Paratha recipe – Learn how to make plain paratha with step by step photos. Parathas are one of the most popular unleavened flatbreads from Indian Cuisine. These are made using whole wheat flour known as atta. They are eaten with a curry or chutney and is a staple food in many homes for breakfast or a meal.
Parathas can be made plain, spiced or stuffed with veggies, paneer or even with minced meat. Some of the paratha recipes on the blog are vegetable paratha, quick egg paratha, spinach palak paratha, layered methi paratha.
I am sharing the recipe for plain paratha. These go good even in the lunch box or can also be eaten as a evening snack with a good curry or chutney. I use oil if making for lunch box as ghee tends to harden the paratha in cold temperatures.
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How to make paratha – step by step photos
1. Add 2 cups or 250 grams whole wheat flour (atta), ¼ tsp salt (optional) and 2 tsps oil (optional) to a mixing bowl.
2. To knead the dough I use 1 cup water for 2 cups flour, it may vary slightly depending on the kind of flour. Add ¾ cup plain water over the salt and oil. You can also use luke warm water.
3. Begin to mix the flour. Use your fingers to mix.
4. Use water as needed and make a non sticky tight dough.
5. Begin to knead the dough on the platform or a wide utensil. If the dough is too tight and difficult to knead, I dip my fingers in a bowl of water just to moisten them. Then continue to knead. I repeat this until the dough turns soft.
6. After kneading the texture of the dough must be soft and pliable.
7. Wrap it with a moist cloth. Cover & set aside for at least 30 mins.
8. Divide the dough to 8 equal parts and make smooth balls. You can also knead the dough again and then roll to balls. Keep them covered until we finish using them up.
9. I suggest using melted ghee for rolling paratha since it is easy to control the quantity used. You can melt the ghee in a small bowl and set aside. Lightly flour the rolling area . Flatten a ball. Sprinkle flour over it.
10. Roll the dough to a round layer. Smear ghee evenly using your fingers. You can substitute ghee with oil. I am sharing square parathas in this post, to make triangle shaped ones, refer this dal paratha recipe.
11. Fold 1/3 of the roti as shown in the picture below. Repeat applying ghee.
12. Fold the other 1/3 and apply ghee.
13. Repeat the folding.
14. Finish off.
15. Roll this evenly to a paratha. You can also sprinkle some flour before rolling. I prefer to roll 4 to 5 parathas and finish frying them to prevent drying up. Then finish rolling and frying the rest.
16. While you roll the rest, heat a tawa or pan on a high flame. When it is hot enough, transfer the paratha to the pan. Very soon bubbles begin to show up. You will have to adjust the heat as needed. Very high flame may burn them and low flame tends to make them hard.
17. Flip it to the other side. Gently press with a wooden spatula. It begins to puff up and the layers get cooked and separated well. Add ghee as desired.
18. If you are on a low fat diet, ghee can be skipped while frying. Fry well until cooked & dark brown spots appear.
How to keep paratha soft
1. Keep them covered using kitchen tissues or clean cloth.
2. Place a cloth or kitchen napkin in a casserole or a box, stack them. Keep them covered.
3. Do not fry them on a low flame as this will harden them.
- 2 cups wheat flour
- 2 tsps oil(optional)
- ¾ to 1 cup water ( or luke warm water)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ghee as needed
- Mix together flour, salt, oil and water to make a tight dough.
- Knead well to make the dough soft and pliable. If necessary knead with moist fingers.
- Wrap it in a moist cloth and set aside for 30 mins.
- Divide the dough to 8 parts. Knead and then roll them to balls. Keep them covered.
- Flour the rolling area. Begin to roll each ball to a layer.
- Apply ghee all over and fold ⅓ part of it and then apply the ghee to the folded part as well. Repeat folding the other ⅓ part and then further to get a square.
- Heat a tawa until hot on a medium high flame. Transfer paratha. When you see bubbles flip it.
- Fry on a medium high flame on the other side as well until brown spots appear.
- Drizzle ghee on both sides.
- Stack them one over the other and keep them covered in a kitchen tissue or a cloth.