The paratha is an important part of a traditional South Asian breakfast. Paratha is traditionally made using ghee or oil. It can be stuffed with potatoes, paneer (cheese), cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, onions, or chili peppers. This buttery flatbread pairs really well with Indian classics like chana masala and baigan bharta (mashed eggplant). Or it can be enjoyed alone with a side of your favorite mango or mint chutney.
How we usually like to eat it is with a nice curry potato and chana (chickpeas). You take a little piece and grab some of the curry and the two flavors together just blend so perfectly. Let us know what you think. Try it with one of the above meals.
Serves: 4-5, Makes 12 paratha
Vegan Dough sits for 45mins, cooking time 10 mins
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 handful of chopped fresh coriander (optional)
- 2 teaspoon of crushed red chili flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of cumin (optional)
- 6 tablespoons melted plant-based buttery spread (We use earth balance)
- 2/3 cup water
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, sea salt, chopped fresh coriander, crushed red chili flakes, cumin. Combine ingredients well.
- Add melted butter and mix in with a fork until flour is crumbly. Mix in water until the dough pulls together. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and set aside for 45 minutes.
- Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Form each part into a round. Roll out each round as thinly as possible; dust with flour if necessary to keep from sticking. Make sure to roll these out as thin as possible. Also, do not roll these out all at once!
- Set a griddle to high heat. When the pan is hot, use a spatula to spread about a half teaspoon or so of butter on the pan. The butter should melt immediately. Transfer the paratha dough to the pan. Wait about 6 or 7 seconds, then flip the paratha over when light brown spots appear on the side that is cooking. More butter may be needed; if there is not enough, the paratha will not be soft. The paratha will cook in 30 to 50 seconds.