tandoori paratha

Tandoori Paratha: Indulging in Crispy Paratha Bliss

Tandoori Paratha is a type of flatbread being eaten in Pakistan and is baked in the Tandoor (Traditional Oven).

Tandoori Paratha is a delightful and aromatic Pakistani flatbread that’s cooked to perfection in a tandoor or clay oven. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of curries, kebabs, and chutneys. Follow this recipe to make your tandoori paratha at home.

Ingredients for Making Tandoori Paratha

For the Paratha Dough:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil or ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the Tandoori Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Step-by-Step Cooking Method

1. Prepare the Paratha Dough:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add the yogurt and cooking oil (or ghee) to the dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add water to the mixture and knead it into a smooth and soft dough. You may not need to use all the water, so add it gradually to achieve the right consistency.
  • Once the dough is formed, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This resting period allows the dough to become pliable.

2. Prepare the Tandoori Marinade:

  • In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt, and cooking oil to create the tandoori marinade. Mix well.

3. Shape and Marinate the Parathas:

  • After the dough has rested, divide it into equal-sized portions, roughly the size of a golf ball.
  • Roll each portion into a smooth ball and then flatten it slightly with your palm.
  • Coat each flattened paratha generously with the tandoori marinade. Ensure both sides are well coated.

4. Cook the Tandoori Parathas:

  • If you have a tandoor or clay oven, preheat it to a high temperature.
  • Place the marinated parathas onto the hot tandoor or clay oven. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they develop a beautiful charred appearance and are cooked through.
  • If you don’t have a tandoor or clay oven, you can cook the parathas on a hot griddle or pan. Cook each side until it’s nicely browned and puffed.

5. Serve Hot:

  • Once the tandoori parathas are ready, remove them from the oven or griddle.
  • Serve them hot with your favorite curries, chutneys, or kebabs.

Enjoy the rich, smoky flavors of homemade tandoori parathas alongside your favorite dishes. This special bread will elevate any Indian meal.

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