Thursday, June 8, 2023

Methi Lachha Paratha

This is a classic, healthy, nutritious, and delicious flaky Indian layered flatbread made with whole wheat flour and methi leaves along with spices. This makes a comforting meal when served with dal or yogurt and with spicy Indian achar/pickle. 

Methi aka fenugreek finds an important place in Indian cuisine. The seeds are used as a spice in curries and spice mixes. The fresh green leaves are used as a herb for garnishing  as well as in curries as the star ingredient ( like Aloo Methi),  or in breads and grains (Butternut Squash Methi Pulao) to make the main meal. The leaves have a great aroma and slightly bitter flavor. Methi seeds and leaves are well known for their blood glucose lowering properties and aids in making diabetic friendly meals. Fresh leaves are available during winter and spring, though frozen ones are available round the year. When using fresh ones, make sure to pick the leaves alone without the stems, wash thoroughly to remove any dirt, and then use in the recipe. Dry methi leaves are also used in many recipes like pulao, Pumpkin Methi Luchi, and Bajra Methi Poori,  or used for garnishing curries.

To make this flaky paratha, the following ingredients are required:

Whole wheat flour - This recipe uses whole wheat flour like any classic Indian roti/chapathi. 

Salt - Adds flavors

Water - Enough to knead a smooth and soft dough.

Methi leaves - This recipe uses fresh methi leaves. Frozen methi leaves can also be used. 

Make sure to adjust the quantity of water as the frozen ones may contain ice crystals adding to the wetness of the dough.

Turmeric - Adds to the nutritional value and health benefits.

Carom seeds - aka as ajwain (in Hindi) enhances flavor and aids in digestion.

Cayenne - Adds to the spicy kick. Adjust quantity as needed to make it spicy. 

Oil - A little oil added to the dough aids in soft texture.

Ghee - Adds to the flavor and flaky texture of these parathas.

How to make the layers?

Ghee is smeared (a little goes a long way) on the flattened dough and then gathered in accordion folds. Then it is carefully stretched and elongated to twice or thrice the length, and made into a coil. This is then rolled to a flat circle. The layers may look smashed but they will separate with a beautiful flaky texture while cooking. Alternatively, instead of accordion folds, the flattened dough can be rolled into a log, coiled, and then rolled into a circular paratha like in Garlic Butter Paratha, or into a triangular paratha like Pumpkin Paratha, or Spicy Masala Veggie Paratha.

Flavor variations

To enhance flavor cumin can also be added to the flour mix. Also, green chilies can also be finely chopped and then added to the dough for extra heat. A little garam masala, or cumin/coriander powder can also be added to the dough to enhance flavor.

What to serve with these paratha?

These parathas are amazing to eat as such or with a cube of soft butter. A dollop of spicy mango pickle, or this garlic pickle (if you are a garlic lover),  or any achar makes the milk heavenly. When served with a side of dal like, Instant Pot Veggie Dal and some fresh yogurt, this would be a great brunch or dinner. 

Is this recipe vegan?

No, this recipe is not vegan. Ghee is used in this recipe. For a vegan version oil could be spread on the dough before making accordion folds. Coconut oil would add extra nutty flavor and aroma. Any oil of your preference can be used.


These lachha paratha can be stored at room temperature for a day. Reheat on a pan, and serve warm. They can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple more days. Pack these paratha with parchment paper in between each paratha and freeze them for 3 months. Reheat the parathas on a pan or griddle and then serve.

Makes 15, 7-in. parathas

Whole wheat flour - 3 cups
Salt - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Methi leaves - 1 cup, roughly chopped
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 7-8 tbsp
Carom seeds/ajwain - 3/4 tsp
Cayenne - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp


Add the whole wheat flour, methi leaves, carom seeds, salt, turmeric, cayenne, and methi leaves to a bowl. Add water as needed to make a smooth, soft, and pliable dough. Cover and rest for 15-30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 15 equal portions.

Take a dough portion and roll into a 7-in circular disc, dusting with flour as necessary.

Spread a quarter teaspoon oil/ghee and gather in accordion folds. Gently elongate by stretching the ends to twice or thrice the length. Make a coil and set aside. Repeat with the remains dough portions.

Take each coiled dough, and roll into a 7-in circular disc dusting with flour as necessary. Repeat with the remaining dough portions.

Heat a cast-iron pan over medium flame, add one paratha at a time and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and spread 1/8th teaspoon of ghee and cook for two minutes. Drizzle another 1/8 teaspoon ghee, flip and cook for a minute until brown spots appear on both the sides of the paratha. Remove from the pan and continue to cook the rest of the parathas.

Serve warm with pickle, yogurt, and/or dal.


  1. The shaping method reminds me of scallion pancakes. Sounds delicious.

  2. This would be great served with so many different meals!

  3. This bread looks so delicious! I've always wanted to try methi and I love all the herbs and flavors in this version.

  4. I would love this with some yogurt. Fresh bread always works for me.

  5. This would be a perfect side for so many things! Love that its so much healthier than many breads.