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Alu Paratha


When I was doing my engineering, there was a “Mandar mess” near our hostel. They used to prepare very delicious parathas. That is the place where I became a fan of parathas. I used to keenly observe them preparing it. I tried many times, after some failures, learnt how to cook alu paratha. Now I am good at making them. This is one of my many versions of alu paratha.

Ingredients:
2 potatoes
5-6 stems coriander leaves
1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste(use fresh)
2-3 green chillies
2-3 cups wheat flour
2 tbl spn oil and Ghee each
Salt

Method:
Add water, salt to wheat flour. Make dough(similar to chapathi dough). Apply oil to the dough and keep for around 1hr.

Cook the potatoes and mash. Make paste of coriander leaves and green chillies. Add this to potatoes. Add ginger-garlic paste and salt.

Take a small ball of dough, spread it like a puri with hand, take a ball(ping pong ball sized) of potato stuffing, keep it on the puri and close the puri over stuffing.

Make paratha applying wheat flour.

Fry paratha on tava, apply ghee on both sides. Serve hot.

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 30min

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  • Ameet March 27, 2006, 8:52 am

    Since I have the general idea about parathas, its easier for me to understand the above preparation method.
    However, I feel for people who have never cooked parathas before, its not very clear.
    For example:
    1. What do you mean by cook potato? boil in microwave or a pressure cooker?
    2. How do you stuff the potato ball into the ball of dough?

    Please can you elaborate on the method a bit more in detail?

  • Shilpa March 27, 2006, 1:48 pm

    Ameet, Thanks for the comment. I will update this post. BTW…I felt cooking in microwave or pressure cooker will not make any difference. I have tried both.

  • shilpa May 22, 2006, 1:18 am

    Shilpa,

    While makeing the mixture for potatos, if you add some smashed paneer to it, the parathas becomes real smooth.
    Just give a try.

    Shilpa.

  • shilpa May 22, 2006, 5:38 am

    Thanks Shilpa for that info. I will try it next time :).

  • Sarika June 9, 2006, 6:05 am

    and want to add more just mix chilly pickle into that paratha that will become more yummy

  • priya October 24, 2006, 6:10 pm

    Thnks for this easy and delicious recipe. This site is really wonderful.

  • priya March 2, 2007, 10:48 am

    Shilpa,

    I would to know how to make dal poori. When I was in school make friends mom use to make it. I think the filling inside the poori has channa dal in it. I am not sure about it. If you know the recipe, can you post it?

    Thanks
    Priya

  • sanjivani March 24, 2007, 5:55 am

    A tip :
    Before closing the puri with the aloo stuffing, sprinkle a little rice flour on the puri. This makes the paratha crispier.

    Shilpa : Lovely mouth-watering photographs.

  • Shilpa March 24, 2007, 6:27 am

    Thanks Sanjivani for the tip. Will try next time.

  • Aparna Mallya November 15, 2007, 11:58 pm

    Hey, i keep cooking this. thanks!

    one more thing, i think it’s better if the potatoes are grated instead of mashed so that any lumps which create problems while rolling can be avoided.

  • K. Ganapathy December 13, 2007, 8:15 pm

    another method is to prepare the dough itself after mixing the thouroughly mashed potato and the masala ingredients.Then make it like thick rotis and fry parathas on the tava.\
    I used to make parathas like this

  • priyam February 17, 2008, 11:58 pm

    hey shilpa – thanks a ton for this wonderfully simple and wonderfully tasty recipe . i made this last afternoon for the first time – my husband loved it . thank you – you inspire people to try out new recipes thanks to your beautiful posts .

  • dashrath pandya February 19, 2008, 3:56 am

    Thank you,

    because this recipe is very useful for me to wright
    alu paratha recipe in my practicle book.

  • shilpa March 3, 2008, 1:59 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    great site, i follow many of your recipes :)

    thanks
    Shilpa

  • sireesha March 7, 2008, 8:51 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I did take a chance to make Alu Paratha though not very efficient in making chapatis itself.But they turnd to be ok!

    I am looking for a tip as how to make the paratha uniform from the ball as shown in Pic 6 with out the allu stuffing come out of the dough while pressing .It gave me hard time…:(
    -Sireesha.

  • giselle June 15, 2008, 3:35 pm

    Your site is lovely I enjoy cookin and these step to step instructions and mouth watering illustrations make it even more appealing.Please do post some sandwich filling ideas too.

