Are you looking for paratha side dishes to enjoy for breakfast? Here’s a perfect post that covers a variety of ideas for parathas accompaniment for both plain and stuffed ones.
You can enjoy parathas alone, but side dishes boost their flavour and make them more tasty and tempting. You can serve parathas with almost any curry or veggies you have handy at home.
In this post, I will cover almost all the side dish ideas you can serve with parathas ranging from plain yogurt, veggies, pickles, lentils, meat, delicious dips, and chutney to beverages that complete your breakfast meal.
Yogurt /curd is a cool refreshing side that can never go wrong with any paratha, especially the stuffed one. It tastes so well with plain yogurt. It is an easy, ready-to-eat available quick dish at our homes. So, go for it when you are in no mood to cook any side.
If you are fed with boring plain yogurt, why not twist it by making your dip? It takes no time to prepare your favourite yogurt dip. Here’s how:
- Prepare a dip with finely chopped onions, cilantro and a pinch of salt. It is one of the best accompaniments to go with parathas, which is too easy to prepare.
- You can also make it by adding grated cucumber, black pepper and salt.
- Try this yogurt dip which is a perfect combo of yogurt and mayo with refreshing herbs if you are looking for unique yogurt dip options.
It is the most common side served with parathas and is one of the best paratha side dishes. You can serve plain and stuffed parathas with pickles. Pickles are infused with rich spices and herbs, so serving them with parathas boosts their taste with the flavour and aroma of the spices in them. You can get them in most of the stores in the Asian cuisine aisle if you live outside India. There are wide varieties of pickles available. The most common and loved by all are mango, sweet and sour lemon, and chilli pickle. My daughter is a picky eater. So, one day, I made her try a mango pickle with plain paratha. To my surprise, she liked it so much!! And now, she is such a big fan of this mango pickle and paratha duo that she demands this combo at any time.
Try this perfect side, and I am 100% sure this combo would be on your hit list, just like my cutie.
Chutney does not need any introduction. These are the most popular Indian condiment served with snacks. The spices and fresh herbs in chutneys make them so appealing that no one can resist their flavour. Fresh paratha served with chutney tastes so well that you won’t need anything else.
Some chutney that pairs well with parathas are:
Coriander chutney - A verdant green coriander chutney makes a super refreshing and delicious side with parathas.
Coriander-mint chutney - Parathas also go well with another green chutney prepared using coriander and mint.
Carrot chutney - The beautiful, vibrant carrot chutney, with the natural sweetness of carrots, contrasts so well with the savoury parathas that you want to go more.
Red chilli chutney - This vegan and gluten-free red chutney made from dry chillies is a perfect spicy accompaniment to parathas. This red chilli chutney also goes well with sandwiches.
Have you ever tried serving plain parathas with vegetables? The paratha-vegetables combo taste so delicious that nothing can beat that, especially potatoes. You can serve parathas with almost all vegetables.
Also, parathas-potatoes are a perfect pair that goes so well that you can have them any time of the day.
Potato dried fenugreek - Parathas served with these bite-sized potatoes prepared with dried fenugreek taste so yummy. The recipe calls for roasting potatoes on high heat in a pan. Finishing with dried fenugreek leaves will leave you with the unique yummiest crispy potato recipe you have ever tried!
Mixed paneer vegetables - Have you ever tried paneer vegetables with parathas? You will love it as these go hand in hand!!
Potato curry - Another version of potatoes is a rich, creamy potato curry made with a chilli-cashew base. It tastes so delicious with paratha as well as poori.
Green beans - The delicious combo of stir-fries and paratha will force you to go for more! Give it a try!!
The evergreen paratha-lentils pair goes perfectly hand in hand. All the time hit at my place. Serve hot crispy parathas with leftover lentils, and it will amaze you with this delectable combo.
Black chickpeas - Serve hot plain paratha with black chickpeas; it’s a heavenly and incredible match. My family love to have this combo at least once a week. I prepare this Sukhe kale chane/ black chickpeas in the morning, especially for breakfast.
Leftover lentils - No combo can beat the parathas and lentils combination. It is always at the top of the list. Serve the plain parathas with lentils and enjoy the delicacy. Try this easy dry white lentil recipe and share how you like it!!
Not a vegetarian!! No worries, I have got this post covered with some meat side dishes to serve with parathas. Serve hot plain parathas with kebabs, tandoori chicken, chicken masala, butter chicken, chicken drumsticks, and lamb curry. It is so addictive that you want to go more!
The tangy and deep-flavoured sauces perk up the flavour of plain or stuffed parathas. These include chilli, schezwan sauce, sriracha, barbeque sauce, and tomato sauce.
I still remember it was my all-time favourite food during my childhood. Serve jam as a spread on the parathas. Make rolls for kids by spreading the mixed fruit jam (or whatever jam your kid like) on parathas with the help of a spoon. Roll it tightly and cut it into two halves. Pack them for kids’ school lunches. It will make their day. I bet you will be delighted to see their empty lunch boxes after school hours.
Butter/Ghee is a tasty spread rather than a side dish. Having butter/ghee with parathas makes them soft, creamier, delicious, and easy to eat. Do try salted butter if homemade white butter is not available. Homemade white butter tastes so delicious that store-bought is nowhere close to it.
It is a perfect combination that never fails when you don’t have other choices to serve. Just place a sizeable chunk of butter/ghee on the hot paratha, spread, and let it melt. And Voila!! Enjoy the richness of cream in each bite of your parathas. The butter-paratha pair is too high in calories, but consuming it occasionally is guilt-free.
Create delicious melt-in-the-mouth moments by serving fresh crispy parathas with a flavorful cup of masala chai. I always prefer parathas with butter and chai whenever:
- I don’t have any leftover veggies or lentils to serve with paratha.
- When I am too hungry to wait, I make plain paratha, put butter and serve it with my favourite chai masala, especially cardamom flavoured. It’s insane!
To make your chai masala with just a few ingredients at home, check out my chai masala recipe.
Aloo paratha is the most common stuffed paratha. Everyone loves aloo paratha. The best side to serve with aloo paratha is plain yogurt. It tastes so good and refreshing with yogurt that you will go for it repeatedly!
The other side dish that goes perfectly with aloo paratha is a pickle like a mango or a chilli pickle. It enhances the flavour of aloo paratha.
Roti and paratha are Indian flatbreads made up of wheat flour. They both differ from each other:
It is always said to eat breakfast like a king, so start your day with a full power-packed meal to prepare yourself for the whole day!! Nothing can beat parathas to make your day!! I have given you a wide variety of paratha side dishes to choose from. Serve it with butter and a flavourful cup of tea, or choose the sides from the list! The choice is yours!!