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Parotta, Kerala Parotta Recipe, Make Easy Malabar Parotta at Home

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Parotta, Kerala Parotta Recipe, Make Easy Parotta at Home. Step by step recipe with detailed video. A very easy recipe for home made parottas from scratch. Malabar Parotta is a very famous bread in Kerala and Tamilnadu. Its even popular in Srilanka.

Parotta was always a restaurant affair for us when we were young. The first time I ate home made parotta was at my uncle’s friends house. He later became close to my dad. We called him “allied” uncle. His name was Govindaraj. He ran a business unit making textile machinery called Allied Engineering in Coimbatore. So in the family, he was referred to as “Allied” uncle. The food at allied uncles place was extra-ordinary. There would be at-least 15-20 dishes, a complete non-veg fare, all made at home by his wife with the help of the cook. I learnt to make parotta here. Allied uncle and his wife passed away a decade back. But every time we have parotta at home, I remember their huge kitchen and the big embroidered wall paintings hanging everywhere in the house (auntie did embroidery art like no body else). Here is the only picture of him that I have.
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Here is how to do easy kerala parotta at home.
Here is a very easy way to do parotta at home. Its totally stress free and fool proof. Do try it at home. Parotta making used to be an all day affair. It need not be that way if done properly. Here is the easy method of making parotta at home.

Here is the video recipe for how to make kerala parotta at home

Mix in the maida (all purpose flour), salt, sugar, oil and water to form a soft dough.
TIP: For a very soft parotta, add in quarter teaspoon of baking powder along. Adding baking powder will make for softest parottas.
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Knead the dough for five minutes by hand. Cover the dough with a cloth. Rest the dough for 2 hours.

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After the rest, form dough balls and rest the dough balls for five more minutes. The gluten in the dough needs to relax each time we handle the dough. Else the dough will not spread at all. It will be stiff. That is the reason we rest the dough briefly at every stage from now on. Take the dough ball and flatten it and roll it into a small disk. Sprinkle some oil if need be.
DO NOT sprinkle lot of oil when rolling as it will become slippery and difficult to roll. Very lightly apply oil.

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Transfer the rolled disks to a plate and apply oil on top of each rolled disk. Keep stacking the rolled disk, one on top of the other and keep applying oil on top of each disk. This is a very important step. Be liberal with the oil. Rest the disks on the plate for 20 minutes. The rolled disks are marinating in the oil and this will help in loosening the dough and it will be a breeze to spread later.

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Take a dough disk and place it on a flat surface. Gently pull the sides of the disks to form a large circle. It should effortlessly spread.
NOTE: If you want a really flaky parotta, spread little oil on the spread dough.

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Gently gather the dough in one corner and make a spiral. Repeat with all the dough disks. Rest the spirals for five minutes.

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Gently pat the spiraled dough with hand and spread the dough for 2-3 inches.

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Heat a dosa tawa and place the parottas on the tawa. Cook a minute on each side. Then apply a teaspoon of oil for each parotta and cook for a couple of more minutes on low flame.

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The dough needs to cook on a low flame so the inner part of the parotta also gets cooked evenly. When the parotta is golden, remove from heat.

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Fluff up the parotta by gently tapping the sides of the parotta (like clapping hands with parotta in the middle).

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Serve with chicken curry or mutton kuzhambu.

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Parotta, Kerala Parotta Recipe, Make Easy Parotta at Home

Parotta, Kerala Parotta Recipe, Make Easy Parotta at Home. Step by step recipe with detailed video. A very easy recipe for home made parottas from scratch.

