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Flaky pan fried flat bread

  • Heat None
  • Serves 6
  • Prep 30 mins

Flaky fried bread cooked on a Indian griddle

Hari says

These are fried Indian breads that are cooked on a tava (Indian griddle pan). There are lots of different versions but this one is basically a plain version which is usually eaten for breakfast with yoghurt and pickles. It is usually fried with ghee or butter but can be cooked with vegetable oil so is perfect for a vegan diet.

It is flavoured with ajwain or carom seeds which is a spice that has a very strong aromatic and should be used sparingly. It has great digestive properties and is only used in very specific dishes. There is more information about carom here so do have a read.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g atta
  • water
  • 1 tsp spoon butter/ghee or vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp carom seeds (optional)


  1. Put the atta in a bowl and add a little water at a time.
  2. Using your hand bring the flour and water together to make a dough.
  3. Start to knead it together using your knuckles folding over as you. The dough should come together and come away from your hand and the bowl. If it is sticky add a little more flour and continue to knead. It needs to be soft but not too sloppy
  4. Set to one side for half an hour as least before making the roti
  5. On a plate put some dry atta for dusting
  6. Heat up the tava to a low heat.
  7. Flour hands and take an approx 6cm ball of dough – about the size of a large tangerine. Roll the dough in the palms of your hand to make a smooth round ball. Ensure there are no cracks in the dough.
  8. Flatten on the surface using your fingers. 
  9. Flour again and using you rolling pin begin to roll out.
  10. If it sticks just flour, turn over and roll again – try not to let it stick.
  11. When it is about 12cm in diameter smear it with a teaspoon of butter and sprinkle on the carom seeds.
  12. Fold the top down half way and the bottom up to the top.
  13. Fold the right side into the middle and the left side in to the middle – you should end up with a little square.
  14. Flour the square and roll out – Try and keep it in a square shape – pick up and flour and rotate to roll out the other side.
  15. The tava should now be heated. When the parantha is about the size of a side plate about 18cm place it flat on the tava.
  16. You will see the colour of the parantha darken after about 6 seconds as it cooks. Turn it over and smear the cooked side with butter/ghee or oil.
  17. As little bubbles start to appear turn it over again (it will get smoky) and butter or oil the other side. It should puff up - continue to turn over until it is crisp and golden. Remove from the tava onto a plate.
  18. It should be crisp yet soft to eat – great with plain yogurt and some spicy pickle.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)3
of which saturates (g)0
Carbohydrates (g)68
of which sugars (g)0
Fibre (g)0
Protein (g)8
Salt (mg)0
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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