Garlic Naan on Tawa | Leftover Sourdough Starter Recipe

Garlic Naan on Tawa | Leftover Sourdough Starter Recipe

Friends, you saw me making the Sourdough crackers out of the leftover sourdough starter.. The success with the crackers encouraged me and my experiments with sourdough continued. I was looking at various other options to use up my unfed sourdough starter. I came across various recipes like Pancakes, muffins, fougasse (Definitely on my list) and even cakes. But somehow I didn’t feel too inclined to try those recipes.. I mean why would I want to add soda to Sourdough Starter?! And then the idea struck!! Why not an Indian bread?! And I decided to do a naan, that too a garlic naan, from my leftover sourdough starter!!

And As soon as I got the idea, I started working on it!! I made a few modifications to my crackers’ recipe and went ahead and did the naan the way I do my Tandoor Rotis!! And results were mind mindbogglingly delicious!! My help who was in the house at the time, couldn’t stop exclaiming that how amazing the flavour was!! Ultimately she too took some dough home to make the Naan for her family!!

My Verdict!! You have to make it!! Like, Now!! Go!! Make it!!

But wait, you need the recipe first!!

naan from leftover sourdough starter
naan from leftover sourdough starter



All Purpose Flour (Maida) 1 cup
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
100% hydration Unfed (A.K.A. discarded) sourdough starter 1 cup
Unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup (for vegan option use vegetable oil, I have tried olive oil and worked like charm)
1 Teaspoon of grated garlic
1 Tablespoon of chopped Cilantro (Dhania patta)

1) In a mixing bowl, take flours. Add butter, salt, herbs (including Cilantro), garlic and mix well.

2) Now add the unfed starter to the mixing bowl and knead the dough. No extra water to be added, the unfed starter has required hydration. You will get a smooth dough.

3) Immediately use this dough to make Naan. Don’t rest it. In my experience, the Naan made without resting tasted amazing!!

4) Heat a thoroughly scrubbed  tawa (or cooker) on high flame.

5) Roll oval shaped (just for effect, in any shape they will taste equally good 🙂 ) Naans using as little dry flour as possible.
6) Wet your hands and brush the Naan with water.
7) Now take Naan in one hand and shift it to the other hand with little pressure. keep flipping between hands for 4-5 times.
8) Now carefully put the naan on tava and by applying little pressure everywhere stick it to the tawa. Sticking the naan is very important.
9) Now flip the tawa, so that naan is facing the flame.
10) Cook the naan properly and then flip the tawa to get it back to it’s normal position.
11) Using a chimta (forceps) to pick up the naan from the tawa, cook it directly on the flame on the other side also.
Apply Ghee/butter if you want to and have Garam Garam Tandoori rotis with gravy of your choice….
Garlic Naan from leftover sourdough starter
Garlic Naan from leftover sourdough starter


Garlic naan from Leftover Sourdough Starter
Garlic naan from Leftover Sourdough Starter
1) To ensure that the naan sticks to the tawa, you have to ensure that the tawa is not greasy and the roti has water applied to it everywhere.
2) You can make them in pressure cooker without lid too. While making them in cooker, be careful as sticking the naan in can be a little tricky part and you may even burn a finger or two.You can use cooker, if you want to make 2-3 naan at a time, for single naan at a time, i would recommend using tawa.