Gluten-free sourdough discard naan bread recipe

Gluten-free sourdough discard “naan” bread

One of the best ways to use your gluten free sourdough starter discard is for sure to make these little tasty flatbreads. They remind me a lot an Indian style naan bread or a pita bread. They are soft, delicious and make the perfect side for your saucy dishes.

My sourdough discard was 100% rice flour, but this recipe works with every type of sourdough starter (buckwheat, teff, sorghum…). The recipe includes only naturally gluten-free flours, without gums nor commercial blends. Moreover, eggs do not appear in the ingredients. So the recipe it’s also vegan and dairy-free.

You can make these fluffy flatbreads directly on the stovetop, no need to use the oven. This makes them perfect for summer and all other occasions when there is not an oven.

Tips & replacements

The dough will look very wet and not shapeable at the beginning. That’s completely normal. If it’s too wet, leave the dough aside for about an hour: in this time the psyllium will act as binder and thicken the dough. Then shape it. For this recipe, psyllium husks are essential as binder of the dough (you can buy it here).

In a recent test, I replaced the potato starch with buckwheat flour: the naan are a bit less soft, but still very tasty and chewy. This could be a good alternative if you want to eat starch-free and/or without potatoes.

Sourdough discard gluten free “naan” bread

4 from 39 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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A stove top recipe for naan style bread made with gluten-free sourdough discard.


  • 100 g / ā…“ cup sourdough discard

  • 80 g / Ā½ cup rice flour

  • 80 g / Ā¾ cup potato starch

  • 10 g / 2 tbsp psyllium husk

  • 200 g / Ā¾ cup + 1 tbsp water

  • 3 g / half a tsp of salt

  • rosemary or other herbs

How to

  • Melt your sourdough in the water until it dissolves. Then add the psyllium husk and let it jellify (about 10 to 15 minutes).
  • Add the rice flour and the potato starch. Season with half a teaspoon of salt and the herbs you prefer (chopped fresh rosemary for example).
  • Divide in 4 balls and let them rise in a warm place for 3 hours. The dough will be quite soft but shapeable, and it will harden while rising. If you have any difficulties in forming the balls, leave the dough as it is and then shape them after the rising time.
  • Once the resting time is over, flatten each dough ball with your hands until quite thin.
  • Heat a flat pan until very hot and then cook the flatbreads for 4-5 minutes for each side.
  • Once fully cooked, brush them with some oil and more herbs, then serve warm.

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Looking for a CHEESE gluten free naan bread?

For a cheese šŸ§€ version, just add a cheese cube and a butter flake in the middle of each ball before flatten them out. Cook them as in the instructions and they will be completely melting at heart. In this version, you can also brush some melted cheese on top once cooked.

Ingredients and substitutions

If you are allergic or intolerant to potatoes, you can sub the potato starch with corn starch or tapioca flour. But I would keep a starch among the ingredients anyway to keep the naan softness.

Other ideas with your gluten free sourdough discard

Check out these super easy and super crunchy crackers with sourdough discard and whatever flours you prefer.

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  1. Iā€™m having a hard time with gluten free šŸ™ please help. I believe my husk powder is the problem. My first batch came out very weird color a purple brown color and a little chewy. My second batch came out the same color but also had patches of husk stuck together.

    I used brown rice flour/ tapioca flour and husk powder but 10g
    I have been kneading them until it becomes a ball in the kitchenaid

    • Hi Liz, sorry to hear this. I know that sometimes Psyllium can turn pink-purple, and the only solution is to change the brand you use. To avoid having patches of husks, you can try to mix the husks with the flour before mixing them into the water+sourdough. Also, if you are using husk POWDER (I imagine this from what you write), you should only use 8g.
      Let me know if you manage to sort it out!

  2. Hi I’m unsure about the psyllium after reading the comments. Does the recipe call for 10g of psyllium husks or 10 g of psyllium husk powdered ?

    • Hi Amanda,
      There can be some difference based on psyllium brand used. Most people get the right texture with 10 g of psyllium HUSKS. If using powder, you can reduce to 7 g.
      Let me know!

