Saturday, August 13, 2011

What's in a shape? Triangular rotis!

Seriously, who made the rules of cooking? Why follow a set of rules when you know you can do better? Cooking is an art and is dictated by taste buds and nothing else. When I started cooking, I used to be worried about the measure all the time. Am I putting more masala? Am I putting less spices? more salt? Is my roti geometrically round?? Practice and a bit of imagination is all you need to get it right. Now, if someone asks me how much salt should be used, I would have nothing to say- You just have a measure in your sub-consciousness and it will be tough to explain that to anyone. Enough bantering and lecturing on rules now! 

The other day, I finally chucked my regular round shape and created triangular shaped paranthas (roti's/stuffed indian flat bread). It turned out good and I just loved the new avatar of my roti's. Trust me, there is nothing fancy about the shapes and it is pretty easy to make. You don't have to worry about the precision of the triangle (some are hung up on the precision of the round shape, which won't be a problem with the triangular shape). Maybe, I will go overboard with my imagination and come up with star shaped roti's??? Just watch out for this space...

What do we need?
For the base-

Wheat flour

For the filling-

Chopped coriander leaves (around a small cup)
Chopped green chillies (used about 3 green chillies)
Cumin seeds (around 1 tsp)
Salt (according to taste)


Gently crush the cumin seeds and mix it with salt and chopped green chillies in a small cup. Keep the coriander leaves separately. Knead the flour with water and salt to a smooth and consistent dough. I used around 1 & 1/2 cups of flour. 

Method I followed-

Take a small ball of dough and flatten it to a round shape with rolling pin. Spread cumin seed mixture and coriander leaves on one portion of the round dough. Fold the other half over it so that it becomes a semi-circle. Gently fold the semicircle to a triangle. Now, gently flatten this triangle to a medium size keeping the shape intact. (I know it sounds super confusing, but you can get there if you fiddle around with the dough a bit)

Cook the roti (both sides) in a pan with oil/ghee/butter. Serve hot with Mango chutney/pickle and enjoy!!!

Another method- Mix coriander leaves, cumin seeds and green chillies to the flour and then knead the flour to a smooth & consistent dough. Now take a small ball of this dough and flatten it to a round shape. Fold it to a semi-circle. Gently fold this semicircle to a triangle. Flatten this triangle to a medium size keeping the shape intact.


  1. Very delicious and lovely looking parathas.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Parathas looks fantastic, even i dont bother for the shapes..Waiting for ur star shaped parathas..

  3. perfectly done parathas !! looks delicious !!

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  4. delicious looking parathas looks wonderful

  5. looks delicious and healthy parathas...

  6. triangle shaped parathas is somethg I make often for pinki princess to quench her thirts for different shapes- ur idea for star shaped parathas has me hooked ! and yes who says rotis has to be round- after all these years mine or not and will be never

  7. Looking so delicious and nice shape.Keep rocking!

  8. For me parathas always have been these triangle ones, the ones that I picture in my head when I hear 'paratha' ~ they look neat n perfect!

  9. i love those paranthas too! but only if you make them for me ;P



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