Mar 4, 2008

Recipe - Aloo Paratha (Aloo ke parathe)



(Potato stuffed flat Indian bread)

Summary:

Potato stuffed parathas can be served as a meal with yogurt and some sweet/spicy pickle. When I came to US, I did not know how to make paratha's. One of my Punjabi friend thought me. I learnt a lot of my punjabi dishes from her. The only thing she did not teach me is to cook with measurements. So I had to get the hang of it and this is my contirbution for those who are learning to cook.

Ingredients:

Ready to roll roti dough - 1 cup
Potato - 4 medium size (2 cup approximately)
Onion - 1 small size (3/4 cup approximately)
Cilantro - 2 tablespoons
Ginger - 1 table spoon (grated)
Dry fenugreek leaves (dry methi) - 1 tablespoon (optional)
Coriander powder (dhania powder)- 2 teaspoons
Dry mango powder (amchoor powder) - 1 teaspoon
Green chilly - 1
Garam masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilly powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon (according to taste)

Preparation for stuffing:


Peel and mash potatos. Add chopped onion to mashed potatoes and all the above ingredients (except salt).

Adding salt to the mixture makes the potato mixture loose and with lot of moisture, rolling the paratha gets difficult if you are just starting to learn. (Dough preparation - Add half cup of water to one heaping cup of wheat flour with a large pinch of salt and knead to stiff dough. Cover and keep aside.)




Method to roll Aloo Partha:


Get the tools ready - Tawa on the stove with medium high temperature. Rolling pin to make/roll rotis/parathas. All purpose flour in a 3/4 plate to lightly flour the dough in between during rolling the paratha dough. Have the roti dough ready to roll the paratha's. Make one lemon size ball out of the dough. Slightly flatten one ball sized dough and dip the flatten ball in the all purpose flour plate which is placed in the side. Place it on the lightly floured/clean surface and slowly roll the dough in a circular motion from the center.

To prevent sticking of the paratha dough when rolling, you can continuously rotate the dough on the surface, and set it aside and start rolling the second ball sized dough the same way.
(lift it up and throw it back down just like a frisbee). Remember not to fling it across the room! Place one tablespoon or little more of potato mixture stuffing on the half rolled paratha and sprinkle one or two pinches of salt (according to taste).



slightly press/seal the ends of the roti together like a ball covering all mixture and gently roll the paratha.

Continue rolling and lightly dust the paratha with flour if the paratha is sticking to the surface.

Too much dusting may spoil the taste of the paratha. It is important to roll the dough on one side only. Make sure not to apply too much pressure while rolling. Try not to roll the paratha too thin (if you're a beginner at this). Soon you will see the small ball of dough expand to 3 inches in diameter (just like a disc)

Method to cook Aloo Paratha:

Preheat the tawa/cast iron pan on medium high. Transfer the ready paratha on to the pan and wait for 20 seconds.


Flip the paratha on to the other side and wait for 15-20 seconds.


Flip the paratha again on the cooked side and apply clarified butter (ghee) or oil and make sure the paratha is cooked well on both sides.

Do not leave the paratha too long on the tawa or else it will burn.
Transfer the paratha into a plate and brush it with ghee. Parathas taste good when served hot.


Preparation time : 20 - 30 minutes

# Servings - 2


Tips:

You can always roll Aloo paratha's and half cook them and stack them before hand and Cook them fully when you are ready to eat.

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Disclaimer

Some of the recipes presented here are originally inspired by others. Credit is given to the original postings. I have listed recipes here for my own reference as well as pictures are my addition to the whole cooking experience. Enjoy.