Friday, July 10, 2009

Aloo-Palak Paratha (Stuffed Indian bread)

Aloo-Palak Paratha (Stuffed Indian bread)
Aloo – palak paratha is great for brunch, breakfast or anytime meal. Instead of aloo-palak, only palak can be stuffed for different taste. Leftover aloo palak subzi can be used for stuffing. This paratha is a hit for lunch box meal too.

For Aloo-palak Paratha [8 parathas]
Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
Spinach – 1 bunch fresh or 1 packet frozen
Potatoes – 2 medium sizes
Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -  ½ tsp
Coriander powder – 1/ 2 tbsp
Garlic -1/2 tbsp finely chopped
Green chilies- ½ tbsp finely chopped [OPTIONAL]
Asafoetida powder – ¼ tsp
Ajwain – 1 tsp
Water (enough to make dough)
Salt as per taste

  • Combine whole wheat flour, half cumin seeds, ajwain seeds and 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  • Mix together well and add water slowly to make soft dough. Knead well to make it even.
  • Keep the dough aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Peel and cut potatoes in small cubes and keep aside. Clean and cut fresh spinach finely or thaw frozen spinach.
  • To prepare stuffing, in a pan, heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil and add remaining cumin seeds to it. Let it crackle. Add asafetida powder, garlic, green chilies to it. Cook for a minute. Add cut potatoes and spinach. Mix, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder to it. When potatoes are fully done, cook it uncovered for 7 more minutes. Take off the flame and let the stuffing cool down. Mash the stuffing and divide it into 8 equal parts.
  • Divide the dough into 8 parts.
  • Take one part and make a ball of it. And then with the help of rolling pin, roll it and stuff the golf ball size stuffing into the dough. Roll the parathas lightly into 6-7” diameter.
  • On the hot griddle, fry parathas one at a time till it becomes golden brown on both the sides. . Repeat the process with the remaining 7 parts of dough.
Serving Suggestions:
Enjoy with fresh yogurt and your favorite pickle anytime of the day.

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