Monday, February 9, 2009

Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha needs no introduction. Stuffed parathas with spicy mashed potato filling is probably the most popular variation. This is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and can be served with simple raita, plain yogurt or even tomato ketchup as an accompaniment. Nothing can me more comforting and satiating than these, methinks. The best crispy and hot, straightaway from the griddle aloo parathas, if you ask me, are served in the highway dhabas. I have also had unforgettable aloo parathas in a restaurant named 'Only Parathas' in Bombay, Bandra. That place serves over 120 varieties of parathas! With so many choices, placing the order seemed like a burden.

I am yet to master the art of quickly making perfect round parathas. I envy people who can roll one paratha and look after the other on the tawa simultaneously. I have had this hankering for rolling the perfect roti/paratha in a jiffy, since a long long time. 'Practice makes perfect', I am told by all and sundry. But being a sluggish soul, I have slim chances of learning. Therefore, if I am to make parathas, that too stuffed ones, I need to be given ample time. I was pretty satisfied with these though. The time invested was worth it.

I am content with the usage of ghee. But never mind what I do, if you are health conscious, you should plainly use oil for making the parathas.

Aloo Paratha


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Ingedients

For the dough:

Atta - 1 ½ cup
Maida - ½ cup
Yogurt - 2 tbsp.
Oil/butter/ghee - 1 tbsp.
Salt as per taste
Water (to knead dough) - as required

For the filling:

Potatoes - 4, medium sized, boiled and peeled
Green chillies - 2-3, finely chopped
Ginger and garlic - 1 tbsp., grated
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp., finely chopped
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp.
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp.
Oil (for frying) - 1 tbsp.
Garam masala powder - ½ tsp.
Dry mango powder (optional) - ½ tsp.
Salt as per taste

Preparation

Making the filling:
  • Mash potatoes.
  • Heat oil, add cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, green chillies, dry masala and stir well.
  • Add coriander leaves, potatoes and salt. Mix well.
  • Make small sized balls
Note: This filling should be dry.

Making the dough:
  • Mix all ingredients and knead into a semi-soft dough adding water.
  • Cover with a wet cloth and leave aside for 25-30 mintues.
  • Once again knead the dough before rolling into parathas.
Making Parathas:
  • Make equal sized balls and roll out each ball into a 4″ diameter roti.
  • Place 1 portion of filling in it and close it from all sides.
  • Softly pat the stuffed roti and roll into desired paratha shape, applying some flour.
  • Fry on tawa while pouring ghee/butter/oil on the sides.





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34 comments:

  1. wwoww.paratha looks great....perfectly made.

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  2. Hey Dearie,thats the spirit..come on,come with several new ones..
    Yes,Aloo Paratha is something we all love here..especially my daughtie..Most of us are the same regarding the shape..Its okay dear..Your parathas look extremely yummy..

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  3. I love 'em dear..wat fab pics u got..:)

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  4. Seeing the shape itself shows of perfect u re in rolling! Delicous

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  5. Those look perfect round to me!! delicious esp. with that blob of butter on the top. sometimes its worth indulging.

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  6. Your parathas look perfect Arundhuti! And what a snap! I love the aroma of parathas fried with a little ghee ... which I believe is healthier than most cooking oils. :-)

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  7. Hi dear how r u? Hope you are doing well....paratha looking so yum..just drooling over it..

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  8. Paratha looks lovely! nice click arundhuti

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  9. yummy parathas..and perfect round one...hmmm...great!!!

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  10. I really like your parathas, with that blob of butter on top. Exactly the way I have mine...really want to have them now.

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  11. Your parathas look perfect and beautiful, loved your pictures :-)

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  12. hope my kid will love it!
    i have to prepare it soon1

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  13. Arundhuti, your pictures are making me hungry dear! Lovely!!

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  14. Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that you are doing better. The parathas look absolutely delicious.

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  15. beautiful parathas..makes me want to just grab and roll one up.

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  16. Aloo paratha is looking delicious. Perfect shape & lovely pictures.

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  17. aloo paratha one of my fav. Looks very delicious. Nice photo. I am glad you came back.

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  18. Thats really a perfect looking paratha,I always end up in a mess :D
    Great pics too!

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  19. The Aloo parathas look so perfect. Well filled with aloos just as I like it. Lovely click.

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  20. I love the garnishing. Adding a piece of butter on top of a cilantro leaf - very creative!

    Send this over to the garnishing event if you so please. :) Check out my blog for details :D hope to see u at the event

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  21. Good, you are back. Was really worried about you. Yeah paratha looks so nice, awesome clicks as usual.

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  22. i love aloo parathas..i can eat them everyday in the morning:)..your recipe is different then mine..i will try yours next time

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  23. Flawless wholesome parathas making me hungry:).I've an award for you here.

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  24. Hi Arundhati

    parathas are inviting and u made me hunger now. hm yummy one.

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  25. Arundhuti, I just made aloo parathas too (using oil though - we're Ghree Free!) for the first time, and it was challenging but well worth it. I hope to one day be able to churn out perfectly circular parathas but until them am quite content with semi circular shapes parathas...it's the taste that counts after all!

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  27. kothaye re tui?

    aloo paratha are my fav.

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  28. These look perfectly round to me :D, they are gorgeous!

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  29. The parathas are perfect :) Looking athe pics makes me want to have it soon!

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  30. Paratha looks so mouth watering and pic looks so fantastic.

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