  • krishnapriya July 2, 2008, 11:02 am

    hi shilpa,
    I really like aloo paratas. i just want to give everyone tips and modifications of this recipe, if u really dont mind. u have boil potaotes in cold water this will make sure that potatoes are boiled from centre to outside. and salt the water. for this particular recipe i always peel potatoes chop into small pieces and little water until pieces soak in water. and if u have time grate the boiled potaotes. potatoes after boiled let them dry little , seperate them and put them on dinner plate to dry. if water is excess or potatoes are muchy, put them in fridge for 30 minutes. i always use maida and wheat flour in equal quanties. tip: to knead and make rotis always use maida instead of atta, there will not be any excess atta frying in the pan. and chop corinader leaves only finely and then add.
    i hope my tips might help.
    thank you

  • kunjal August 31, 2008, 6:25 am

    so niece easy to learn cook
    its just great

    kunjal

  • Shaila September 6, 2008, 9:42 am

    Hi Shilpa, as usual ur recipes are great and love them.
    Iam an ardent fan of parathas too…
    Iam keen to know the different masalas they put in diferent stuffing , say for Alu ur add some spice, for Gobhi paratha u add different, and would appreciate if u can provide me entry with different stuffings .The way Punjabis have different masalas for different stuffing.

    Once again u r doing a great job Shilpa, by giving around the world recipes to us . Thanks once again.

    Shilpa: Please checkout Parathas and rotis

  • Grace September 13, 2008, 11:08 am

    How can we ever forget ‘Mandar Mess’! I am making Alu Paratas today :) I don’t usually use ghee but today I will

  • DAMAYANTHI September 21, 2008, 3:17 am

    EXCELLENT AND VERY WELL EXPLAINED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WONT HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY IN MAKING THE ALOO PARATHA

  • Evelyn Aunggyi September 29, 2008, 4:42 am

    Just stumbled on this web site, great recipes will definately try it out. I loved to cook and entertain so, will add to my menu.
    Can I rolled out the dough and cut into segments before frying?
    Thank you for posting the recipe!!!

    Shilpa: You could cut the parathas after frying. If you cut them before, the stuffing may come out while frying.

  • akhila September 30, 2008, 7:27 am

    hay iam very hpy to say that the above procedure works gud…hope every one can try and njoy the taste of parata..
    bye……
    akhi…

  • Chandan October 5, 2008, 12:46 am

    Hi,

    When I was doing my Engineer in Guwahati, I used to come to the market area and we were always earting the AaluPratha on some special occassion, like if some of us achieved some thing, as per our standard.

    There, the AaluParatha was very famous.The good thing was that the aalu was stuffed with good quantity, and that taste even I remeber today. I am going to make one today. So before starting it thought to get some tips online and your procedure seems to make my pratha similar to what I want, a fill potato stuffed paratha!!

    Will write u more as I get success!

    http://www.warriorinjapan.info

  • Saroj October 13, 2008, 2:46 am

    It is useful for me, thank you so much. I got confidence that without experience we can learn and do it.

  • Rupal January 8, 2009, 6:20 am

    Hi Shilpa, I have been following your blog for quiet some time now and you an amazing cook. I myself make a variety of parathas and had a question. My stuffed parathas tend to have all the stufiing close to the corners and the center becomes hard. How to get the stuffing evely spread through out? Also, i was reading on net about layered paratha which involves making 2 separate rotis and spreading stuffing layer on 1 of roti and pressing the other roti on top followed by sealing the edges. Have you tried this sometime?

    Shilpa: I have tried two rotis thing but I felt it is more difficult than stuffing, but you can give it a try.

  • Anunaya January 16, 2009, 5:45 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks a lot for this recipe.
    After many tries I got a perfect stuffed paratha. Iam very happy today, now i can go ahead and try all the stuffed parathas from ur blog. otherwise i had taken tips from lot of other sites to make parathas but always ended up doing “circus” (as u say :-) ) and then get very upset.
    I have a request, hav u tried bundi laddoos? if so, can u please post the recipe for it. it is one of my fav and makes me miss my native very much. Thanks!!!!

  • karthika January 25, 2009, 5:05 am

    your websiteis good.i am new to it.i have a problem in making stuffed chapathi.the stuffing comes out while i roll the chapathi.can anyone suggest/

  • yasmeen January 26, 2009, 3:20 am

    your recipes r good

  • Shravanthi January 29, 2009, 10:59 pm

    Today morning i was searching for a simple alu paratha recipe..as for me its first time 2 prepare this parathas.. so i ended up trying ur recipe…it came out very well…and u know what..my husband liked it very much.. and asked me 2 make a note of the recipe in a my recipe book.
    Thanx 4 this easy and fast recipe.

