Wednesday 3 September 2014

Tava Paratha

Very often one gets bored with the routine chappati or pulka and look for something different. Tava paratha makes an interesting substitute! I learnt this recipe from a neighbor many years ago during my short stay at an industrial town in Madhya Pradesh! You can make tava paratha with whole wheat flour or atta. However, I prefer to use a mix of maida and atta, which works well for me.

Ingredients: (Makes approximately 12 parathas)

Wheat flour or atta – 1 teacup or 200ml measure (கோதுமை மாவு)
All purpose flour or maida – 1 teacup or 200ml measure (மைதா மாவு)
Fig.1: Tava Paratha Dough
Water – ¾ teacup or 150ml measure
Oil – 2 teaspoons for making the dough*
Oil – for rolling the parathas
Salt – to taste
Flour – for dusting
Ghee – for cooking

*Though any oil may be used, I prefer to use gingelly oil.

Method: How to prepare the dough: Mix wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt in a large bowl. Add water little by little and knead it into firm dough. Add oil and knead very well (see Fig.1). Cover it with a wet cloth for 20 minutes. After standing, divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll them into balls. Keep aside.

How to make paratha: Roll the dough ball into a thin, medium sized chappati on a board using a rolling pin, dusting with flour as required. Smear oil on the surface of rolled out chappati (Fig.2).

Fig.2: Smear oil on the rolled out chappati
Fold the chappati in half enclosing the oil smeared surface (Fig.3).

Fig.3: Fold it in half
Fold the chappati once again in quarters (Fig.4).

Fig.4: Fold it once again in quarters
Now roll it into a triangular paratha, dusting with flour as needed (Fig.5).

Fig.5: Roll it into a triangular paratha
Heat the tava on medium flame. Once hot, place the rolled out paratha on the tava and allow it to cook for a minute. You will observe small bubbles appearing on the surface. Turn the paratha over, smear ghee and cook the other side. Turn it over once or twice and cook till brown spots appear on both sides. Remove from the tava and serve hot with dhal or gravy and salad. Tava paratha is soft, layered and tasty. You can serve it with pickles and curds as well.

Tava Paratha
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