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Leftover Dal Paratha Recipe

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Leftover Dal Paratha

Leftover Dal Paratha

Paratha is an Indian pan-fried flatbread. Parathas can be prepared in many different ways: They can be plain (typically a mixture of flour and ajwain, or carom seeds), or they can be made with vegetables or with a variety of stuffings like aloo methi, leftover rice, grated radish, and more.

In this recipe, we are preparing paratha with leftover dal (lentils). Any type of leftover dal can be used in this recipe. This is a very flavorful paratha because of the spices used in it. Try it and give your feedback.

Cook Time

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15 min

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45 min

3-4 parathas


  • 1 cup atta (whole wheat flour)
  • 1 cup leftover dal
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • Oil for frying, as needed


  1. In a large bowl, add the atta and all the ingredients except the leftover dal and oil. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add the dal little by little and knead into a roti-like soft dough. We did not use any water to knead the dough. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes once it comes together; then cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Keep a tawa (pan) on low flame to heat up and start making the paratha.
  5. Dust your hands with some dry flour. Take some dough and shape into a ball (the dough will make 3-4 parathas). Dust with some dry flour and roll it out into a medium-thick paratha or round disc about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  6. Check if the tawa is hot by smearing a little dough on it. If it is hot enough, the dough will start to brown immediately. Spread a little oil on the hot tawa and raise the heat to low-medium. Place the paratha on the hot tawa and let this side cook for 15-20 seconds.
  7. Flip the paratha and let the other side cook for 15-20 seconds.
  8. Flip the paratha a third time, spread a little oil all over it, and then flip it one more time. Spread a little oil over this side as well.
  9. Flip the paratha frequently and roast until it is crisp and golden on both sides.
  10. Transfer the cooked paratha to a plate and prepare the rest of the parathas similarly.
  11. Serve with mango launji, any type of pickle, or dahi.

Leftover Dal Paratha Recipe

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 20, 2020:

When so many people find it difficult to get even one square meal a day wasting food is akin to committing a crime. Thank you, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2020:

I love using leftovers as you did with the dal (lentils). Your pancake-type meal sounds delicious!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 19, 2020:

Yes, manatita the dal is mixed in the paratha. It does make a delicious combination. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 19, 2020:

I understand it, Manuela. Thanks for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 19, 2020:

You are welcome, Miebakagh.

manatita44 from london on July 17, 2020:

The sight of the Paratha alone, makes me hungry. you mix the dal in the paratha to make it? What a wonderful colour?

Manuela from Portugal on July 17, 2020:

your recipe seems delicious but I don't have some of the ingredients you used here, or at least I don't know them.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 17, 2020:

Rajah, thanks for sharing.

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