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.
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 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.
How to make Masala Paratha
1. Take 2 cups whole wheat flour in a mixing bowl or a large plate.
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
3. Stir and mix very well with a spoon.
4. Add 1 tablespoon oil and ½ cup water.
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.
6. Knead to a smooth and soft dough. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
7. Again lightly knead once more and make medium-sized balls from the dough.
Making Masala Paratha
8. On a rolling board, dust one dough ball with some flour.
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.
10. Heat a tawa or skillet or frying pan. When the tawa becomes hot, place the rolled paratha on it.
11. Let the paratha cook on medium-high to high heat. Regulate the heat as needed while roasting the parathas.
12. When one side is partially cooked, about ¼ cooked, then using a spatula flip the paratha.
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.
14. Flip again when the second side is half cooked as shown in below photo.
15. Spread some ghee or oil on this side too.
16. Flip a couple of times, till the paratha is evenly roasted and cooked.
17. Press the edges with a spatula so that they are also evenly roasted and cooked.
18. Cook the paratha till you see golden blisters or charred spots on top and they are evenly roasted.
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.
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.
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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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Take 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta in a mixing bowl or a large plate.
Add all the spices – cumin seeds, carom seeds, crushed black pepper, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and dry mango powder. Also add salt as per taste.
Mix very well.
Add 1 tablespoon oil and ½ 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 or skillet. 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 paratha 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.
These masala roti stays soft so you can pack them for lunch box also with some pickle or curd. However if making for kids then reduce the spices and seasonings accordingly.
- If you want the masala paratha to be spicy, then increase the red chili powder and garam masala powder.
- You can opt to add herbs like coriander, mint, ginger, garlic to the dough.
- Another healthy variation is to add spinach puree or finely chopped spinach leaves or fenugreek leaves to the dough.
- The amount of spices and seasonings can be varied as per your taste preferences.
- Roast on medium-high to high heat. Don’t roast on low heat as then the masala roti will become chewy and hard. Also don’t roast the masala roti on a very high heat as then it will burn fast. Regulate the heat as needed while roasting.
- The recipe can be scaled easily to make a small or a larger serving.
- The approximate nutrition info is for one masala paratha roasted with 1 teaspoon ghee.
Masala Paratha | Masala Roti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 13µg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This Masala Paratha post from the archives (September 2016) has been republished and updated on 29 September 2021.