Today’s recipe is a Healthy Flaky Parotta. Parotta is a popular layered flatbread from Southern India, made from Maida or Refined Flour and a common street from in Southern India, like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the neighboring country of Sri Lanka.
This flatbread goes by different names like porotta, kerala parotta, malabari porotta, or malabari paratha etc.
Apart from the popular Parotta version, there are other famous versions like the Virudhunagar Ennai Parotta, Bun Parotta, Veechu Parotta, Coin Parotta etc. The version or the recipe that we have been following at home is the recipe that I am sharing today.
While everybody loves the maida loaded parotta, we tend to make it a bit more healthy by adding in wheat flour as we make this combination of Parotta and Paneer Butter Masala every week.
What goes into this Healthy yet flaky Parotta?
So today’s recipe is the healthier version of the regular Parottas that you get from the shops. We replace a portion of the dough with wheat flour to make it more healthy.
The first time I remember of this dish, I must’ve been 8 years or so, when I saw people swinging the dough on the air and twisting it around. Anyway this was my fav one and even Amma never used to make this as it was quite complicated and basically we didn’t know how one makes it.
When I go to any South Indian restaurant, this is what I order. Unlike Naan, Parotta is mostly served with Salna, and its a complete dish on its own.
Then once when we visited our friends in interior Tamil Nadu, we were served this. That’s when we learned how to prepare it. I was there through the entire process and was quite amazed at the art this dish involves. They had prepared the dough some 5 to 6 hrs earlier for the evening feast. Lot of oil was added and they soaked in it oil for the entire time.
Amma has adapted from that recipe, which is quite easy and yet we get the same kind of parottas. Our friends rolled out the parotta dough only in oil and everything in that, which is why it was so crispy and coming out in layers.
Parotta | How to make Healthy Flaky Parotta at home
Serves : 15 parottas
Preparation Time : 40 mins (includes rising time)
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Cuisine : Tamil Nadu
- 4 cups – Maida
- 2 cups – Wheat Flour
- 100 gm – Ghee
- 100 ml – Milk
- Salt to taste
Method to prepare:
- Parotta has to be prepared in 2 – 1 ratio of Maida – Atta (Wheat flour).
- Take a big bowl and mix maida and atta with salt. Rub in Ghee and mix well.
- Then add milk. Mix it well to form a dough. Add required water to get a soft yet little stiff dough.
- Take a wet muslin cloth and cover the dough and keep aside for 30 mins.
- Then make balls of the required size. Roll out by applying maida.
- Once you get a big circle, add ghee, and sprinkle Maida on the top. Fold it like in the photo.
- Roll it with oil. Make sure you don’t put lot of pressure while rolling to keep the layers intact.
- Put it on a hot tawa and fry it with oil
- Remove from tawa and press it as I show. This is to get the layers free.
- Your layered parotta is ready.
This tastes great with Non – Veg gravies, But with Veg also it tastes yummy. I normally make it with paneer butter masala.