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Sourdough Naan Bread

Naan is a type of flatbread that is soft, airy, and absolutely delicious! You can use this bread for wraps, as a side dish, or as a vessel for hummus. Either way, you are going to love this sourdough naan bread!

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naan bread on cutting board

To me, summer is all about fresh food that’s easy to prepare yet still full of flavor. This sourdough naan bread makes meals a snap.

Simply add a filling of your choice of veggies, meat, cheese, and sauce for a delicious meal on it’s own. Or, top with fresh hummus and have as a side dish to your favorite meal!

This bread is very similar to flatbread however the addition of milk makes for a much softer, pillowy bread.

Seriously, these are great on their own!

sourdough naan bread

Why Sourdough?

Sourdough is a process of fermenting your bread dough with a sourdough starter. This process breaks down the gluten and proteins that can sometimes be hard to digest for gluten sensitive people. In order to get the most benefits of the fermentation process, you need to let your dough ferment for at least 12-24 hours.

sourdough starter

As you can see, the process of sourdough can be very helpful for many people. If you’ve never made a sourdough starter https://therosehomestead.com/how-to-make-a-sourdough-starter/ it’s easy and fairly quick to do. The great news is that once you have an active starter, as long as you maintain it, it will last for as long as you want it. There are starters that have been handed down through generations!

For this recipe you will need:

  1. Flour
  2. Milk
  3. Plain Yogurt
  4. Sourdough Starter
  5. Salt
  6. Baking Powder
close up of naan bread

Step by Step Instructions:

Mixing the dough

Warm the milk slightly. You don’t want the milk to be hot just about 100 degrees F. Add the milk, yogurt, and sourdough starter to the bowl of a stand mixer. This is the one I use and love: https://collabs.shop/xmipvy

ball of dough resting on counter

Give it a pulse to incorporate the milk and starter.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix well.

Knead for 2-3 minutes. Just until the dough is a cohesive ball and somewhat smooth.

Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise at room temperature for 4-8 hours.

Making the Naan:

Once the dough has risen, divide it into 8 equal portions.

Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Roll out each portion into an oval shape. Naan bread is a rustic flatbread. Don’t stress over getting these perfectly rolled out.

Fry on preheated pan for 2-3 minutes per side.

Cool on a cooling rack. Cover with tea towel to maintain softness.

naan in frying pan

These naan breads are so delicious with fresh veggies, dressing, and cheese on top. The perfect summer meal!

Can I ferment these overnight?

Yes, you can mix the dough and allow it to ferment overnight on the counter. If you need more time before you make them, simply put the dough in the fridge the next morning and make them at your convenience.

What if I don’t have a stand mixer?

No problem! Just mix the ingredients together in a large bowl and knead on the counter for 2-3 minutes.

Can I use freshly milled flour?

Yes! I would suggest adding the flour to the milk and allow to soak for 30 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. Soaking the fresh flour softens the bran and germ making for a softer end product.

Can I use a milk substitute?

Yes, you can use a dairy alternative for this bread. You can also use milk kefir or buttermilk. It’s a very flexible recipe!

How long will these last on the counter?

You can leave these out covered for 3-5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze them for later use.

What if I don’t have any plain yogurt?

You can adjust the milk portion and leave the yogurt out all. The yogurt does give a beautiful texture to the bread, though!

naan on cutting board with blue and white towel underneath
naan on cutting board with blue and white towel underneath

Sourdough Naan Bread

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 8 minutes

Soft and airy flatbreads that are full of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warmed milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Slightly warm the milk to 100 degrees F.
  2. Mix in the starter and yogurt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Mix well and knead for 2-3 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
  6. Place in a greased bowl for 4-8 hours.
  7. You may transfer the fermented dough to fridge and make at your convenience.
  8. Preheat cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  9. Divide dough into 8 equal portions.
  10. Roll each portion out in an oval shape. Keep it rustic looking.
  11. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Place on cooling rack and cover with a tea towel.
  13. Store on counter for 3-5 days or freeze after they have cooled completely.

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