onion paratha recipe | how to make onion paratha

onion paratha recipe with step by step photos. onion paratha or pyaaz ka paratha is one of the popular and tasty paratha variety made in punjbai homes for breakfast. the translation of onion paratha in english would be  – whole wheat flat bread stuffed with spiced onions 🙂

i often make different type of parathas at home but many of these paratha recipes are not posted on blog. so i have decided to post these paratha recipes one by one.

parathas can be had for breakfast or a quick brunch or lunch. accompanied with a side vegetable dish or raita these parathas make for a complete meal.

as far as onion paratha is concerned it is very easy to make. on top of it, onions are easily available in any kitchen and more so in an indian kitchen. onions are always there in my kitchen, except on days when we fast and abstain from onion & garlic.

aren’t the onions photogenic in the above pic? what about the flavor and punch they add to any dish?

onions for onion paratha recipe

for all onion lovers these onion parathas are a must to have. easy to prepare and they also make a good tiffin box snack or lunch. if you have leftover whole wheat dough, then you can make these parathas quickly.

for frying the parathas you can fry with sunflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil or ghee. i fry the parathas i make for myself with sunflower or sesame oil and for the hubby with organic ghee.

how to make onion paratha

1: take a medium sized ball from the dough and roll it into a 3-4 inches round on a dusted board or work surface.

dough for onion paratha recipe

2: place the mixture of chopped onions & green chilies.

onions for pyaaz ka paratha recipe

3: sprinkle with some red chili powder, garam masala, salt. you can sprinkle some dry whole wheat flour on top of the onions. this absorbs the moisture from the stuffing and helps to roll the parathas easily. i generally don’t do this method as by now i pretty good in making parathas. but for beginners you can try this tip.

spices to make for pyaaz ka paratha recipe

4: bring the edges together and join them in the center.

making pyaaz ka paratha recipe

5: press the joined edges downwards & sprinkle some flour so that you can roll it easily in the next step.

making pyaaz ka paratha recipe

6: roll gently into a paratha about 7-8 inches diameter. tearing may happen in a few places, but thats alright…. as the onions release moisture due to the presence of salt. care has to be taken that a lot of dough does not tear off.

making onion paratha recipe

7:  place the onion paratha on a hot griddle and fry with some oil or ghee… the way we fry parathas.

frying paratha - onion paratha recipe

8: brown spots will begin to appear and the outer layer of the onion paratha will become crisp at some places and golden.

frying paratha - onion paratha recipe

9: remove and serve onion paratha hot or stack the parathas in a roti basket and then serve onion parathas with your favorite sabzi or mango pickle or raita or plain yogurt or white butter or just have plain with chai.

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onion paratha

4.91 from 10 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Cuisine:north indian
onion paratha recipe
onion paratha are whole wheat flat bread stuffed with onions and a few spices.

INGREDIENTS FOR onion paratha

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for dough

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oil or ghee
  • water as required

for onion paratha stuffing

  • 1 large onion (pyaaz) - finely chopped
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - finely chopped or minced (optional)
  • garam masala powder as required
  • red chili powder as required
  • salt as required
  • oil or ghee for frying the parathas

HOW TO MAKE onion paratha

kneading dough for onion paratha

  • mix the flour with the salt. add the ghee and some water.
  • begin to knead the dough. add some more water and knead to a smooth and soft dough.
  • punch the dough while kneading. 
  • cover and keep aside the dough for 15-20 minutes.

making onion paratha filling

  • as the dough is resting we prepare the filling.
  • chop the onions & green chilies.
  • mix them together and keep aside.

making onion paratha

  • make medium sized balls from the dough.
  • take a ball and roll into 3-4 inch diameter disc on a dusted board.
  • add the chopped onions-chilies mixture in the center.
  • sprinkle one or two pinch of garam masala powder, red chili powder and salt.
  • bring together all the edges of the dough.
  • join them in the center and press downwards.
  • sprinkle some more flour and roll into a paratha of about 6-8 inches in diameter.
  • fry the onion paratha on a hot tava or frying pan drizzling about 1 or 2 tsp of ghee or oil on both sides till the paratha is evenly cooked and browned.
  • serve onion paratha hot with some yogurt (diary or vegan) or a side vegetable dish.
  • these onion paratha are so good, they can be had plain too with indian chai.


