Five Minute Flat breads – Fat Free.


I love flat breads and as someone who eats Indian food at home at least once a week, a good, quick flat bread recipe is a must. Furthermore, making your own flat breads is so much cleaner and greener. Supermarket naans always contain yoghurt, butter or milk powder in some guise plus a host of unpronounceable additives. Restaurant and take-away versions are smothered in ghee and usually contain some kind of dairy product in the dough. So not only are they not vegan or plant-based friendly, they sure are not good for you.

Of course, you could make a homemade bread just the same, homemade doesn’t equate to healthy necessarily (nor does vegan), but this recipe is. Sometimes, if I’m particularly craving a decadent curry night, I will treat us to homemade sweet and delicious fig and coconut peshwari naans but for the most part, I need to satisfy my sultry Indian cuisine cravings in a way kinder to my health and, of course, my waist line.

So, this delightful recipe is just the ticket and what’s amazing is that despite being totally fat free and raising agent free, the resulting bread looks and tastes authentic and is light just as a good naan should be. For further authenticity, I add Kalonji (black onion, nigella) seeds to the dough which adds wonderful flavour and gorgeous black flecks dispersed through the breads. You can really use the base recipe to carry a whole host of flavours, adding herbs and spices as you like. You don’t have to stay on the Asian wagon even, try adding chopped sundried tomatoes and oregano for a Mediterranean inspired flat bread or lemon zest and ras-el-hanout for a North African spin, wonderful dipped into baba ganoush and houmous.


Ingredients: Makes 4 flatbreads

  • 100g plain wholewheat flour
  • 100g plain white flour
  • 100ml room temperature water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp kalonji seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together to form a smooth dough, ensuring the herbs and spices are evenly distributed.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 balls and roll out to a few millimeters thick on a lightly floured surface.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a dry frying pan or ridged grill pan over a medium heat, add the rolled dough and cook until the top of the dough starts to bubble then flip over and cook until each side has brown patches, this should only take a minute or so.
  4. Repeat with the remaining dough and serve hot, drizzled with a teaspoon of mustard or rapeseed oil, if you wish.


Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

No saturated fat
No cholesterol
Very low in sugar
Very high in manganese
Very high in selenium
High in thiamin
Submitted to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck
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106 Responses to Five Minute Flat breads – Fat Free.

  1. lefoodsnob says:

    This may be the easiest recipe I’ve ever seen. Suddenly I’m craving flatbread!

  2. Looking forward to trying these soon!

  3. Amber Vo says:

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! I was just telling my husband over the weekend that I’m craving Indian naan. And this is so simple, too!

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Amber, looks like I read your mind! 🙂 Yes, it is such a quick, easy and delicious way to ease those Indian naan cravings! I hope you enjoy it. Poppy 🙂

  4. I am making this TOMORROW. Looks so good!!!

  5. acrusteaten says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a quick flatbread recipe that I can whip up with stuff I’ll always have on hand. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. mycroft212b says:

    Quick & Easy! On the menu tonight!

  7. These look super. I love to have make naan to go along with homemade Indian dishes but am often too short of time to make yeast-risen breads. Love nigella seeds too- I’ve never heard of them being referred to as kalonji seeds before. Learn something new every day!
    The ras el hanout N.African variation sounds like one I’d enjoy too 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Kalonji is an Indian name for the seeds, there are so many common names, one I heard recently was fennel flower seeds! It’s all the same though!
      The North African version is one of my favourites, I often make it ahead and freeze it then have it for lunch with a pot of houmous, great for a work lunch! 🙂

  8. kazazz says:

    Fantastic, I was planning on making a curry tonight, might try them!

  9. Jane Doe says:

    This is something even I can make 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Ahh, I’m sure you can make many wonderful things Jane! 🙂 But yes, I think one of my bunnies could even make this, it’s that easy !

  10. Not only do they sound delicious, it sounds like a brilliant last minute recipe for when you need bread but don’t have any! Definitely one to try, thank you!

  11. Laura says:

    Yum! Naan is one of my very favorite things but I hate how calorie dense it is. Love this version!

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Laura, I’m totally with you there, this recipe is lighter on calories and fat free and also doesn’t feel heavy so is more pleasurable to eat 🙂

  12. beingmeyear says:

    Fantastic! And even more fantastic that OH has promised to make them for tea tomorrow – thanks!

