Monday, November 29, 2010

Layer Paratha - Layered Indian Flat Bread

Hello Friends,


Firstly, I would like to remind all my readers (bloggers and non bloggers) about the event going on in my blog and to participate in it :)


Cooking with Whole Foods (CWF) - Quinoa, it ends on December 10th 2010.

Feels so nice to write another recipe after a long break. Last post was a tried and tasted one, so wasn't a recipe from me :)


This is one of my dear Manju didi's (my oldest SIL) recipe and everyone in my family just drools over it and want to eat it all the time, if available. My older son is I guess the biggest fan of her bua (atta) and so is this paratha of hers. He cannot do without both of these.


Anyways, this time I tried and mastered it (I guess) :) A very simple recipe actually.


Layer Masala Paratha - Layer मसाला पराठा (Indian Spiced Layered Flat Bread)
Ingredients
Whole Wheat Flour - 2 cups (this will usually make 4 parathas, depending on which size you want)
Water - to mix the dough
Ghee (Clarified Butter) or Butter - to help spread the masala on the paratha
Masala Spread
Lal Mirch (Red Chili) Powder - 1 tbsp
Chat Masala (This is a masala you get in Indian store) - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Preparation

  • Add water slowly to the wheat flour and knead it to a nice flat bread kind of dough. Keep it covered for couple of minutes before making parathas.
  • Mix Masala Spread in a cup. I usually mix a big batch so that I don't have to mix it every time. Though it hardly takes 30 seconds, but lazy that I am :)
  • Now, take a nice big ball from the prepared dough and roll it with the help of rolling pin into a circular shape of desired size (Usually parathas are about anywhere from 5-7 inches in diameter, but you can always make the size that you want). Another note here is that you don't have to roll them out very thin, if you cannot or if you don't want to.
  • Now, spread about 1/4 or 1/2 tsp of ghee on your rolled out paratha (like in the picture).
  • Sprinkle mixed masala (as much or as little as you want) on the ghee spread paratha.
  • Now, slowly with the help of one finger, mix masala with ghee and spread it across the paratha (like in the picture).
  • Now, cut the paratha in as many pieces as you want. Remember, more pieces, means more layers, but then more pieces also mean more work... lol
  • Once cutting them in pieces, start stacking pieces of parathas on top of each other (as shows in picture).
  • Once all the pieces are in one stack, press them together into a flat piece and then dust it with little wheat flour and roll it out in desired shape. Now, here as I cut my pieces in square shape, my end result paratha was in square shapre. But, go with your imagination here.
  • Now, place the paratha on a hot griddle and cook (roast) both sides with liberal amount of ghee or butter till they are nice golden.
  • As I serve it to kids, I like to cut them in triangles, but just server as it is.
Note: Masala spread can have more masalas if you want and feel free to change their proportions as you like. Feel free to cut as many pieces to make as many layers. My SIL sometimes goes to as many as 32 or even more layers, but she really has lot of patience...lol. This can be a total customizable paratha based on how you like it. 
Serving
My family just loves it hot out of tawa with a dollop of butter and a bowl of plain yogurt. But, eat it any way you like your parathas, but honestly, there is no need of any curries or anything with it. My son, loves to separate layers while eating and love those crispy pieces. 


I am sending this to Joy of cooking's Complete my thali: Roti-Bhakhri-Poli-Thepla-Puri-Rotla event which is guest hosted this month by Akheela.





That's all for now. Take care till next post.

27 comments:

R said...

looks really yummy! such a nice and simple recipe.

simply.food said...

Parathas look wonderful nad the technique sounds wonderful nad esay to get the layers.I am going to book mark this recipe for sure.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks and sounds delicious Priya
thank you for linking

Priya said...

Layered paratha looks absolutely wonderful, lovely..

Priya (elaichii) said...

Very well explained with the pictures too, awesome paratha!

Soumya said...

delicious and healthy flat bread

Krishnaveni said...

perfectly done parathas, love all the pictures, looks very nice

Santosh Bangar said...

looks spicy and crispy.

Gulmohar said...

Great parathas...Loved the blend of flavors here...

savitha ramesh said...

ur pics say all the stories

aipi said...

I remember mom used to make this what seems like ages ago.. I got reminded of the taste, will surely make it soon :)

Swathi said...

Masala paratha looks delicious.

Sangi said...

spicy n yummy parathas with great layering

Treat and Trick said...

Very interesting and looks yummy, love the addition of masala spread on the roti, will try this soon..

indianspicemagic said...

Love to have this masala paratha with sweet mango chutney.

Prathibha said...

I made this after getting inspired by a tv show and completely loved it...looks superb

VineelaSiva said...

Wow intersting recipe never saw and heard of it.Looks very yummy soon will give a try Priya.

Pushpa said...

Looks delicious Priya.

Vani said...

Sounds like a delightful paratha! Bookmarked..






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

Love these parathas dear...send me some...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

SS blogs here said...

Hey Priya.. nice to see your post! This is such a nice idea cutting up the paratha and stacking it up instead of the usual folding. Sounds cool.. bit easier.

Shobha said...

Very nice and chatpata paratha.

Rumana Rawat said...

Looks so beautiful and lovely:)

Veggie Hut said...

thats really innovative.. bookmarked

Jaisy James said...

paratha looks yummy n tasty

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Never prepared this before. Looks so nice..

Spice said...

delicious....and this is quite easy way to make layered paranthas as compered to other ways....thanks for sharing.....

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