Thursday, 27 March 2014

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe Recipe (Spicy Flatbreads Recipe)

A few years ago when I was about 12 years old, I saw a T.V. food and travel show episode on Delhi's very famous Paranthe wali Gali. I was fascinated on finding out that there is a whole lane of just parantha walas! One of the parantha walas interviewed on the show demonstrated the recipe of his very popular paranthas and I immediately noted and made this recipe the same day.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe

I have tried this recipe many times over the years and am in love with these crisp, flaky and spicy paranthas. Though these take some more effort to make than our regular paranthas, they are really worth the little extra effort. This step-by-step recipe with pictures should make it easier to make them. The paranthas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  They are best served with Amul butter and eaten as is or with some yummy dal makkhani.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe


Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe Recipe


Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Making Time: 5 minutes for each parantha

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

For the dough

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsps oil
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups water

For the spice mix

2 tbsps salt
2 tbsps red chilly powder
2 tbsps garam masala powder

Ghee or oil to apply on the paranthas when rolling them out
Ghee or oil for shallow frying the paranthas

Method

For the dough

Mix the salt and the oil in the whole wheat flour using your fingers. 

Keep adding in the water slowly and knead a firm dough.

Cover and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

For the spice mix

In a bowl mix together the salt, red chilly powder and the garam masala well.

To make the parantha

Make a ball of the prepared dough about two inches in diameter.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 1

Flatten in and roll out a thin flatbread of about 6 inches in diameter

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 2

Now take 1 teaspoonful of ghee or oil and spread it well all over this rolled out dough.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 3

Now take the spice mix and spread it liberally all over the rolled out dough. 
Using your fingers mix it with the oil so that the spice mix sticks to the dough well. 

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 4

Next, make horizontal and vertical cuts about an inch apart from each other on the parantha such that you get squares.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 5

Start stacking these squares on top of each other.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 6

You will get a pile like this.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 7

Now, flatten out this stack to make it ready for rolling out the parantha.

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 8

And roll out a parantha. Don't worry much about getting a perfect round shape, it will look like this!

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 9

Heat ghee or oil on a flat girdle (tawa). 
Place the parantha on it and lower the flame to a medium high. 
Shallow fry the parantha till it is golden-brown and crispy on one side (as seen below).

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Step 10

Flip over and fry till golden-brown on the other side too. 

Serve hot with a dollop of butter!

Delhi ki Paranthe wali Gali ke Paranthe: Ready to Eat!