Lacha Paratha is whole wheat layered crispy flat bread. Lacha Paratha is a treat with any meal and can be served with any gravy
based dish of your choice.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Approx.1/2 cup water lukewarm
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (atta) to help rolling
- Approx. 2 tablespoons oil for cooking
- In a bowl mix the flour, salt, and oil. Add ¼ cup water and mix well. Add the remaining water as needed to make the dough smooth and pliable. Knead the dough on a lightly greased surface. Cover the dough and set aside for at least fifteen minutes.
- Knead the dough again before rolling the paratha and divide into three equal parts.
- Take one part of the dough and lightly press on both sides on a surface covered with dry whole wheat flour. Roll the dough into nine-inch-diameter circles, or as thin you can roll. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly sprinkle dry flour on both sides of the semi-rolled paratha.
- Generously spread the oil over rolled paratha about ½ teaspoon with your fingers or brush, sprinkle approx. 2 teaspoon of flour over oiled paratha and spread evenly over whole surface.
- Start making small pleat-like folds, about ½ inch wide, starting from one side of the circle and working toward the other side.
The more pleats you make, the more layers the paratha will have. You will end up with a long, narrow strip.
- Form the pleated paratha into pinwheel; Press both sides lightly in dry flour.
- Roll the pinwheel with a light hand into a circle approx. seven inches in diameter. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly sprinkle dry whole-wheat flour on both sides of the semi-rolled paratha.
- Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. To test, sprinkle the skillet with a few drops of water. The water should sizzle.
- Place the paratha in the skillet. After a few seconds, the parathas will start to change color and begin to look dry. Wait half a minute, and then turn the parathas over. Let it cook for few seconds from other side.
- Spread one teaspoon of oil over the parathe and turn it over. Cook the Paratha from both sides pressing with spatula to light brown color.
- Repeat the same process for remaining paratha.
- Lacha Paratha is ready to serve it taste best hot. Serve the Paratha with any gravy based dish.