Paratha | Flat Bread

Paratha | Flat Bread

A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent prevalent throughout areas of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh where wheat is the traditional staple.Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat and atta, which literally means layers of cooked dough.Alternative spellings and names include parantha, parauntha, prontha, parontay (in Punjabi), porota (in Bengali, Malayalam), (palatain, in Burma), porotha (in Assamese), forota (in Sylheti) and farata (in Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Maldives).
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Paratha | Flat Bread
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent prevalent throughout areas of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh where wheat is the traditional staple. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat and atta, which literally means layers of cooked dough. Alternative spellings and names include parantha, parauntha, prontha, parontay (in Punjabi), porota (in Bengali, Malayalam), (palatain, in Burma), porotha (in Assamese), forota (in Sylheti) and farata (in Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Maldives). Parathas can be eaten as a breakfast dish or as a tea-time (tiffin) snack. The flour used is finely ground wholemeal (atta) and the dough is shallow fried. Perhaps the most common stuffing for parathas is mashed, spiced potatoes (aloo ka parantha) followed perhaps by dal (lentils). A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten simply with a pat of butter spread on top or with chutney, pickles, ketchup, dahi or a raita or with meat or vegetable curries. Some roll the paratha into a tube and eat it with tea, often dipping the paratha. To achieve the layered dough for plain parathas, a number of different traditional techniques exist. These include covering the thinly rolled out pastry with oil, folding back and forth like a paper fan and coiling the resulting strip into a round shape before rolling flat, baking on the tava and shallow frying. Another method is to cut a circle of dough from the centre to its circumference along its radius, oiling the dough and starting at the cut edge rolling so as to form a cone which is then squashed into a disc shape and rolled out. The method of oiling and repeatedly folding the dough as in western puff pastry also exists, and this is combined with folding patterns that give traditional geometrical shapes to the finished parathas. Plain parathas can be round, heptagonal, square, or triangular. The paratha is an important part of a traditional breakfast from the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, it is made using ghee but oil is also used. Some people may even bake it in the oven for health reasons. Usually the paratha is eaten with dollops of white butter on top of it. Side dishes which go very well with paratha are curd, fried egg, omelette, Mutton kheema (ground mutton cooked with vegetables and spices), nihari (a lamb dish), jeera aloo (potatoes lightly fried with cumin seeds), daal, and raita as part of a breakfast meal. It may be stuffed with potatoes, paneer, onions, qeema or chili peppers.
Prep Time 10 Minute
Cook Time 5 Minute
Servings
People
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minute
Cook Time 5 Minute
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. First take wheat flour and add 1/2 tbsp of oil or desi ghee. Knead the dough. Dough will be like dough of chapati.
    First take wheat flour and add 1/2 tbsp of oil or desi ghee. Knead the dough. Dough will be like dough of chapati.
  2. Cover the dough for 5 minute, so that dough will be properly settled.
    Cover the dough for 5 minute, so that dough will be properly settled.
  3. After that take Oil or Desi ghee in the plate.
    After that take Oil or Desi ghee in the plate.
  4. Make 2 balls / pieces of that prepared dough. Take one of them.
    Make 2 balls / pieces of that prepared dough.
  5. Coat one of ball with flour. Flatten the ball of dough.
    Coat one of ball with flour.
  6. Roll the ball to 3 -4 inch in circular motion with rolling pin.
    Roll the ball to 3 -4 inch in circular motion with rolling pin.
  7. Spread 1/2 tsp of oil over the entire surface of the circle.
    Spread 1/2 tsp of oil over the entire surface of the circle.
  8. After that spread 1/4 tsp of oil over entire surface of the semi-circle. Do one more fold to create triangle.
    After that spread 1/4 tsp of oil over entire surface of the semi-circle. Do one more fold to create triangle.
  9. Folding the layer is totally depend on you. Here we are creating and greasing the layer to create multi layer of the paratha. You can give any shape to the paratha, square or circular or any geometrical shape.
  10. Now coat the triangular shape with flour.
    Now coat the triangular shape with flour.
  11. After this step, roll the triangle with rolling pin with light hand in circular motion. There is a trick on rolling paratha or any type of bread. As we know there are 2 handle of rolling pin. So while rolling in circular motion pressure on one side of rolling pin should be little more than the other side, to create circular motion.
    After this step, roll the triangle with rolling pin with light hand in circular motion.
  12. Roll the paratha till it reaches 1/4 inch thickness, do not press hard while layer. Otherwise layer will not properly create.
  13. Heat the flat pan on the high flam. After that place the paratha on the flat pan.
    After that put the paratha on the flat pan.
  14. Now flip the paratha, when you see raised bumps on the upper layer of paratha /flatbread.
    Now flip the paratha.
  15. Now flip the paratha / flatbread again with spatula.
    Now flip the paratha again with spatula.
  16. Apply 1/2 tbsp of oil all over the surface of paratha /flatbread, if oil required more then take little more amount of oil.
    Apply 1/2 tbsp of oil all over the surface of paratha, if oil required more then take little more amount of oil.
  17. After that apply required oil to spread on the other side of paratha /flatbread.
    After that apply required oil to spread on the other side of paratha.
  18. Again flip the paratha /flatbread.
    Again flip the paratha.
  19. To make paratha crisp press paratha /flatbread by wooden hand masher on both side of the paratha.
    To make paratha crisp press paratha by wooden hand masher on both side of the paratha.
  20. flipped paratha
  21. flipped paratha
  22. Now layered, crispy paratha/ flatbread is ready to eat.
    Now layered, crispy paratha is ready to eat.
Recipe Notes

There is a trick on rolling paratha or any type of bread.
As we know there are 2 handle of rolling pin.
So while rolling in circular motion pressure on one side of rolling pin should be
little more than the other side, to create circular motion.

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