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How to Make Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread)


Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread) are for when you want to spoil yourself! Crispy and flaky, they go well with most Indian dishes be it a gravied curry or a dry stir-fry. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step photo tutorial. The number of steps in this tutorial can be deceptive and lead you to think that Parathas are time-consuming to make. On the contrary, making a single Paratha from start to finish, takes hardly any time! Remember, with Parathas, the flakier and more layered they are, the better. How crisp you make them is up to your taste though.

All you need is:

  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil (2 tbsps to knead the dough and the rest for frying the Parathas)
The dough for Parathas is made the same way as the dough for Chapatis. This tutorial shows you how to make the Parathas once the dough is done. The recipe above makes roughly 12 Parathas.

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