Indian Recipes – Presenting the Paratha

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Bhasin Balraj demonstrates how to make the Indian dish, Parathas, including how to present the final dish.

    Hi, I am Bhasin from The Bombay Curry Company. I am showing you how to make multilayered bread called the paratha. We have reached the final stage where we are going to grease the paratha or pan-fry or griddle-fry the paratha. Now we see that its beginning to rise a little bit and we will take a little oil and we will smear it with a little oil. You can use more or less oil as you like, you can use butter if you like or if you like clarified butter called ghee, you can use that or if you want to use olive oil, anything its fine. See our parahta is nearly done and we are going to enjoy a nice paratha soon.

    See, it s looking good, very nicely and evenly brown. I like my paratha little crisp. Now we come to another interesting part of the paratha and this is the serving and the presentation because we are making what is known as a laccha paratha or a layered paratha, we want the layers to be visible and to do that we have to do that manually. So, we put this on a napkin or a towel and then we just crush it. What you will see over here are the various layers in the paratha. Sometimes if the dough is not as tight as you wanted, the layers may not be there, but this is what a layered paratha will look like. There is the first one, looking beautiful, perfect and then I am going to make the second one. I am going to use a slightly different technique on this one, a slightly different coking technique. This is a little secret, a little trick I am going to tell you, how to do the paratha and do it with not too much oil, we are able to store it also and have it. Sometimes you wish that you just wanted to have a paratha or an Indian bread like a paratha, but it s too much trouble to do it. So, in this case what we are going to do is, we are going to just roast it. We are going to cook it on the griddle, and let it be done, we do want to cook it on a low flame. What we are going to do is we are going to cook it to the same degree that we did with our first paratha, but we are not going to apply any oil to it. What that is going to do is we are going to have a bread that is done, but at the same time its available first the next step and the next step is to cook it on an open flame that is what we are going to do next.