Mint and Sesame Lachha Paratha
Mint and Sesame Lachha Paratha is a multi-layered Indian flat bread prepared with wheat flour and seasoned with mint and sesame seeds.
Lachha Paratha is quite popular in North India, and you can find them in most restaurants. Lachha paratha is also referred to as ‘paratwala’ paratha in Punjabi as ‘parat’ means layer and layers can be seen on the paratha when it is cooked.
Indian breads are so diverse that you will find many varieties of ‘parathas’ in different parts of the country. I love homemade lachha paratha and often try different toppings to make it even more flavourful and delicious. Mint and sesame combination is one of my favourites! Herby mint brings a freshness and sesame seeds adds a nutty flavour. The texture of this paratha is crispy, flaky yet soft.
The signature layers of the ‘lachha paratha’ is achieved by rolling the dough into a circle. Adding ghee/oil on the rolled paratha and then pleating it like a ‘fan’ and bringing the layers back into a swiss roll and finally rolling it again. This paratha is quite appetizing to look at, and even more interesting to bite into, because the layers separated by ghee/oil give a crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth texture.
1½ cups whole wheat flour
Salt to taste
¾ cup warm water for making dough
2 tablespoon oil/ghee
½ cup flour for rolling, dusting and sprinkling
1 tablespoon dried mint powder
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
In a bowl mix together flour and salt. Slowly add the warm water and mix into a soft dough. Knead for a few minutes and allow the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes. This helps in gluten formation and helps in making paratha soft.
Pinch out 6-7 lime sized balls off the dough and roll them into a smooth ball. Place one ball of dough on the working surface and dust the working surface with flour.
Roll out the dough into a 7″-8″ diameter flat circle as thin as possible.
Drizzle one teaspoons of oil or ghee and smear it all over. Sprinkle a little flour all over. The greasing and dusting will make the paratha even more flaky.
Staring at one end of the circle, begin folding the rolled out flat bread into 1cm pleats like a fan. Once the pleats are formed stretch the dough to make it slightly longer.
Then begin at one end to twirl it around to form a spiral/coil like a swiss roll. Make sure to secure the ends by pressing gently.
Mix together the mint leaves and sesame seeds. Press the Swiss roll dough in the mint sesame mixture on one side.
Gently roll the swiss disk into 4” diameter circle using rolling pin and some flour for dusting if it sticks to the work surface.
Put your aluminium cooker upside down on high heat and warm it. The cooker needs to be really hot for this paratha. It would take approximately 2-3 minutes on high heat for it to be that hot. Please be very careful while handling it.
Spread few drops of water with the help of your fingers on one side of the rolled paratha. This side needs to stick to cooker’s wall and water will do the trick.
Once cooker is hot, paste the paratha on its wall (as shown). Turn cooker upside down and keep the heat on medium/low. You will have to keep checking the paratha’s by turning the cooker over to make sure that the paratha’s are cooking evenly. Upside-down is to help accumulate heat inside the cooker and cook the paratha like in a tandoor.
Cook the paratha turns light golden brown in colour.
Take it off and drizzle some ghee/butter on top before serving.