Kimchi Parathas

”Kimchi, Korean fermented cabbage, seems to have found its way onto everything from burgers to tacos, so I thought I’d attempt a little Korean-Indian mash-up by stuffing it into parathas, India’s answer to the greasy-spoon fry-up. A fried egg on top makes it perfect for a lazy Sunday breakfast” – Ravinder Bhogal


  • 300g kimchi, drained, plus extra to serve
  • 375g chapati flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp oil or ghee, plus extra for greasing and frying
  • 275-300ml warm water

To serve

  • Fried eggs
  • Spring onions, finely sliced


  1. Put the kimchi in a clean J-Cloth or muslin square and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Chop finely and set aside.
  2. For the dough, mix the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, then add the oil/ghee and mix again. Slowly add the warm water a little at a time, kneading well until you have a soft, springy malleable dough. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and set aside to rest for half an hour.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls, dust with a little extra flour and keep the balls covered with a clean moist cloth or cling film to stop them drying out as you work.
  4. Before preparing the parathas, grease your palms with a little of the oil. Flatten one ball in the palm of your hands to form a 12cm disc. Put a generous teaspoon of the chopped kimchi in the middle and bring the edges of dough up like a purse/parcel to seal the kimchi inside. Flatten the top then, using your fingers, flatten the whole thing to form a disc about 15cm wide. When you’re flattening the disc, try to work the filling to the edges so it’s evenly distributed. Prepare the rest of the parathas in the same way.
  5. Heat the oven to 140°C/120°C fan/gas 1. Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium-high. Put half a teaspoon of oil/ghee in the pan and fry a paratha for 2 minutes on each side until lightly blistered. Put on a baking tray, cover with foil and keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest.
  6. When ready to serve, heat a glug of oil in a medium frying pan, then crack in 2-3 eggs at a time and fry for 2-3 minutes until cooked to your liking. Repeat until you have enough cooked eggs. Serve the parathas with fried eggs on top, extra kimchi and scattered with spring onions.
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