Indian Recipes

Pudina Paratha | Mint Flatbreads

Pudina paratha are crispy, flaky, layered, mint flavored whole wheat flatbreads. ‘Pudina’ is the Hindi word for mint leaves and paratha is an unleavened flatbread made from whole wheat flour. Basically pudina paratha is a Paratha variant with some herby minty flavors together with some fragrant spices.

restaurant style pudina paratha served in a plate

Whenever we go to restaurants, I always end up ordering pudina paratha. First I like the fresh minty flavor of pudina and as an accompaniment, it goes very with a dal tadka or a veg gravy.

Usually I make simple pudina paratha at home for breakfast or lunch. Since they taste so good you can consider making them for special occasions or guests also.

In this recipe post, I am sharing the restaurant-style version. Here the mint paratha is layered like the Lachha paratha. They are crisp as well as flaky and need to be served hot. If you plan to serve in the tiffin box, then just make simple paratha without the layers.

The recipe does not have too much minty taste and flavor. With a balanced flavor coming from the mint leaves, the aroma and taste of other spices also go well.

The best taste and texture comes due to the layers. If short of time, you can make square or triangle parathas, but these will be like regular parathas with the flavor of mint. They won’t have the punch in them.

In the recipe, I have used fresh mint leaves. Though you can also use dried mint leaves. If using dried mint leaves then don’t roast them.

You can add more mint leaves. But do not add less. As mint leaves are the hero ingredient here and bring so much flavor and taste to these parathas.

You can serve this pudina paratha hot or warm with a mango pickle, curd (yogurt) or with any veggie or paneer gravy of your choice.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Pudina Paratha

1. Begin with rinsing the mint leaves and keeping them aside. We will use 1 cup of tightly packed fresh mint leaves, of which half is added to the dough and the other half is added to the spice mix.

fresh mint leaves

2. Then start with the dough preparation – in a mixing bowl or pan, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams), 2 teaspoon oil or ghee or butter and ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste.

flour oil and salt in a bowl

3. Stir and mix very well.

mixing flour with salt and oil

4. Then add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, which have been chopped finely.

mint leaves added to flour

5. Again mix very well.

mixing mint leaves with flour

6. Now add water in parts. Initially, you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water.

water added to flour

7. Mix and begin to knead the dough.

kneading dough

8. Add more water as required and knead to a smooth dough. Overall I used ⅔ cup of water to knead the dough. Depending on the quality of flour, you may need to add more or less water. So don’t add all water at once. Always while kneading the dough add the water in parts, mix and knead and then add some more water if needed.

The dough should be smooth, soft and pliable as shown in the below photo. Cover the bowl with a lid and keep it aside for 20 to 30 minutes.

kneaded dough

Making spice mix for pudina paratha

9. When the dough is resting, you can prepare the spice mix. In a pan, add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves.

roasting mint leaves

10. On a low heat with frequent stirs, roast the mint leaves.

roasting mint leaves

11. Some mint leaves will darken, but continue to roast them till they turn dry and become crisp.

roasted mint leaves

12. Once the leaves are roasted and dried, then remove and keep aside. If you have dried mint leaves, then you can use them instead of roasting mint leaves.

roasted mint leaves

13. In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and ½ teaspoon fennel seeds. Roast for half a minute on a low heat.

cumin seeds and fennel seeds in the pan

14. Next add 1 dry red chili (broken and seeds removed). Red chili is optional, but I do add for the bit of heat it provides in the parathas. You can even add ¼ to ½ teaspoon black pepper instead of the red chili.

red chili added to cumin seeds and fennel

15. Roast till the cumin and fennel seeds become fragrant.

roasting cumin seeds and fennel and red chili

16. Remove them aside and add them to a dry grinder or a spice grinder. When the cumin and fennel seeds become warm or cool down, add the dried mint leaves.

