My friend Penny asked me if I knew how to make Paratha, and I was really sad that I did not even know how to make roti… So I asked my friend Shivani for the basics on making roti and voilà, it was done. No doubt the first few roti’s of mine looked like a pretty bull dog’s face* (see the last pic in this blog post if you don’t believe me 🙂 ) but it tasted good! I have gotten much better since, lol.
Anyways, so back to the Paratha. I decided to take a mental trip back to India to try and recreate this. I remember being 6 or 7 years old and watching my maid intently as she made beautiful parathas. I remember enjoying the process and being in awe with her speed. I am so glad I did and honestly it was one of my favorite things to do as kid; sit by her side and watch her make parathas.
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (you can use All Purpose Flour as well, you will need some extra flour to sprinkle on while rolling the dough)
1 cup water (you will have to pour this in very slowly to determine how much you need – dough should not be mushy)
½ a cup of oil or ghee (you will need a little extra oil while prepping)
1 tsp salt (or as per taste)
In a bowl mix the above ingredients and knead into dough.
Knead for like 10 minutes, cover with a wetted paper towel. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
Make small balls and keep aside (keep the balls that are not being rolled out under the wet paper towel).
Take one of the balls and use your fingers to make the ball into a circle (A picture of this can be seen in my third set of pictures).
Sprinkle flour on the dough.
Sprinkle flour on the base and rolling pin.
Using your rolling pin, roll this circle out well.
Apply oil or ghee to the rolled out roti and cut into thin strips.
Roll the thick strip and recreate a circle.
I rolled this out twice but you can only do this once if you like.
I folded the rolled dough once more to form more layers. This will create a more fluffy paratha. (2nd picture on the left in the picture below).
Roll out the dough one more time
Apply oil and place it on a hot pan (tawa).
Serve hot with either of the following, curry, eggs, yogurt, chutney, halwa,.. you can eat this with pretty much anything you like. It can be served at any meal, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Pretty bulldog face*