Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vegetable Paratha

Riyadh is hot .... very very hot. P keeps complaining about his car steering giving him burns and his seat belt torturing him like wicked devil but I guess today is the worst day, after just 40 mins on my treadmill I was sweating and panting like hell. This was the sign that temperature outside might be souring around 50 degrees or may be higher. Bless my A/C, poor thing goes on without a complain. And cherry on top, tap water was almost boiling so guess how the shower would have been for me!!. Now I'm to blame for it entirely... as I'm not a early riser.... today I almost envied P, coz he has his shower at around 7 am when the tap water ought to be cool and refreshing. :)
Macbeth said "all the water in the oceans wont cleanse this blood"... I say - all the water in the oceans wont cleanse this sweat. lol.

After all this rambling about heat it would be sarcastic to have a large appetite so I think I shall settle with something like one dish meal and what better than lovely Vegetable Paratha.

Makes 10 parathas


For Filling:
4 medium sized boiled and grated potatoes (put boiled potatoes in fridge for couple of hours before grating)
1 large Carrot grated
1 large Cucumber grated (squeeze out water after grating)
1 large Onion chopped finely
1 tbs green chilli, ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar or honey
1 tsp garam masala or aamchur powder (put garam masala if u like spicy paratha or put aamchur powder if u like tangy taste)
2 tbs chopped coriander or parsley
Salt as per taste.

Mix all the above ingredients and prepare 10 -12 balls of this filling.

For Coating:
2 Cups Whole wheat flour ie atta
salt as per taste
2 tbs oil
water as per needed.

knead a soft dough of atta with water, cover it and keep aside for 15 - 20 mins.

to make paratha, take a ping pong ball sized dough and roll out into a flat round with the help of a rolling pin, put one ball of filling and place it on rolled dough. now cover the filling with dough and pinch it on top covering all filling inside. dust this ball into flour and roll it into a flat bread.
put griddle or non stick pan on stove and cook this paratha on medium heat untill both sides have small lovely brown patches on it u can apply a dash of oil or altogether avoid oil.

vegetable paratha tastes gr8 with chutney, raita, aachar and sweet dahi.

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