  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 parottas 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 Cup (250 ml) Maida (All Purpose Flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon sunflower oil (for making dough)
  • 1/3 cup water (plus a few teaspoons more)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil / vegetable oil for rolling parotta / cooking parotta
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix in the maida (all purpose flour), salt, sugar, oil and water to form a soft dough.
  2. Knead the dough for five minutes by hand. Cover the dough with a cloth. Rest the dough for 2 hours.
  3. After the rest, form dough balls and rest the dough balls for five more minutes.
  4. Take the dough ball and flatten it and roll it into a small disk. Sprinkle some oil if need be.
  5. Transfer the rolled disks to a plate and apply oil on top of each rolled disk. Keep stacking the rolled disk, one on top of the other and keep applying oil on top of each disk.
  6. Rest the dough disks on the plate for 20 minutes.
  7. Take a disk and place it on a flat surface. Gently pull the sides of the disks to form a large circle. It should effortlessly spread.
  8. Gently gather the dough in one corner and make a spiral. Repeat with all the dough disks. Rest the spirals for five minutes.
  9. Gently pat the spiraled dough with hand and spread the dough for 2-3 inches.
  10. Heat a dosa tawa and place the parottas on the tawa. Cook a minute on each side. Then apply a teaspoon of oil for each parotta and cook for a couple of more minutes on low flame.
  11. The dough needs to cook on a low flame so the inner part of the parotta also gets cooked evenly. When the parotta is golden, remove from heat.
  12. Fluff up the parotta by gently tapping the sides of the parotta (like clapping hands with parotta in the middle).
  13. Serve with chicken curry or mutton kuzhambu.

Notes

TIP: For a very soft parotta, add in quarter teaspoon of baking powder along. Adding baking powder will make for softest parottas.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: Kerala

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92 Comments

  1. Alicia

    Excited to try this recipe! Do we have to knead the dough by hand or can we use a kitchenaid stand mixer?

    Thanks!

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  2. Lisa

    Thank you so much for sharing, this has become my “go to” recipe when I am making Indian food, and has also become my son’s favourite bread, we love it alot. ❤️As I am currently making a batch to go with our curry tonight I thought it was very long overdue to say THANK YOU THANK YOU for this wonderful recipe and great instructions! so easy to use and great results! Wishing you a happy night ahead 🙂

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  3. Lea Veloso

    I love this recipe. By far one of the best. My family love pratha/parrotti/parotta. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it become part of our meal everytime we have curry…( it is a must😊)
    It is an honest to goodness recipe❤️.

    Reply
  4. Dustin

    So good. Quick question. Can I rest dough for 4 hrs instead of 2hrs? I’ll be busy for a few hours

    Reply
  5. Salmeen

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for this.

    I have a question: why stack and oil the circles of dough and not leave them on the plate if they are to be separated again to make individual parottas?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Yes you can do that. Oiling helps in spreading the dough later.

      Reply
  6. Rohan

    Adi poli recipe!

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  7. Ps

    Hi. I have tried this recipe a few times. Came out wonderfully.
    But the 2 oil measurements got me confused the 3rd time.

    3/4 cup sunflower oil / vegetable oil for making dough and cooking parotta
    And 4.5 tsp oil

    On a sleep deprived morning added the 3/4th cup oil while making dough. Realized my blunder as soon as the dough started changing color.

    Could you clarify in the recipe on the oil usage separately for dough and while making parota

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      • Ps

        Thanks for incorporating it Suguna. This has become a weekly or biweekly Sunday special for us.

        Reply
        • Suguna Vinodh

          Thank you. Happy you liked the recipe.

          Reply
  8. Sylvia

    This is the EXACT recipe we also use in North Africa! Since my mom passed away, I have not eaten these, but now I will make it.
    Thank you so much,
    Sylvia

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you Sylvia. Hope you like the parotta.

      Reply
  9. Nimalan Govender

    Hi Suguna,

    Do you use hot, boiling or cold water to the dough mixture?

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  10. SVB

    Detailed & well explained 👍 Is that okay to use All purpose flour (the one used to make cake)to make parotta?






