20 June, 2009

recipe for lazy man - Onion Paratha

Few days back, I was talking to one of my very close friend, and I asked her if she knew any easy dish, that I could make. She suggested me a dish. Now this simple dish, reminded me how my mom too make in the morning for me during my school days. Indeed, sometimes simple dishes can taste so delicious.

Moreover, ever since I made the Methi-thepla and khichiri, many of my friends said that it good to see the recipes which are so easy and quick to make yet tastes delicious. I’m fully charged and want all my still bachelor friends and the guys who’s wife is not at home to make their hands a bit dirty and surprise themselves or their wife with a little of cooking. Of course, cooking is fun and easy if one really puts some thought over it. One of my friends did try his hand making the khichiri recipe; reading my blog and he realized that he can cook but he needs some more good practice in cooking.
As the perfect quote goes, Never leave Hope in dismay, until dismay leaves you”. So, never leave the Hope in cooking even if your kitchen turns into smoke and mess. Believe me, the moment it’s a mess, you will learn from the mistake and next time, the best you will perform ever since then.
That what philosophy works with me, and I end up discovering a new dish. I’m no more scared of cooking rather I enjoy in my own with all the simple and longs recipes. Some recipes, are directly from my mom’s mouth, some through 24/7 brows and some from the mess I make in the kitchen.

Onion Paratha|Indian Bread

So if you are a bachelor or missing your mom's cooking like anything, or you are simply a lazy-man or you are in a hurry and are hungry, you will surely like to go through this very quick and easy recipe and enjoy cooking for either for yourself or your friends. Avoid being lazy and eating a just a burgers or potato chips. You can be lazy still eat healthy by trying this easy and simple recipe. The best part of this recipe is that you will find all the ingredients at home and none of the ingredients which are seasonal. So, enjoy making the Onion Paratha, hitting anytime the corner of the year.

However, what I enjoy the most about the onion paratha, is the combination of the crispiness of the paratha/bread and the sweet crunchy texture of the fine chopped onion in between of every bite I take.
Ingredients for Onion Paratha:
  • Whole wheat flour: 1½ cup (Shall make 6-8 paratha)
  • Onion: 1-2 (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander (dhania) powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for making parathas
  • Carom (Ajwain) seeds: ½ teaspoon
  • Anise seeds (Choti Saunf): ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin (jeera) powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Curd/yogurt: 2 tablespoon (optional)

Making of Onion Paratha

Making of Onion Paratha:
  • Roast the carom, anise, and cumin seed in a pan. Let it cool down and then roughly crush them into powder.
  • Fine chop the onions.
  • Now take the wheat flour, and add the fine chopped onion, with all the spices powder, roasted seeds powder and salt. Mix it well.
  • Add a table spoon of oil. Than add water slowly to knead to make a nice smooth dough. You may use around ½ cup of water. The dough shall be smooth and soft.
  • Cover and leave the dough with a tissue/cloth and set aside for about 5-10 minutes (if in hurry, than no need to set aside)
  • To make paratha/flatbread, divide the dough into balls. Take the size large as of a large lemon. Take a ball, dust with flour and roll out to a flat thin disc.
  • Heat a tava/pan (griddle). When well heated, place a paratha on the tava. Roast on medium flame both sides using the oil. Please refer to the link (Paratha-Indian Bread).
  • Serve hot. Enjoy with roasted green chilies (recipe below.)

Ingredients for Roasted Green chilies:
  • Green chilies: 2-4
  • Salt: 4-5 spoons
  • Oil: 1 tablespoon

Making of Roasted Green Chilies

Method of making roasted Green chilies:
  • Wash the green chilies in water.
  • Now make a long slit in the chili.
  • Ones slit is made de-seed the green chilies. That means, remove all the seeds from the green-chilies with the help of the sharp knife.
  • Now rub the salt outside and inside the green chilies.
  • Leave the green chilies with the salt rubbed for about 10 minutes or more.
  • Than take a small pan and heat oil. Add the green chilies and roast the chilies from both the sides.
  • It will take just a micro second for the green chilies to turn a bit brown. Soon, remove them from the pan and keep aside.
  • Add again the salt on the roasted chilies and serve with the paratha or like any thing as a spicy side dish.

  • To make the onion paratha, soft, add two tablespoon of curd while making dough.
  • Add the spring onion leaves if available to enhance the taste.
  • Adding the roasted seeds is optional and can add them directly.
  • You might also like to add the gram flour 1tablespoon with the flour while kneading to add flavor.
  • Salt is believed to dilute the strong bitter flavor of the chilies.
  • Add few drops of water, if the green chilies starts burning.(Be careful of the strong smoke)
  • Active your senses and add the ingredients according to your flavor.


  1. Gone thru the whole recipe and I tell u thorough out the whole reading I could actually feel the taste on my buds. Dont take all the credits..:) Its just that it reminded my of the paranthas my mom cooks for me sply. in winters.. AAaah It tastes such heaven with some butter on it.. Nw I'm just wishing winters to come asap.. These paranthas tastes better only in winters. And u stop checking our taste buds.. Anywyz good blog once again. KIU (kp it up)

  2. Your recipes look so delicious and sweet like u. Never tried with onion tho'...

  3. @ Vinit
    Thank you so much for going through the recipe.I'm glad that the picture could stimulate your taste buds. Let your kitchen be little smoky, try making it for the one who(Dear Mom) makes for u during winters ;)

    I'm glad u liked it and hope when u make it, will cherish for long! Keep trying new flavors :)

    Keep the spark Alive!

  4. Y;know....this is a perfect recipe for someone like me ...busy who can't find time to cook and ends up with frozen meals more often than not! :P

  5. @ Psych Babbler

    It makes me so happy that this recipe could hepl your in certain way..yeah this one is very easy to make...My blog have many more quick recipes to make...I'm sure your will enjoy them too..

    when you make them..mak esure to shre your experience with me...I shall love to hear this :)

    Keep the spark Alive..

  6. The recipe and pictures look mouth watering. I can't wait to get my hands dirty in the kitchen trying this out. My mom may wake up in the middle of the night because of the delicious smell of spices.

  7. Hi Rachna shall try this today!it's different from just the regular onion parathas .I have a doubt ,if we leave dough for some time,the onion may ooze out water right?

  8. Jyoti SenapatiTuesday, May 15, 2012

    Greetings Rachna! Your onion paratha recipe is a big hit in my family! I have prepared it many times but only today I got a chance to post you a comment and thank you. Thank you so much Rachna. It has become one of my husband's favourites. lots of love and best wishes.


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