Onion Paratha / Pyaz Paratha

I accidentally bought too many onions and needed to use them up. Onion is not part of our everyday cuisine so unless I need onions for something special they do not get much use. It occurred to me that parathas are made with almost every vegetables so onion paratha may be a real possibility.

I did not know where to begin so I searched Vaishali's space and found this recipe for onion paratha. I mostly followed her recipe except I used white onion. These onions are sweet unlike its red counterpart. My daughter called them interesting which when translated means "Could you please not make them again. I will eat them without complaint this time." I personally think they tasted great and all the mix ins were very flavorful but they would taste a lot better with red onions instead of the white ones.

You will need
2 cups whole wheat flour (chapati flour)
1 tsp. oil
1/2 large onion
1 bunch cilantro leaves
5-6 int leaves
1 tsp. red pepper powder
salt to taste

To brush the top
1 tbsp. oil

Take the wheat flour in a mixing bowl and using water as needed form a soft dough. Keep aside covered.

Dice the onion and put it in a bowl with teaspoon of salt. Let it sweat for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the water and let the onion dry out. Mix it with chopped cilantro and red pepper powder.

Divide the dough into lemon size portions. Take one of the portions and flatten it on the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of onion mixture in the center and close the disc over it to form a ball of dough. Roll it out into a disc and dry roast it on both sides on a hot griddle. Take it off heat and brush a little oil over the top. Repeat for the remaining portions of dough.

You could enjoy the parathas with pickle. Or you can do what my daughter does. Eat it on its own.


  1. Oh really? I can't imagine cooking without onions..then I must check out your menu..onions and tomatoes are a must for all my daily veggies..feel lost when I have plan without it..:)..btw I love onion stuffed parathas..and this used to be our go to when we make something for rest of the family.

  2. Onion is a must in my kitchen. I can not even imagine cooking without it. However, I never tried onion paratha. Will have to try very soon.

  3. Im not a big fan of raw onions but I definitely need them in recipes. I'm yet to try onion paratha, yours have come out perfect. Jayanthi (sizzlingveggies)

  4. I love onion parathas and they are a must for breakfast quite often.My mom doesn't use onions in everyday cooking and even though I like her every dish .

  5. We love onions and will try these parathas some time.

  6. I prefer not to use onion in our regular cooking but my husband and the older one love to have onions with their dinner, whatever it is :) These parathas sound like something they would love.

  7. I use onions as seasoning in almost all foods - I use onions practically every day btw I love your translation of your daughter's language :)

  8. I love how your parathas are perfectly shaped....mine can usually be used for geography lessons.

  9. You can try going higher on the spices or even sauteeing the onions.. The parathas won't disappoint you then. But in my house there would never be an excess onion issue. Most of the time, there isn't enough!

  10. You have made perfect parathas, Varada. i am used to these parathas and think they are yummy. :)

  11. How prefectly you have rolled this parathas, am in love with the stuffing.


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