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      All purpose flour and maida are the same 🙂

      Reply
  11. Foodie

    Didnt came out good

    Reply
  12. Mika

    Well explained recipe. Clear steps. It turned out really well. 👍👍

    Reply
  13. Yuvarajsakthivel

    Super






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  14. Vasanth

    I prepared & it turned out really very well thank yu so much for sharing this recipe






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  15. Mark

    Your recipe is fantastic. I was a tad tentative with stretching it out I shouldn’t have been. It was easy to follow and they turned out great. Thank you.






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  16. Belinda

    I would really love to try this recipe but im not sure of the measurements. Can you please put all the ingredients in grams (Flour, oil, water)?
    Thank you 🙂

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  17. Suba

    Hi today tried Ur recipe… Parotta came out very well … I loved to do more… Its yummy too






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  18. Sanya

    Hi
    Can we make this ready till the rosettes part ( the step before flattening and tava) and save it a day ahead in the fridge?

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Sanya, I have never tried but I feel it will work.

      Reply
  19. Ananthi

    Dear Suguna,
    Your uncle and aunt (her name is Saraswathi), were our neighbors when I was young. They were so friendly, and were very popular in our area from the 70’s itself. They always gave a helping hand to all of us in our neighborhood. I couldn’t forget the elaborate tea parties and the movies they projected in their house using a small projector for all the neighborhood folk. Not one Deepavali goes without us remembering them. They used to celebrate it with such pomp and splendor with all of the neighborhood rejoicing it along with their two children, Jayashri and Anchi as we knew them. I even have a photograph of Aunt Saraswathi attending our family marriage. Thank you very much for remembering them also.

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Ananthi. They were really great people. Miss them dearly.

      Reply
  20. Charles Niwagaba

    Is it the same receipt for sweet parrota or its different.?. Thank you

    Reply
  21. karthikeyan

    very nice presentation and recipe. by the way, it would be nice if you can add some photos of your allied uncle & aunty’s kitchen and interior photos (with her creations of embroidery work!). Sad they are no more.

    (I wanted to make parotta first time my cooking history, and this is recipe I got when googled. So I will come back with the results of my experiment!)






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thanks Karthikeyan. Sadly I dont have any pictures.

      Reply
  22. Jen

    Hi Suguna,

    Is it possible to completely prepare it – up to step 9, then put them in the fridge/set them aside for a couple of hours until I am ready to put them on the tawa?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Sure Jen. You can do that. If its for a couple of hours, no need to put in fridge. It can stay out covered so the dough doesnt become dry.

      Reply
  23. Sowmiya

    Hi….it didn’t come out well,i was not getting those layers…don’t know what was d mistake…please help






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  24. Kumar

    I made this recipe today and I tell you it came out fabulous, Exactly the way it looks in the picture. The taste was yummy yummy. Thanks for the kind service.






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  25. gowri

    hai suguna medam today i try this parotta it will be very tastey and cook fast thank you mam






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  26. aishwarya venkatachari

    Such a simple and easy recipe. I love the way you have explained the process step by step. I got amazing parotta in the very first try. Thank you!






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  27. Salma

    Hi do you use hot water to make the dough

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  28. Sujit

    Please send me masala dosa recipe






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  29. Zelmina creed

    Thank you. I will try it. Looks yumm

    Reply
  30. Shahnaz Younus

    I tried this recipe, step by step . Turned out really good. Instructions were very accurate. The only thing that I had trouble with was the amount of water for the initial dough. Its hard to estimate 1/3 cup and a few teaspoon more. Fortunately since its not my first time attempting to work with wheat flour I had an idea of how the consitency was going to be like. I grew up in household where rice is the staple carb so I am not an expert when it comes to making rotis , chapatis or puris or phulkas. I am used to rolling out the dough and making square porotta as they are guaranteed to fluff , however I loved the idea of stretching the dough with hand. The tip of letting the dough rest in between steps was an eye opener for me. I think I will attempt the rotis next… thank you






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Shahnaz Younus. Really glad that the recipe worked for you. Yeah, the water proportions are slightly tricky and comes with a little practice.

