By Food E Fare

Paratha is a popular Indian flatbread that is made by pan-frying whole wheat dough. It can be plain or stuffed with various fillings, making it a versatile and delicious dish. Here's a basic recipe for making plain paratha:


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • Water (for kneading)
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee or oil (for cooking)


Prepare the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour and a pinch of salt.
  • Gradually add water and knead the flour to form a smooth and soft dough. The consistency should be similar to that of chapati dough.
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.

Divide the Dough:

  • After resting, knead the dough again for a couple of minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls.

Roll Out the Parathas:

  • Take one dough ball and roll it between your palms to make a smooth ball.
  • Dust the ball with a little dry flour and roll it out into a flat, round disc using a rolling pin. Aim for a thickness similar to that of a chapati.

Cook on the Griddle (Tawa):

  • Heat a griddle or tawa over medium heat.
  • Place the rolled-out paratha on the hot tawa. Cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface.

Flip and Cook:

  • Flip the paratha using a spatula when you see bubbles on one side.
  • Spread a little ghee or oil on the cooked side.

Cook the Other Side:

  • Once the flipped side has golden brown spots, flip again and spread ghee or oil on the other side.

Press and Cook:

  • Press the edges of the paratha with a spatula to ensure it cooks evenly. Cook until both sides have golden brown spots.


  • Repeat the process for the remaining dough balls.


  • Serve the hot and freshly cooked parathas with yogurt, pickles, or any side dish of your choice.


  • For a flakier texture, you can add a little ghee or oil to the dough while kneading.
  • Stuffed parathas can be made by adding a filling of your choice, such as spiced mashed potatoes, paneer, or spinach, before rolling out the dough.

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