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Masala paratha recipe with step by step photos. Masala paratha is spiced unleavened whole wheat flatbreads. Masala paratha is a variation of Plain paratha with some spices added in it. Spices are also called as masala or masale in hindi, hence the name.

Since both rotis and parathas are staple in my home, I try making various variations. Masala paratha is one such delicious variation. I have already shared some more variations like:

masala paratha recipe

  1. Cabbage paratha
  2. Peas paratha
  3. Lauki paratha
  4. Veg paratha
  5. Palak paratha

Masala paratha is spiced but not spicy or hot. though you can increase the red chili powder and garam masala powder to increase the spiciness in the parathas.

You can serve masala paratha with any dry veggie dish or gravy dish. These spiced parathas also taste good with some sour or sweet mango pickle or lemon pickle.

In fact you can also have them with chai. Masala paratha with chai is one of our favorite combinations. But on this day, I had made aloo methi to go with the masala paratha. These parathas stay soft, so you can even pack them in tiffin.

How to make masala paratha

1. Take 2 cups whole wheat flour in a mixing bowl or a large plate.

atta for masala paratha recipe

2. Add all the spices – ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and ½ teaspoon dry mango powder. Also add salt as per taste.

spices for masala paratha recipe

3. Mix very well.

flour for masala paratha recipe

4. Add 1 tablespoon oil and ½ cup water.

dough for masala paratha recipe

5. Mix well and begin to knead. Add water in parts while kneading. I used overall 1 cup water while kneading. Depending on the quality of flour you can add less or more water.

dough for masala paratha recipe

6. Knead to a smooth and soft dough. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

dough for masala paratha recipe

7. Again lightly knead once more and make medium sized balls from the dough.

dough for masala paratha recipe

Making masala paratha

8. On a rolling board, dust one dough ball with some flour.

dough for masala paratha recipe

9. Gently roll to a round of about 7 to 8 inches.

rolled paratha for making masala paratha recipe

10. Heat a tawa. When the tawa becomes hot, place the paratha on it.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

11. Let the paratha cook on a medium to high flame.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

12. When one side is partially cooked, about ¼ cooked, then flip the paratha.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

13. Spread some oil or ghee (clarified butter) on this partially cooked side.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

14. Flip again when the second side is half cooked.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

15. Spread some ghee or oil on this side too.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

16. Flip a couple of times, till the paratha is evenly roasted and cooked.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

17. Press the edges with a spatula so that they are also evenly roasted and cooked.

frying paratha for preparing masala paratha recipe

18. Cook the paratha till you see golden blisters or charred spots on top and they are evenly roasted.

frying paratha for making masala paratha recipe

19. Prepare all parathas this way. Serve them hot or stack them in roti basket or a warm casserole.

masala paratha recipe

20. Serve masala paratha hot or warm with any veggie dry sabzi or a gravy. You can also serve masala paratha with mango or lemon pickle or fresh curd.

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Masala Paratha
5 from 12 votes
Masala paratha is spiced unleavened whole wheat flatbreads. Masala paratha is a variation of plain paratha with some spices added in it.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Breakfast, Main Course

Servings 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • ¾ to 1 cup water for kneading
  • ghee (clarified butter) or oil as required for roasting parathas

Instructions

kneading dough

  • Take 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta in a mixing bowl or a large plate.
  • Add all the spices - 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds, 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder and 1/2 teaspoon dry mango powder. Also add salt as per taste.
  • Mix very well.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 cup water.
  • Mix well and begin to knead. Add water in parts while kneading. I used overall 1 cup water while kneading. Depending on the quality of flour you can add less or more water.
  • Knead to a smooth and soft dough. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Again lightly knead once more and make medium sized balls from the dough.

rolling and making masala paratha

  • On a rolling board, dust one dough ball with some flour.
  • Gently roll to a round of about 7 to 8 inches.
  • Heat a tawa. When the tawa becomes hot, place the paratha on it.
  • Let the paratha cook on a medium to high flame.
  • When one side is partially cooked, about ¼ cooked, then flip the paratha.
  • Spread some oil or ghee on this partially cooked side.
  • Flip again when the second side is half cooked.
  • Spread some ghee or oil on this side too.
  • Flip a couple of times, till the paratha is evenly roasted and cooked.
  • Press the edges with a spatula so that they are also evenly roasted and cooked.
  • Cook the paratha till you see golden blisters on top and they are evenly roasted.
  • Prepare all parathas this way. Serve them hot or stack them in roti basket or a warm casserole.
  • Serve masala parathas hot or warm with any veggie dry sabzi or a gravy. 
  • You can also serve masala parathas with mango or lemon pickle or fresh curd.

Notes

  • If you want the paratha to be spicy, then increase the red chili powder and garam masala powder.

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    1. welcome beena. in thepla curd is added, which gives a different taste than paratha. in parathas curd is not added. also in parathas ajwain (carom seeds) are used which are not used in thepla. so masala thepla will taste different than masala paratha.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply.
        Is besan also added in thepla?If yes, what is the proportion of wheat flour to besan to be used?For 2 cups of wheat flour how much besan and curd is to be used?5 stars

        1. welcome beena. for 2 cups of whole wheat flour, you can add about 1/3rd to 1/2 cup of besan. curd can be about 1/2 cup.

        2. Thank you so much for your reply.
          I tried Masala Thepla. I used 2 cups of whole wheat flour,1/2 cup of besan,1/2 cup of Curd,1/2 teaspoon red chili powder,1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder,1/4th teaspoon cumin powder,1/4th teaspoon coriander powder,1 tablespoon oil,salt and water required for the dough.Is it correct or are any changes required?5 stars

        3. fine beena. cumin powder and coriander powder can be increased a bit. some garam masala powder can also be added, if you prefer. you can also add green chili+ginger paste. i hope the masala theplas tasted good.

  1. thank you for sharing the recipe… as its very helpful for bachelor like us bcz time is less consuming and easy is to prepare.

  2. You can also have that paratha with tea it tastes delicious as evening or morning snack we usually these parathas with tea. It’s same like masala puri with chai.5 stars

    1. yes riya. we also have parathas with chai, infact both masala paratha and ajwain paratha. i sometimes even have plain paratha or chapati with tea. while writing the post, i forgot to mention it. before writing i did remember that i should write about having parathas with tea. but while drafting and writing the post, i completely forgot. thanks. i will update the post.

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    1. no problem ashrita. what matters to me is that the recipe should be a success for all my readers 🙂 thanks again.

  3. Hi dassana,
    Could you please post rajma chawal recipe…. Though there are a lot of recipes across various websites, I badly want ur version as they have never failed me..

    1. sure ashrita allow us some to post the recipe of rajma chawal, have taken your request on our file thanks.