Pudina paratha are crispy, flaky, layered, mint flavored whole wheat flatbreads. ‘Pudina’ is the Hindi word for mint leaves and paratha is an unleavened flatbread made from whole wheat flour. Basically pudina paratha is a Paratha variant with some herby minty flavors together with some fragrant spices.
Whenever we go to restaurants, I always end up ordering pudina paratha. First I like the fresh minty flavor of pudina and as an accompaniment, it goes very with a dal tadka or a veg gravy.
Usually I make simple pudina paratha at home for breakfast or lunch. Since they taste so good you can consider making them for special occasions or guests also.
In this recipe post, I am sharing the restaurant-style version. Here the mint paratha is layered like the Lachha paratha. They are crisp as well as flaky and need to be served hot. If you plan to serve in the tiffin box, then just make simple paratha without the layers.
The recipe does not have too much minty taste and flavor. With a balanced flavor coming from the mint leaves, the aroma and taste of other spices also go well.
The best taste and texture comes due to the layers. If short of time, you can make square or triangle parathas, but these will be like regular parathas with the flavor of mint. They won’t have the punch in them.
In the recipe, I have used fresh mint leaves. Though you can also use dried mint leaves. If using dried mint leaves then don’t roast them.
You can add more mint leaves. But do not add less. As mint leaves are the hero ingredient here and bring so much flavor and taste to these parathas.
You can serve this pudina paratha hot or warm with a mango pickle, curd (yogurt) or with any veggie or paneer gravy of your choice.
How to make Pudina Paratha
1. Begin with rinsing the mint leaves and keeping them aside. We will use 1 cup of tightly packed fresh mint leaves, of which half is added to the dough and the other half is added to the spice mix.
2. Then start with the dough preparation – in a mixing bowl or pan, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams), 2 teaspoon oil or ghee or butter and ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste.
3. Stir and mix very well.
4. Then add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, which have been chopped finely.
5. Again mix very well.
6. Now add water in parts. Initially, you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water.
7. Mix and begin to knead the dough.
8. Add more water as required and knead to a smooth dough. Overall I used ⅔ cup of water to knead the dough. Depending on the quality of flour, you may need to add more or less water. So don’t add all water at once. Always while kneading the dough add the water in parts, mix and knead and then add some more water if needed.
The dough should be smooth, soft and pliable as shown in the below photo. Cover the bowl with a lid and keep it aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
Making spice mix for pudina paratha
9. When the dough is resting, you can prepare the spice mix. In a pan, add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves.
10. On a low heat with frequent stirs, roast the mint leaves.
11. Some mint leaves will darken, but continue to roast them till they turn dry and become crisp.
12. Once the leaves are roasted and dried, then remove and keep aside. If you have dried mint leaves, then you can use them instead of roasting mint leaves.
13. In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and ½ teaspoon fennel seeds. Roast for half a minute on a low heat.
14. Next add 1 dry red chili (broken and seeds removed). Red chili is optional, but I do add for the bit of heat it provides in the parathas. You can even add ¼ to ½ teaspoon black pepper instead of the red chili.
15. Roast till the cumin and fennel seeds become fragrant.
16. Remove them aside and add them to a dry grinder or a spice grinder. When the cumin and fennel seeds become warm or cool down, add the dried mint leaves.
17. Grind or blend to a semi-fine mix or a fine powder.
18. Remove in a plate. Also add 1 tablespoon chaat masala powder.
19. Mix both the spice blends very well. Keep aside.
20. After 20 to 30 minutes, make medium-sized balls of the dough.
Rolling pudina paratha
21. Take the dough ball on the rolling board and sprinkle some flour on both sides.
22. Roll the ball to a large thin chapati of about 9 to 10 inches.
23. Here is the rolled chapati.
24. Spread or brush some oil all over. You can also use ghee instead of oil.
25. Sprinkle some flour evenly.
26. Now sprinkle the spice mixture that we had prepared.
27. Begin to fold from the edges like a fan with pleats.
28. Fold towards the end and then roll tightly to a circle.
29. Press the loose end at the center downwards.
30. Prepare the pleated roll balls like these and keep aside covered for 12 to 15 minutes.
31. Now take one pleated ball and dust some flour on both sides.
32. Roll to a paratha of about 5 to 6 inches.
Cooking pudina paratha
33. Place the rolled paratha on a hot tawa or griddle. Keep the heat medium high to high. Don’t roast them on low heat as then they will become hard or chewy.
