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 hole in their dietary heart would be the lack of any carbs in the form of chapatti/naan or paratha, that normally accompanies any dish that has gravy. It is much like a tortilla but made out of wheat flour and also on the thinner side. Just like those who are used to bread, along with their stews or main courses, this is the weakness for every Indian. The tricky part is that our keto friendly flours don’t quite work the same way our glutenous friends maida (all purpose flour) and atta (whole wheat flour) work. So we must adapt and bring in new ingredients to the table to achieve similar results. This recipe could easily be repurposed and called a low carb tortilla if you are more familiar with Mexican Cuisine.
Replacing Traditional Keto Flour with Coconut Flour in the Low Carb Tortilla
Coconut flour unlike almond flour absorbs a lot more liquid and therefore doesn’t work as a direct replacement in a recipe. So I decided to work on this coconut flour tortilla which doubles up as a naan, a paratha and an Keto Uttapam. It kind of has a coconut 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. On it’s own the coconut flour doesn’t quite hold up, but just add in that psyillium 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 pizza base (though it would 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
I know for a lot of folks living in India coconut flour is an expensive option and again not easily available, this might be the case in your country as well. In this case you can make do with desiccated coconut which is a workable option here. However there is no replacement for the psyillium husk as that is what binds the entire thing together. Also an important (though I don’t know why) is the temperature of the water needs to be warm when mixing this in together.
Anyway, unleash your creativity with this delicious flatbread. Click here for my Chicken Keto Tortilla Filling
Cheers & Keep Cooking!