Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Malabar Parota - Kerala Parota - Layered Parata

Happy New Year!! Wishing all my readers a very happy and prosperous 2013!! Though I may not be able to cook for everyone of you, will present some yummy recipes for you and your family to enjoy though out the year. Bon Appetit!!

Parota also known as Barota in Kerala is a very popular flat bread in Kerala (and also in Tamilnadu). Kurma or Egg curry or Chicken curry taste awesome with it. Well you can actually eat it with any gravy, or just a spicy sauce would work magic.

The key to making good paratas is kneading well and resting the dough.

I have described the method I used below. I learned the trick from the Vah re Vah video. Do check it out for detailed steps.



Ingredients (makes 6 parotas)

Maida (all purpose flour) 2 cups
Oil as needed
Salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Take Maida in a bowl. Add salt. Add a couple of tbsp of oil and mix. Add enough water and knead into a soft dough. We are looking for a chappati like dough but a lot softer. Knead for around 5 minutes.

2. Apply a little oil on the top and cover with cling film or muslin cloth. Let it rest for an hour.

3. Knead the dough again for 5 minutes. Cover and let it rest for another hour.

4. Take the dough, give it a quick knead again. Divide into 6 balls. Cover and leave it for 15 min.

5. Take a ball. Flatten slightly with your palms (apply oil to your hands to help you working). Work  till you get a very thin sheet.

6. Apply some oil on the sheet. Sprinkle a little flour on top. Make pleats like saree pleates and then roll it from one end to the other. Apply a little more oil  on the top.

7. Make all the balls into pleated rolls and keep ready. Rest them for another 5 minutes.

8. Now time for the final step. Take each of the pleated balls and roll with a rolling pin. Press only gently.

9. Heat a tawa, pour a little oil. Place the rolled dough. Cook on one side. When done, add a little more oil and turn the parata. Cook on the other side as well.

10. Once they are all done, with both your hands clap the paratas along the circumference.

Enjoy! One of my friends had made a yummy spicy tofu gravy malaysian style. I paired my paratas with that.

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