few tips for making onion paratha recipe

1. the onions have to be finely chopped. if not, then you won't be able to roll the parathas.
2. as a variation some chopped coriander (cilantro leaves) can also be added to the stuffing.
3. another variation which changes the flavor completely is adding ajwain or carom seeds. sometimes i add these to the parathas. just sprinkle a pinch or two on top of the onions whilst sprinkling the garam masala etc.
4. if making onion paratha for kids, then skip the green chilies and the spice powders.
5. for a tangy taste, sprinkle some amchur powder or chaat masala on the onions.
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53 comments/reviews

  1. Being new in the cooking your recipes are like blessing for me.. your recipes are very healthy and very easy to make.. I always go through your recipes… thank you

  2. One thing I love is u always try to add more and more healthy options to the recipes… I have tried most of your recipes and they are awesome…. Thanks for the wonderful recipes5 stars

    • thanks vaishali. i do try to add healthier options wherever possible, but sometimes in a few recipes, it is just not possible. thanks for the feedback on the recipes you have tried. welcome and happy cooking.

  3. Hi I always go through your receipies and since you post it with step by step photos it become more interesting and simple to learn. Thanks for all the receipies.5 stars

  4. Oww Dassana onion paratha looks so great, I didn’t know such a paratha exist☺. Went back to bangladesh and had been visiting my family for a month so no cooking required?..but now back again to Malaysia with hubby(sigh!).Back home I saw one of my aunt making paratha with garlic and kalonji. That is she just added minced garlic and little bit kalonji to the dough then rolled and layered with oil and fried like you would fry paratha..it was sooo good with a piping hot cup of tea in our cold winter morning. Btw.. i have already booked several of your recipes to make soon..inshallah will let u know how they turn out. With lots of love, kimia

    • kimia, after a long time. looks like you had a great stay. thats kalonji paratha which your aunt prepares. i know parathas are so good during winter mornings. sure, do let me know how the recipes turn out for you. happy cooking 🙂

  5. I made these paranthas and they turned out well. However while rolling them the filling was really soggy and hence they were difficult to roll out. Can you please tell me what could be the reason?5 stars

    • thanks smruti. the onions have to be finely chopped and the parathas have to be rolled quickly. there will be some moisture releasing from the onions, which would make it difficult to roll. you can even sprinkle some dry atta on the top of onions, before sealing the dough. the atta absorbs the excess moisture.

      • Thank you very much for this tip. That will help a lot… Need to give you credit as my husband says that he doesnt want to eat out tht much as he appreciates my interest in cooking and serving him dishes tht I thought were difficult for me. Thanks again.5 stars

  6. hi dassana,
    today i tried onion paratha……its too good……I add corinder leaves on paratha as mention in note……

  7. Never heard of Onion Parathas before…ur recipe sounds interesting and sprinkling flour tip is very helpful…

  8. Dear Dassana,
    Thank you very much for the Veg Recipe of India post dated 31/1/2013 . I liked the recipes designed by you especially Pyaz Paratha or Kanda Paratha.( in Marathi we call anions as Kanda). I have tried both paratha recipes and happy to inform you it was success and product was very svadishta i.e. delicious.
    Wish you all the best.
    Janardan Mali.

    • even i call onions as kanda… mumbai influence 🙂 thats nice to know mali ji that the parathas were delicious. will be posting a few more parathas that i often make for breakfast.

  9. Very mouth-watering recipe. Thank you for giving the cooking instructions in detail with photos.

  10. This is nice and simple way of making onion parantha! Gonna try this one. My mom makes the complicated version where she grates onion and cook them with besan to make the filling. they taste yumm but is a lengthy process.

  11. Love onion parathas. Have always been too intimidated to make though (I especially dislike/am terrible at rolling doughs out). But your pictorials always make me want to try!