Friday, 19 August 2011

Varela poratha - Rolled porathas

Most Indian food is accompanied by rice or Indian breads like chappatis, puris, naan, parathas etc.  I learned how to make this version of parathas from my dad. He used to make these really lovely fluffy parathas for breakfast on a winter’s morning and we are all now addicted to these and love having them any time.   

Ingredients for serving 4 people
Makes 8 parathas
Time 30-40 minutes

2 cups of chappati flour (often called Atta) to make the dough
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
2 tablespoons oil for the dough
1 tablespoon of butter
½ cup flour for dusting the parathas when rolling them.
2 cups oil for frying (I use sunflower oil)


1. Sieve the flour and add in the cumin seeds, garlic, salt and turmeric .  

2. Add in the 2 tablespoons of oil and the butter and mix.

3. Using warm water mix the dough.  When ready, knead it well so that it becomes nice and pliable. Keep this covered for 20 minutes.

4. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls.

5. Take one ball and roll out the paratha and brush some oil on one side and dust it with some flour.

6. Try and make a pile by stacking the paratha as shown below and twist it back into a circle and roll it out again.

7. The oil helps to separate the poratha into layers.

8. Par cook the paratha  finish off - by brushing it lightly with some oil on both sides of the paratha.

9. Serve these hot with any curry.

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  1. the parathas look so awesome and mouth watering can I just grab them?

  2. Prefectly rolled parathas,looks awesome..

  3. Perfeclty layered, soft & flaky parathas Minaji!!! Bookmarked..!!! Sure to be a hit for dinner parties too...U would want to present something other than regular chapathis...This ones pretty easy to make, unlike stuffed parathas & yet is new & inviting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Perfectly rolled parathas,looks awesome..

  5. So glad I found your blog! My husband and I (along with several of our children) LOVE this food! (I have also followed your page on FB.) :)

  6. Those swirl flatbreads look lovely! They remind me of roti canai or paratha, a favorite Malaysian bread :)

  7. Its an awesome recipe! Looks so soft and fluffy with all the layers!

  8. Parathas are one of my favourites anytime...looks delicious.


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