Imagine how breakfasts and meals would have been if there were no paratha in the world? What would a nation full of exotic and wholesome curries and pickles do without a worthy companion to team them with?
The true value of a great paratha can only be appreciated when it paired with lovely cooked vegetable or meaty preparations, curries, stews or pickles.
Paratha is one item that is immensely popular across the subcontinent with local variations from various different regions. Paratha also known as parotta (Kerala), porotha (Bengal) and paronthey (Punjab) are common throughout different parts of the country. It is breakfast for some, dinner for another or just pure comfort food for many. But make sure you team it up with the perfect companion for the complete paratha experience. Here are 5 of the most popular items that parathas are usually combined with.
Paratha and Lassi
Truly desi at heart, Lassi is probably one of the most popular and loved cold beverages in India. Breakfast in many of the rural northern Indian regions during the summers consists of paratha or kulcha topped with butter and accompanied with a glass of sweet lassi.
Paratha and Makkan
Have no side dish to go with your paratha? No worries. Just drop a blob of white butter/ makkan on to your paratha and there you go! Nothing makes a paratha more homey and nostalgic that a generous dose of fresh makkan.
Paratha and Raita
Raita is again a quick fix side dish when you don’t have many ingredients to make an elaborate curry. Veggies are mixed with curd and tempered with curry leaves, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds to make raita. It enhances the taste of the paratha by many folds.
Paratha and Chicken Chettinad
The authentic South Indian combination for paratha (porotta) is usually chicken or meat. Chicken Chettinad is a spicy chicken dish laced with onions and coconut
Paratha and Chai
The most classic combination of all. Paratha and chai is a combination enjoyed by all generations across the world. Some even go as far as to dip their parathas in their chai like biscuits.