Besan Paratha Recipe | How to make Besan ka Paratha | Breakfast Recipes

Besan Paratha recipe with step by step pictures

What is Besan Paratha?

Besan Paratha is moist and melts in mouth Indian flatbread made with the combination of whole wheat flour and gram flour having basic flavours of onion, cumin seeds, and gram flour, getting its moistness from curd.

Addition of curd gives a very soft texture to the parathas. They remain soft and moist for hours. I have used basic ingredients to make besan parathas and its beauty lies in its simplicity.

My 3-year-old son, Ani, loved these besan parathas the most. I had made it for a Sunday breakfast and his school was opening on Wednesday… he was very prompt to say “make it for my tiffin when I go to school”. So besan parathas were his first tiffin and are therefore more special to me.

Besan parathas can be served with green chutney etc.

Besan Paratha Recipe

Course                                 Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine                                Punjabi
Prep time                            10 minutes
Cook time                           10 minutes
Serving                                8 paratha

Ingredients for Besan Paratha

  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour (aata)
  • ½ cup gram flour (besan)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp curd
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¾ cup water or as required
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ green chilli, chopped
  • Handful of chopped coriander
  • Oil for frying parathas
  • Ghee or butter for greasing parathas

How to Make Besan Paratha

1. Prepare the dough

In a bowl add 1½ cup whole wheat flour, ½ cup gram flour, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, salt to taste, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp curd, and 1 tbsp oil. Use water to make the soft dough. I used approximately ¾ cup water, however, the quantity might vary.


2. Prepare parathas

Take a portion of the dough. Roll it. It should not be too thick or too thin. (Thicker than the chapatti).


3. Fry parathas

Heat a skillet or frying pan. Put the paratha on it. Once bubble appears flip the paratha, apply little oil and flip again. Apply oil. Cook the paratha till golden brown from both the sides.


4. Grease and crush parathas

Apply little ghee or butter to grease the paratha. And slightly crush it.


5. Bon appétit

Serve besan ka paratha with the spoonful of butter and a cup of masala tea.



  • You can also use ghee to fry parathas. However, if you are making parathas to pack for tiffin or lunch box, do not use ghee for frying.
  • You can flavor besan paratha with carom seeds (ajwain) or fennel seeds (saunf).
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Paratha lovers will also love aloo paneer paratha. Even this makes a very good tiffin option for kids. Parathas are always great for tiffins. They remain good and soft even after getting cold. But we can’t be repetitive with the kids’ tiffin or for breakfast. There should be variations. Aloo paneer paratha is a very healthy and delicious paratha. Here is the recipe for aloo paneer paratha.

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