The quest for the elusive keto naan
Most Indian food can easily be ‘ketofied’ and adapted to suit our macros. However, for any Indian the biggest void in their dietary heart is the lack of any carbs in the form of roti, naan or paratha, that normally accompanies a curry. Indian flatbreads are much like tortillas, but made out of whole wheat flour. These are great for mopping up curries and gravies and, to be honest, most of us Indians would be lost without it. Eating just curry is pretty much unheard of in India! A low-carb flatbread is the need of the hour.
Unfortunately, keto friendly flours don’t quite work the same way our glutinous friends maida (all purpose flour) and atta (whole wheat flour). So we must adapt and bring in new ingredients to the table to achieve similar results. Of course, this recipe could easily be repurposed to make a low carb tortilla, or a keto wrap that you can stuff with veggies and meat of your choice – this flatbread is your playground!
Replacing traditional flour with coconut flour in the low carb tortilla
Coconut flour, unlike almond flour, absorbs a lot more liquid, but gives you a pancake that’s closer to that flatbread feel. This coconut flour tortilla doubles up as a naan, a paratha and an keto uttapam. Yes, it does have a coconutty taste, but it is versatile enough that you can stuff it with a filling of your choice or use it as the perfect vehicle for your butter chicken. One thing to note: the psyllium husk in this recipe is absolutely essential. On it’s own, the coconut flour doesn’t quite hold up, but just add in that psyllium husk and it suddenly has structure and can hold up like any flatbread would. You can bake this or fry it, you can even use it as a keto pizza base (though it won’t get crispy). You can also roll it out thinner and use it as a tortilla… the possibilities are endless.
Getting your hands on coconut flour
For a lot of folks living in India, coconut flour is an expensive option and not easily available. (To be fair, though, a lot of brands now retail on Amazon.) This might be the case in your country as well. In this case, you can make do with desiccated coconut, which will give you a coarser pancake. However, there is no replacement for the psyllium husk, which is what binds the entire thing together.
Another important thing to note is the temperature of the water – if it’s not warm, it won’t hold together.
Anyway, unleash your creativity with this delicious flatbread. Click here for my Chicken Keto Tortilla Filling
Nutrition Info (Per Serving)
- Calories: 58
- Net Carbs: 3g
- Carbs: 12g
- Fat: 2g
- Protein: 2g
- Fiber: 9g
This recipe makes 4 servings/naans/parathas/uttapams. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.