Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lachha Paratha / Indian Layered Flatbread #Breadbakers

  For this month’s Bread Bakers we has to make Griddle Bread By Anshie.

   In India most of our breads are flatbreads and made in the griddle. The bread I choose for the theme was Lachha Paratha.

  One  of my UG classmate Anisha used to say they make paratha with wheat flour . I wonder how they make paratha with wheat flour. I had only paratha made of APF. My mom makes Parotta with APF for Non-veg Curry.

  I came to know from the web that the wheat paratha is known in North India as Lachha Paratha. It is also known as Lachedar Paratha or Paratwala Paratha . In Punjabi , an Indian Language Parat means layer . This layered paratha will be delicious with any vegetarian or Non vegetarian curry.

  I used whole wheat flour which we make on our own , you can use store bought wheat flour or  all purpose flour. The half of wheat flour can be replaced with APF.

Requirements :
2 cup whole wheat flour
        + for rolling and sprinkling
2 tbs ghee / oil
1 cup warm water
½ tsp sugar
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp baking soda
Ghee / Oil for brushing

Method :

 In a bowl , combine the whole wheat flour , 2 tbs ghee , sugar  , baking soda and  1 tsp salt and mix well.
Add in 1 cup of warm water in parts and knead the dough into soft and pliable.
Let the dough rest for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Knead the dough again for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
Roll each dough part into 200 mm or as thin as possible using little wheat flour as dusting.
Spread a tsp of ghee all over the rolled dough and sprinkle a little wheat flour evenly throughout the rolled paratha.
Fold the floured paratha from one end to other to make pleats , we used to make fan on papers during our school days in the same pattern.

Take the pleated paratha and roll in to a circle. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Just before cooking , roll each pleated paratha gently with flour or oil.
Cook the parathas on a heated Tawa / griddle , apply a spoon of ghee on each paratha.
Cook on medium flame with turning in between till the golden brown spots appear on the paratha.
Take the paratha and place on the plate.
In the same way cook the remaining parathas too.
Keep your both hands on the sides of each paratha and press towards the center from sides , this makes the layers more visible. In the Restaurants , the Parotta makers usually does this.
Makes 6 Parathas.

Serve the lachha paratha with your favorite spicy curry.
We had it with Mixed vegetable curry.

Suggestion :

Addition of sugar gives a nice flavor and color to the paratha.
The baking soda gives visible  flaky layers to paratha.

A egg can be added while kneading the dough. If using egg reduce the water to half.

Apply ghee / oil generously to make the flaky paratha.

Hot milk can be used instead of water for kneading dough.

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