Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lachha Paratha / Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha / Mulit Layered Paratha - Its Easy & Vegan too!!

Lachha Paratha is a Mulit layered Indian Flat bread/Paratha of Punjabi Cuisine that is traditionally prepared in Tandoor(a cylindrical clay or metal oven) and using ghee. But it can also be prepared using oil in tawa/griddle like chapathi or plain paratha. I love south Indian Paratto, a similar multi layered flat bread that is made with Maida/All purpose Flour. And recently learned the trick of making perfect Parotta and am planning to make a post of it soon here.
Now coming to the Lachha Paratha, mostly this lachha paratha is made using ghee and is not advisable for regular diet meal but i wanted to make it less calorie and also a complete Vegan Recipe, so i used whole wheat flour and oil to make this paratha. Even oil gives nice flaky and flavorful paratha. Hope the step by step pictures helps anyone to make this Paratha very easy and now lets move on to the recipe...

Preparation Time : 5 minutes + 15 minutes Resting Time : 1-2 hrs
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Makes about   6 Parathas.
Ingredients
  1. Whole Wheat Flour / Atta    2 cups
  2. Salt     1/2 tsp
  3. Oil    2 tbsp + to toast Paratha
For Layering
  1. Oil    4 tbsp
  2. Whole Wheat Flour/Atta    2 tbsp

Method
  • In a wide bowl, add flour and salt mix well. Then to the flour add oil and combine the flour with oil well.
  • After that using water knead it to a soft, smooth dough. The dough should be little loose and moisture but not sticky.
  • Then shape it to a round ball and keep it covered in a oiled bowl. 
  • Let it rest for 1-2 hours. I let it for 2 hours. 
  • After resting time, divide the dough into 6 big lemon sized balls. 
  • And mix flour and oil  for layering and keep ready.
  • Now take one ball and using a rolling pin roll it to a wide thin disc, roll it wide and thin as possible.
  • To this add 2 tsp oil-flour mixture and spread it all over the disc.
  • Then pleat the dough to make folds as shown in the picture. And stretch a little bit and roll into spiral.
  • Then keep that spiral aside covered. And follow the same procedure for rest dough balls. Keep it covered for 5 minutes.
  • And then roll each spirals to a round flat disc.
  • After that heat a griddle/tawa, smear with few drops of oil then place on rolled flat disc and cook for a minute or until a bubble appears.
  • Then flip other side and drizzle oil around and press gently using spatula and cook until you see some brown spot on bottom side. Again turn other and cook for few seconds.
  • And remove from the tawa and make all other prepared disc the same way.
  • Lastly crush the stacked paratha with your hands to separate layers.(optional)
  • That's it..Flaky Lachha Paratha Ready. Serve hot with any desired curry, we had it with Dum Aloo.


Notes:
I used oil for layering but if you like you can very well use ghee instead.
Like wise i used Whole Wheat Flour / Aashirvadh Atta but you can use All purpose flour/maida also or 1 cup atta and 1 cup maida.

This is off to Priya's Vegan Thursday.


33 comments:

  1. wow.. sangee.. gr8.. the step by step clicks are so clear that any beginner would understand.. kudos to ur effort.. :)

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  2. Superb paratha's... Perfectly made Sangeetha.. Beautiful clicks too :-)

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  3. looks really good Sangee.. I make this with Maida.. have to try with atta once..

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  4. Perfect flaky parathas with beautiful clicks.

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  5. parathas look super inviting, perfect layers....

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  6. looks so perfect... just the way my umma makes... :)

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  7. Always had a bad understanding that only with All purpose flour or a mix of wheat flour and APF will give good laccha parathas, but you proved that wrong, so well made n lovely clicks (not to forget mentioning that)

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  8. Very healthy and superb layered paratha. Try it soon.

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  9. Hey it has come out wonderful.....

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  10. superb Sangeetha, very beautifullu made lachha paratha,,, love the beautiful layers...

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  11. Paratha looks really yummy and perfectly layered!
    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  12. All layers are visible, u have mastered the flaky paratha.

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  13. Hello Sangeetha, I never tried making lachha parantha ever. After reading your post, and easy to follow instructions with superb pictures, i am going to make them soon!

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  14. Tempting and flaky paratha. The layers are clearly visible.

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  15. Beautifully made paratha, with all the lovely layers.
    Love your new header Sangee

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  16. Beautifully made paratha, with lovely layers.
    Love your new header Sangee

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  17. Omg, stunning and flaky parathas, seriously they came out extremely prefect Sangee, such a clear and prefect rolled lachha paratha..

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  18. Super tasty and flaky laccha parathas. Very well prepared and perfectly paired with dumm aalu. Drool worthy clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  19. wow ! very healthy option to the normal store brought white ones..and sucha lovely presentation ! beautiful clicks.

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  20. Wow aks... its very clear layer of paratha... Love it always... Superb... n excel clicks as always...

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  21. Awesome paratas so well made sangee dear such a detailed post hats off your clicks make me drool

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  22. Loved the post and commenting after ages -A couple of suggestions, if I may -- I think perhaps you should indicate a ball park of approximately how much water you used for the amount of atta so that the one can get a sense of the consistency of a loose atta - Also a clearer picture of the folding /spiraling process. I just taught some cooking classes Sangee, and I realize the number of doubts people have about what to do with a recipe - things that we sometimes deem insignificant or common sense details. I am certainly visiting you for these and the promised parottas - nothing like a good parotta kurma - naak ooring at the thought of it :)

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    1. Yeah Priya, recently one of my reader also asked the same question and i thought of updating it, soon will update it and also share the folding process clearly with more pictures. Thanks Priya for the suggestions will work on it. thanks again and am so happy to see your comment on my post :)

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  23. Sangee, I see a bunch of wonderful pix now - may have been a case of my computer not loading all of them . Always a pleasure to stop by take care <3

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    1. Thank You Priya, you never fail to motivate me through your comments. Thanks TC :)

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  24. Hi
    I tried this today but didnt get layers at all. It was flat jus like roti. Totally disappointed with the outcome.��. I followed the same process as you mentioned above and don no what went wrong. Pls suggest.

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    1. I wonder how it turned out to a flat roti even though you followed the recipe exactly. You can try resting the dough for 1 hour. also try Using more oil or ghee (couple of more tbsp) than the mentioned quantity.

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  25. Heyy... been following your recipes the last 2 months(since my marriage)... this one particularly came out really well (well enough for my husband to open his mouth and appreciate :-o ).. thank you for the detailed recipe(s)... lots of love :)

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    1. Thank preethi for your prompt feedback. Happy that you liked my recipes :)
      Happy cooking , keep trying and do share your feedback :)

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