Masala paratha recipe

Masala paratha recipe, an Indian flat bread made with whole wheat flour, desi ghee, Indian spice powders and herbs like coriander and mint

Masala paratha is spiced Indian paratha where the normal everyday plain paratha is given a make over with a medley of Indian spices, herbs and desi ghee or clarified butter. A special yet easy masala paratha recipe that you can make with absolutely no preparation work. It is not heavy like aloo paratha but is light and extremely flavorful.

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masala paratha served with aloo gutke, urad dal, khoya matar paneer, boondi raita

My favorite paratha varieties are aloo paratha paneer paratha and masala paratha. The flavor is all in the paratha masala powder which is a eclectic mix of aromatic Indian spices and herbs that include fennel seeds, coriander, cumin, fresh coriander and mint and desi ghee. You can add any spice of your choice based on what you have on hand. You can crushed roasted peanuts or roasted sesame seeds for a bit of crunch and flavor.

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making masala paratha – paratha masala powder sprinkled and rolled

There are two methods to follow while making masala paratha recipe. One method involves mixing all the spice powders in melted ghee and spreading this paste over the flat round paratha dough, rolling the paratha and shaping into a coil and finally rolled into a flat round paratha. The other method is to spread a layer of ghee over the rolled paratha dough, sprinkle the spice mix and herbs. Both these methods work equally fine.

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masala paratha coiled and rolled out flat into a round paratha

In the morning rush to get your kids lunch box ready and have run out of ideas, masala paratha comes to your rescue. It makes for a perfect lunch box paratha recipe like the masala oats paratha that I have blogged earlier. If your child likes cheese, grate some cheese over the spice powders and you have a chess masala paratha on hand. Another variation is adding dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi making it a masala methi paratha. There are numerous spice powders that you can use like flax seeds podi to dress up your paratha. To savor the true flavor of masala paratha, you must use a generous amount of desi ghee, in the filling as well as while roasting on the tawa.

Masala paratha makes for an excellent breakfast or brunch option too. This paratha is so flavorful that you can eat it without any side dish or with yogurt or raita. I like to savor it with a bowl of yogurt making it a flavorful, filling meal.

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masala paratha served as part of a North Indian food thali

If I prepare North Indian food for my guests, I’d like to serve masala paratha instead of the plain paratha along with a dal dish, aloo sabzi or paneer curry. A few weeks ago, for our New Year lunch, I had prepared a North Indian thali meal comprising of masala paratha, pahari aloo gutke, khoya matar paneer, urad dal, boondi raita, tawa pulao, chawal, papad cone and the desserts were carrot kheer and besan ladoo. You can also serve masala paratha with side dishes like aloo matar sabzi and shahi paneer.

Learn how to make masala paratha

Masala paratha recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 5

 Main Ingredients:

  •  whole wheat flour
  •   spices


  •   Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
  •   Salt - 1/2 tsp
  •   Water as required
  •   Ghee - 4-5 tbsps
  •   Mint leaves - 3 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   Coriander leaves - 5 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   For masala powder:
  •   Red chili powder - 2 tsps, Kashmiri
  •   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  •   Coriander powder - 2 tbsps
  •   Saunf powder - 1 tbsp (aniseed/sompu)
  •   Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  •   Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp OR chaat masala powder
  •   Kasuri methi - 2 tsps, crushed (optional)
  •   Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp

Method for making Masala paratha recipe

In a bowl, add the atta or whole wheat flour and salt and mix. Slowly add water to form a soft yet slightly firm dough. Cover with damp cloth and let it rest for 10 mts. Prepare the masala powder in the mean time.
In a small bowl, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, saunf powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi and amchur and mix well. Set aside.
Pinch a large lemon sized ball of dough and roll to form a 6" diameter circle. Spread a tsp of melted ghee over it. Sprinkle the masala powder over it. Finally sprinkle chopped coriander and mint leaves.
Start rolling from one side of the paratha to form a long roll. Slowly twist the long roll in a concentric way to form a coil as shown in the image above. Press it gently on a flour dusted surface and roll out into a flat 7"-8" paratha.
Heat an iron tawa and once its hot, place the paratha and let it cook for 15 secs. Flip the paratha and let it cook for a few more secs. Once light brown spots appear, drizzle some ghee and roast to a golden shade on both sides. Use a spatula to press all over as the paratha gets roasted.
Serve warm with any curry of your choice or yogurt or raita.


  •   You can add dried pudina leaves to the masala mixture instead of fresh mint.
  •   You can add a tbsp of dry roasted til or sesame seeds to the masala mixture.


Masala paratha recipe, a simple, plain North Indian flat bread made with atta, methi, spices & herbs. Recipe for masala paratha that is easy, quick & spicy.
  • Viji

    Just made this for lunch with Egg slice masla ! It was simply delicious, just on it’s own!! Thank you Sailu for sharing such wonderful recipes!

  • Purnima

    Sad that I can just look at it and cant have it. How I wish I can just enter my laptop screen!