Paratha is an unleavened Indian flat bread usually made of whole wheat flour with ghee or oil and pan fried. They are also stuffed with vegetables. Vegetables like mashed potato, cauliflower, grated radish stuffings are very famous. Also nowadays we can see parathas stuffed with paneer, onion, carrot and people are very creative in the stuffings. It is a punjabi origin breakfast which is now has become very popular in rest of India. Often served with chilled curd and pickle. It is served hot topped with butter. While you eat the parathas the butter melts and you'll find each bite even more delightful.
Now let's talk about "Aloo Paratha". Aloo means potato. This paratha is stuffed with mashed potato with spices. We can say aloo paratha is the king of all parathas. I'd tasted it in Surat for breakfast along with curd. Then ever on I hooked up on this amazing paratha. I tried making it at home. At starting it was all blob and nasty. Even after so many trials I wasn't getting those dhaba style parathas. The shape and consistency greatly depends on the dough we prepare. Once I got a chance to cook aloo paratha with my friend who is from Goa. I can say she's a seasoned paratha maker ;) who have learnt this skill from her punjabi roomie. So now I know what makes paratha looks perfect. Here's how to make those tasty and filling breakfast. Don't forget to check the notes below.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Level: Moderate - Difficuly
|Whole Wheat Flour||2 cups|
|Warm water||1 cup ( May vary depending on the flour you use)|
|Onion||100 gm/ 1 small|
|Green chilli||2 nos|
|Turmeric powder||a pinch|
|Chilli powder||½ Tsp|
|Coriander powder||1 Tsp|
|Coriander leaves||3- 4 stems|
|Cumin seeds||1 Tsp|
|Dry mango powder/ Chat masala||½ Tsp (Optional)|
|Oil/ Ghee||To fry parathas|
|1. Sift the wheat flour. Add salt and oil/ghee.|
|2. Add lukewarm water little by little and knead the dough till soft and pliable.|
|3. Set aside to rest for about 10-15 mins.|
|4. Divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls.|
|1. Boil the potatoes with skin on in a pressure cooker or sauce pan till soft.|
|2. Cool the boiled potatoes. Remove the skin and mash it well.|
|3. Chop the onion, green chillies, coriander leaves and mix it with mashed potatoes.|
|4. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida,
turmeric power, salt, coriander powder, chilli powder, amchur
powder (Dry mango powder) to the potato mixture. Mix well.
|5. Divide the filling into 8 equal sized balls.|
|1. With the help of rolling pin or hand, roll out the dough balls to 10 cm discs.|
|2. Place the filling ball in the
center and by pulling the dough's edges to center seal the filling.
Do it for rest of the dough and filling balls.
|3. Dust your hands and stuffed
ball with flour and roll it to 15 cm disc. Make sure the paratha is
thick. Should not be too thin.
|4. Heat a skillet and keep the
flame to medium. Drizzle it with
oil/ghee. Place the rolled paratha
in the center and cook both sides by flipping it. Use ghee/oil on both sides to get crispy layer.
|5. When the dough has completely
cooked and browned. Remove from heat and scoop half a
tsp of butter and drizzle on the paratha.
|6. Repeat the steps 4 and 5 for all other stuffed balls.|
|7. Serve hot with curd and pickle or any chutneys.|
|1. While kneading the dough make
sure you not add too much water or too little water. Excess
water will make the dough sticky and uncontrollable while rolling. Little water will make the
dough tight which will hinder the rolling process.
|2. Adding dry mango powder adds
tanginess to the paratha which we love. It is optional
anyway. You can also add chat masala. This enhances the taste of parathas.
|3. Adding onion is
also optional. If you are beginner avoid using onion. Only use
mashed potato and dry spices.