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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chana (black gram) paratha

A paratha (also spelled as parantha) (Hindi: पराँठा) is an Indian flat-bread that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat (Hindi: परत) and atta (Hindi: आटा) which literally means layers of cooked flour.

It is one of the most popular unleavened flat-breads in Indian cuisine and is made by pan frying whole-wheat flour on a tava.
There are so many different ways to make paratha,but this recipe is little bit different from the regular paraths.A nice change from the routine paratha.


•1 cup whole-wheat flour

•1/2 cup water (Use more as needed)

•Pinch of salt

 1/2 cup black gram (kala chana) (soaked for 4-5 hours)

•1/4 tsp salt

•1/2 tsp cumin seed powder

•1 chopped green chili

•2 tsp chopped cilantro

•1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)

•1/2 tsp amchoor powder (optional)

 •1/4 cup whole-wheat flour for rolling

•Oil or ghee to cook


1-boil black gram untill soft adding little salt ,let it cool and grind them.

2-.Mix flour, salt ,pureed  black gram,all spices,green chilli,cilantro and  water together to make soft dough (if the dough is hard add a little more water). I like mixing the dough by hand.

3.Knead the dough for a few minutes and leave it sometime for rest around 15-20 minutes.

4 .Divide the dough into equal parts and roll it with the help of little dry wheat flour.

5 Heat the tawa on medium high and place paratha on it.

6.Then flip the paratha over. You will  see some golden-brown spots on the topside. After a few seconds, spread 1 tsp of oil or ghee on the paratha. Again, flip the paratha and lightly press the puffed areas with a spatula.
7 cook till golden brown from both  sides ,serve it with yogurt,any curry or pickle.

1- This is the best way to use my leftover black gram for me.

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