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This clean eating naan is simply one of the most delicious flatbreads I’ve ever made.

I love Indian food. I had it for the first time with my ex-husband when we were still dating in 2004. He took me to an Indian restaurant for one of our dates, and after my first bite, I was ready to marry him on the spot. I absolutely fell in love with the food I was eating….

Clean Eating Naan

My little world of baked chicken breasts and a baked sweet potato with a salad was suddenly shattered by amazing sauces and bean dishes. I discovered butter chicken, tandori chicken and yes… chicken masala too (which will be on my blog next!).

There were fabulous pikoras and dips which I never did learn the names of, and to drink, there was the most amazing beverage called a mango lassi. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. In fact, I think I even saw the robust, bronze statue of Ganesh sitting in the corner wink at me. Ya, it was that good. A fabulous, fabulous experience.

And then there was naan. Beautiful, bready, buttery, carb-filled, garlicy naan. I have never looked at bread in the same way since. It completed my experience that night and pretty much guaranteed the man sitting across from me another date. Whoever said that food is the way to a man’s stomach never understood the relationship a woman can have with her food.

But once I started eating clean, I left my favorite Indian dishes behind and designated them as cheat meals. I can tell you, that got old pretty quickly. So I finally decided it was time to clean up this delicious encore to a meal. While it doesn’t get bubbly like traditional naan, it tastes remarkably similar. In fact, my husband likes this version just as much as the restaurant variety, and I hope you will too!

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CLEAN EATING NAAN RECIPE:

Clean Eating Naan

Clean Eating Naan

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Course: Breads, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 1296kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (any type - I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • fresh cilantro for garnish (can also be mixed into the dough)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and garlic powder until well combined.
  • Pour in the apple sauce and milk, stirring with a wooden spoon until it become too thick to continue. Then knead with your hands until you have a slightly sticky yet smooth dough.
  • Break off pieces of dough and roll with a rolling pin on a floured surface. Keep in mind that the naan will hold whatever shape you roll it into, but it will double in thickness as it cooks (roll to about 1/4 inch thickness if you want something the thickness of a slice of bread).
  • Using a non-stick pan and an oil mister, mist the pan with oil and place a rolled piece of dough into the pan. Spray the top of it with a light coat of oil. Flip frequently until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data is for the ENTIRE recipe. Divide this data by the number of naan you end up with.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1296kcal | Carbohydrates: 267g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1896mg | Potassium: 1625mg | Fiber: 37g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 13mg

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101 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love the way you described your experience with Indian food. It happens to be one of my favorite cuisines and I also designate it as my cheat meal. So good!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amy – Ya, it’s tough to beat. LOVE me some Indian food!!!

  2. Yum! Can’t wait to try it! I’ve always heard how fatty Naan was and have never tried it! Glad you could clean it up! Can’t wait to make it for the family!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lynn – Wonderful! Yes, naan can be fatty. But it’s pretty darn good when it’s not!

  3. Laura Bora says:

    Chicken Tikka Masala, Banana Pakora, Biryani, now I’m starving!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Laura – Haha!!! Ya, Indian food will do that to you…. Sorry!! 😉

  4. Girlofclay says:

    I spent two weeks in India in ’09, and fell in love with curry and naan! Can’t wait to try this recipe! My favorite East Indian dish is the first curry recipe I was taught: chop an onion and add to a skillet. Add a tblsp of chopped garlic, and a few tblsp olive oil. Sautee over med-low heat til the onion is softened. Add curry powder to taste, I tend to judge by color- once the mixture is a golden curry color it is usually enough. Add a small dab of honey, maybe half tsp. Add a teaspoon of flour and stir. Slowly add About 3/4 to one cup low fat milk and stir until thickened. serve over brown rice. Top with plain yogurt, almonds, and coconut if desired. Zucchini and cauliflower are great veggies to serve in the dauce as well.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Girlofclay – Wow!!! I might just have to try that! Sounds amazing!! I’ve always wanted to visit India. It seems like such an amazing place!

  5. Amy Quick says:

    Sounds Wonderful! I will have to try it with GF Flour, since I have Celiac DIsease. Thanks for another great recipe. By the way, the new site design is wonderful, love how it pops!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amy – Thank you!! Please let me know how the GF version turns out!

      1. Twilkendorf says:

        Just wondering if anyone had success with a gluten free version of this – I want some too!

