Parathas are a common Indian breakfast. Adding different ingredients to parathas to change their flavour is a practice of every mother. Sometimes aloo stuffing, sometimes simple carom seeds parathas; variations make different breakfasts. Here is a recipe of healthy chana dal paratha, which will help you serve something different on the breakfast plate.


Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: makes 6 parathas

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (for dough)
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour (for dusting)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chana dal (soaked in water for 2 hours)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder
  • Salt according to taste
  • Oil (for shallow frying)

Preparation Instructions:

  • Pressure cook soaked chana dal with 1/2 cup water for 1 whistle. You can knead the dough till dal is cooking.
  • Take 1.5 cups wheat flour, a tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil in a big bowl. Add some water and knead it into a soft dough. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and keep it aside till we make stuffing.
  • When all the pressure releases, drain off the water from the dal. Take boiled chana dal, onions, coriander leaves, chillies, garam masala, dry mango powder and salt in a bowl. Mix all ingredients well to make stuffing.
  • Now, divide the stuffing into 6 equal parts and the dough also in six equal balls.
  • Take a dough ball, cover it with dry flour and roll it into a small roti. Place a part of the filling in the centre of the roti and wrap the stuffing ball to form a ball. Seal it well. Apply some dry flour, flatten the ball into a pattie and gently roll it into a roti of around 6-inch diameter.
  • Heat a tawa and place the roti over it. When bubbles become to appear, flip it, apply oil and cook for 30 seconds. Again flip, apply oil and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat flip and cook (without applying oil) till light brown spots appear on both sides of the paratha. Take out the paratha on a plate and make all parathas in the similar way.
  • Serve hot chana dal paratha with raita, butter or pickle as a healthy breakfast.


  • Add salt in proportion in both dough and stuffing.
  • Do not apply pressure while rolling the stuffed pattie as the stuffing may come out.

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