Plain Paratha

Plain paratha is Indian flat bread made of whole-wheat flour. There are various parathas that one can prepare like Aloo Paratha, Palak / Spinach Paratha, Paneer Paratha, Onion Paratha etc.

You can roll the paratha in triangular form or in square form. I have shared both the methods in this post. Parathas goes well with pickle or you can also enjoy parathas with some rich gravies like Butter Chicken / Chicken Makhani, Paneer Makhani, Green Peas Masala, Paneer MasalaLemon Chicken etc.

I am sharing the recipe for plain parathas. These go good even in the lunch box or can also be enjoyed as an evening snack.

Plain Paratha

Prep time             : 15 minutes
Cooking time      : 20 minutes
Total time            : 35 minutes

Yeilds         : 6 Parathas

Category   : Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine      : Indian

Nutrition Information:

Calories per person: 193, Fat: 13.8, Saturated fat: 1.8g, Trans fat: 0g, Sodium:0mg, Sugar: 0.1g, Protein: 2.1g, Carbohydrates: 15.3g, Fiber: 0.5g


1 Cup whole-wheat flour
Oil for frying parathas
Wheat flour for dusting
1 Tablespoon oil
Salt to taste


  • Mix wheat flour, salt, oil and prepare soft dough by adding warm water little at a time. It should neither be hard nor sticky. Keep it covered and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Method of square folded paratha:

  • Pinch a medium sized ball from the dough, flatten it slightly, dust flour and roll it out into a small circle of 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
  • Spread a little oil on the surface. Bring one side of the rolled dough to the center and fold the opposite side of the rolled dough on top of the folded part and press slightly.
  • Spread again some oil on the second folded part.
  • Fold the right side and bring toward the other end.
  • Sprinkle some flour on the folded paratha.
  • Now, begin to roll and add some more flour if required while rolling and roll it into a square paratha.

Method of triangular folded paratha:

  • Pinch a ball, flatten it slightly, dust flour and roll it out into a small circle of 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Spread a little oil on the surface.
  • Spread some oil on the dough circle and fold it in half.
  • Now, spread some oil on the half folded dough.
  • Fold sideways and you will get a triangle.
  • Now dust wheat flour and roll out the triangle gently.
  • Heat tawa on a medium flame and place the paratha. Wait for bubbles to appear. When bubbles start appearing, spread a little oil on the top. Flip it over to the other side.
  • Apply oil on the other side also and with a ladle, press the paratha well so that it puffs up. Also press on the corners of the parathas, so that it gets cooked well.
  • Cook both the sides well until brown spots appear and it becomes crispy.
  • Repeat the process for the rest of the dough.

Serve with any sabzi or gravy of your choice.



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