Sourdough Naan Bread

  • Yield
    10 servings
  • Prep Time
    45 minutes
  • Cook Time
    2 minutes
  • Total Time
    9 hours with dough fermentation

Start this dough in the morning and have fresh naan by dinnertime!


  • 200 g unfed sourdough starter (approx. 1 cup)
  • 250 g all purpose flour (1 3/4 c)
  • 6 oz milk

Step #2 Ingredients

  • 180g (3/4 c) sour cream*
  • 315 g (2 1/4 c) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda


Combine the first three ingredients and allow to sit at room temperature for 8-12 hours (less if your starter is very active), or until puffy and doubled in size.

Add remaining ingredients and knead briefly until the dough is smooth and cohesive.  This dough can be ‘under kneaded’ which results in a more tender bread. Divide into 10 equal portions, roll into balls, cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes to an hour.

One by one, dip dough balls into flour and roll out into rough ovals, approximately 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more flour if needed. Transfer dough to a hot greased grill**.  Rotate 90 degrees after about one minute (this gives the dough a nice crosshatch pattern).  When dough has started to bubble and puff up, brush with melted butter or ghee and flip. Continue to grill for another minute or two, until dark spots from on the underside. Brush with more melted butter and sprinkle with chopped cilantro or toasted cumin seeds. Serve warm.

*Bakers Note: Yogurt can be used instead of sour cream, though I prefer the flavor that sour cream lends to this dough. Feel free to experiment!

**Bakers Other Note: These can also be cooked on the stovetop or in a 450 degree oven on a preheated cast iron pan.

Check out this youtube playlist for some more visual guidance on rolling and grilling the naan.


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4 thoughts on "Maintaining A Sourdough Starter"

  1. I am not understanding the amounts. Could you give the amount in grams to the ingredients? thank you!!

    1. Hi Ruth – 25g starter for the refresh and 200g for bulking. Let me know if you have other questions!

    1. Hi Lindsey! If you’re just refreshing your starter and don’t plan to bake with it, you’ll only need about 2 tablespoons. If you’re bulking it up prior to baking with it, you can use all of your starter (for me that’s about a cup). I’ve found it unnecessary to discard any and it leads to a more active dough.

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