Growing up in India, parathas were the norm at breakfast every day; if not at home then packed in my little snack box for morning break at school. Although originally a North-Indian breakfast staple, parathas are now loved and eaten all over India, at any time of the day. One of my favorite places to eat at during my college years was a tiny street-side restaurant, that opened after mid-night and served the best ghee-laden parathas all night.
As an agricultural nation, India produces a lot of wheat, and most Indians consume fresh homemade flatbreads at every single meal - whether they are in the form of chapatis, kulchas, naan, or the many varieties of stuffed parathas. Most of these flatbreads are made using very finely milled Indian whole-wheat flour called “Atta”, which is stickier and sweeter than regular whole-wheat flour. The stone-milling process alters the taste and texture of the flour, making it perfect for Indian flatbreads.
My recipe below is that of Aloo Paratha (spiced potato flatbread) but the potatoes here can easily be replaced with a number of different fillings, like grated cheddar, minced paneer, lentils, moong beans and even spiced minced lamb. Here are a few quick tips before we get started,
I really hope you try making this recipe at home, along with my Cheese Parathas which by the way are the bomb! Both my children who are now at Uni still talk about their favorite lunch at school - cheese paratha and chorizo sausage rolls ?. Happy Cooking!
As always, leave any questions you may have in comments.
Aloo Paratha Recipe Video
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Payal Thakurani is a cooking instructor, consulting chef, and author of the popular Southeast Asian cookbook “Curries for the Soul”. Originally based in Shanghai China, chef Payal has been in the food industry since 2012, working in training and brand development in central kitchens. She was also the proud owner of a cooking school and several food brands in Shanghai. She now lives in Singapore and heads Commune Kitchen in Downtown Gallery, where she hosts affordable, hands-on cooking classes for all ages.