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CINNAMON PARATHA(LAYERED INDIAN BREAD) !!! FLAKY,TASTY AND HEALTHY !!!




 This post is more attached with my childhood memories.  Yes whenever my mom makes savory (spices mixed with the dough) paratha we used to enjoy them with atleast one sweet paratha.   The same way when I make paratha my son would demand for one sweet paratha.  Back home my mom would just use sugar and clarified butter for making sweet paratha.  Since we love cinnamon and especially my kiddo, I use to make paratha using cinnamon sugar.  If you are cinnamon lover I bet you will certainly love this and make it very often.  This paratha is wonderful Tea time snack and a healthier snack for kids.  If you are craving for sweet that too cinnamoooony, here you go...best and healthier way to satisfy your sweet craving.  The nutty whole wheat flour, fresh clarified butter, sweet cinnamon flavor mmmm it is yummmm:)   This paratha is very flaky and tasty.  You can also pack them for kid’s lunch box with some salad as well.


Before we move on to the recipe and brief about paratha, do check the below links of my previous posts for

1. The Clarified butter/ghee/brown butter procedure
2. Phulka - Indian Bread cooked on open flame (has stepwise pictures for preparing the dough) 

I have also included the stepwise details for pleating and rolling the Cinnamon paratha with this post which will be helpful for understanding.  Do write to me if you have any queries.  Also see the notes/tips for making good paratha's before you proceed.

A Paratha/Parantha/Paratta is an Indian flat-bread that originated in the Indian subcontinent.  Paratha is a combination of the words Parat (layer) and Atta (flour) which literally means layers of cooked dough.  It is one of the most popular unleavened flat-breads in Indian cuisine.  The Paratha dough usually contains clarified butter or cooking oil and it is also applied in the layers of the Paratha.  Up to 2 tbsp of clarified butter or oil per cup of flour may be added (Using clarified butter or oil is purely according to your preference).  More the fat content more the tenderness/flakier and taste.  You can make it healthy by not adding more fat content and instead mix the dough using yogurt, milk or even warm water. As I make them regularly, I add less fat and just plain water for mixing the dough, which comes out good always :)



  



 
The Paratha/Paratta can be done in various shapes and methods.  

Method 1: Layered Paratha

The Layered Paratha can be done in two styles.
Style 1: In this method, the dough is rolled first and clarified butter or oil is brushed and folded.  Then the folded dough is rolled again and cooked/toasted in the Pan/Tawa.  While cooking it puffs up separating the layers and it becomes flaky.   The folded dough can be rolled into any shapes like triangle, square or round. 

Style 2: Instead of folding method, we can also make pleats and roll the dough.  I have posted this style today.  These are Spiral Paratha which are nice and flaky. These are also called as Lachha paratha (Round in shape with multiple layers traditionally prepared in a tandoor) but it can also be made in the pan/Tawa too.

Method 2: Layered Paratha with Flavors

You can incorporate any flavors like spices or herbs when you mix the dough and prepare it based on the above styles.  Usually the paratha is served with some accompaniments like curry, pickle, raita or chutneys.  But layered paratha with flavors is tasty by itself.

Method 3: Stuffed Paratha

Apart from the different folding and spicing method there is another one which is called stuffed paratha.  The stuffed paratha is not layered. The vegetable of your choice can be prepared by adding some spices and it is stuffed into the dough balls.  The dough balls are rolled and toasted/cooked in the pan by smearing oil, butter or clarified butter.  When it’s cooked, it forms layers naturally.

You can make the paratha with whole wheat flour, all purpose flour or the combination of both.  I usually add less fat when mixing the dough.  It’s again your preference to use either ghee or oil.  So here you go how the sweet Paratha is made.  You can follow the same procedure for making plain Paratha without adding Cinnamon Sugar.







CINNAMON SUGAR PARATHA


Ingredients for the dough:
This yields - 5 to 6 Paratha

Whole wheat flour - 2 cups (I use Ashirvaad or Swarna which is available in Indian groceries)
Oil/Clarified Butter/Melted Butter - 1 tbsp (You can also add 2 tbsp ghee if you are not calorie conscious)
Water - 3/4 cup (depending on the quality of flour increase or decrease the amount of water, you can always substitute water with milk as well)
Salt - 1 tsp
Clarified butter - 1 1/2 tsp (1/4 tsp each for brushing the rolled dough)
Extra flour for dusting and sprinkling
Extra clarified butter or oil for smearing while cooking or toasting in the pan

Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar:

The measurement of sugar which I am giving is enough for our sweet level.  If you want them very sweet you can always sprinkle more before rolling.  You can always increase or decrease the cinnamon powder according to your preference.  

Fine granulated sugar - 3 tbsp (1/2 tbsp for each paratha)
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tbsp

Mix both sugar and cinnamon powder well and keep it aside. 


 



Kneading the dough:
Look at my earlier post "Phulka - Indian bread cooked on open flame" for stepwise instructions. 

