12 June, 2008

Yummy Paratha - Indian Bread

[ Note: This blog have a photo presentation to guide you with the step by step making of Yummy! paratha!.. the Indian Flat Bread. ]
Flat breads that survive to this day from the ancient times. Pizza a form of flat bread of Italy is know as all around world. Similar flat bread in India named as Paratha is available at every hooks and corners of the city in India. And who can forget the enchanting Paranthewali Gali which in translation known as Paratha Stret, in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi. The street has several shops that serve Paranthas. One can relish the test of more than 25 varieties of freshly prepared Paratha. This food destination is more than 100 yrs old and have five generations people working together to preserve this tradition of making paratha. People from different part of world come to have the taste of different Paratha.

Enjoy paratha with mint/coriander chutney, jam, curd, mango pickle, or loads of butter or relish with sip of aromatic milk-tea or chilled lassi, Parathas is always a pleasure to have a bite. I prefer to roll the paratha and enjoy eating.The best thing is that it also fills up the tummy.

You can make as many of the parathas with different stuffing. Have it with
cauliflower(gobi), the famous potato(aloo),
fenugreek leaves(methi),
the healthy spinach(palak),
or simply with no stuffing and call it plain paratha. Plain paratha an also be
enhanced with either Ajwain or sugar or paneer.
Stuff anything and taste every time a new one. Right now, try making
Gobi(cauliflower) paratha.
My path to make Gobi-Paratha is make it easy and simple as follows:-
For Dough:-

  • Wheat flour - 2 Cups

  • Salt - 1/2 tsp.

  • Water to knead
For Stuffing:-

  • Cauliflower - 500 gms

  • Potato (Boiled)- 1 No (for binding the stuffing)

  • Cumin powder 1/2 tsp

  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp

  • Green chillies (if needed spicy)

  • Onion [fine chopped]- 250 gms (optional)

  • Ginger, Garlic [paste or fine chopped] - 10 gms(optional)

  • Coriander leaves [fine chopped] - 1/2 cup (optional)

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil - 50gms

  1. Boil the water in another pan and add small pieces of cauliflower & cook for 8-10 minutes. Take the cauliflower out and let it cool down.

  2. Now grate the cauliflower into a fine granules.

  3. Boil , peel & mash the potato. This is a tip given by my mom.

  4. The boiled potato gives a binding texture to the stuffing.

  5. Mix the boiled mashed potato with the fine granules of the cauliflower.

  6. Add cumin, paprika, salt, coriander leaves and all other ingredients in the mix.

  7. Now take flour, add salt & required amount of water to make a soft dough.
Now take a lemon size dough, & roll it into small circle. Put a small quantity of the stuffing over the rolled dough.

Cover all the sides of the rolled dough with the stuffing inside. Make sure no stuffing comes out of the dough. So do it carefully.
Now take that stuffed dough and cover it with the flour so that while rolling the dough does not stick to the rolling pin.

Now roll the stuffed ball of the dough gently. If needed dust some more flour over the ball to roll it easily. Roll the dough till it is flattened into a flattened shape.
Heat a flat pan (try using non-stick), when it gets hot add the rolled flattened paratha/bread & let it cook for a minute. When it starts to get small bubbles turn the side.
Now add a small tsp of oil around the paratha. When the brown spots appear turn the side and repeat the procedure to add some oil.

Cook the paratha from both the sides till golden brown on medium heat.

When cooked take the paratha out of the pan, on the kitchen tissue paper, to extract all the extra oil from the paratha. Add butter and serve hot.
Countless variations in the paratha makes it special. So you too try your hand its indeed a delight to eat.
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  1. I wish Web would have been more real so i could have tasted them from here.

    Yummy... Yummy... Yummy.. Paranthas are special food...

    Useful recipe i shall try this today.

  2. I have goten a taste of the Indian Paratha during a visit to Singapore and Malaysia. They have the plain version as well as one with egg in it. Then they usually serve it with a side dip of curry, and man was that delicious, it was absolutely filling to. I haven't tried the potato version and the other versions as well, may try this recipe to see how good it is too :)


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