A parantha/paratha is one of the most popular unleavened flat-breads in Indian Cuisine.

Crispy yet soft.

Stuffed or plain. Or maybe just with a little salt in between.

Topped with homemade (white) butter. Or even store bought (yellow) butter.

With some pickle. Or without.

Dipped in yogurt, plain or raita. Or just on its own.

Whatever way you take it, it is always loved.

They are the perfect way to start the day.

Being from Punjab, these were a staple on the Sunday breakfast table growing up.

And never was there a complain. Even when I was conscious of my weight, Sunday was the day to just let go. Of course I would skimp on the butter, but paranthas were always relished.

As many ways there are of eating your parantha, there are even more varieties of paranthas.

In the past, I have shared recipes for aloo parantha (unleavened flatbread stuffed with a spicy potato filling), and mooli parantha ( parantha stuffed with a radish filling).

Since I am always left with a cup of leftover cooked lentils (not enough to carry over to the next meal), I quite often make another unleavened flatbread by mixing the leftover lentils (like V’s crockpot lentil recipe)with whole wheat flour and cooking the resultant dough rolled on a skillet. We, in our household, call them Dal ka parantha. 

These paranthas serve as a great breakfast or as the perfect on-the-go meal when rolled up . Nutritious and tasty,  these paranthas are quick to make and are the perfect use of leftover cooked lentils/ lentil soup and even small leftover servings of cooked vegetables.

Today, I guest post for Priya of Bon Appetit and am sharing the recipe for my version of Dal ka Paranthas.

Priya is a wonderful lady with a blog centering on varied vegetarian recipes. Check out her recipe box and I am sure you will find plenty of things to make. I am definitely intrigued by her spiked up 7-up pulao and oats lassi

Priya also blogs at Straight from my heart which has her travel footprints and other interesting musings.

Head over to priya’s blog for today’s Garam Masala Tuesday recipe and do check out her mouthwatering recipes while you are there.

Garam Masala Tuesdays & a Guest Post
Serves: 5 paranthas
  • 1 cup + 2tbsp Whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup leftover cooked lentils/dal
  • 1 tsp ajjwain/carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • salt, to taste
  • 5 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter/oil
  1. Puree the dal/cooked lentils and any leftover veggies to a smooth paste in the blender.
  2. To the pureed dal, add rest of the ingredients, adjusting the quantity of flour sufficient to make smooth dough that is not sticky and can be rolled out easily.
  3. Divide the dough into a little larger than golf sized balls.
  4. Roll out a ball into a circle and apply some ghee.Bring the edges together and twist into a ball again, flatten it slightly. Dust each portion with some wheat flour
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the flattened dough ball into a circle ¼th inch thick with a rolling pin, applying additional flour as necessary to avoid the dough sticking to the pin.
  6. Heat an iron skillet/tawa. If you do not have an iron skillet use a non-stick pan. Gently pick up the rolled circle and place it on the hot skillet. Cook for a minute and flip it over with a spatula. Each side should have tiny brown spots.
  7. Drizzle one teaspoon of oil on each side and cook the bread while gently pressing down on them. They will get slightly crisp and dark with more brown spots on them.
  8. Wrap the cooked rotis in a dish or paper towel and store them in air-tight containers till ready to serve. (I generally take a bite or two while I am waiting to make the other paranthas. It's ok if you do too!)

Aloo Paranthas, where I come from, are comfort food at its best.

Parantha is nothing but a flat bread. Its an unleavened dough made from whole wheat flour and cooked on a tawa/skillet. Paranthas can be made plain or stuffed and aloo (potato) is most popular when it comes to stuffing paranthas. Paranthas can be eaten  just like that, on their own, but a really good way to eat is to pair the paranthas with yogurt/curd and your favorite pickle.  Aloo paratha is a great one-dish meal for the family that can be served anytime of  the day!

The best paranthas that you will ever find are served in small shops on the roadsides, called dhabas. Some of the best ones I have had, were outside the GE call center (BPO) in Gurgaon, India. The first time I had a parantha there, was when I was an undergrad and my cousin and his  then girlfriend (now wife :)) took me and my brother out partying. After a fun night, my cousin took us to this dhaba for paranthas. Even at 2am the place was crowded with people. My cousin ordered aloo paranthas for us and after a brief wait, a small boy came with our plates of paranthas with a cube of melting butter on top. The parantha was huge and I was sure I would end up wasting it- but one bite and I could not stop myself. I had to really restrain myself to not order another. I did take a few more bites from my brother’s second parantha! Well, I could afford it then!

The second best I have had were when my senior sneaked us out from our hostel during my first year in undergrad and took us to a dhaba next to the IGI airport, Delhi. You should all know Delhi is not a safe place for woman, even during the day and at night time it gets worse. So there we were- just us girls out at 2 at night in a place that was full of scary truck drivers, waiting for our paranthas. And boy, were they worth it. I would still not recommend any girl to go their alone- it did not look like a safe place. But, if you have bodyguards with you, do pay this place a visit!

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