 8 parts. Use a rolling pin or simply flatted with your hands until just about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick. I like my OXO rolling bag because it also works for these keto tortillas! Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread Note: A better way to cut the dough into equal pieces is to make a large bun and then make 4 cuts across to make 8 identical pieces. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  8. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I could fit 4 naan breads at a time). Brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of ghee and sprinkle with sesame and/or nigella seeds. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  9. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack. Just before serving, sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread
  10. Keto naan bread tastes best fresh but can be stored at room temperature in a container loosely covered with a lid for up to 3 days. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread For longer storage, place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Low-Carb & Keto Naan Bread

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 naan bread)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Coconut flour, organic
1.1 g1.7 g1.5 g37 kcal
Flaxmeal (flax meal), ground flaxseed
0.1 g0.9 g2 g25 kcal
Psyllium husk powder
0.4 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Baking powder, gluten-free
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Yacon syrup, natural sweetener
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Yeast, activated dry yeast
0.2 g0.5 g0 g4 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0 g0.8 g0.6 g9 kcal
Ghee
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Apple cider vinegar
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Sesame seeds
0.2 g0.3 g0.8 g10 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 naan bread
2.1 g4.3 g12.5 g156 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Another fantastic recipe. Thank you I've been missing naan with curries.
I used "Quick Rise, Instant" yeast and followed the package directions (no need to bloom the yeast in warm water, just add it to the dry ingredients). I substituted 1/2 cup of the water with 1/2 cup yogurt and omitted the cider vinegar. I didn't use a mixer just stirred with a spoon. Baked it on a preheated greased pizza stone. Turned out perfect, awesome flavour with nice browning from the stone. I didn't miss the wheat at all.

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Thanks so much Tricia, I will need to try that!

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This is SO much better than any other keto naan I've tried. I think it's the egg because the other recipes were too dense and not airy at all almost like a thin tortilla. I made this with butter chicken and it was really tasty, I didn't miss bread at all! 😊

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Thank you Stephanie! I actually did try both and it rises better with the egg. It wasn't bad without it though, just less fluffy 😊

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