A Paratha is an extremely popular Indian flat-bread, described perfectly and in detail on Wikipedia. What they don't tell you there is that we in Dubai have a small little place (and I do mean a tiny hole in the wall) directly opposite Karama Post Office, next to Baskin Robins, that offers us over a 100 varieties of these delicious, carbalicious treats!
My first thought on hearing about this place was how on earth did they manage to come up with a 100 different varieties? Normal variations include stuffing them with different fillings such as boiled potatoes, cauliflower or other leafy vegetables, but a hundred? That's quite the achievement and naturally my second thought was.. where do I start?
Thankfully they make all their Paratha's with sunflower oil instead of the usual fattening ghee and whole wheat flour. The Paratha's also come with a tiny side of yogurt, chick peas, daal (lentils) and small packets of mixed pickle.
So far I have only managed to work my way thru about 5 of the Paratha's on their seemingly never ending list and they have been very tasty albeit a little soggy and not as crispy as I like - The down side of having them delivered rather then enjoyed fresh I suppose.
The Paratha's are divided according to their base ingredients, Potato, Cauliflower, Onion.. and so forth and have house specialties as well as daily specials and also sweet ones. It can be quite daunting at first as my usual questions about which is your most popular one didn't seem to go down well with the lady on the other end of the phone so make your own choice rather then relying on them to make it easier for you. You can't go wrong with the basics such as Aloo (Potato) and Methi (Fenugreek).
Their prices are also very reasonable at 8 - 10 DHS per Paratha and they have recently opened two more locations in Bur Dubai (Al. Khaleej Center, +971 4 3515121) and Dubai Internet City (Building DIC 12, +971 4 4456977).
Paratha King can be found at http://www.parathaking.ae