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

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ajwain paratha recipe - crisp, flaky whole wheat flat aromatic 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, pakoras, chana masala and samosa pastry.

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

ajwain has other healing and medicinal benefits as well.

if you are looking for more paratha recipes then do check aloo parathavegetable paratha, masala paratha, pudina paratha (mint paratha) and peas paratha recipe.

ajwain paratha recipe details below:

ajwain paratha recipe, punjabi ajwain ka paratha recipe
4.34 from 3 votes

ajwain paratha recipe | punjabi ajwain ka paratha recipe

ajwain paratha recipe - crisp, flaky whole wheat flat aromatic bread stuffed with ajwain (carom seeds)

course breakfasts
cuisine north indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 10 to 12 parathas
rough calories per serving 136 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (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 recipe

  1. mix the salt with the flour. add the oil/ghee and some water.

  2. knead into a smooth dough. add some more water if required.

  3. keep the dough covered for 15-20 minutes.

  4. take a medium sized ball from the dough.

  5. roll it into a small disc/round of about 3-4 inches in diameter.

  6. apply or brush oil or ghee on the surface.

  7. sprinkle 1/4 tsp or less of the ajwain seeds along with a pinch of salt

  8. fold the dough as shown in the method above applying ghee or oil.

  9. roll into a paratha of approx 6 to 7 inches diameter.

  10. fry on a hot tava or griddle with a teaspoon of oil/ghee or more as required till both sides become well browned.

  11. serve ajwain paratha hot with some pickle or raita.

  12. ajwain paratha can also be served with a side indian veggie dish.

recipe notes

  • a variation to this recipe, is to add some cumin/jeera along with the ajwain.

rough nutrition info per paratha:

Nutrition Facts
ajwain paratha recipe | punjabi ajwain ka paratha recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Potassium 87mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 4.8%
* 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 korma, aloo gobi matar or dal recipes like dal fry, dal tadka, chana dal etc.

ajwain paratha recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Can we add the carom seeds along with the dough while kneading?

    • not required. as in this recipe we are basically sprinkling carom seeds while stuffing. so their taste is felt in the parathas.

      • Super fast reply 🙂 Thanks much!!

        • welcome kalai 🙂

  2. 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.