Parathas are the shallow-fried version of chapatis. This recipes make crunchier and less-flaky parathas than those I buy from the store. Serve with cinnamon-sugar for a sweet treat or with curries as a scooping bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
49 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs

  • ¾ cup water

  • oil for frying


  1. Mix all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour in a bowl. Sprinkle salt on top. Add butter, sugar, garlic powder, and dried herbs. Mix together with your fingers. Pour water in gradually; continue to mix by hand until a soft dough is formed.

  2. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth; let rest for 30 minutes.

  3. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Shape into smooth balls; lightly flatten. Dust with flour and roll into thin circles about 1/16-inch thick and 7 inches in diameter.

  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Fry each dough circle until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Cook's Note:

Use any dried herbs of your choosing.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 61mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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