Plain Paratha

Plain paratha Parathas are a category of unleavened indian breads, yummy triangle shaped flat-bread made of whole-wheat flour. Every household has their own method of making parathas. Once you know how to make the basic one you can make it even more interesting by filling it with your favourite stuffings :). You can also add ingredients to the dough while kneading and end up with some really delicious versions of the basic Paratha! However, it’s the basic Plain Paratha that rules the roost.

Mostly parathas are made with generous quantities of ghee, which are heavy on stomach and calories. Just to cut a few calories I make Paratha only with a little oil but feel free to use what you like ;-). Plain Paratha is a treat with any meal and can be served with any gravy.

If you are a novice cook, I hope this detailed recipe will help you make these yummy parathas like an expert smile.

I must admit, posting the step by step of this one wasn’t that easy. The oil smeared hands had to work on both the dough and the camera, which made the task seriously difficult :D.

Off to the recipe for Plain Paratha!!

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Step-by-Step process in making Plain Paratha:

 

  • In a wide bowl add whole-wheat flour, oil, salt, yoghurt and mix with warm water, adding little by little to knead into pliable and soft dough.
  • You can use hand or a food processor to knead the dough. I prefer to use my hand.

Step1 Rotis

step 2 Rotos

  • Cover the dough and let it sit for at least 30min.
  • Note: You can refer to recipe for Roti for detailed information on how to knead the dough.
  • Now make small to medium balls of the dough. Roll the balls in the palms of your hands.

step4 rotis

roti balls

  • Flatten the ball, sprinkle some whole-wheat flour over it and roll it to a flat circle.

step1

  • Spread a little oil on the surface.
  • Fold the circle and apply a little oil on the semi circle.

step2

  • Fold it again to get a triangle.
    Now dust flour and roll out the triangle gently.

step3

  • Heat a griddle over medium heat and put the rolled out triangular paratha on it. Wait for bubbles to appear.
  • When bubbles start appearing, flip it over to the other side. And cook for 30 seconds.

step4

  • Flip it again and spread ½ teaspoon oil evenly. Press the paratha with a spatula applying pressure so that it puffs up and cook it until golden brown spots appear evenly on both the sides.
  • You should be able to see the layers in the paratha. Do not add oil in the subsequent flip process.
  • Remove the paratha from the griddle and transfer to a plate.
  • You can brush up the paratha with some butter or ghee after removing (Optional).

step5

step6

  • Repeat the process with rest of the dough balls.

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  • Serve hot parathas with any gravy of your choice or with yoghurt and pickle. Today I’m presenting a classic combination of Parathas with Paneer butter masala.

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Parathas are a category of unleavened indian breads, yummy triangle shaped flat-bread made of whole-wheat flour, which can be enjoyed with any gravy.
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Recipe type: Main course or breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6 to 8 medium sized parathas
Ingredients
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons yoghurt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup or required warm water to knead flour
  • Little wheat flour for dusting while rolling parathas
  • 3 teaspoons oil for frying parathas or as required
Directions
  1. In a wide bowl add whole-wheat flour, oil, salt, yoghurt and mix with warm water to knead into pliable and soft dough.
  2. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least 30min.
  3. Now make equal sized balls out of the dough.
  4. Press the ball and roll it to a flat circle by dusting some flour.
  5. Spread a little oil on the surface.
  6. Fold the circle to a semi circle.
  7. Spread few more drops of oil on the semi circle surface and fold it again to get a triangle.
  8. Now dust flour and roll out the triangle gently.
  9. Heat a griddle over medium heat and put the rolled out triangular paratha on it. Wait for bubbles to appear.
  10. When bubbles start appearing, flip it over to the other side. And cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Flip it again and spread ½ teaspoon oil evenly.
  12. Press the paratha with a spatula applying pressure so that it puffs up and cook it until golden brown spots appear evenly on both the sides.
  13. Do not add oil in the subsequent flip process.
  14. Remove the paratha from the griddle and transfer to a plate.
  15. You can brush up the paratha with some butter or ghee after removing (Optional).
  16. Repeat the process with rest of the dough balls.
  17. Serve hot parathas with any gravy of your choice or with yoghurt and pickle. It tastes great with paneer butter masala or any gravy of your choice.
My Notes
For the new ones to the kitchen, roll out all the balls first and keep them ready. Then heat the griddle and cook the parathas one by one. Don’t be fussed about the shape, they will anyway taste the same. Shape comes with practice!!
You can also use equal amount of maida (all purpose flour) and wheat flour to make the dough for variation, but I prefer just wheat flour because it’s a healthier option.
Yoghurt helps to get soft parathas.
You can also use milk instead of water while preparing dough to make softer parathas.
Nutrition Information
Calories: under 250 calories depending on ghee or oil used

 

You may want to try these yummy parathas with other recipes in my blog like chicken fry, potato fry, chicken curry, fish curry, paneer butter masala, zucchini tomato chutney, sweet and sour tomato sauce, green chutney, carrot chutney, baingan ka bartha,….Parathas taste great with any of these sides. Go for it!!

 

Happy cooking 🙂

padma

 

 

 

 

 

34 Comments:

  1. Nicely written Padma.

  2. This is indeed a very useful post. The newbies in cooking will benefit immensely from your detailed pictorial description. Loved the yummy parathas.

  3. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to take pictures while making the dough and rolling the parathas 🙂 Hats off to your dedication!

  4. well explained. appetizing.

  5. Yumm!! i can gobble up that entire plate:)

  6. I love Parathas always.. Looks super yummy Padma.. I will make it one day..

  7. I love parathas, especially lachha parathas… with lots of butter 🙂 Yumm

  8. I like the way you explain things, great job.

  9. I love pranthas specially in breakfast!
    These pranthas look perfectly cooked!

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  11. Yummy plain paratha.i like paratha very much.

  12. Yummy paratha. i like pratha very much.

  13. Yummy paratha. i like pratha very much.

  14. It looks super delicious. I wish to grab a bite of these lovely crispy paranthas. Tooo good. 🙂

  15. Some chutney on top and I take these with me for lunch, they are so delicious! Your parathas are the perfect shape, size and I am sure, flavour 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Thought provoking..tempting parathas…☺

  17. plain paratha with some pickle!!! best breakfast ever!

  18. plain paratha with some pickle!!! best breakfast ever!

  19. lovely dear. just wish I could grab those yummy parathas with your paneer dish RIGHT NOW. tempting!!

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