Here's Chickpea Naan, an easy-to-make lower-carb flatbread that is a game-changer for people who've been looking for healthier ways to enjoy naan (or Indian flatbread)! Flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cooked chickpeas and oil and blended in the food processor together and put in the fridge to rise overnight. The result is a tender and flavorful flatbread with a subtle nuttiness that adds depth to every bite. Try serving it with chickpea curry, or grilled vegetables for one delicious and satisfying meal!
The recipe is vegan friendly.
Here's why I love this recipe
- so easy to make! All the prep work is done in the food processor. No kneading is required
- vegan - no eggs, milk or butter
- healthier and has more fiber than traditional flatbread
- easy way to eat more chickpeas
- can be made up to 48 hours before
Ingredients Used to Make Chickpea Naan / Flatbread
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- Bread Flour - I used bread flour for this recipe (I use King Arthur Bread Flour most), which I prefer and highly recommend for the best texture and structure. Please read the note on the substitution section below if using other flours.
- Instant Yeast - you can find instant yeast in the baking section near the flours. My favorite is SAF Instant Premium Yeast, which works quickly and consistently produces great results. I recommend using instant yeast over active yeast for this recipe since active yeast (unlike instant yeast) needs to be activated in water, which we don't add until the very end.
- Sugar - I used raw cane sugar, but you can use regular granulated white sugar, or healthier alternatives like coconut, date, or maple sugars which are less processed and more natural.
- Salt - Pink Himalayan salt is what I have at home, so it’s what I use, but you can use any kind for this recipe.
- Cooked Chickpeas - the star of this chickpea naan / flatbread recipe! Chickpeas are a powerhouse of nutrition, loaded with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamins. The addition of chickpeas in this recipe offer a lower-carb substitute for regular flour-based flatbreads which help you feel full longer. For convenience, I used canned chickpeas that have been rinsed with water. You're welcome to use any cooked chickpeas in this recipe.
- Olive Oil - I like using light olive oil since it has a neutral flavor, but you can also any cooking oil of your choice like coconut oil, or avocado oil instead
- You'll need a large-capacity food processor for this recipe. According to Kitchen Aid, food processors should be around 6-9 cup capacity for handling doughs of this size. For reference, I used a Breville Sous Chef 16 Cup Peel & Dice Food Processor in the photos.
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Step by Step Guide
How to Make Chickpea Naan / Flatbread Using the Food Processor
In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients: bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt. Add the cooked chickpeas
Pulse the food processor a few times until the mixture resembles coarse sand
Add the water and oil and process for 15-20 seconds until the mixture comes together. The dough surface will be shaggy and rough.
NOTE: If the dough won’t come together after 20 seconds, add water ONE TABLESPOON at a time until the dough comes together. The dough should feel a little dense, but keep in mind that the added veggies also contribute a lot of moisture when cooked.
Once done, scrape the dough into a clean bowl. Cover the dough loosely and let rise 1 hour until puffy. Cover and place in the fridge overnight up to 48 hours, or follow directions on the recipe card for a quicker rise time.
Gently scrape the risen dough from the bowl using a silicone scraper or spatula.
Divide into 4 pieces and use your hands to gently stretch out the dough. (this shaping process is enough to deflate the dough).
Use your hands to stretch out each of the divided dough into rounds.
For the best texture, let the flatbreads rise for another 15-20 minutes more before cooking.
One at a time, cook the flatbreads in the skillet at low-medium heat (I used setting 4 with the 10 being the highest heat setting).
Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, and use a lid to minimize oil splatters and also speed up the cooking process.
Repeat with the rest of the flatbread dough. Brush with butter, ghee, or melted coconut oil (I used butter flavored coconut oil) Enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
I made this flatbread recipe as basic and neutral flavored as possible so that people can customize it to fit their own tastes. Here are some awesome ways you can make this bread your own 🙂
- Add more flavor! A few tablespoons of chopped herbs or a teaspoon or two of nutritional yeast (or parmesan cheese) would go really well with this flatbread and add more flavor.
- Add more texture! Adding chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruits or oats is a fantastic way to increase the nutrition and flavor in flatbreads.
What are some ways you can eat and serve Chickpea Naan / Flatbread?
- Plain and warm, right out of the skillet with some dipping oil
- Used as a wrap, with your favorite veggies and dressing
- If you have stale flatbread or leftover flatbread, you can turn it into flatbread pizza. To make: top each flatbread with tomato sauce, cheese or other toppings of choice. Bake the flatbreads in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes, or until the flatbreads are crispy and the cheese has fully melted.
Flatbread Pizza Topping Ideas
- Here are 10+ vegan-friendly flatbread toppings and easy flatbread pizza ideas that are sure to give you plenty of options the next time you're craving flatbread pizza.
Note on Substitutions
- Unfortunately, gluten-free flours cannot be substituted for bread flour in this recipe.
- While bread flour is highly recommended, all-purpose flour can be used instead with 1 tsp of vital wheat gluten for every cup of flour.
How to Store Chickpea Naan / Flatbread
- You can store these Chickpea Naan / Flatbreads, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
- For longer storage, you can place them in a plastic freezer bag or airtight container and freeze up to 3 months, then defrost them at room temperature or microwave before eating.
Chickpea Naan - Lower Carb Flatbread Made in the Food Processor
- 1 food processor , should have at least 6 cup capacity to handle dough (read notes*)
Combine the Dough Ingredients
- In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients: bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt.
- Add the cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- Pulse the food processor a few times until the mixture resembles coarse sand
- Add the water and oil and process for 15-20 seconds until the mixture comes together. The dough surface will be shaggy and rough.NOTE: If dough won’t come together after 20 seconds, add water ONE TABLESPOON at a time until the dough comes together.
- Once done, scrape the dough into a clean bowl.
- Cover the dough loosely and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature until puffy.
After the First Rise (Choose ONE method below)
- For overnight method: without deflating the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap loosely so that air can escape. Transfer the bowl to the fridge and chill overnight, at least for 8 hours and up to 48 hours. Let the dough come to room temperature before shaping.
- For the quick method: deflate the dough completely and let the dough rise in a warm place for 2-3 hours until the size doubles.
Shaping the Dough
- Gently scrape the risen dough from the bowl using a silicone scraper or spatula. DON’T PUNCH DOWN THE DOUGH. Divide into 4 pieces and use your hands to gently stretch out the dough. (this shaping process is enough to deflate the dough).
- Use your hands or a rolling pin to stretch out each of the divided dough into 8 inch diameter rounds.
Cook the Flatbreads
- Preheat a skillet with 1 Tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil
- One at a time, cook the flatbreads in the skillet at low-medium heat (I used setting 4 with the 10 being the highest heat setting).
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, and use a lid to minimize oil splatters and also speed up the cooking process.
- Once the flatbreads are cooked in the center, and golden brown, remove from the skillet.
- Repeat with the rest of the flatbread dough. Enjoy!
- The flatbreads can be stored wrapped, at room temperature, for 3-5 days. For longer storage, you can place them in a plastic freezer bag or airtight container and freeze up to 3 months, then defrost them at room temperature or microwave before eating.
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