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15 types of Indian paratha to know, from aloo and gobi to the flaky Malabar

Parathas just got voted as the 5th best street food in the world, and honestly, we second that! Native to South Asian countries, parathas make for hearty meals, filling breakfasts and snacktime munchies. There’s no meal that Indian parathas cannot be a part of. Here are 15 types of paratha that prove they are versatile, easygoing and incomprehensibly delicious!

A flatbread made from all-purpose flour or wheat flour, parathas are a staple in Indian households. You might know these savoury flatbreads more commonly as ‘prata’ in Singapore, but further south, they can be made with rather different tastes and textures – plain, stuffed, tandoor, pan-fried, and more – depending on where you go. The only similarity? They’re all delicious.

There’s also a world of vegetables out there that you can use as stuffing for your paratha. Ahead of your next trip to a traditional Indian restaurant, we dive deep into all the different types of Indian parathas that you can savour.

15 types of Indian parathas to get acquainted with:

Aloo paratha

The original and the most common type of paratha, this is stuffed with boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with spices. Put a dollop of butter on top and it can beat any high-end food.

Pyaaz paratha

Stuffed with fried onions, this paratha is soft, fluffy and comes with the sweetness and crunch of the onion inside.

Gobi paratha

As winter is approaching, it’s time for the freshest veggies in the market. With fresh cauliflower, this paratha is going to taste even better now than it does throughout the year.

Methi paratha

Methi or fenugreek leaves get a complete makeover when it is used as a stuffing for paratha. These bitter leaves make for the perfect filling in this type of paratha.

Mooli paratha

You might dislike radish as a vegetable, but when it comes as paratha, can you say no? Grate up some mooli and turn it into a paratha!

Ajwain paratha

While this pungent spice is known to treat acidity, it makes for a great spice in the paratha dough. Pair this paratha with any sabzi.

Paneer paratha

Soft, succulent cottage cheese, or paneer, is a delicacy on its own. It just gets a whole new world of texture when it is used in this type of paratha.

Matar paratha

Like cauliflowers, ‘tis the season of fresh, crunchy peas. Boil then and mash them to make a paste and make a delicious paratha out of it.

Laccha paratha

A fresh change from the world of stuffed parathas, all the magic in this paratha happens in the making itself. This type of paratha is flaky and layered and goes best with heavy gravies.

Malabar parotta

A form of laccha paratha, this is Kerala’s very own prized possession. Like laccha paratha, this one, too, is layered and flaky.

Dhakai paratha

As the name suggests, this type of paratha originated from Dhaka, or undivided Bengal. It’s round and flaky and resembles a bhatura in size.

Mughlai paratha

A street food delicacy in Bengal, this type of paratha finds its origins in the culinary influence from the times of the Mughals.

Petai paratha

Another popular paratha in Bengal, these parathas are first cooked from one end to another, then beaten up and broken up into small parts.

Kizhi parotta

Another dish from Kerala, this type of paratha is made by steaming Malabar Parotta in banana leaves along with meat curries on top, which makes the parotta soft, spongy and flavourful.

Veechu parotta

This type of paratha is native to Tamil Nadu where the dough is folded multiple types to make a square shape.

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15 types of Indian paratha to know, from aloo and gobi to the flaky Malabar

Sreetama Basu

A journalism student who studied the subject only to meet SRK in person, she settled for the best way to meet him. Covering Entertainment throughout her career, and now Food, Health and Lifestyle as well, Sreetama is also a self-proclaimed plant mom. In love with all things slow and quiet, she can often be found hunting for quiet corners with a glass of wine in hand. Other loves include little, inconsequential things, like neatly tucked-in bedsheets and big, significant things, like whole cheesecakes. She dreams of being a baker and writing about food someday.

   

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