kerala paratha recipe or kerala parotta, how to make kerala paratha

kerala paratha or kerala parotta

kerala paratha or kerala parotta is a layered flaky flat bread that is popular across the whole of south india. it is a variation of the north indian lachcha or layered paratha. they are also called as malabar parathas.

i really have good memories of having these crisp and flaky breads during our vacations in south india. we would just have them plain with tea, dunking into the tea or with a nice coconut based vegetable korma or curry. the outer crisp and flaky edges giving way to the inner soft layers….. yum is the word.

i still remember the hotel where we stayed once….. just in front of our window there was a restaurant and the cook making these kerala parottas one after the other. he was a master in his art of making these parathas… with his hands he would flip them and back to the work surface stretching the dough without using the rolling pin…. and not a single tear or break in the dough.

at home we cannot make these parottas this way.  the texture would be less flaky and crisp than the restaurant ones, but still good enough to try. generally these parathas are made from all purpose flour or maida. now using all purpose flour does give a great texture and flakiness to the parotta.

however, in this kerala paratha recipe i have used 1:1 ratio of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. you can make fully with all purpose flour or with whole wheat flour. however with whole wheat flour the texture and taste would be different as compared to the parotta made with all purpose flour. it would taste more like the north indian lachcha paratha.

generally in the roadside eateries, they use dalda vanaspati (hydrogenated vegetable fat). for health reasons, i don’t use dalda vanaspati. use a non aromatic and flavorless oil to make these parathas. you can even use butter or ghee. the more fat the more better it is :-). however, i have used only 2 tbsp oil for 2 cups of flour. you can increase the quantity to 3 to 4 tbsp oil too.

the method is very easy and i have shown a step by step method which will make the preparation easy to understand. this kerala paratha does not use yeast. hot water is added while kneading which does make a difference to the texture of the parotta. this is also an eggless recipe of making these awesome flat breads.

if you wanna have these parathas, then make them at home. please don’t buy the ready to cook ones. they are not good. i have tried them and they were bad…. not even an inch close to the real thing.

i had made peas and potato korma to go with the parottas. you can serve kerala paratha with any vegetable curry or lentil curry. even the simple dal tastes sooo good with the parotta.

lets start step by step kerala parotta or kerala paratha recipe:

1: sieve both the flours with baking soda. make a well and add sugar, salt and oil.

kerala paratha flour

2: add hot water.

3: since the water is hot, first mix the whole mixture with a wooden spoon. and then when the heat can be tolerated, knead the dough with your hands. make a smooth, soft and elastic dough.

dough for malabar paratha

4: cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

malabar paratha dough

5: divide the dough into 7-8 balls.

kerala paratha dough

6: dust the working surface with flour. roll each ball as thinly as possible with a rolling pin. you have to roll very thin. if the dough breaks or tears, continue to roll.

roll the paratha

7: brush oil on the rolled dough on the entire surface.

brush oil on kerala parotta

8: hold the rolled dough from the top on both sides and pleat them till the bottom.

rolling the kerala parotta

9: holding one end of the pleated dough, roll like a spiral and press the last edge on to the center.

preparing the kerala paratha

10: prepare all the spiral balls this way and keep them covered with a moist cloth for 15-20 minutes before you start cooking them.

pleated balls for kerala paratha

11: on a dusted work surface, roll each pleated ball into parathas of 4-5 inches. i actually made them larger about 7  inches.

kerala paratha balls

12:  heat a tava or a griddle. place the paratha on a hot tava and fry on both sides drizzled with some oil on top and the edges till they are crisp and browned. you will see the layers easily and they will be browned.

frying kerala paratha or kerala parotta

when serving, squish the parotta holding them between your palms so that the layers come up on the surface. serve these yummy kerala paratha or malabar parathas with any indian vegetable or lentil curry.

kerala paratha or kerala parotta or malabar paratha

if you are looking for more paratha recipes then do check chana dal parathaaloo paratha, gobi paratha, radish paratha, egg paratha and palak paratha.

kerala paratha or malabar paratha recipe below:

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kerala paratha or kerala parotta - makes 7-8 parotta
kerala parotta - crisp, flaky unleavened layered flat bread from kerala.
CUISINE: kerala, indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour/atta
  • 1 cup all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ to 1 cup hot water
  • 1 to 2 tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt or as required
  1. seive both the whole wheat flour and all purpose flour with baking soda.
  2. make a well and add sugar, salt and oil. add hot water.
  3. first mix with a spoon and then knead the dough till soft, smooth and elastic.
  4. cover with a moist cloth and keep aside for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. divide into 7-8 balls. dust the working surface with flour. roll each ball as thinly as possible into a large round.
  6. smear or apply oil on the entire surface of the rolled dough.
  7. hold the rolled disc from the top on both sides and pleat them till bottom.
  8. now roll them like a spiral and press the last edge onto the center of the roll.
  9. make all the spiralled balls this way and cover with wet cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  10. heat tava or griddle. take each rolled ball and on a dusted working surface, roll each ball into a paratha of 4-5 inches.
  11. place the paratha on the tava and fry on both sides with oil drizzled on top and the edges till the parathas are crisp and golden.
  12. serve the kerala parathas with any indian vegetable or lentil curry or dal.

{ 24 Responses }

  1. tintu says

    Hey dear i tried malabar wheat parota …it came outwell..thnks for the step by step details ….god bless you

  2. ramya says

    the recipe’ies given here are very helpfull and easy to learn . thanks to the member prepared this

  3. atrayee dasgupta says

    Dear, the recipes posted here are really very helpful and complete with easy step by step suggestions. moreover the pictures used make them more beneficial and interesting. keep up the good work.
    Thanks & regards
    Atrayee Dasgupta

  4. manasa says

    thanks for this recipe…It took me back to the days when dad (marine engineer) would be stationed in cochin and we would eat these how the waiter would come to the table with the stack and squish them..yum!!!

  5. mm says

    Dalda Vanaspati – is not used for health reasons – its bad for health
    Its used by roadside as its cheaper but give the flakiness like GHEE

  6. says

    these kerala porottas are one of my favourites but have never tried making them at home.. i shoudl… they look very good dassana…

  7. says

    Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious! I haven’t tried kerala paratha before, but the naan and other flatbread. I’ve been into lentil curries lately… I can imagine the paratha pairs well with these… :)