Dairy Free Garlic Naan Bread

Skip the takeout and make this simple recipe for dairy free garlic naan bread at home. It’s a lot easier than you might think.

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Nothing pairs better with Indian food than a yeasty, garlic naan bread. Rory Gilmore knows that well. And, she makes sure to order some when she orders Indian takeout while Lorelai is out of town. The funny thing is, she never actually gets that takeout. Her surprise visitors spoil her night alone, but I have just one question. Does the Indian food ever get delivered? Something to ponder.

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Unfortunately for the us, so many contain dairy. Yogurt to be exact. It’s what gives the naan its subtle, tangy flavor. It’s hard to replicate, but it’s doable. I substituted alt-milk and a bit of acid (lemon juice) to mimic the flavor. Then I followed the general directions for making naan bread.

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The method for this dairy free garlic naan is fairly simple. You activate the yeast, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a ball forms, and wait for it to rise, just like bread. Then you separate the dough into individual pieces that get cooked on the stove. The garlic is added as you cook, but you could skip that part if you want plain, fresh naan bread. Fairly simple, right? As long as you have the time, anyone can do it.

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It’s been a while since we made this recipe, but each time, it turns out great. I think last time we made it we were having kofta, but you can pretty much pair it with anything. It’s especially good with curry dishes, and it’s great for sopping up any extra sauce you might leave behind on your plate.

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Dairy Free Garlic Naan Bread

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water (ideally between 105˚F – 110˚F)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or alternative milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For topping:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Coarse salt (optional, for garnish)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro (optional, for garnish)


  1. In a small bowl, gently stir together water, sugar and yeast. Allow it to activate until it is foamy on top.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (dough hook), add activated yeast, flour, and remaining ingredients. Beat with dough hook at medium speed until a ball has formed. Remove bowl from mixer and cover with a damp towel. Let sit in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  3. When dough has doubled in size, divide into eight small balls. Heat a skillet over medium high and stir together garlic and oil.
  4. Roll each ball to 1/4-inch thickness and place in hot pan, one at a time, brushing with garlic/oil mixture. When dough has started to bubble, flip to other side and brush again with oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and herbs. Repeat with remaining dough.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

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  • Reply
    Katrina Luck
    December 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The dairy free recipe for naan has milk in it

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      December 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out. It should actually read almond milk, but I forgot to proofread it. I’m so sorry if it caused you any confusion!

  • Reply
    March 20, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I am trying to do oil free as well as dairy free. Is There any oil substitute that would work with this recipe? It looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      March 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Try adding one extra 1/2 tablespoon of almond milk or coconut cream! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    July 14, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Is it really 1 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast? It seems too much to me

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      July 14, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Yes. It is!

  • Reply
    August 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve used this recipe a couple times, but had to make adjustments after the first try. It really needs salt in the mix, otherwise it has no flavor (the course salt garnish barely saves it). I always have to add a bit more liquid to get the dough to come together properly.

    The way the yeast amount is written is misleading – it’s one package of yeast, which is usually 1/4 ounce (about 2.25 teaspoons). After the adjustments, it’s pretty close to regular naan! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      August 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      I see what you’re saying about the amount of yeast being misleading. I will make sure to fix it right away! A little salt never hurts either 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristen Ibrahim
    August 16, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Hey great recipe. Really enjoyed this.

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