cumin seeds and fennel and red chili added to grinder jar

17. Grind or blend to a semi-fine mix or a fine powder.

spice mix made

18. Remove in a plate. Also add 1 tablespoon chaat masala powder.

spice mix and chaat masala powder in a plate

19. Mix both the spice blends very well. Keep aside.

mix spice mix and chaat masala powder

20. After 20 to 30 minutes, make medium-sized balls of the dough.

dough balls in a bowl

Rolling pudina paratha

21. Take the dough ball on the rolling board and sprinkle some flour on both sides.

dusted dough ball

22. Roll the ball to a large thin chapati of about 9 to 10 inches.

rolling paratha

23. Here is the rolled chapati.

rolled paratha

24. Spread or brush some oil all over. You can also use ghee instead of oil.

spreading oil

25. Sprinkle some flour evenly.

flour added

26. Now sprinkle the spice mixture that we had prepared.

spice mix added

27. Begin to fold from the edges like a fan with pleats.

Begin to fold from the edges like a fan with pleats

28. Fold towards the end and then roll tightly to a circle.

Fold towards the end and then roll tightly to a circle.

29. Press the loose end at the center downwards.

 Pressing the loose end at the center downwards.

30. Prepare the pleated roll balls like these and keep aside covered for 12 to 15 minutes.

 pleated roll balls

31. Now take one pleated ball and dust some flour on both sides.

pleated ball dusted with flour

32. Roll to a paratha of about 5 to 6 inches.

rolled pudina paratha

Cooking pudina paratha

33. Place the rolled paratha on a hot tawa or griddle. Keep the heat medium high to high. Don’t roast them on low heat as then they will become hard or chewy.

pudina paratha placed on tawa

34. When you see the paratha puffing up at some places and is ¼th cooked then flip using tongs or a spatula.

puffed up pudina paratha

35. Here is the partly cooked side.

flipped pudina paratha on tawa

36. Using a spoon spread some oil or ghee on this side. You can add oil or ghee as much as you like. For a vegan version use any neutral flavored oil instead of ghee (clarified butter).

oil applied on pudina paratha

37. Flip again when the next side is half cooked.

pudina paratha flipped again

38. Again spread some oil or ghee on this side too.

oil applied on pudina paratha

39. Flip a couple of times to get even roasting and cooking of the parathas.

pudina paratha flipped again

40. Press the edges with a spatula so that they are cooked well. Sometimes the paratha edges remain slightly undercooked. So ensure that are also evenly cooked.

pressing pudina paratha edges

41. You can make these parathas more crisp or Karara as we call them in Punjabi language by cooking for some more time.

cooked pudina paratha

42. Remove and place them on a plate or tray. Crush them between the palms, taking care of the heat, so that the layers separate.

crush the pudina paratha between palms

43. The pudina paratha is ready to be served now. Make all parathas this way. If you are unable to serve them immediately, then stack them in a casserole or a roti basket and serve them once you have made all the parathas.

Do note that these parathas have to be served hot or warm.

pudina paratha in a plate

44. Sprinkle the remaining spice mix on the pudina paratha and serve them plain with some mango pickle or curd or with a dal fry or a veg curry or gravy of your choice.

Some recipes you can serve these parathas are paneer butter masala, dal makhani, chana masala, veg kadai, matar paneer, aloo matar, kadai paneer, dal tadka etc.

You can also have them as it is with a cup of tea.

restaurant style pudina paratha served in a plate

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restaurant style pudina paratha served in a plate

Pudina Paratha

Restaurant style recipe of whole wheat flat bread flavored with mint and spices. ‘pudina’ is the hindi word for mint leaves and paratha is an unleavened flat bread made from whole wheat flour.

Prep Time 35 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

spice mix for pudina paratha

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preparation

  • Begin with rinsing the mint leaves and keeping them aside. 

  • We will use 1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves of which half is added to the dough and the other half is added to the spice mix.

kneading dough for pudina paratha

  • Then start with the dough preparation – in a mixing bowl or pan, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams), 2 teaspoon oil or ghee or butter and ½ to 1 teaspoon salt or add as per taste.

  • Mix very well.

  • Then add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves (finely chopped). Again mix very well.

  • Now add water in parts. Initially you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water. The amount of water required depends upon the quality of the flour.

