Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Paratha recipe-Plain Paratha-How to make Paratha

Paratha (Indian unleavened bread) is a very popular Indian breakfast dish. It is very common in my house and also my family's favourite. Paratha can be plain or stuffed with greens, vegetables or cheese. Plain parathas are usually layered and are served with any subji or gravy. It is a very filling and tasty dish. Today we will learn how to make plain paratha following this easy recipe.

Plain Paratha

Plain Paratha-How to make Plain Paratha

Plain Paratha

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 6 parathas
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   For the paratha dough

   Whole Wheat flour - 1 cup (I used aashirwad)
   Salt - a generous pinch
   Oil -2 tsp

   For making parathas

   Wheat flour for dusting
   Oil as needed for frying the parathas
   Tawa (non stick tawa or cast iron tawa)
   Rolling pin and board


How to make plain Paratha

1.Mix wheat flour, salt, oil and prepare a soft dough by adding warm water little at a time just as you make dough for chapati. It should neither be hard nor sticky.(Dough should not stick on your hands. You need approximately little less than half cup of water for 1 cup of flour - this may differ according to the variety of atta/flour used). Keep it covered and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.(pic-1)

2.Make 6 smooth equal sized balls out of it.(pic-2)

3.Take a ball, flatten it slightly, dust flour and roll it out into a small circle. Spread a little oil on the surface.(pic-3)

4.Fold the circle and apply a little oil on the semi circle.(pic-4)

5.Fold it again, and you will get a triangle.(pic-5)

6.Now dust wheat flour and roll out the triangle gently.(pic-6 and 7)

7. Heat tawa and put the rolled out triangular chapati on it. Wait for bubbles to appear. When bubbles start appearing, spread a little oil on the top. (pic-8) Flip it over to the other side.

8.Apply oil on the other side also and with a ladle, press the paratha well so that it puffs up. Also press on the corners of  the parathas, so that it gets cooked well.

9.Cook both the sides well until brown spots appear and it becomes crispy.

10.Repeat the process for the rest of the dough.

Serve with any subji or gravy of your choice. Even tomato chutney goes well with it.(my personal experience)

Note -For the new ones to the kitchen, roll out all the balls first and keep them ready. Then heat the tawa and cook the parathas one by one.

Paratha Storage - If you are not going to consume the parathas immediately after making, wrap the parathas when it is warm in a soft cotton cloth (keep a separate new washed handkerchief especially for this) and keep it in a stainless steel box or tiffin box or even casserole. It will stay soft for 3-4 hours.

Check out a  collection of paratha recipes and side dish for it in the links below -

Paratha Recipes 

Side Dish for Parathas 

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes and tips, until then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Such a helpful post for beginners....

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. this post is tooooo yummmmy....god!!!!i luv food!!!!

  3. Great work describe it very well..


  4. Looks soft and yummy...nice pics

  5. Hey Padhu, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment ... you're blog space is really nice, i can't wait to see the rest of it ... I'm u'r newest follower!

  6. Even i make plain paratha liks this only...

  7. Awesome paratha. Lovely tips.

  8. This reminds me of my mom.. She used to make this often...

  9. Yummy parathas... And the step by step recipe is too helpful

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  12. Paratha looks wonderful. Feel like having for breakfast.

  13. Mom makes these too & i just love them!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. useful recipe for beginners.came out well

  15. nice step by step recipe useful for beginers

  16. Thanks for dropping by my site.....these parathas look really yumyy...I too make these parathas :-)you have a really beautiful blog...happy to follow you dear !

  17. Great post !! keep going and love the step pictures

  18. I always refer your site for trying new dishes. Excellent simple explanations.

  19. Hi Padhu, the paratha turned out so well!. Thank you! :-D


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