Simple Paratha

Today I am sharing with you a very simple paratha recipe that is easy and quick. If you are not familiar, a paratha is like a chapatti (Indian flatbread), usually made from whole-wheat dough, but it has a layer of ghee or butter in between and is brushed with butter on top. Like a chapatti, you cook a paratha on top of a tawa, which is a griddle or a heavy-based skillet. In Pakistani cuisine, parathas are served during breakfast, but you can also eat them with spicy foods.

On my blog, I will be sharing a variety of delicious paratha recipes. I am starting off with this simple one. I usually like a paratha during breakfast with some scrambled eggs and a cup of hot tea. Very yummy! Let’s begin! Be sure to checkout my other flatbread recipe on my blog, featuring delicious homemade naan!

Directions

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  1. Kneading the dough: Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a small hole in the center of the flour. Add water slowly, a little at a time, while starting to bring the dough together. Once the flour has come together to form a soft dough, begin to knead it for about 10 minutes. TIP: You can also use a stand-mixer with a dough hook attached to knead the dough.
  2. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a cool place for about half an hour. It is hard to form a nice round paratha with freshly kneaded dough so don’t skip this step!
  3. After half an hour, knead the dough for a couple more minutes and then divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
  4. Take each portion and using the palms of your hands, shape each into a ball. Then flatten the balls into a flat circle. Roll out each piece with a rolling pin over a floured surface into a thin even circle (size of a dinner plate).
  5. If you are using melted ghee or vegetable oil, you can brush a layer over the surface of the circle. If you are using butter, place small pats of butter all over the circle OR spread it over the surface.
  6. Fold the dough circle in half, brush with oil, ghee, or butter again, and then fold once more. Now, roll the dough out again to a circle, that is about 1/8 inch thick (smaller that a dinner plate).
  7. Place a griddle or heavy-bottom skillet over medium to medium high heat and brush some oil or ghee onto the surface of the griddle. Now wait a few moments for the griddle to heat up.
  8. Once the griddle or skillet is heated, add the paratha onto it and cook it for about a minute. Turn it over and then brush on some oil, ghee, or butter (according to your preference). Wait another minute and turn it over again and brush with oil or ghee. Brush around the edges as well and keep cooking until the paratha is golden.
  9. Take the paratha off the griddle and keep warm while cooking the rest. Serve at once, while hot!