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Plain Parantha – Yummy Homemade Indian Bread
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Plain Parantha – Yummy Homemade Indian Bread

Parantha, in many places also known as Prata bread, is a popular Indian bread typically eaten for breakfast and also packed in to lunch boxes. It is eaten with curries or vegetarian preparations. You can also make rolls with your choice of filling. It requires a little time to knead the dough and is thereafter quite simple. Made with whole wheat flour it is great on taste and also stays soft for hours later. 

 

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2  cup whole wheat flour

• 2 cups water

• ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

• Oil for cooking

 

First take a large base bowl to knead the dough. Add the flour and salt. Slowly add water and knead the dough till it binds together firm and is still soft. Avoid adding too much water at one go or it will become too soft. Keep a tablespoon flour aside to dust while rolling the paranthas.

 

Then make small balls with the dough and gently roll them out into bigger circles. You can flip it in the dry flour kept aside to prevent it from becoming sticky. Now drip about ½ teaspoon oil and fold the rolled dough into half like a semicircle and then fold it again to form a triangle. Now roll this further to make a bigger triangle. You can sprinkle a little dry flour to prevent it from sticking.

 

Meanwhile heat a flat skillet and gently place the rolled out triangle parantha. Flip in about half a minute and spread a teaspoon of oil. Gently press the parantha from all sides with a flat spatula to aid the cooking and then flip the other side and repeat. Keep the heat on medium flame to avoid the parantha from getting burnt. Flip a couple of times till cooked from both sides. Remove into a plate and serve with your favorite curry or dip and enjoy.

 

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 2. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Roopam - I love parathas, especially the vegetable kind! I didn't realise they were this simple to make. I will definitely make them sometime now, after reading this.
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    1. Roopam
      Thank you...yes it is great on taste and simple to make too...this is a plain parantha typically eaten with curry preparations...there are other paranthas which are stuffed with veggies and made in a similar way...Thank you for the vote!
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  2. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Wow..I love those. My dad used to have it for breakfast almost everyday. Other than veggies, we can have them with pickles. Children love them with tomato sauce!
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    1. Roopam
      And jam too:)
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  3. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Roopam, sorry missed voting for your article. I work third shift on Fri, Sat and Sun and am not online much during that time. Breads and sweets are my weakness! Congrats for making Top Posts!
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    1. Roopam
      No worries carolyn! Glad you read it:) Thanks!
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  4. halik
    Roopam, can these be made with gluten free flour instead of the whole wheat? Would they come out the same? The recipe looks fantastic and so simple. Can other Indian breads work with gluten free flours? Thanks!
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    1. Roopam
      Thanks for reading...yes you should be able to make it with gluten free flour...I have not used gluten free flour. But essentially you need to knead the dough so the flour needs to bind...but I think you will be able to do it with care...do try it and let me know how it goes:)
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  5. maybecatchfire
    maybecatchfire
    This looks so wonderful and easy! Can you elaborate on how to fill it? Also, I have never had this, but I love naan. Is this bread similar? Thanks a bunch for the recipe :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      This is different from naan in two ways..Plain parantha is made up of whole wheat flour while naan is made up of very fine wheat flour. Second difference is in the way they are prepared. Naan is traditionally cooked in a clay oven.
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    2. Roopam
      Thanks! For the filling you can choose your filling for e.g. mashed potatoes. So you prepare the filling separately. Boil and peel the potatoes. Then mash them and add a little seasoning - one teaspoon coriander powder, salt, black pepper, garam masala, chopped onions. If you like it spicy add chopped thai green chili and mix it all together to make a nice seasoned mix of mashed potatoes. To make it less spicy you can leave out the garam masala or the green chili. Then prepare the dough similarly with water. Now take small balls from the dough and roll it out into a medium sized circle. Take a spoon full of the seasoned filling and place it on the rolled circle. Then fold the circle from all sides to close over the filling so that no part of the filling shows. Then roll out the filled circle to a bigger circle. Take care to not put in too much filling as it will start leaking out while rolling. And roll gently if trying for the first time:) Heat a flat skillet and place the stuffed rolled out parantha. Then flip it and spread a teaspoon of oil. Flip it and repeat. Press gently with a spatula and flip a couple of times till cooked. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Naan bread also often contains yoghurt in the ingredients, doesn't it? Which helps to make it fluffy. I have made my own naan using vegan yoghurt, and it came out very well. I am going to try parathas next, I love all types of breads!
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          Yes it does! paranthas are healthier than naan..only if you limit the use of oil :)
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      2. maybecatchfire
        maybecatchfire
        Thank you! That sounds fabulous with a mashed potato filling! Hey, you should make a new post out of that! :) and thanks for explaining naan, akanksha! :)
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          You are welcome 'maybecatchfire'!
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          1. Roopam
            I just saw these comments...thanks a lot Akanksha for your comments:)
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