  • Sandhya March 24, 2009, 8:15 am

    Hi,

    The receipe u have published is very nice and easy, i would like to share my method also.
    Boil aloo’s, peel and let it cool.Mash aloo, add finely copped jeera or ajwain seeds,corinder,mint leaves along with little haldi, salt and ginger-garlic paste, mix this mixture well and take half of this mixture and mix it along with the atta u are making for parathas.And make small balls of the remaining mixture, and while ur making paratha put this mixture in between and roll out, and for rolling atta use a mixture of atta,maida, and rice flour.The parathas come out evenly protioned, and crisp.

  • Sandhya March 24, 2009, 8:18 am

    i also make kheera raita along with these parathas. Add finely chopped kheera, corinder, salt, green chilis, pepper power, and fresh coconut to curd and mix well, garish with tadka made of little oill along with mustrad and jeera seeds, tat also tastes good

  • Tara July 19, 2009, 4:15 am

    hi

    nice receipt………..thanks for shareing.

    i like alu paratha very much………..but never preapred.

    will try this time.

  • Tara July 19, 2009, 4:23 am

    Hello Shilpa

    nice receipe………thanx for shareing.

    i like to eat alu paratha very much but never tried.

    will try this time.

  • Spandana August 22, 2009, 9:27 am

    Hi Dhilpa
    It is lookiing good. I tried this and taste good. Thanks for sharing

  • gayatri January 12, 2010, 9:09 am

    hey..nice mouthwatering recepie with tempting snaps.U can also try making delicious Parathas by mixing grated paneer,chopped onions,coriander,green chillipaste,fresh ginger-garlic paste,salt,a little pavbhaji masala for tht spicy flavour.Mix these ingredients and prepare yummy parathas same like aloo paratha.Just try this once.This is sure going to be treat for your taste buds! do tell me yr suggestions!

    gayatri

  • Divya February 14, 2010, 2:56 am

    Finally I could make proper alu parathas.. keeping the dough aside after applying a bit of oil is a great tip! I added some garam masala and amchur to spice it up …came out awesome. Thanks as always.

  • Varsha February 15, 2010, 2:15 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Your site is a boon to newly married girls. I am from Mangalore and have tried some of your konkani recipes. These are dishes are probably prepared everyday in konkani homes but as a started i found the ingredients ‘andaaz’ confusing. Thanks to your site I am able to cook complicated Konkani dishes with ease. Thanks a lot for creating this site!

  • Tyro Baker March 22, 2010, 6:06 pm

    I love your paratha recipe….the way you have explained it is simply great!! Make this parathas quite often…thanks for sharing it

  • Prathima August 9, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I prepared this paratha over the weekend and turned out to be all yummy:)

    I did make few changes to this recipe though.. for the stuffing i fried onion,cumin seeds, then added smashed potato garam masala and turmeric.

    Thanks for the tips on making the dough, even my rotis used to become hard.

  • Pradnya September 24, 2011, 9:02 am

    hey Shilpa,
    I’ve been trying your recipes and all of them are awesome and would like to thank you for your wonderful work..
    Its an Awesome recipe but if u fry mustard seeds, jeera, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste(or ginger-garlic grated) and coriander leaves, and lil bit ajwain it will add to the flavors and it will help in digesting the alu paratha.

  • Pradnya September 24, 2011, 9:04 am

    I’ve been trying your recipes and all of them are awesome and would like to thank you for your wonderful work..
    Its an Awesome recipe but if u fry mustard seeds, jeera, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste(or ginger-garlic grated) and coriander leaves, and lil bit ajwain and then add all the mixture in the mashed potatoes it will add to the flavors and it will help in digesting the alu paratha.

  • Tasleem May 12, 2012, 9:13 am

    I try very tasty

  • Sapna November 7, 2012, 11:38 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog while searching for something and this caught my eye… Alu paratha from “Mandar Mess”. You studied in Belgaum by any chance?

    • Shilpa November 7, 2012, 11:29 pm

      I did my BE in KLE Belgaum. Are you from Belgaum?

  • Pavithra February 19, 2013, 12:27 am

    Love your recipes, it is simply amazing!!
    Great blog!!!

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