I have seen making parathas is one of the most difficult tasks for beginners. In fact not only beginners even the experienced cooks have hard time in making perfect stuffed parathas. The outer covering of parathas should be in perfect texture or else it just breaks while rolling them. So it takes a lot of experience to get it right.
Few months back my cousin Usha sent me link from Bawarchi.com which had an easy Alu paratha recipe. She said she made the parathas with that recipe for a party and everyone was surprised (considering she was in her 3rd trimester of pregnancy, making parathas for a party is some miracle, in my opinion).
I tried the recipe and it was awesome (unfortunately I lost the link in between switching from old to new laptop). To make it a bit healthier, I tried it with mixed vegetables. First I tried with all raw vegetables, since it had a bit of raw smell, next time I tried with cooked vegetables.
Yogurt (curd) 1 tbl spn
Mixed vegetables (like carrot, cauliflower, cabbage, green beans, potato etc) 1 cup
Ginger 1â€ pieces
Cumin seeds Â½ tea spns
Chili powder 1/2 tea spn
Garam masala (optional) Â½ tea spn
Coriander leaves(optional) 2-3 strands
Oil 1 tea spn
Instead of mixed vegetables, the stuffing used for Alu paratha can also be used. Basically any kind of stuffing used for stuffed parathas can be used for this recipe.
Cook vegetables along with ginger pieces in cooker.
Add masalas, cumin seeds and salt.
Grind it in a blender/mixer to a paste (do not add water). The paste need not be very smooth, it tastes great when there are a few pieces of vegetables. (If using Alu paratha stuffing instead of mixed vegetables, grind it to a paste at this step).
Add the ground mixture and yogurt(curd) to wheat flour. Mix it into a dough(like chapathi dough). Apply oil to the dough. Leave the dough for around 30 to 45mins(this is mandatory to get soft parathas).
Take a big amount(bigger than chapathi) of the dough and roll it into parathas (parathas should be slightly thicker than chapathis to get the actual taste of it).
Heat tava and fry the paratha from both sides. Apply ghee.
Serve with pickle or masala dahi.
Serves : 3
Preparation time : 20mins