      Reply
  31. ராதிகா ஆனந்த்

    வணக்கம் சுகுணா மேடம்… கேரளா பரோட்டா நேற்று இரவு செய்து சாப்பிட்டோம்… மிகவும் நன்றாக இருந்தது… செய்வதற்கு, எதிர்பார்த்ததை விட, எளிதாகவே இருந்தது… நன்றி… 🙂






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  32. Geetha

    Awesome recipe… A very simplified way… It just came out splendid. Thanks to you!!






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  33. Fareeha

    This was my firstever try at making parottas. And I ended up with the softest and fluffiest parottas. Absolutely stress-free recipe. Loved it, Kannamma. Thank you for sharing this with us.






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  34. Keerthana vinod

    Hi kannamma,
    I thought doing parotta in home is a big troubleshooting work. But I luv parotta a lot. Ur steps were so simple n I tried. Really it was so simple n it’s not at all troubleshooting. I find it as simple as doing chapathi. Thank you.






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  35. Jayachandrika

    Tempting recipe.. Is it ok to store the dough for later use the next day? If so at what stage can we store it?






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      You can store the dough after the rest of 2 hours.

      Reply
      • Jayachandrika

        Store in fridge?

        Reply
  36. Anand

    Thank you, very neatly detailed.






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  37. Syed

    It’s works…This is the easiest way…

    Reply
  38. Priya

    Hi kannama first of all congratulations for being so successfull with your blog. Your recipies are so precise and fool proof which only a few food bloggers have achieved so far. Good job and keep going. One request is while you mention the quantity if you can be precise with the mesurements especially in baking recipies it would be really helpful if it’s mentioned in grams rather than in cup measure. Thank you.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Priya, Thank you. Will try to give gram measurements too!

      Reply
  39. Gaya

    Hi,

    Am a big fan of your recipes. They usually come out well with the first attempt. Unfortunately I couldn’t reproduce the results on this one. I’d like to think I followed the recipe to a T. But it came out hard. Also took a long time on the Tava to cook on low flame. Any idea what could have gone wrong? Also, when working on step #9 I applied a little more pressure when expanding the spiral disks would this have been the issue? Thanks!

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      I am sorry this recipe did not work for you. The usual reason for parotta coming hard may be because the dough was hard to begin with and less oil was used.

      Reply
  40. Smriti

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.






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    • Smriti

      Thanks for sharing the recipe.






      Reply
  41. Fadiah

    In indonesia we call it roti canai. My favorite and now i got husband from Hyderabad.. I will make this every weekend. Thanks for the recipe and the video so much helpful.. ??






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  42. Preethi

    Hi
    I’m a vivid fan of your recipes.I would like to know if we can use self raising flour instead of all purpose flour…

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Self rising flour has leavening already added. This recipe uses plain flour. I would not substitute.

      Reply
      • Preethi

        Thanks for your quick reply

        Reply
  43. satish

    looks delicious…..will try soon,thanks btw






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  44. Dr harimohan

    I had made parottas but first time got the layers later i somehow go wrong in last step when i take rolled balls and make it flat to pit it in tawa the parotta loses its layers shall try putting oil as you mentioned
    I will not rest till i get soft fluffy parotas with layers

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      If you want super flaky parottas, after spreading the dough, try to apply some oil and then gather to make a spiral.
      Once the parottas are cooked, fluff up when its still hot!
      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  45. Nirpana

    Tried in the same .. it’s good.. but kind of not so soft and layering was not up to the mark.. what would be the mistake ?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Did the dough stretch properly? And did you fluff up immediately?

      Reply
  46. Ramya

    You have made the most complicated process sound so easy 🙂 Will try and let you know.. can you also post the salna receipe for this or I will try to search if its already there..

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you Ramya. Will post salna recipe soon!

      Reply
  47. Sona

    Wow, amazing. I am going to try this weekend. Thanks for the video.

    Reply
      • yogeswary arumugam

        Hai Kannamma,

        I have tried few recipes of yours …Wow amazing

        Thank you for sharing






        Reply

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