Learn how to create the perfect layers of lachha paratha. The unique layers make this flatbread a creative addition to your menu. Just add your favorite side dish for a meal that the whole family will love.
Parathas, in all forms, are such a regular in my household simply because of the fact that they are healthy and so good for you. In order to make cooking and eating parathas more interesting, I always try to include different varieties in our menu.
This lachha paratha or layered flatbread, also called lachedar paratha, brings a totally unique way of making parathas. And believe me, this is super easy to make. The layers are simply stunning, and the parathas are beautifully handcrafted pieces of artwork. On one side these look surprisingly complicated, but on the other side, the layering technique is really simple.
The dough for lachha paratha is a simple mix of flour and oil combined together with lukewarm water. For the flour, whole wheat flour or atta is the healthiest choice. However, I decided to go with a combination of both whole wheat and all-purpose flours. I think a small amount of all-purpose flour in the parathas will make them more soft and flaky.
The next step is creating all those amazing layers of paratha. Once the dough is ready, make small balls out of it. Roll out as thin as you can. Then make pleats and roll out again. Don’t forget to watch the video for this pleating and layering technique. Perfect!
I usually cook lachha paratha in a cast iron tawa. You might have noticed that I’m cooking parathas in a normal pan in the video. And that’s just for shooting purposes. When you see beautiful brown spots on both sides of the paratha, it’s cooked through and ready to be served with your favorite side dish.
If you’re looking for the perfect side dish for your lachha paratha, here are a few ideas just for you:
- Paneer butter masala
- Butter chicken
- Chickpea korma
- Channa masala
- Chicken tikka masala
- Lamb korma
- Lamb roganjosh
- Malabar chicken curry