  3. I followed the instructions as written and they were perfect!!!!! I love them! Thank you for the fantastic recipe šŸ™‚ question though, has anyone tried to freeze these before to have on hand when needed?

    • Hi Lena! I tried to freeze them with a piece of parchment paper between each one. Then at the moment of using them, I let them 30 min at room temperature + reheat on the skillet for few minutes. They are a bit gummier than when fresh, but still good to eat!

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  5. For me, best recipe for using sourdough discard. Followed the recipe to the T using weight measurements with 100% success.

  6. 1 cup of water is 240g. If you use 200g, as the recipe states, the flours will not be hydrated enough.

  7. Perfect recipe. Thank you c

  8. While I do a lot of my own trouble shooting the first time I make a recipe I also make it a practice to read comments. I admit fault in not reading the entire post before combining ingredients, however, your time table says that it requires 3 minutes of rest while your post says, “Divide in 4 balls and let them rise in a warm place for 3 hours.” I discovered that with a preheated flat cast iron pan on the stove and the rest of prep done for our dinner. I did a quick fix for one piece and managed to toggle my meal into place since I’m the only one in my family who generally eats GF baked goods. All was not lost at this point but it wasn’t until the next morning that I found a comment about doubling the psyllium if you are using husks. That wasn’t updated in the recipe either. And, yes, I did follow the rest of it step by step.

    The flavor and texture were both great so I will save it and try it again. I just wanted to make sure you had the feedback. I appreciate the GF option for recipes with sour dough so I will be back to try more soon.

    • Hi Pam,
      Thanks for having taken the time to test this recipe and to leave me your feedback, I really appreciate that. The indicated 3 minutes were an error and that is correct now! For the psyllium husks, I always use the indicated amount (2 tbsp) and my dough is manageable. Did you have to use a double amount? I will update the recipe following also your feedback, thank you!

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  12. I react to potato starch can I use tapioca starch instead of potato

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  14. Hi Marta. I was wondering about the 80 g/ 1/2 cup rice flour and the 80g/ 3/4 cup of potato starch. Is this a misprint? Do I go by grams or cups?

    • Hi Joyce,
      The amounts are correct, a cup in volume changes its weight depending on what it contains. If you have a scale, I would always suggest to use grams! šŸ™‚

  15. For those that had issues with the dough being too watery, did you use whole psyllium husks or the powdered form? It looks like this calls for the powdered form, so if using whole husks you’ll need to double the amount.

  16. Wow, I just came across this recipe randomly after trying to use up some gf sourdough starter discard and wow, its tastes soooo good! My mom (who eats gluten) even commented how it actually tastes good and you can’t tell that it’s made from sourdough discard. Its been so long since I had flatbread/pita/Naan, and now I’m super excited to make it again and make some gyros with it! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

    • Hello Inna, thank you so much for this review, I’m always happy when you find a good bread recipe that everyone in the family can love! I hope you will try my other sourdough recipes and let me know what you think. Happy baking!

  17. Wow, I just came across this recipe randomly after trying to use up some gf starter discard and wow, its tastes soooo good! My mom (who eats gluten) even commented how it actually tastes good and you can’t tell that it’s made from sourdough discard. Its been so long since I had flatbread/pita/Naan, and now I’m super excited to make it again and make some gyros with it! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

  18. Hi! I also have the same comment as Carla. My dough is too watery to form into balls. Approximately how long do you let the psyllium husks sit in the water to make it gelatinous? I stirred the husks in until I noticed it thicken a bit, but it didn’t become exactly *gelatinous.*

    • Hi Hale!
      I let it sit for about 10-15 min, the final texture is really gelatinous! Thanks for asking this, I add this detail to the recipe. Let me know if you try again, this is a great idea to make with discard šŸ˜‰

  19. Hi there, my dough looks more like soup lol, are your measurements right?

    • Hi Carla,
      Of course I have tested the recipe many times. What kind of psyllium did you use? It’s mostly this ingredient that keeps the dough together. It’s also important to respect the steps and let the psyllium gain a jelly texture in the mix water + sourdough, before adding the flours. Let me know so we can troubleshoot šŸ™‚

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