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Flaky Layered Paratha

This Indian flatbread is light, flaky, easy to make and super addictive.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Canola/vegetable oil

Steps

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour, salt and sugar. Slowly add water, and continue mixing until a soft and slightly wet dough forms. Remove from bowl and knead for 5 to 7 minutes to develop gluten.
  2. Form dough into a ball, and grease with a little bit of oil before returning it the bowl and covering it with a damp cloth. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut off a tennis-ball-sized piece of dough and place on a counter that has been slightly greased with oil. Dribble a little bit of oil over the dough, flatten it, and begin to stretch it out with the palms of your hands or a rolling pin. If you find the dough gets a bit sticky, add a little more oil and continue to stretch until the dough is very thin and almost transparent.
  4. Dribble a little more oil over the surface of the stretched dough and sprinkle a teaspoon of flour over the top. Spread the flour over the dough.
  5. Begin to pleat the dough lengthwise so that it looks like an accordion. Coil pleated dough to form a circle. Repeat with remaining balls of dough and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Gently press down on pleated dough to flatten, using a rolling pin if needed.
  7. Add 2 teaspoons of oil to a frying pan on medium-high heat and cook paratha on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden and crispy. Serve hot!