        1. Anonymous says:

          Twilkendorf – I haven’t tried it, but it sounds like an interesting challenge!

  6. Jessica Howells says:

    I’ve always wanted to make Naan! What a great idea, thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jessica – Wonderful! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Jessica – Wonderful! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Jessica – Wonderful! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  7. Jessica Howells says:

    I’ve always wanted to make Naan! What a great idea, thanks!

  8. I love any type of Indian egglant and chicken tikka masala! Looking forward to that recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Angel – Me too! I think you’ll enjoy the chicken masala recipes. So yummy!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Angel – Me too! I think you’ll enjoy the chicken masala recipes. So yummy!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Angel – Me too! I think you’ll enjoy the chicken masala recipes. So yummy!

  9. I love any type of Indian egglant and chicken tikka masala! Looking forward to that recipe!

  10. I love any type of Indian egglant and chicken tikka masala! Looking forward to that recipe!

  11. Christy Dickison says:

    can you give a rough estimate to how many this recipe makes? trying to decide if i need to double the recipe of not for my family’s dinner tonight. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Christy – How many people are you feeding?

    2. Anonymous says:

      Christy – How many people are you feeding?

    3. Anonymous says:

      Christy – How many people are you feeding?

  12. Christy Dickison says:

    can you give a rough estimate to how many this recipe makes? trying to decide if i need to double the recipe of not for my family’s dinner tonight. 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Christy Dickison says:

    can you give a rough estimate to how many this recipe makes? trying to decide if i need to double the recipe of not for my family’s dinner tonight. 🙂 Thanks!

  14. I love, love, love naan! Thanks for posting this recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Ghalya – You’re welcome! Enjoy!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Ghalya – You’re welcome! Enjoy!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Ghalya – You’re welcome! Enjoy!

  15. I love, love, love naan! Thanks for posting this recipe!

  16. I love, love, love naan! Thanks for posting this recipe!

  17. Amanda Wallace says:

    Oh, my. Thank you so much. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Indian food. So do the kids and husband. I’m compiling some recipes for use when he gets home in a few weeks. He’s going to be home so little in the next little while, I don’t want to waste time driving around that I can spend at home with him. (And it is an hour to any store of relevance.)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amanda – That’s wonderful! What a great meal for the both of you. I hope you both enjoy it!!

  18. Paulissa Kipp says:

    I’m going to try a gf version as well. Wonder how a little almond meal would hold up?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Paulissa – I’m really not sure. But please share it with everyone here if you figure it out. I know there are a lot of folks who would appreciate it.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Paulissa – I’m really not sure. But please share it with everyone here if you figure it out. I know there are a lot of folks who would appreciate it.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Paulissa – I’m really not sure. But please share it with everyone here if you figure it out. I know there are a lot of folks who would appreciate it.

  19. Paulissa Kipp says:

    I’m going to try a gf version as well. Wonder how a little almond meal would hold up?

  20. one of my favorites is Malia Kofta. It’s vegetable/potato dumplings in a tomato cream sauce. Cream sauces are to die for…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jeanmaat – Oh yum!! Sounds like something I might have to try…

  21. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I have been searching for a clean eating naan recipe!!! Love your site.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Bern – You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

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  23. i love that eggplant dish with peas and tomatoes (kind of a pastey) texture with naan amazing! oh and the cauliflower and potato dish! sorry I don’t know the names!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kate – I don’t know the names either, but I know what you’re talking about. Yum!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Courtney – If you read the note I have with it, you’ll see that that amount is for the entire batch. I have no way of knowing how large you will make your naan. So divide those numbers by the amount of naan you end up with. Enjoy!

  25. Ah!! It doesn’t say how much salt to use :/

    1. Anonymous says:

      JcDc – Sorry about that! It’s there now. Just a 1/4 tsp.

  26. Hi Tiffany – Chicken Masala is in the crock pot for dinner tonight,, i’m so excited as this is one of my husband’s favorites! I’d like to make the Naan with it, what temperature do you preheat the oven and what kind of oil do you spray it with?
    Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Hadeel – Sorry I’m a little late on the response. Did everything work out okay?

  27. graciouspantry says:

    Andrea – Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!

  28. graciouspantry says:

    Hadeel – Yes, the slow cooker is a wonderful tool. Glad you enjoyed the meal!