34. When you see the paratha puffing up at some places and is ¼th cooked then flip using tongs or a spatula.
35. Here is the partly cooked side.
36. Using a spoon spread some oil or ghee on this side. You can add oil or ghee as much as you like. For a vegan version use any neutral flavored oil instead of ghee (clarified butter).
37. Flip again when the next side is half cooked.
38. Again spread some oil or ghee on this side too.
39. Flip a couple of times to get even roasting and cooking of the parathas.
40. Press the edges with a spatula so that they are cooked well. Sometimes the paratha edges remain slightly undercooked. So ensure that are also evenly cooked.
41. You can make these parathas more crisp or Karara as we call them in Punjabi language by cooking for some more time.
42. Remove and place them on a plate or tray. Crush them between the palms, taking care of the heat, so that the layers separate.
43. The pudina paratha is ready to be served now. Make all parathas this way. If you are unable to serve them immediately, then stack them in a casserole or a roti basket and serve them once you have made all the parathas.
Do note that these parathas have to be served hot or warm.
44. Sprinkle the remaining spice mix on the pudina paratha and serve them plain with some mango pickle or curd or with a dal fry or a veg curry or gravy of your choice.
Some recipes you can serve these parathas are paneer butter masala, dal makhani, chana masala, veg kadai, matar paneer, aloo matar, kadai paneer, dal tadka etc.
You can also have them as it is with a cup of tea.
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for kneading dough
- ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves or 17 to 18 grams fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups whole wheat flour or 240 grams
- 2 teaspoon oil or ghee or butter
- ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste
- ⅔ cup water or add as required
spice mix for pudina paratha
- ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves or 17 to 18 grams fresh mint leaves or 1 tablespoon dry mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 dry red chili – broken and seeds removed (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chaat masala
for roasting paratha
- oil or ghee as required
- Begin with rinsing the mint leaves and keeping them aside.
- We will use 1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves of which half is added to the dough and the other half is added to the spice mix.
kneading dough for pudina paratha
- Then start with the dough preparation – in a mixing bowl or pan, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams), 2 teaspoon oil or ghee or butter and ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste.
- Mix very well.
- Then add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves (finely chopped). Again mix very well.
- Now add water in parts. Initially you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water. The amount of water required depends upon the quality of the flour.
- Mix and begin to knead the dough.
- Add more water as required and knead to a smooth dough. Overall I used ⅔ cup of water to knead the dough. Depending on the quality of flour, you may need to add more or less water.
- Knead to a smooth, soft and pliable dough.
- Cover the bowl with a lid and keep aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
making spice mix for pudina paratha
- In a pan, add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves.
- On a low flame or sim with frequent stirs, roast the mint leaves. Some mint leaves will darken, but continue to roast them till they turn crisp.
- Once the leaves are roasted and dried, then remove and keep aside.
- In the same pan, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and roast for half a minute on a low heat.
- Next add 1 dry red chili, broken and seeds removed. Red chili is optional, but I do add for the bit of heat it provides in the parathas.
- Roast till the cumin seeds become fragrant. Remove aside and add them in a dry grinder or a spice grinder.
- When the cumin and fennel seeds become warm or cool down, add the dried mint leaves.
- Grind to a semi fine mix or a fine powder.
- Remove in a plate. Also add 1 tablespoon chaat masala powder.
- Mix both the spice blends very well. Keep aside.
rolling pudina paratha
- After 20 to 30 minutes, make medium sized balls of the dough.
- Take the dough ball on the rolling board and sprinkle some flour on both sides.
- Roll the ball to a large thin chapati of about 9 to 10 inches.