Method:

1. Take Flour, clarified butter and salt in a big bowl.  Rub with your fingers until they are mixed well.
2. Add water little by little to make soft pliable dough.
See here for Tips and Tricks and details for MIXING THE DOUGH.
3. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for atleast an hour.

Pleating the dough:

1. Divide the dough to equal size balls.
2. Dust a ball with the flour and roll it for about 9" inch circle.
3. Brush the whole surface with 1/4 tsp of clarified butter using the brush.
4. Sprinkle little flour and rub with your finger and sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over the rolled dough.
5. Now starting from one end make pleats until you reach other end.
6. Since we are using cinnamon sugar it may spill before you start rolling like a tail.  To avoid this, seal the starting pleat and end pleat.  Start rolling as shown in the picture, give it a press and keep it aside.
7. Do the same for all the dough balls.

 
 


Rolling and toasting the pleated dough:

1. Take the rolled dough dust with little flour, using the rolling pin with slight pressure (don't give so much pressure) make 6 1/2 " circle (discs).  The thickness of the discs from the center to end has to be even.
2. In a heated pan, put the rolled paratha.  When bubbles start to appear, smear some clarified butter or oil and flip to the other side.  Now smear some more clarified butter or oil (Always cook them in medium flame so that it does not burn the sugar).
3. Cook until it turns light golden brown on both the sides; this takes approximately 30 to 40 seconds on each side.  Once they are cooked keep them on a plate or cooling rack.
4. Repeat the same for all the dough.
5. Serve hot by smearing little ghee on the top or you can serve in room temperature.

 


This tastes good even the next day :)





Note/Tips:

1. Using the clarified butter or oil is according to your preference.  I suggest using oil while making the dough and clarified butter while toasting the paratha, if you are health or calorie conscious.
2. You can also use melted butter in the place of oil or clarified butter.
3. For making the plain paratha do follow the same procedure without the cinnamon sugar.
4. Always cook Paratha in medium flame for even cooking.
5. If you like it little crispy cook for few more seconds until it turns nice golden brown on both the sides.
6. The Paratha should be little thick, crispy on outside and soft inside, so do not roll the dough into thin discs.
7. If you are making plain Paratha, make it little bigger.  Instead of dividing the dough into 6 balls divide to 4, roll them little bigger and thicker. This kind of paratha is called Lachha paratha.

Enjoyyyyyyyyyyy the Cinnamon sugar paratha at all times!!!!


Raksha  – (June 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM)  

wow, just yummy. Beautiful clicks

Sunshine And Smile  – (June 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM)  

That's an interesting twist to cinnamon bread :)
We make sugar paratha at times .. when we crave for desserts and at the same time feel lazy to make any!

PS: I am waiting for your entry for DMBLGiT. Your photos are gorgeous .. you must send!

Mélange  – (June 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM)  

A paratha with cinnamon flavor is something I haven't attempted so far..Being my all time fav spice,this am adding to my bookmarks.Fabulous recipe.

Zareena  – (June 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM)  

Yummy and delicious snack item. I am sure kids will love this.

Krithi  – (June 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM)  

Superb Pavithra... so tempting...

Sushma Madhuchandra  – (June 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM)  

I make this paratha for my son's lunch box. Never tried adding cinnamon though. Will try it sometime. Thank you.

Devi  – (June 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM)  

yummy parathas!! I've never tried adding sweetness to dough...

Shweta in the Kitchen  – (June 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,
First time to ur space & loved everything about it. The recipes, narration & the clicks, its all awesome.
This sugar paratha brings back my childhood memories too. Happy to follow you. Inviting you to visit & follow my space.
http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

Gayathri NG  – (June 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM)  

Extremely superb and flavorful paratha, looks inviting and crockery are so beautiful...

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran  – (June 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM)  

Great applause to you for sharing this recipe. so perfect and pics explain the recipe. Well done.

www.indianrecipecorner.com

Priti  – (June 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM)  

Nice idea and looks so yum ...ofcourse beautiful pics

Priya  – (June 8, 2012 at 4:37 AM)  

Damn delicious,addictive and highly irresistible.

Spice up the Curry  – (June 8, 2012 at 7:34 AM)  

fabulous recipe. looks so mouthwatering.

Sharmilee! :)  – (June 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM)  

Stunning clicks...tempting layered paratha

Alpana  – (June 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM)  

Veeeery interesting.......& the pics are awesome.

Angie's Recipes  – (June 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM)  

These must be very tasty flavoured with cinnamon sugar. Love them.

radha  – (June 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM)  

Well, not too sure if it is absolutely healthy with that dab of butter.. but who cares. It looks so good!

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (June 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM)  

Your parathas look amazing and must taste just heavenly! Great pictures.

Cheers,

Rosa

thenovicehousewife  – (June 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM)  

This sounds wonderful! I have had "chinni" ka parantha but never a cinnamon flavored one. Brilliant!

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