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Plain Paratha (made with All Purpose Flour)

Plain Paratha (made with All Purpose Flour)

Plain Paratha Recipe

This simple plain paratha recipe shows you how to make Indian Paratha flatbread on the stovetop. This easy paratha dough recipe creates a paratha with just the basic ingredients of all-purpose flour (plain flour), salt, an egg, water and ghee.

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Flaky paratha

What are parathas?

Parathas are a very common type of unleavened flatbread used in Indian cuisine. The paratha has many different names such as: prontha, parontay, porota, palate, forota, parantha, parauntha to name but a few, depending on where you are.

There are many different varieties and they are normally based on whole wheat flour. There are plain versions and stuffed paratha versions and they can be eaten as a snack or accompaniment to a meal. Or even for breakfast. 

plain parathas

Plain paratha

This recipe uses all-purpose plain flour which gives a wonderful tasty result.

Parathas are great for picking up food or for dipping in raita or pickle for example. This is one of my favourite Indian bread recipes.

Parathas may be served up in circular, triangular or even square format.

Paratha vs Naan bread 

Parathas are different to naan bread in several ways. Firstly parathas are traditionally cooked on a tawa or tava (a flat frying pan) on the hob, whereas a naan is cooked in a tandoori oven.

frying in skillet

Frying paratha in a skillet

 

Also, parathas are often folded several times a bit like puff pastry to give a flaky bread. The folding is done so as to produce rings in the paratha. This makes it easy to pull apart so you can use it to pick up food or mop up sauce.

In comparison, you may find the naan a bit thicker as it is often made with yoghurt and yeast in the dough. They will both also behave differently if you decide to stuff them, because of the method of cooking.

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Flaky paratha bread

 

The cooking of a paratha does use a fair amount of ghee, I must say, so perhaps it is not as healthy as some other Indian flatbread like roti or chapatis.

But both flatbreads are delicious in their own right and really both should be tried. Serve them both up with your main course and see which goes first!

paratha with curry

How to fold a paratha

There are several ways to fold a paratha to create a flatbread with lots of layers. I have tried a couple of them.

Luckily your folding technique does not have to be perfect to produce a tasty paratha (as proven by my pictures below!)

This is method 1 as described in the recipe card below:

rectangular dough

Roll into a rectangle, brush with ghee and sprinkle with flour

 

folding paratha

Fold like a concertina’s bellows

 

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Roll into a circle before rolling flat with a rolling pin

 

This is method 2.

circular dough

Start with a circle…..well sort of 😂

 

triangular dough

Fold into a cone shape

 

how to make layered paratha

Squash before rolling flat

My apologies for the poor photos but my fingers were covered in Ghee and my folding technique still needs some working on, even though this did seem to work!

I hope you get the idea.

We have found this paratha recipe to be a great accompaniment to my authentic Indian chicken curry and will be making it more often in the future as it is so easy to make. It is also quicker than my naan recipe, which I always made in the past to accompany this curry.

I hope you have fun trying this. If you do then please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Paratha Bread

plain paratha

Plain Paratha

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This plain paratha recipe makes 6 fairly large sized plain parathas which will melt in your mouth. The perfect accompaniment to an Indian curry.

Ingredients

  • 450g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 230ml water
  • Melted Ghee to baste and extra flour to sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together well until you have a nice springy dough. Knead for a bit on a floured surface and form into a ball.
  2. Cover in a bowl or banneton and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the bowl and cut dough into 6 equal-sized pieces, and roll them into dough balls.

There are various ways to create the spiral form in the paratha. Here are two:

Folding Method 1

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough ball into a rectangular shape. Brush the top with some melted ghee and flour.
  2. Then fold one of the long edges over itself continually in widths of about 15mm so you produce strip of dough like the shape of an accordion's bellows. Then roll this strip into a circle with a rolling pin. (See the pictures in blog post).
  3. Then roll this circle flat.

Folding Method 2

  1. Roll a dough ball into a circle. Brush with melted ghee and sprinkle with flour. Then make a cut from the centre to the outside.
  2. Begin then to fold the dough over on itself until you have a cone-shaped triangular piece of dough.
  3. Put the dough on its end and squash it. Then roll it out into a circle with a rolling pin.

Cooking

  1. Heat up a flat cast iron skillet to a high heat. Then brush the first dough circle with melted ghee and place in the skillet until brown spots appear. Baste the top with ghee and then turn over and cook the other side.
  2. The dough should brown in places during the cooking process.
  3. Repeat for the remaining dough balls.

Notes

Serve up immediately when hot.

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Try eating a paratha with these delicious Indian chicken curry recipes:
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Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
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Indian Pilau Rice - cooked in less than 10 minutes in your microwave oven

Or alternatively try these bread recipes instead:

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Indian Naan Bread Recipe
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Flatbread Recipe no yeast
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Chapati Recipe (Roti bread)

This would also taste good with a paratha:

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Indonesian Beef Curry

Or to complement your meal, maybe an Indian appetizer?

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Onion Pakora

 

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