  29. graciouspantry says:

    Claudia – Thank you so much! Happy to have you here!

  30. graciouspantry says:

    Mamastrat – I’ve never cooked with one, so I can’t advise you. But it should work. I would start off with medium heat. If it gets too brown before it’s done, then reduce the heat for the next one. Sorry, that’s all I can think of.

  31. graciouspantry says:

    Megan – These are best eaten fresh. But if you have leftovers, keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 days. I’ve never tried freezing them, so you’d have to experiment with one just to see.

  32. graciouspantry says:

    That should work fine. Enjoy!

  33. Rebecca2004 says:

    Hi. I get your blogs emailed to me 🙂 I was wondering if you might look into a way to make a clean-eating version of gajar hlava (Indian carrot pudding). It is my favorite thing to eat when I go out, but I thought it would be fun to make at home and would feel so much better about it if it were “cleaned up”. Thanks for doing this blog! It is very interesting.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Interesting! I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll definitely look into it. Thanks!

      1. Just to clarify, in case you do intend to do some research, the actual name of this indian dessert is Gajar HALWA or Gajrela. Cool blog by the way…first time I’ve ever heard of “clean eating”

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  43. jo ann marzolf says:

    funny how almost every culture has their own take on “fry bread”.. naan, tortillas, indian fry bread.. etc, Gonna try making this at home!!

  44. Whàt temperature are you baking this t, or should I be using the broiler?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Over medium heat.

  45. I have never heard of this or have tried this, sounds very interesting and from the comments received it seems to be a very good recipe, so I am willing to try this recipe in the coming new year, Thanks!!

  46. Hi how much flour do u use? 2 to 3/4 of a cup or 2 and 3/4 cups.. sorry bit confused 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      2 and 3/4 cups.

  47. I love naan! So glad I stumbled upon a clean version. I love your blog too! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful recipes!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – My pleasure!

  48. have you ever tried freezing the naan after cooking? i’d like to make a whole batch but am afraid i will eat the whole batch in 2 days if i don’t freeze some.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jess – Haha! A very valid concern! Yes, I think you could freeze this just fine. Enjoy!

  49. Chrystina says:

    Tried this tonight. My other half loves Naan. The dough never got to be very thick. Just chunky sort of. Rather dry 🙁 Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chrystina – I’m sorry it didn’t work out. Did you change anything about the recipe? Was everything measured accurately?

  50. Chrystina says:

    I thought it did it exactly… I even used homemade almond milk and homemade applesauce. I’m a culinary show off lately, lol. But alas, I was knocked down a few notches with this!

  51. Chrystina says:

    Ok, my flour is whole grain pastry flour…. not whole wheat. womp, womp….
    I assume this would make a difference?
    Ps. They still taste GREAT! haha

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chrystina – Depends on the grain. But yes, the flour could have done that very easily.

  52. Hi Tiffany,

    I am absolutely in love with your blog! I am new to clean eating and this gives me so much inspiration and encouragement.

    Indian food is my most favorite food EVER. I am hoping to make your chicken korma tonight with brown rice and this lovely naan. However, I only have whole wheat flour (not whole wheat PASTRY flour) in my pantry. Do you think this could substitute well?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Madalyn – It’ll work fine. The naan will just be a bit more dense and “bready”.

  53. I just have whole wheat flour, not pastry… Would it still work for this recipe or would it not come out right? Really want to pair this with the chicken masala for this coming week.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jana – The flavor will be the same. It’s the texture that will change. It will be more dense and “bready”. Not necessarily a bad thing, just different.

  54. For the calories it says 1214, i think that is wrong, Just wanted to let you know:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shannon – No, it’s correct. It’s for the whole batch. Not one piece of naan. 🙂

  55. Hi – how many naan sized naan does this make? I’m just looking to make enough for two. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kirsten – It greatly depends on the size of your naan. This would definitely be enough for two people. It’s been a while since I’ve made these but if memory servers, it was 4 bigger ones or 6 smaller ones.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ali – Sure!

  56. That’s quite a bit of sodium. Is there any way to cut that down?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Eileen- Yes. You can leave out the salt.

  57. Would this work with white whole wheat flour? I don’t have the wheat pastry flour. Thank-you! Sounds delicious, and glad that it is healthier!

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