Lentil flatbread or dal paratha is a healthy Indian flatbread recipe made with mixture of cooked lentils and flour. This is a vegan flatbread recipe. Can serve these healthy high protein ones for a healthy protein-rich breakfast or even with regular curries. Stuff some veggies and make a yummy wrap for kids tiffin box.
Dal Paratha | Leftover Dal Paratha | Lentil Flatbread with step-by-step instructions.
This paratha is kids special recipe. Why I have tagged this as kids special? Because many kids don't like dal (like my son). This is a healthier alternative of direct lentils you can give to your kid.
Lentil Flatbread (Dal Paratha) for Kids Tiffin Box:
This lentil flatbread or dal paratha is comfort food indeed and an easier tiffin box recipe for your kid. If you are making this for morning tiffin box then my suggestion (what i also do) prepare dal from night and refrigerate. This will save whole lot of time in busy morning hours.
Even you can make the dough from the night and refrigerate. This will also save 2 - 3 minutes. In the morning take out the dough and make roundels and roll out to flatbreads. Then grease them with ghee or butter.
There are other kids tiffin box friendly recipes that are quick and easy to make. Read my collection of 45 kids tiffin box recipes here on the blog.
What is lentil Flatbread?
Lentil flatbread is a healthier twist to normal flatbreads. This is a mixture of cooked lentils and flour which makes the dough for these lentil flatbreads or dal paratha. This is a simple and quick recipe. You can use your leftover cooked lentil (dal) for this recipe. This recipe has an Indian touch to this with the spices.
Is this flatbread Gluten-free?
No, this is not gluten-free since I have taken whole wheat flour for binding the cooked lentils. For a gluten-free version, just soak the lentils for some hours and then blend it to a smooth paste. Dilute with water. Then pour in on hot greased griddle to make pancakes or crepes of the batter. I have one lentil & spinach crepes that are gluten-free. You can also use ready-made lentil flour to save some time or make lentil flour with some high-speed blender.
Type of lentil to use for Dal paratha
I have taken cooked yellow lentils (moong dal/ dehusked green gram) for these flatbreads. However, I believe all types of lentils are absolutely fine if you are using cooked lentils or dal. If you have to make a powder of lentils, then red lentils would be easier as compared to other varieties of lentils.
How to Make Dal Paratha Quickly - Step-by-step?
Take a large mixing bowl. Add cooked dal, wheat flour, red chilli powder, coriander powder, ajwain (carom seeds), salt, oil (1 tbsp).
Mix all ingredients well. Knead to a smooth soft dough. If required add little water for binding. Knead well.
Cover with a moist cloth for 5 minutes. Divide into equal sized roundels. Roll them into little thick flatbreads like other parathas.
Heat Tawa and cook till it starts to puff or just cooked with brown-ish patches which are the sign of it being cooked. Brush with ghee or butter on both sides.
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Dal Paratha Recipe
- In a large mixing bowl add dal, flour, dry spices, salt, 1 tsp oil and mix well first.
- Try to knead without adding water.
- If required add little water gradually kneading a smooth dough.
- Cover with a moist napkin for 5 minutes.
- Divide dough into equal portions.
- Roll them into circles like flatbreads.
- Heat Tawa and place the paratha and shallow fry till it changes colour and puffy.
- Apply ghee on both sides and flip for 2 - 3 times ensuring cooked equally on both sides.
- Remove once done properly.
- Serve hot with pickle ar sauces/ dips of choice.
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