ajwain paratha recipe | crisp & flaky punjabi ajwain ka paratha recipe

ajwain paratha is a crisp, flaky whole wheat flat bread stuffed with ajwain (carom seeds). 
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ajwain paratha recipe with step by step photos – 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 like aloo matar, aloo gobi, matar paneer, veg korma or dal recipes like dal fry, dal tadka etc.

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 masala puris, pakora, chana masala and samosa.

ajwain, carom seeds, thymol seeds or bishops weed or omam or owa or ajmo)

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ajwain paratha

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes
Course:breakfasts
Cuisine:north indian
Calories:136kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):10 to 12 parathas
5 from 2 votes
ajwain paratha recipe, punjabi ajwain ka paratha recipe
ajwain paratha is a crisp, flaky whole wheat flat bread stuffed with ajwain (carom seeds). 

INGREDIENTS FOR ajwain paratha

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for the dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon oil or ghee
  • salt as required
  • water as required

for the paratha

  • 1 tablespoon ajwain (carom seeds or thymol seeds or bishops weed or omam or owa or ajmo)
  • oil or ghee as required
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE ajwain paratha

  • mix the salt with the flour. add the oil/ghee and some water.
  • knead into a smooth dough. add some more water if required.
  • keep the dough covered for 15-20 minutes.
  • take a medium sized ball from the dough.
  • roll it into a small disc/round of about 3-4 inches in diameter.
  • apply or brush oil or ghee on the surface.
  • sprinkle 1/4 tsp or less of the ajwain seeds along with a pinch of salt
  • fold the dough as shown in the method above applying ghee or oil.
  • roll into a paratha of approx 6 to 7 inches diameter.
  • fry on a hot tava or griddle with a teaspoon of oil/ghee or more as required till both sides become well browned.
  • serve ajwain paratha hot with some pickle or raita.
  • ajwain paratha can also be served with a side indian veggie dish.

RECIPE TIPS

  • a variation to this recipe, is to add some cumin/jeera along with the ajwain.
rough nutrition info per paratha:
Nutrition Facts
ajwain paratha
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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.

ajwain for ajwain paratha recipe

2: fold from one side.

folding ajwain paratha

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

ghee for ajwain paratha recipe

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

making ajwain paratha recipe

5: apply oil to this side also.

oil for ajwain paratha recipe

6: fold vertically now.

making ajwain paratha recipe

7: and continue to fold once more.

making ajwain paratha recipe

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

rolling ajwain paratha

9: to a square paratha.

preparing ajwain paratha recipe

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

frying ajwain paratha recipe

11: a little extra browning is alright too.

making ajwain paratha recipe

12: serve ajwain paratha hot with aam ka achaar or just have them plain with indian masala chai. you can also serve it with veggie recipes like veg handi, veg kadai, veg kurma, aloo gobi matar or dal recipes like dal fry, dal tadka, chana dal etc.

ajwain paratha recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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19 comments/reviews

  1. Thanks for the recommendation.i have made carrot parathas numerous times as it is loved by all.in fact,I made it last week only.
    I always try to give feedback but many times comments section were closed,so I may have skipped this (and few others).Also I know this recipe from memory.so don’t refer the phone.
    Thanking you once again for these simple awesome recipes that daily cooking has become such a pleasure.

    • no problem winnie. we had issues with the comment database, so we had to close it many times. but now we have sorted it and so the comments are open. glad to know that you know the recipe by memory. thanks again and welcome.

  2. My children are very fond of parathas,so I am always on the lookout for simple recipes of different varieties which are available in plenty on this site.i made this yesterday for them.they loved it so much that they finished it off in no time.
    This feedback is as given by my daughter(since I did not get to taste it).She just said ‘mazaa aa gaya’ repeatedly till I asked her to stop.i will definitely be making a bigger batch next time.thanking you once again.

    • that is great to know. most indian kids are fond of parathas. ajwain paratha is an easy paratha to make. on occasions, i make it for breakfast with some pickle as a side dish. thanks winnie for sharing and i am glad that your daughter liked the paratha. one paratha recipe which i will recommend from the blog is carrot paratha. it is too good and you can give it a try. thanks again.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. friend of mine who were in himachal use to say that she prepare this kind of parantha often 🙂 never knew so many techiniques ! look fabulous

  6. 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:)

  7. I too makes these often, this paratha comes to my rescue whenever I am short of time or am lazy to cook :)! I also makes these in triangle shape.

    • I too make this often, love the subtle flavor of ajawain, I also sprinkle a little bit of atta along with oiling each folds, so that it comes out more flaky.

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