Warqi Paratha is a layered paratha , a cousin of the lachcha paratha, a Indian flatbread , from the Punjab region. This flatbread is all about its enormous layers .
The Warqi Parathas are made in different styles , each different than the other . I think if I was told to make different versions of Warqi Paratha , I would easily make at least 5-6 of them . How ever I loved this particular version the most and so decided to post it . Perhaps I shall post more versions so I can compare which one tastes the best .
For now let me explain you about this particular paratha . You will get best results if you use all purpose flour for this paratha. The dough should be soft , after rolling the rolled paratha need not be round , just roll it big and thin . Once rolled apply ghee and then cut it into thin strips . You could use a knife but a pizza cutter works very well . Once you finish cutting the strips , take a broad knife and starting from either right or left , bring together the strips . Go slow , so that you are able to gather the strips . Holding these strips together , pull them a little and using your hand rotate it around and make a ball . Now place the ball over the counter or rolling board and pat the paratha with your finger tips till you get a circle of about 6” . Roastthe paratha on a griddle and once crisp ,brush some ghee and gently crush the paratha between your palms . This step will show you the uncountable layers and trust me you will be one happy person .
The Warqi Paratha tastes heavenly with any kind of curry . Given the choice I would enjoy it with some butter too ! Well with the theme Flatbreads and More , I actually wanted the flatbread and more so served a delicious Punjabi Meal .
The meal featured
Motichoor ke Golgappe
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ghee + extra ghee / butter
Salt to taste
Water to knead the dough
Take a mixing bowl and sieve the flour into it .
Add sugar , salt and 1 tbsp ghee .
Mix well with hands .
Gradually add water and knead the dough .
The dough should be soft.
Grease the dough and cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes , punch down the dough and knead again till soft and smooth .
Grease and cover and set aside for another 10 minutes .
Knead the dough once again and pinch out four balls .
How to make Warqi Paratha
Take one ball of the dough .
Grease your working surface and pat the ball with hands .
Now roll it into a thin roti , the shape doesn’t really matter , just roll it thin .
Using a brush spread a layer of ghee .
Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut very thin strips of the roti .
Once done take a flat broad knife , grease it and start collecting the strips , gently from the right side , going towards the left .
The strips will roll into a thick rope .
Gently lift this rope with greased hands and roll it around your hand tucking the end inside .
Now grease the surface once again and spread the ball into a disc of about 6-7”.
Do not roll as you might loose these layers .
Heat a griddle and place the paratha to cook.
Simmer the gas , let the paratha cook on one side , do not flip till the top of the paratha changes its color .
Flip the paratha , the first side would have cooked by now and we can see nice and crisp layer .
Smear ghee over the paratha and flip .
Cook both sides with ghee till the paratha is nice and crisp .
Once you remove the paratha take a kitchen towel and place the paratha over it .
Now gently crush the paratha with both your hands and you will be able to see hundreds of layers .
Enjoy the Warqi Paratha with your favorite daal or curry .