Posted on: September 28, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

Masala paratha is an unleavened whole wheat flatbread made with an array of spices and seasonings. It is a variation of the plain Paratha Recipe with some spices added to them. Spices are also called as masala or masale in the Hindi language, hence the name. You can also call this paratha variant as masala roti.

masala paratha served on a white plate with a side of dry veggie dish

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:

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

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

I have only included some ground spices and whole spices in the recipe. Feel free to include herbs like ginger paste or garlic paste or herby mint or coriander in the recipe.

An added healthy variation would be to add some finely chopped spinach leaves or finely chopped fenugreek leaves or some spinach puree to the dough.

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 them. These masala roti stay soft, so you can even pack them in tiffin.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Masala Paratha

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

whole wheat flour in a bowl

2. Then add the following 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
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • Also add salt as per taste
spices added to flour

3. Stir and mix very well with a spoon.

mixing spices with flour

4. Add 1 tablespoon oil and ½ cup water.

oil and water added

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.

You can also knead the dough in a stand mixer.

kneading dough

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

kneaded dough

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

dough balls made

Making Masala Paratha

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

dusted dough ball

9. With a rolling pin gently roll to a round of about 7 to 8 inches. I have not folded and made layers to make this paratha. But you can make a layered paratha as well.

If interested in making a layered version of masala paratha then you can refer this recipe of Lachha Paratha.

rolled paratha

10. Heat a tawa or skillet or frying pan. When the tawa becomes hot, place the rolled paratha on it.

rolled paratha placed on tawa

11. Let the paratha cook on medium-high to high heat. Regulate the heat as needed while roasting the parathas.

frying paratha on tawa

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

frying paratha on tawa

13. Spread some oil or ghee (clarified butter) on this partially cooked side also. You can apply less or more oil as per your preferences.

ghee applied on paratha

14. Flip again when the second side is half cooked as shown in below photo.

frying paratha on tawa

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

frying paratha on tawa

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

frying paratha for even cooking

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

pressing paratha edges with spatula

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

fried masala paratha on tawa

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

While making next paratha if there are any burnt or browned flour particles on the skillet then remember to wipe it clean with a kitchen towel.

masala paratha placed in a roti basket

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

They can also be packed in a lunch box. You can make them for breakfast or lunch or as after school snack.

masala paratha served on a white plate with a side of dry veggie dish

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Masala paratha is an unleavened whole wheat flatbread made with an array of spices and seasonings. These masala roti can be made for breakfast or packed in lunch box.

Prep Time 35 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Servings 8 Masala Paratha


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This Masala Paratha post from the archives (September 2016) has been republished and updated on 29 September 2021.

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