sourdough naan bread

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Recipes9 Comments

Sourdough Naan

I keep adapting my favourite baked goods recipes to use my sourdough starter. So far, I’ve been loving the sourdough versions so much more than the originals. This naan recipe is no exception!

Don’t have a sourdough starter going yet? It only takes 7 days until you can start using the probiotic-rich stuff! Check this post out for more info on how to get one going. 

Sourdough Starter Tutorial

 Why It’s A Smart Choice


This article has a great summary on the health benefits of sourdough bread.  Check it out for all the references but here’s the TLDR version:

  • The lactic acid bacteria cultured from sourdough starter breaks down most of the gluten in wheat flour. Although it’s still not recommended for people with Celiac to run out and buy sourdough bread, this is a promising area of research for Celiacs. This is good news for people with gluten intolerance, who may be able to handle a small amount of gluten. 
  • The probiotics (good bacteria) in sourdough are able to survive the heat from the baking process! These bacteria make their way to the gut where they promote a healthy immune system.
  • The sourdough bacteria are able to breakdown phytic acid found in whole grains. Phytic acid binds to minerals, rendering them useless for absorption by the body. So sourdough bread gives us more minerals to absorb such as iron, magnesium, and zinc!
  • Acrylamide, a carcinogenic compound, is formed when the amino acid asparagine is dry heated with other nutrients. This happens in the crust of bread or when bread is toasted. Sourdough bacteria reduce the amount of asparagine, thus reducing acrylamide production!
  • Sourdough bread has the lowest effect on raising blood sugar. In this study, subjects who ate sourdough bread for breakfast saw improved blood sugar control after lunch and even hours after lunch!
Chickpea Flour: 

For each cup of flour, chickpea flour has 8 grams more protein and 4 grams more fibre than whole wheat flour! Chickpea flour makes a great substitution for gluten-free baking when battering fish or chicken. 

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Sourdough Naan Bread

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Yield: 15


  • 2 teaspoons rapid or regular yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (see note)
  • 2-3 cups of all purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl (use a stand mixer if you have one), dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sourdough starter, salt, egg, milk, and chickpea flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Using the dough hook, slowly add the flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Knead for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Remove from the bowl and grease the bottom. Return the dough to the bowl and turn over so that the dough is coated in oil.
  6. Cover with a teatowel and place in a warm location and allow to rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  7. Punch the dough down. Squeeze off golf ball sized pieces of dough and place on a large plate or cutting board. Cover again with the tea towel and allow to rise ½ an hour.
  8. Heat a griddle or crepe pan over medium low heat. Melt a small amount of butter.
  9. Roll out the dough very thinly.
  10. Transfer to the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles form throughout the whole piece of dough.
  11. Flip and cook until brown spots appear.


  • All-purpose wheat flour can be substituted for the chickpea flour.

This recipe is a great accompaniment to the Peach Chutney Samosa Stew!

Samosa Stew with Sourdough Naan

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