Lip-smacking paratha recipes

Parathas, also known as Indian flatbreads, are a beloved staple in many Indian households, especially in Northern India. And it’s not hard to see why. The aroma of freshly-made ghee-smeared stuffed parathas hot off the pan is nothing short of alluring. These flatbreads are traditionally made with whole wheat flour, a pinch of salt, water, and various fillings.

From the classic potato, radish, or paneer stuffing to the more creative kinds like beetroot or cheese, parathas embody the age-old saying that it’s what’s inside that counts.

And in Punjab, parathas are not just bread; they are a way of life. Punjabis take their parathas seriously, and the perfect paratha should be crispy, flaky, and buttery with just the right amount of ghee or butter.

Parathas are also a must-have during festivities like weddings and festivals such as Lohri, Baisakhi, and Diwali. Families gather around the table to indulge in the mouth-watering delicacy. The aroma of freshly cooked parathas fills the air, and the sizzle of ghee on the tawa is music to everyone’s ears.

Here are a few classic recipes, tips, and tricks to make the perfect stuffed parathas this festive season.

1. Aloo Paratha

  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Makes: 10
  • Type: Indian Flatbread

Ingredients for paratha:

Ingredients for the Stuffing:


i. Knead a tight dough with the ingredients of the dough. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.
ii. For the stuffing mix mashed potatoes with finely chopped onion, green chilli, and coriander leaves.
iii. Season the stuffing with dry mango powder and salt.
iv. Take a big lemon-sized dough and roll it out into a small yet thick disc.
v. Place the disc in the palms and put ample stuffing in the centre and gently seal the sides by pulling the edges together.
vi. Roll this carefully, by dusting on plain whole wheat flour in intervals, into parathas.
vii. On a hot flat girdle, place the paratha and gently cook on both sides. Once slightly cooked, use butter to cook well.
viii. Serve hot with a pickle or a bowl of cold curd.

2. Paneer Paratha

  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Makes: 10
  • Type: Indian flatbread

Ingredients for Paratha:

Ingredients for the stuffing:


i. Knead a tight dough for the paratha and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.
ii. For the filling, grate the paneer and add in finely chopped green chillies, onion, and coriander leaves. Season with salt and garam masala.
iii. Divide the dough into a big lemon-sized ball and in each ball of dough fill the stuffing in ample amounts and fry them in a hot girdle with ghee.

3. Methi Paratha

  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Makes: 10
  • Type: Indian flatbread



i. Take a wide bowl and mix in the two flours. Add the rest of the ingredients including salt and mix well.
ii. Finely chop the fenugreek leaves, ginger, garlic, and onion. Mix it with the dough.
iii. Use sufficient water to knead a tight dough.
iv. Roll out thin parathas and cook them on a hot tawa with some ghee.
v. Serve them with mango pickles.

Pro tip: The stuffing needs to be made in advance and cooled well. Hot stuffing breaks the paratha and makes it messy. Stuffing should not be made a day prior and kept in the fridge. This releases moisture and makes the stuffing wet and difficult to handle.

Paratha can be stuffed with a range of minced meats and eggs too. Mince meats cooked with spices and onions are hot favourites among non-vegetarians and are called mughlai paratha. Similarly, scrambled egg-filled parathas are also drool-worthy. Parathas are traditionally served with pickle, chutney, and curd. Another classic combination with hot-hot parathas is cold, sweet lassi, or sweetened curd. Parathas can be of any shape: triangular, circular, or square. They need only be hot, well-spiced, and stuffed generously.


2 comments on “Lip-smacking paratha recipes

  1. good tips. thanks

  2. Javed Ajmerwala

    Nice recipe 👍

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