- Spread or brush some oil all over. Sprinkle some flour evenly.
- Now sprinkle the spice mixture that we had prepared.
- Begin to fold from the edges like a fan with pleats.
- Fold towards the end and then roll tightly to a circle. Press the loose end at the center downwards.
- Prepare the pleated roll balls like these and keep aside covered to rest for 12 to 15 minutes.
- Now take one pleated ball and dust some flour on both sides.
- Roll to a paratha of about 5 to 6 inches.
Cooking pudina paratha
- Place the paratha on a hot tawa or skillet. Keep the heat medium high or high. Don't roast the paratha on a low heat as then they will become hard or dense and you won't get a good taste.
- When you see the paratha puffing up at some places and is ¼th cooked then flip with the help of a spatula or tongs.
- Spread some oil or ghee on this side. The amount of oil or ghee to be applied depends upon your preferences.
- Flip again and spread some oil or ghee on this side too.
- Flip a couple of times to get even roasting and cooking of the parathas.
- Press the edges with a spatula so that they are cooked well. Sometimes the edges are not cooked well so do pay attention on the edges and make sure that they are also cooked well.
- You can make these parathas more crisp by cooking for some more time.
- Remove and place the pudina paratha on a plate or tray. Crush them between your palms taking care of the heat, so that the layers separate.
- The pudina paratha is ready to be served now.
- Make all pudina paratha this way. If you are unable to serve them immediately, then stack them in a casserole or a roti basket and serve them once you have made all the parathas.
- Do note that these parathas have to be served hot or warm.
- Sprinkle the spice mix on top and serve pudina paratha plain with some mango pickle or curd or with a dal fry or a veg curry or gravy.
- Mint parathas have to be served hot or warm for best taste and texture.
- The recipe can be doubled, tripled or halved.
- You can alter the spices and herbs as per your preference. But do not use less mint leaves. As in this mint paratha the star ingredient is mint leaves that give so much aroma, flavor and taste to the paratha.
- For vegan mint flatbreads use oil instead of ghee in kneading the dough and also for roasting the flatbreads.
- The approx nutrition info is for 1 pudina paratha roasted with 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil.
Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)
This Pudina Paratha post from the archives (January 2016) has been updated and republished on 20 October 2021.
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i love these parathas , they’re just awesome !!
nice recipes dassana madam,I am a big fan of yours.
I always this website for cooking recipes and tips.Thanks for your great recipes
Hi i am quiet fond of your blog, for any kind of recepe i have one thing to click on and that is none other than your website,
i am a offline person and prefer downloading the recepe taking prints and following it, if you can let me know if i can subscribe or get an account with you so that i do not have to go to google and search again and your website is indeed on a click for me.
would be great if this is possible,
thank you reema. you can bookmark the website in your browser. then when you click on the bookmarked website, it will open up. then you can search for any recipe using the search icon (the search icon is placed inside the menu icon on mobile and on desktop its next to the menu) and if the recipe is there, it will show up in the search results. hope this helps. i am also going to improvise on the search feature of the website and it will take some time to get it done well.
It’s indeed long time since I visited ur website for new recipe.I was just searching ur site for Chinese Bhel recipe and came across this wonderful Pudina parathas.
Can u pls clear some doubts I have regarding the recipe ingredients?
My question is wot proportion of dry Pudina powder,jeera powder and saunf powder r too b used for the spice mix filling?(I always have all 3 powders ready in my kitchen to b used in different recipes).
Just want to make proper mix to get the most of the mint flavour in the parathas.
Will surely try once I’m clear with proportion of the ready powders.
thanks preeti. you can add 1 teaspoon of mint powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon fennel powder. you can add both the cumin powder & fennel powder less or more as per your taste.
chinese bhel i have to add. i have got a couple of recipe requests for it.
Thanxs alot and will surely try the mint parathas for their awesome flavour and aroma.
Thank you so much for this receipe.
It came out so well and was indeed more tastier than the restaurant one:)
Welcome Ramya. Glad to know that you liked pudina paratha recipe.
