Hi, Ray here again.
I was browsing the Curry Focus recipes when I spotted the one for paratha. Being a big fan of this type of bread, and having a delicious supply from my local Indian store, I decided to try to make them myself.
The number of ingredients is pretty small (6 altogether) but I was a bit wary of the number of words in the method part of the recipe – there’s a whole page of instructions.
Still, I had everything already in the kitchen so paratha was the next cooking experiment.
I sieved and mixed the flours and made the dough pretty easily. Then I rubbed the dough with a little oil and then put it into a plastic bag for half an hour.
Now the work really began. It took me about 40 minutes to roll and prepare the paratha. Then it took me about 45 minutes to cook them, one at a time. I tried a couple of them whilst I was cooking and wasn’t overly impressed. Not to worry, I wrapped up six of them in some foil and put them aside for heating up later.
That evening I prepared a stunning dhal, which is the subject of my previous recipe review. And I heated up the paratha to have with the dhal.
Whilst the small dinner party of 3 thoroughly enjoyed the dhal, the paratha were a different store. The paratha somehow managed to be dry and pretty tasteless.
The paratha only rated a paltry 4 out of 10, which was a shame seeing that it took so much time and effort to make them.
I won’t be making paratha again so the local Indian store can look forward to my weekly visits for some time into the future.