  • Mix and begin to knead the dough.

  • Add more water as required and knead to a smooth dough. Overall I used ⅔ cup of water to knead the dough. Depending on the quality of flour, you may need to add more or less water.

  • Knead to a smooth, soft and pliable dough.

  • Cover the bowl with a lid and keep aside for 20 to 30 minutes.

making spice mix for pudina paratha

  • In a pan, add ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves.

  • On a low flame or sim with frequent stirs, roast the mint leaves. Some mint leaves will darken, but continue to roast them till they turn crisp.

  • Once the leaves are roasted and dried, then remove and keep aside.

  • In the same pan, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and roast for half a minute on a low heat.

  • Next add 1 dry red chili, broken and seeds removed. Red chili is optional, but I do add for the bit of heat it provides in the parathas.

  • Roast till the cumin seeds become fragrant. Remove aside and add them in a dry grinder or a spice grinder.

  • When the cumin and fennel seeds become warm or cool down, add the dried mint leaves.

  • Grind to a semi fine mix or a fine powder.

  • Remove in a plate. Also add 1 tablespoon chaat masala powder.

  • Mix both the spice blends very well. Keep aside.

rolling pudina paratha

  • After 20 to 30 minutes, make medium sized balls of the dough.

  • Take the dough ball on the rolling board and sprinkle some flour on both sides.

  • Roll the ball to a large thin chapati of about 9 to 10 inches.

  • Spread or brush some oil all over. Sprinkle some flour evenly.

  • Now sprinkle the spice mixture that we had prepared.

  • Begin to fold from the edges like a fan with pleats.

  • Fold towards the end and then roll tightly to a circle. Press the loose end at the center downwards.

  • Prepare the pleated roll balls like these and keep aside covered to rest for 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Now take one pleated ball and dust some flour on both sides.

  • Roll to a paratha of about 5 to 6 inches.

Cooking pudina paratha

  • Place the paratha on a hot tawa or skillet. Keep the heat medium high or high. Don’t roast the paratha on a low heat as then they will become hard or dense and you won’t get a good taste.

  • When you see the paratha puffing up at some places and is ¼th cooked then flip with the help of a spatula or tongs.

  • Spread some oil or ghee on this side. The amount of oil or ghee to be applied depends upon your preferences.

  • Flip again and spread some oil or ghee on this side too.

  • Flip a couple of times to get even roasting and cooking of the parathas.

  • Press the edges with a spatula so that they are cooked well. Sometimes the edges are not cooked well so do pay attention on the edges and make sure that they are also cooked well.

  • You can make these parathas more crisp by cooking for some more time.

  • Remove and place the pudina paratha on a plate or tray. Crush them between your palms taking care of the heat, so that the layers separate.

  • The pudina paratha is ready to be served now. 

  • Make all pudina paratha this way. If you are unable to serve them immediately, then stack them in a casserole or a roti basket and serve them once you have made all the parathas. 

  • Do note that these parathas have to be served hot or warm.

  • Sprinkle the spice mix on top and serve pudina paratha plain with some mango pickle or curd or with a dal fry or a veg curry or gravy.

  • Mint parathas have to be served hot or warm for best taste and texture.
  • The recipe can be doubled, tripled or halved.
  • You can alter the spices and herbs as per your preference. But do not use less mint leaves. As in this mint paratha the star ingredient is mint leaves that give so much aroma, flavor and taste to the paratha.
  • For vegan mint flatbreads use oil instead of ghee in kneading the dough and also for roasting the flatbreads.
  • The approx nutrition info is for 1 pudina paratha roasted with 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil.

Nutrition Facts

Pudina Paratha

Amount Per Serving

Calories 154
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 4g

Sodium 149mg6%

Potassium 149mg4%

Carbohydrates 23g8%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 262IU5%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Vitamin E 2mg13%

Vitamin K 1µg1%

Calcium 28mg3%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 20µg5%

Iron 2mg11%

Magnesium 47mg12%

Phosphorus 113mg11%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Pudina Paratha post from the archives (January 2016) has been updated and republished on 20 October 2021.

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