Ok. Thank you. God bless you. I just asked for e-mail id in case of we can share snaps and other recipes to you or may be in case if we can post it to you .
Thank you. Me too searching for the posts.
One more request in case if you would be able to post some recipes for jackfruit only as jackfruit pulao is there.
Your daals are amazing . thanks for we receive so much appreciations añd we learn from all the tempting pictures you post.
Ok thanks Dassana. May God bless you.
fine megha. with jackfruit, i have shared a few recipes which can be easily searched on the blog using the search bar or search icon.
Thanks for helping me in planning my meals yesterday cooked kadi was tasty indeed.
Welcome Megha. Good to know that you liked the dish.
In case if you don’t mind ans if I may ask which city you are in currently and is there any e-mail id where we can clear our queries and mail you .
Please do share.
Welcome Megha. I prefer to reply queries via comments posted in website. As your query can help other readers also. We reply the fastest in website than in email.
2 More things ;
A)Please do share in case if you have already posted coriander parantha ?
B) Can we add garam masala,coriander powder, chilly powder in flour ? How will it taste ?
1. we don’t have coriander paratha recipe.
2. You can add but it will become more like masala paratha.
Thanks for this recipe. A wonderful one indeed. Everyday I plan my snacks n meals from your website.
Infact,I requested you to please suggest some recipes that can be tried after office time or like at 11am just at 11am like munching snacks.
This is a hit and easy to cook recipe. Never thought we can cook mint this way. A refreshing tangy taste indeed.
Welcome Megha. Glad to know this. I had replied to this query of yours. I don’t remember which post it was.
Superb recipe… it was a hit
thanks a lot chandni for this feedback 🙂
superb recipe. loved it
thank you deepthi for your positive feedback 🙂
Thank-you for sharing this recipe …. It came out really tasty
welcome sneha and thank you for your positive feedback.
Your recipes always inspires me. I have tried most of your breakfast recipe and curreis all came out very well. Cake and cookies recipes made me try and love baking which was alien to me.
I am preparing Pudina Paratha today for dinner and I am pretty sure that this is going to be perfect. And every one is going to live this.
Your blog has become life saver for almost all recipes that i prepare. Thank you.
welcome neetha. glad to know this. keep visiting and do try some more recipes.
Have tried this recipe. The parathas came out very well. Do you think the same recipe can be used for making coriander parathas? Will they be as good?
thank you shweta. coriander tastes different. it gives a different flavor and taste to the parathas. you can give a try.
In case of non availability of fresh pudina leaves can we use dry pudina powder ?
shuchi, yes you can use dry pudina powder to make pudina paratha.
Today tried this recipe.. Very easy to make n so much tasty to eat.. Loved by everyone in my family. Thank u so much..
pleased to know this thankyou so much shagun 🙂 and you are always welcome.
Very nice recipe, easy to do.
thankyou so much anjali 🙂
very nice recipe. well explained. I will try this weekend.
surely try and thankyou muthukumar 🙂
Thank you so much for the recipe.Tried this,came out awesome.
Please do share Coriander Paratha recipe.
thankyou so much beena have taken your request for coriander paratha recipe on our file 🙂
Tried these pudina parathas..turned out so nice n yum.. This is such a nice recipe.. Thanks for sharing..
thankyou shalini for trying pudina parathas glad you liked them and you are welcome.
Hi….dasana…tried the paratha today…came out awesome….everybody luvd it…thank you so much….
thanks for the feedback payal. nice to know 🙂
Excellent recipe…made these ,absolutely enjoyed them:-)
glad you liked them ashwini 🙂 thankyou!
I tried this yesterday and it came out so good! Thank you for sharing your recipes 🙂
welcome neha and thankyou 🙂
i always follow your recipes.. though i miss commenting most of the times.. thank for all the awesome ones and this one too!
thank you soumya.
Wow, I like your recipe
Great going!! I love ur recipe..
Looks yummy 🙂
thank you chandni.
If possible can u please post recipe of french onion soup…thank u very much ☺
taken down the request riya. will add after a couple of months. currently relocating to a different place. for now adding recipes from the drafts.