ajwain paratha recipe, how to make ajwain paratha | indian flat breads


ajwain paratha – here’s another paratha that i make for breakfasts or quick brunch. some days when i am too tied up, i just make these ajwain parathas and onion parathas and we have them with mango pickle or a side vegetable dish.

these ajwain parathas dry out after cooling, so they are best had hot. they are made with a special folding technique which gives the parathas a square shape. much similar to the way i make plain parathas. so i have included step by step pics in this post.

these parathas can be fried with oil or ghee. back home in delhi, the family fries the parathas with lots of ghee. the taste is much different when you use ghee than oil, but i am not complaining :-)

these ajwain parathas are flaky and have to be fried on a hot tava/griddle. if you fry them on a not so hot tava, they become dense and hard. but make sure that you keep on regulating the temperature while frying as too hot the tava may burn the paratha. secondly they have to be fried in good amounts of ghee or oil, so don’t be a miser. this is what makes these parathas crisp and flaky.

ajwain or carom seeds (also known as bishop’s weed) lend their fragrant aroma to these parathas. ajwain has digestive properties and hence they are added to puris, pakoras, chana masala and samosa pastry. few other paratha recipes on the blog are aloo palak paratha, kerala paratha, chini ka paratha and gobi paratha.

ajwain carom seeds bishops weeds

ajwain has other healing and medicinal benefits as well.

lets start step by step ajwain paratha recipe:

1: on a dusted board or surface make a small disc from a medium sized ball of the dough. spread some oil and sprinkle the ajwain/carom seeds and salt on top.

2: fold from one side.

3: apply oil or ghee on the folded part. here i used sesame oil.

4: fold the other side covering the previous folded side.

5: apply oil to this side also.

6: fold vertically now.

7: and continue to fold once more.

8: press lightly… sprinkle some flour and roll with a rolling pin…

9: to a square paratha.

10: on a hot tava or griddle fry the ajwain parathas with some oil or ghee till both sides are browned and cooked uniformly.

11:a little extra browning is alright too.

12: serve ajwain paratha hot with lime or mango pickle or just have them plain with indian ginger chai.

ajwain paratha recipe

if you are looking for more paratha recipes then do check aloo parathapaneer parathamooli parathamethi paratha, palak paratha and egg paratha.

ajwain paratha recipe details below:

ajwain paratha
crisp, flaky whole wheat flat aromatic bread stuffed with ajwain (carom seeds)
RECIPE TYPE: breakfast
CUISINE: north indian
SERVES: 10-12 parathas
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the dough
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta
  • 1 or 2 tsp oil or ghee
  • salt and water as required
for the paratha:
  • 1 tbsp carom seeds/ajwain
  • oil or ghee as required
  • salt as required
  1. mix the salt with the flour.
  2. add the oil/ghee and some water.
  3. knead into a smooth dough.
  4. add some more water if required.
  5. keep the dough covered for 15-20 minutes.
  6. take a medium sized ball from the dough.
  7. roll it into a small disc/round of about 3-4 inches in diameter.
  8. apply or brush oil or ghee on the surface.
  9. sprinkle ¼ tsp or less of the ajwain seeds along with a pinch of salt
  10. fold the dough as shown in the method above applying ghee or oil.
  11. roll into a paratha of approx 6 to 7 inches diameter.
  12. fry on a hot tava or griddle with a teaspoon of oil/ghee or more as required till both sides become well browned.
  13. serve ajwain paratha hot with some pickle or raita.
  14. ajwain paratha can also be served with a side indian veggie dish.
a variation to this recipe, is to add some cumin/jeera along with the ajwain.

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  1. Carole Slesinski says

    I have written you before to thank you for the excellent whole wheat bread loaf, which I continue to make and eat with pleasure.

    This time, I am hoping you might help me. I live in Malaysia, but I cannot find Aswan seeds on the island where I live. I know I like them, because I once bought a packet in, of all places, New Jersey on a trip to visit my family. That was years ago, but I stored them in the freezer and they are still strong and fresh. But there is only about a teaspoon left.

    I’m old and I don’t travel much any more, but I do buy things online. I can find them on a couple of websites in the UK, but the shipping is very expensive. Do you know of a website here in Asia that might be a bit more reasonable?

    I love your website, especially the detailed way you give instructions and the personal thoughts you include. I’m sure you’re very busy, so I understand if you can’t help. If you can, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you for your time.

    • says

      thanks carole ji. the websites which i know only transfer within india. try in some indian stores in malaysia as many indians are settled there. i think its worth spending time in locating a indian store in your city. as you will get many more indian spices and veggies there.

  2. Anu says

    tried it just now, had an awesome food.as a South Indian I don’t often make chapathis also..but happy to know this recipe now.thank you

  3. says

    I have never heard of this awesome paratha before and I am loving reading the post.

    Cooking the paratha on a hot griddle is so right for them to be done the right way.

    Also, love my parathas to have generous amounts of ghee on them:)