Indian cuisine shares varieties of parathas, these Indian flatbreads have their own place in many thalis or in everyone’s meals. Parathas are the most popular unleavened breads in India. And parathas are prepared with whole wheat dough.This dough when rolled out either thick, thin or stuffed, which is later cooked in hot tawa makes this parathas. Parathas are eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner depending upon how they are served with a side dish or simply with spiced curd. You might have noticed that am running a month of blogging marathon with A-Z International flatbreads. And my post for today’s blogging marathon goes for our own Indian flatbread. Since today’s flatbreads calls for the alphabetic letter ‘W’, i grabbed an Awadhi flatbread aka Warqi Paratha. Awadhi cuisine is a cuisine of Lucknow city and this city is known of its Nawabi foods. Awadhi cuisine is quite a rich cuisine and this cuisine involves many rich ingredients like paneer, malai, mutton and spices like cardamom and saffron in most of their dishes. Awadhi spread consists of elaborated dishes like kebabs, kormas, biryanis, kulchas, sheermal,zarda, roomali rotis and warqi parathas.

Warqi Paratha, Layered Awadhi Warqi paratha

Warqi paratha is literally means layered paratha which sounds similar like lacha paratha. Warqi paratha is usually prepared with maida, and its has sugar or kesar aka saffron. Obviously these parathas can be sweet and savory.Warqi paratha is folded many times to create many layers as you required and then flatten again.While laccha paratha is available in two variations: one is cooked in tawa and the other one is tandoori, Warqi paratha is usually cooked on tawa. Warqi paratha tastes absolutely incredible when served with delicious curries. This multi layered warqi paratha is definitely a kid’s favourite paratha as this paratha have multi layers with crispy outside and soft inside. Ghee is the key ingredient for making this absolutely delicious flatbreads and cooking with ghee gives an excellent flavor to this layered soft parathas.However you can replace ghee with oil, for the authentic flavor dont compromise yourself, just stick with ghee to prepare these flaky parathas.

Warqi Paratha, Multilayered Warqi Paratha

Recipe Source: Here
1cup All purpose flour
1cup Whole wheat flour
1tsp Sugar
1tsp Salt
1cup Milk
1/2tsp Baking soda
1/4cup Melted Ghee
Flour for dusting

Take the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, a teaspoon of ghee,sugar, salt in a bowl and mix everything. Add enough milk slowly and knead smooth and soft dough.

Once the dough is soft, drop the dough in a bowl, wrap it and let it sit for half an hour.

Now take dough from the bowl and knead again for a while, divide the dough as 6-7 balls.

Roll one ball to big chapatti, spread little ghee all over the rolled chapatti and sprinkle some flour on it.

Bring the end of the rolled chapathi towards the middle and bring the another edge towards the middle so that both edges overlap each other.

Awadhi Warqi Paratha, Layered Warqi Paratha

Again spread little ghee and sprinkle dry flour on folded chapatti.Fold it again to get the square shape dough.

Roll the dough again as a large square chappathi and and fold it thrice as much as we did earlier so that there are 9 layers.

Continue the same process with the remaining dough.

Cover the squared dough with wet towel and let them rest for 20 minutes.

Now dust with enough flour and roll the square dough as large square.

Heat the tawa or pan at medium heat and put rolled paratha on it. Drizzle some ghee and cook on both sides until the parathas gets well cooked.

Warqi paratha is ready, serve with spicy curries.

Lucknowi Warqi Paratha

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