  13. I ditto LovingHomemade! They look so good, Poppy!

  14. I LOVE naan, but haven’t ever tried making it. This recipe is so simple it’s hard for me to believe. Are you playing some kind of trick on us Poppy? 😛 I’m looking forward to trying this recipe out, thanks!

  15. This looks so good, I know what I’m having for dinner tonight 🙂

  16. Margaret Christo says:

    Dear Poppy – Thanks for the thumbs up on my recipe Mint Limeade at I appreciate it. I am from India and your flat bread recipe is one of the easiest I’ve seen. I am definitely going to try it. All the best.

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  18. Your flatbread looks incredibly delicious! I use a quite similar recipe, and I love especially the aspect that you don’t need an oven for it, just a pan – it saves a lot of energy.

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  20. Reblogged this on Cathal's Cookbook Allergy Free Cooking and commented:
    These look fantastic can’t wait to try them!!!!!

  21. Lauren says:

    YUMM!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe:)

  22. This looks like such a great recipe!

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  24. dweezer19 says:

    These look tasty. Ive made a similar version called Indian Fry Bread for years but we always ate them with butter and honey. I like this savory recipe. Thanks!

  25. Sophie33 says:

    I made these tasty flatbreads! They were super easy to make too, Poppy! MMMMMMMM!

  26. Looks yum. How delish it all looks. Thanks for the like on the sinus tea. In case this interests….from my other blog (natural remedies)…


  27. notsosimples says:

    These looks super tasty,definitely hungry now!

  28. cassi9879b says:

    Sounds like something I can make. Just have to figure out where to buy those seeds.

    • Poppy says:

      Try a whole foods or health foods store, if not online. Or you could just leave them out or add something different! Thank you for coming by! 😀

  29. These look so great Poppy!! I’ll have to use this 5 min recipe in my bext flat bread post. I just made a delicious sun-dried tomato and zucchini and oregano flat bread for my health blog, and I will definitely be using one of your flat bread recipes for the crust on my next Fabulous Flat bread frenzy adventure!


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  32. Looks SO delicious!!

    Nanna Freving //

  33. kellygetthin says:

    Oh wow. Have to make these!!

  34. saramcscott says:

    Looks like a great way to incorporate fresh herbs! Any others that you would recommend?

  35. This recipe looks fabulous. Would love to try it gluten free. Thanks for stopping by our blog.

  36. cbehr says:

    Yum! Fat-free!? Yes please!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  37. Reblogged this on Dose Dependent and commented:
    Yum! I LOVE Indian food & ma’am bread and this recipe looks easy & delicious! I’m looking forward to trying it & seeing what other recipes I might find on her blog.

  38. Last night I made flat bread for dinner. I topped the flat bread with pesto before putting it in oven. After baking I put arugula on top. You might enjoy it as well.

  39. ageroyalty says:

    Love it, just can’t eat it. (stupid diet **shakes fist**

  40. This is very similar to my Indian grandmothers roti recipe. Yum

  41. afracooking says:

    I totally share your love for flatbreads and these look amazing! Mouthwatering!

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  43. Joanna says:

    Looks great! I’ll try to make them:)

  44. Thanks for the like on my Dutch Oven Bread post! This looks like a great recipe as well…maybe I’ll have to try it on the next rainy day.

  45. aliyajade says:

    These look great-will try tonight!

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  47. This sounds (and looks!) so good! And such a simple recipe…I know what I’m making this week! 🙂

  48. I just bookmarked this recipe because I can’t wait to try these! I love easy recipes!

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  50. Grace says:

    Can I make the dough in advance?

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Grace, I’ve never done that so can’t say for sure but I can’t see that it would be a problem! Just keep it well wrapped so that it doesn’t dry out. 🙂

    • soulofspice says:

      you can always make the dough in advance & refrigerate, keep in an airtight container. When you take it out, leave it outside for at least 1/2 hour. or if you are in a rush, microwave maybe 10 seconds, so dough isn’t hard anymore, but softens up…

  51. soulofspice says:

    I so love how you take complicated indian cooking & make it soo easy..

  52. Tami says:

    They look perfect and so easy. I love the built in portion control too!

  53. You are speaking my language! I love flatbread!

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