• 500g chapati flour
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 375ml lukewarm water
  • small bowl of vegetable oil for dipping
  • 2 tbsp ghee


  • STEP 1

    Combine the flour, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp of the rapeseed oil in a large mixing bowl. With clean dry hands loosen the flour. Gradually add up to 375ml lukewarm water with one hand and keep mixing with the other hand – it’s important to add water in small amounts, stopping when you have a soft dough (before it gets sticky or gloopy). Form the dough into a round ball, leaving it in the bowl.

  • STEP 2

    Coat the dough with the remaining 1 tbsp oil, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rest for 1 hr in a warm place.

  • STEP 3

    Divide the dough into 8-10 equal-sized balls. Make each ball smooth by rolling it between the palms of your hands, then flatten it. Dip the end of the flattened dough into the veg oil and put on a clean surface, then roll out into a circle approx 8 inches from side to side using a rolling pin.

  • STEP 4

    Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and lay a paratha in the pan. Cook for 2 mins before turning. Add a small pinch of ghee to the top of the cooked side, rubbing it around with the back of a teaspoon. After another 2 mins, turn again and add a little more ghee.

  • STEP 5

    Once both sides have cooked and browned slightly, take the paratha off the heat and put on a plate lined with a tea towel. Cover it fully by folding in the sides of the towel to retain the heat and steam – this keeps the paratha soft.

  • STEP 6

    Repeat with the other dough balls. While each paratha is cooking, you can roll out the next one so it's ready to be put in the pan. When all the parathas are cooked, serve straightaway.

Recipe tip

Parathas are a staple part of a meal, especially in North India. They are slightly richer in taste than chapatis as they are kneaded with oil, and then cooked with ghee. Served hot, they can be relished with yogurt and pickle as well as veg and meat dishes. They are traditionally eaten by tearing the paratha and scooping the side dishes in between it with your hands.


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