Paratha is a flaky layered flat bread made all over India!! A richer variation of the same is parota made with all purpose flour!!whenever we went to a restaurant 9 out of 10 times I would order this rich parota because it’s versatile and could be paired with both vegetarian and non vegetarian gravies!!The art of making parota should be mastered I would say!! Whenever I see a roadside cook make it I would stare as if it were the first time! The way they knead it, throw it up in the air ,clank clank clank sound of the tawa as the parota cooks ,appetizing aroma that would make you gulp some for sure!!
I ve experimented a lot of recipes to get a near to perfection of this yummy dish and voila finally got an easy yet awesome way of making it closest to the restaurant perfection ! Fear not you need not knead it for hours or circus the dough up in the air !This recipe was passed down by my mother in law and it’s a no fail way of making parota !! Gear up you are just hours away from tasting the king of all flat breads!!
Cooking time :4 hours(2 hours resting )
Ingredients(makes 8 medium sized servings )
All purpose flour(maida)-2 cups
warm water-1 cup
oil- 3 tablespoons
salt to taste
Mix everything together into a loose,airy dough.It should be sticky and soft!
Cover with a damp muslin cloth and let it rest in a warm place for at least 2 hours
Make a runny paste with some flour and oil .Divide the dough into equal sized balls .Do not knead the rested dough as the incorporated air bubbles might escape!
Spread the balls using a rolling pin and stretch using hands! Shape really doesn’t matter so stretch as thin as u can!
Cut thin strips and pull them all together !Curl it into a spiral and set aside!repeat the same with the rest!
Apply some oil over the swirls and cover with a damp cloth .Let it rest for half an hour!
Pat the rested dough using fingers into thick rotis!
Cook them on a very hot tawa!apply oil as u turn them,once they turn golden brown cook on medium heat for few minutes
Stack few cooked parotta while hot and crush them with your hands!This brings out the layers in the parotas
Serve hot with chicken Salna or vegetable kuruma!!
sticky consistency of the dough
spread oil on the kneaded dough
Divide into equal portions
Roll out into thin chapathis
Make a runny paste with oil and maida and spread our evenly on the rolled dough
Stretch the corners using fingers
Cut into thin strips
Make swirls and cover with damp cloth(rest for 30-60 min)
Fry on a very hot tawa and smash vigorously between your palms