Lacha Parathas or South Indian Parottas

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Lacha Parathas or South Indian Parottas
So… in my last recipe of kuruma, I mentioned parottas (parathas) that I had at Kanchi hotel, some of the best I recall. My hugely popular blogging buddy Jay of Tasty Appetite had blogged these incredible looking parottas (south Indian style) and I was craving them the moment I saw them. Kuruma leftovers today – the kids have the day off from school, which is good, because we have all been down with some viral infection with stomachs hurting, throats that were sore, headaches and general fatigue – as I was saying leftover kuruma warranted some nice parottas and that’s what I made – it turned out well even if I did not use as much oil as the recipe suggested, but otherwise I stuck to Jay’s recipe fully.

Lacha Parathas
Ingredients
3 cups all purpose flour
3tbsp oil
1sp of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1pinch of baking soda
1cup of warm water and some as “kneaded” 😉
Preparation
Add all the ingredients in a mixer and let it mix in a gentle pace at first and when all the dough has come together increase the mixer speed to medium and let it knead for about 5- 10 minutes, stopping every now and then for a spoon of water here and there if you need to bind all the flour.  At about 8 minutes, I took the speed to max and had the ball of dough going nuts :)
Parottas
Remove from mixer, make a tight ball, put in a vessel and keep closed for about 30 minutes to an hour
When time is up, put back in the mixer and knead for another 3 minutes. Remove and make lemon-sized balls – I got about 11 of those evenly distributed.
lacha parathas
Now take a plate and add 1 -2 tsp of oil and roll these balls in the oil and set aside
Once they are all greased roll them the size of a chappati, peel off the surface and make folds with them much like a sari as Jay suggests. Once pleated, hold the ends to stretch them out to the max, because they have a tendency to shrink back. Keeping the length, place one end at the center and roll the dough around to make a pinwheel.  Once they are all done we start to roll them out again.
Here is a trick
To keep the circles and layers intact, oil the bottoms of the pinwheels to give it some elasticity as you roll while dusting the top with dry flour to allow you to keep the stretch going. Again, once they are the size of a chappati, put them on a pan/tawa, basting them with a lightest brush of oil. Let both sides brown before you remove from the pan and place them in your serving platter.
lacha parathas

Serve with spicy kuruma or side dish of your choice – Thanks Jay!

This is off to Sweet Karam Kapi’s Flavors of Tamilnadu Event

Skills

Posted on

January 18, 2012

63 Comments

  1. Lovely parathas…can be served with any side dish…I usually mix a little wheat flour also.

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  2. guess what?? I thought i was actually reading Jay's blog until I reached the line when I realised that this is your blog (am sorry :P). Jay is awesome,his recipes are crisp ,simple and very easy to follow. :)

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  3. Nice presentation…..lovely clicks……gud job dear!!!

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  4. Lovely making lachha parota. Yummy.

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  5. i love this Parotta

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  6. Ahh, I was looking for this recipe!! Nice presentation Priya :) I'm going to try this!

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  7. hmmm perfectly done. Gonna try this soon

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  8. lovely parathas……i too have this in my dr5afts

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  9. wow great looking parathas

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  10. I'm so impressed by the things you make Priya – I'd love to be able to make things which looked like this. I could try, but I could not achieve the same results, I know for sure!

    These look amazing – what does one normally eat them with?

    Charles @ FiveEuroFood.com

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  11. Seriously i would like to have some parathas for my dinner tonite,well done Priya.

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  12. Very nicely made Priya..Parotta Kurma is one of my favorite combos

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  13. Nice parottas, looks perfect, delicious with the kurma you've made..

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  14. Soft parathas with perfect layers!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. Yum …love this …looks perfect

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  16. Can you like freeze them up and ship some over? Yummy. I especially love to eat them with Keema Aloo.

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  17. Aaa…here comes the perfect accompaniment for Kuruma:-) Bestest combo!!!

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  18. Very nicely made.

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  19. looks soo perfect!!! :)

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  20. super parathas,perfectly done..

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  21. so well made. looks wonderful.

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  22. Love the step by step pictures,thanks for the recipe dear

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  23. nicely done paratha

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  24. they have come out perfect Priya..kurma is a great combination..

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  25. oh my god this looks absolutely lush!! and so simple! Im definately going to try this out tomorrow! My mum has gone to india and Im having to so all the cooking which I havent done in years… my poor dad has to eat my slightly burnt bhinda today…safe to say he is really missing mums cooking so much! But this recipe looks so simple I hope I can get it right!!

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  26. Wow wat a delightful and super tempting parottas..

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  27. lovely parathas….thanks for the sharing..

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  28. Wow. delicious parottas. Looks exactly as what we get in South Tamilnadu restaurants. Bookmarked…

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  29. I'm so sorry everyone is not feeling well, especially difficult with little ones.
    These came out beautifully! Your step by step and instruction are fantastic!

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  30. very tempting parottas,great with any curry…perfectly done!!!

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  31. wow! they r perfect!…

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  32. yummy ones Priya !

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  33. Dear Now Serving, I´m glad you´ve visited my blog so I have the chance to know yours. I don´t see you as a follower but it doesn´t matter to me, I´m also a mom of three grown up children (well, they are not children any more) and I know how it feels to cook for everybody. I have to make this flat bread, I had the recipe but never dared to. Greetings from California,
    Myriam

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  34. very tempting parathas….

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  35. Delicious parathas it will go very well with a bowl of spiced yogurt!

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  36. Parotta looks awesome……

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  37. Delicious paratha,perfect layers…Thanks for the book priya,tried brownie from that and blogged.Pls visit whenever u find time…

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  38. Delicious looking Parottas, should have tasted yumm with kurma.

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  39. Ohh Priya, this's comfort food for me. And you have done a perfect job! We call it Kerala paratha. I make it once in a while cos my kids are crazy about it, but if you ask me, it's too much work to get those nice, soft, flaky ones–I'd rather buy it from the restaurants near by–lazy me! Hey silly, you should have tried to get in touch with me while you were in Doha. I'd really, really have loved to meet you. Next time, be prepared ok! Hugs!

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  40. hi ! these parathas do take a lot of effort to make…they look great :-) thanks for stopping by

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  41. Delicious and yummy looking parotas and nice step by step pictorial..

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  42. delicious looking parathas…..first time here…..very interesting blog…..yummy recipes.

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  43. Looks delicious and flaky… Now that I am in Bahrain, i often crave this.Back home I used to get my cousins to buy porotta and Kadala curry from the local Thattukada…

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  44. Wow , these parathas look irresistible! I would love to eat that with some hot and spicy chicken curry.

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  45. I love these parathas but hasn't made them yet because of the amount of oil that goes into making this,your recipe sounds suits me would love to try your way soon. And yes I got the inspiration for my pink or red bhaji from you.

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  46. The lachha paratha looks yummy and prefect……even i am planning tom prepare from many days……i am following u….thanx for visiting my blog and for ur lovely comment

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  47. They came out so very well Priya feel like having from that plate.

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  48. WOW, LOVELY,,

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  49. Love these Paratas…they taste so good with veg kurma…mouthwatering :). Looks YUM!!

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  50. ordinary chapathis defeat me this is beyond me dear. looks good though.

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  51. My husband and I love having parathas on Sunday mornings:D These look sooo inviting, will try them soon…

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  52. I did not know laccha parathas are south Indian.

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  53. Perfect..our family fav recipe!!Love to have with Kurma :)

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  54. These lachha parathas look perfect and your step wise pics make it easy to follow. I have ben meaning to try these for a while, guess now is the time :) Thanks for stopping by my space, you have got a lovely space here :)

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