Gluten-free Rice-Free Dairy-free Wholegrain Naan Recipe

August 2nd, 2013 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Bread, Buckwheat, Dairy Free, Indian, Indian Flatbread, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free 2 Comments »

Hello there, readers! I know it has been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been cooking, especially once the first trimester passed. Most of my energy has been spent on bentos for Kid Yum, but I’ve also baked, and recently I’ve been making a lot of spicy international food. I don’t know what it is about pregnancy, but I always crave spicy things. With Kid Yum, I craved kimchi. This time around I’m a fanatic for Ethiopian food (I found a gluten-free friendly ethiopian restaurant in the South Bay, Walia), and most recently, Thai green curry. Recently I’ve been playing with some Indian recipes, such as the Cook’s Illustrated recipe for Indian-Style Curry with Potatoes, Cauliflower, Peas and Chickpeas. I don’t particularly recommend that recipe, unless you have a really stellar curry powder. With a mediocre curry powder, like the Trader Joe’s version I used, the recipe is bland and can’t compete with an authentic recipe using individual Indian spices. However, it was reasonably tasty and called out for a side starch. For dinner last night I made Rice and pea pilaf but used a brown rice blend with wild rice, leaving out the chilies and simmering a good sight longer. Rice doesn’t always agree with me, though, so today I wanted to make a rice-free side to enjoy with my curry. I visited an old friend, my dairy-free wholegrain naan recipe but adapted it to use flours that agree with my tummy more.

*Note: Baby Yum 2.0 is due on August 9, so I’ve switched to a dairy-free diet hoping to head off any allergic issues with breastfeeding. Wish me luck! However, as a result my recipes from now on will be consistently dairy-free unless I developed them prior to July 9.*

This recipe turned out beautifully. Lately I’ve been loving a mixture of sorghum and buckwheat flours for the flavor and nutritional value. They worked well. FYI, I had used about 1/2 cup of the coconut milk (not cream) the night before so my 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk blend was primarily almond milk. The flatbread was delicious with a little soy-free margarine and salt, as well as with a curry. The bread would also be quite delicious with an herb olive oil.

I’d love to catch you all up on our life over the past few months- we had a rainbow-themed birthday party for Kid Yum, who is now four, we adopted baby chicks and have our own chickens and coop in a side yard, and as usual we’ve been growing some gorgeous organic heirloom tomatoes in our garden.

But for now… here’s a recipe, and love from the South Bay to you.

Gluten-free Dairy-free Rice-free Wholegrain Naan recipe
Ingredients
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup GF buckwheat flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
3 tbsp. blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dried active yeast
1 can full-fat coconut milk WITHOUT thickeners like Chaokoh (chilled but NOT shaken)
scant 1/2 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
1 egg, whisked

coarse kosher salt

Directions
Prepare a round pizza pan by lining it with parchment paper. If you have a pizza stone, place it in your oven. Preheat oven to 500F.
Combine dry ingredient in a medium-large bowl from brown rice flour through baking powder, and whisk to combine.

Collect the coconut CREAM that has risen to the top of the chilled coconut milk can first in a liquid measuring cup. I use a large spoon but you may also have good luck with a small spatula. For the last bit I poured the milk through a fine strainer and collected the cream remained on top of the strainer. I had about 3/4 cup coconut cream in my can. Combine thin coconut milk with hazelnut milk or other non-dairy milk (if additional is needed) to form 1/2 cup of liquid.

Warm the thin liquid in a microwave until barely warm. If you heat it so that it is hot rather than warm, just let it sit until lukewarm. Whisk sugar into your warm dairy-free milk and then add your yeast. When it foams, pour into your bowl with the dry ingredients. Then add your coconut cream and whisked egg and fold together. You should have a fairly thick, bread-like batter that is not runny but not quite firm enough to pick up and shape.

Spoon out half of your dough in three to four large rounds of dough onto your parchment paper about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch high. (Or smaller, to your preference. Larger may be difficult to manage.) Dampen your hands with water and pat out the dough to shape and make the tops really silky and smooth. Sprinkle generously with coarse kosher salt. Move the parchment sheet with the first batch of naan to the top of your pizza stone if you have it. Otherwise you can simply move the pizza pan.

Bake in the oven on 500F until golden brown. In my rather freakish gas oven, it took about 15 minutes but yours may take less time so watch carefully. Check bottom of naan. If it hasnt browned, you can remove them from the parchment paper and place them flat on the pizza stone in the oven so that the bottom is browned and crunchy.

Notes
Can be refreshed by being toasted in a toaster oven or toaster.
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Gluten-free, Egg-free Fried Zucchini blossom Recipe

September 13th, 2010 yum Posted in Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Buckwheat, Dairy Free, Egg Free, JM friendly, Local Food Movement, Nut Free, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free, Vegan, Zucchini, corn free, tapioca starch free 4 Comments »

Some weeks back, I went to my favorite farmer’s market in Mountain View and came across some beautiful baby zucchini with the blossoms still attached. I was inspired, so they came home with me. Because I’m eating egg-free for Baby Yum, I knew I couldn’t make an egg batter for them, but I thought maybe club soda might provide some fizz for battered zucchini. I folded some gluten free flour and seasonings into club soda and dipped the baby zucchini and blossom into the batter and then fried them in a pan. A little salt sprinkled over the top was the finishing touch on some very special and unique appetizers. I’ve made these several times since in celebration of the bounty of farmer’s markets. This weekend I didn’t come across any zucchini blossoms, but I did bring home some little round zucchini that cried out for special treatment. I thinly sliced these zucchini, dried off the slices, dusted them with sorghum flour and then battered them and pan fried them. They were wonderful as appetizers served with Muir Glen organic pasta sauce, and were equally good as a main course served on buckwheat grit “polenta” drizzled with sauce.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have. Every time I make it, our meal becomes a special occasion, and this dish reminds me that fresh, local ingredients can be the best inspiration for a gluten-free and/or vegetarian diet.

Looking for more gluten-free, vegan fried veggies? Try Fried Artichoke Fritters *contains corn*

This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays where you will find many other great and mostly gluten-free recipes.

Egg-free Gluten-free Fried Zucchini Blossoms
Ingredients
1 package zucchini with blossoms or 2-3 fat, short farmer’s market zucchini, sliced with ends removed
2/3 cup sorghum flour or 1/3 cup sorghum, 1/3 cup buckwheat or other flavorful whole grain gluten-free flour
1/6 cup arrowroot starch
3/4 cup club soda
1 tsp. your favorite seasoning (Italian seasonings, pasta seasonings, whatever)
1/4 tsp. salt

extra gluten-free flour for dusting
olive oil
More salt for serving.

Directions
Sift together flour and whisk together with club soda. If you think the batter is too thin, add more of your main flour 1 tbsp. at a time until you like the texture. For zucchini and blossoms, slice in half. For zucchini, dry each slice with a paper towel and dust with flour. Heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a cast iron or nonstick pan on medium-high. Immerse zucchini in batter and place on hot griddle. Turn gently when golden brown and fry other side. Add a little extra oil to the pan if necessary. Remove to wire rack, sprinkle with additional salt and let cool slightly.

Serve zucchini with blossoms plain, Serve zucchini slices with marinara or your favorite pasta sauce on the side.

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