Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Aloo Paratha / Stuffed Indian Flat bread

The best and  most preferred Breakfast Dish in majority of states from Central to the Northern states of India.I still relish the taste of these when I had it from my friend's house who's from North India ,  she served it hot-hot right from her Tava (Iron Skillent) to our plate ,
I think the trick in making Stuffed Paratha/chapathi stress free,  I mean rolling and cooking simultaneously is nothing other than "experience", unfortunately I am not good in multitasking while making Chapathi/Paratha, but Seeing her make these helped me much in learning.


For Paratha

Wheat Flour - 2 cups and more for rolling
Water - 3/4 cup (Approx)
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp ( and a few drops for each Paratha)

For Filling

Potato's - 2 no's big - boiled , cooked and well mashed
Onion- 1/2 medium finely chopped
Ginger - a small piece - finely chopped
Coriander leaves/Cilantro - 1/4 cup chopped finely
Salt - to taste
Amchoor Powder  - 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 2 tsp (or more )
Oil - 1 table spoon.


* Mix flour and salt , and gradually add water to make a  dough , work with you hands to make it  soft , make a ball with it and spread oil on top , cover with a wet towel/tissue-paper and keep  aside.(Use more water if necessary , the dough shouldn't be hard)

* Heat oil , add cumin seeds first , followed by ginger and onion , fry till its golden brown add red chili powder , amchoor powder (is using) , cumin powder and coriander leaves/cilantro , mix well and add in the mashed potato's. mix well to combine, add salt and switch off the heat. keep aside.

* Make 8 to 10 balls from the wheat dough and also make smaller sized balls with the mashed potato mixture.

*Sprinkle a little wheat flour on the surface and roll dough ball's in to 3 inch diameter circle , place the potato balls in the center , seal the outer edges of this roll to make it a big ball shap , work with your hands to shaped it in to smooth ball.

*Roll these balls light handed in to bigger circle's.

* Heat the tava/Iron skillet to make these paratha , place the rolled paratha on to the skillet once its really hot. Flip after a few seconds , drizzle a few drops of oil while flipping on both sides , till the paratha is golden brown on both sides.

Serve with Curd and any Pickle , Tastes Awesome !!

 Tips : Can make stuffing by simply mixing the ingredients under filling , combine well and then stuff but I think cooked stuffing tastes better.


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