Mar 18, 2014

Aloo Paratha...

Who doesnt like parathas??? Most of us do and I sure love it.My family loves parathas all the time and aloo paratha is special. My elder kid is a big potato fan and he can eat it for all three meals everyday. I know thats not very good. But no worries as I give him in moderation so that he can enjoy it the right way. One such good way are these parathas

Stuffed parathas are more filling than regular chapathis. Good thing is I get to put in some ingredients which usually my kids dont entertain in a regular fresh way - say onions, green chilly, mint leaves, curry leaves and coriander leaves. I give it a quick pulse before adding it to the filling and it is loved in that form

Parathas can be made in 2-3 types. First you can roll out dough then put stuffing in the middle, cover and roll out again. Second we can make 2 chapathis, spread filling in one chapathi then top another and seal. Third we can put all the ingredients in the dough and finally roll it into chapathis. For aloo parathas we use the first method. Cook evenly on both sides and its done. Serve it with a side of pickle and fresh curd for best taste

Serves... 4 ppl
Serve option... Hot with ketchup

This is what u'll need....

Whole wheat flour - 3 cups
Potatoes - 3 big
Onion - 1 big
Green chilly - 1
Coriander leaves 
Curry leaves 
Mint leaves 
Ajwain - 1/2 tspn
Oil - 1 tbspn for filling
Oil/Ghee for pan-frying parathas
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
    • Make soft chapathi dough using salt, flour and water. Rest it 15-20 minutes for best results
    • Wash and boil potatoes till they are soft. Peel them and keep them aside for now
    • Take a non-stick pan and add a tablespoon of oil to it. Sprinkle some ajwain seeds and let it sizzle
    • Chop onion finely and toss them into the pan. Stir around for a couple of minutes till onion becomes soft and translucent

    • Meanwhile put green chilly, coriander leaves, curry leaves and mint leaves into a small mixie jar. Give this a quick pulse, just 3-4 seconds, to make a very coarse mixture 
    • Pour this mixture into the pan with onions. Get the boiled potatoes and add it to the pan. Turn off the flame and let it cool down a little

    • When it is cool enough to handle, mix everything together with your hands till everything blends well
    • Mix it well till you can make a dough like mixture
    • Divide dough and shape it into small balls
    • Time to make parathas now. Pinch out a little flour dough, you might need a little more usually you would need for 1 chapathi
    • Roll out the dough a little and put one ball of filling in the middle. Fold over the sides to the middle to make a circle again. Pinch a little in the middle to keep the dough together

    • Flip the dough and dust it. Roll it out gently to make a thick paratha. Dust more flour if needed

    • Heat a cast iron tawa and put the paratha in it. Pour a few drops of oil/ghee and flip it. Pour a few more drops of oil/ghee on this side too
    • Cook on both sides evenly till you can find some nice brown spots
    • When cooked, remove from tawa and serve it hot with pickle and curd for a perfect side
    • Enjoy hot parathas with a little butter on top for kids

                                  • Dont put too much pressure when making the parathas else they start breaking
                                  • Dust with flour, a little more than you would usually need for chapathis
                                  • Use ghee when making parathas.They make it soft and taste really heavenly

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