Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Aloo Ka Paratha

Good Morning!! Today I am going to share the recipe of "Aloo Ka Paratha" or "Stuffed Aloo Paratha". This is a dish which does not need introduction. It is liked by people of all ages at every stage.

The "Aloo Paratha" brings with it lots of winter memories. Although it can be eaten in any weather, but it tastes more awesome in winters (this is what I feel). December and January are the coldest months in north India. In those days when it is so cold that you even find it difficult to take your hands out of gloves, aloo ka parathas are something for which this sacrifice can be done without a second thought ;) .
In winters evenings, me and my brother used to join sofas and put up a blanket on it to make a cosy warm corner in our living room. Whenever we knew aloo parathas are to be made in dinner tonight, our olfactory senses would be totally directed towards the kitchen not missing even the slightest noise inside it. Once the first paratha was ready, my mom used to call up "kaun aa raha hai pehle khana lene?" and we would rush towards the kitchen like pups (literally!!). That hot steaming aloo ka paratha with amul butter melting on the top, green chutney and curd was enough to bring an ear to ear smile on the face. Although my mom still cooks them and I eat them today also, but eating aloo ka paratha after winning in that "pup fight" was like cherry on the cake ;) ;) .

List Of Ingredients:

For the Dough
Wheat Flour- 2 cups
Salt- 1 tsp
Oil-1 tsp

For the Stuffing
Medium sized boiled potatoes-4
Chopped Green Chillies-1
Chopped Green coriander-1/2 cup
Salt- 1 tsp(or to taste)
Red Chilli Powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder-1 tsp
Garam Masala-1/4 tsp
Mango Powder-1/4 tsp
Refined Oil/Ghee-For cooking

Steps To Prepare:

Mix wheat flour, salt and oil and knead it into soft dough.Cover it and keep it aside.

Mash the potatoes and add green chillies to them. Add salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, garam masala and mango powder to it. Mix well. If you want to add chopped onions, they can be added in this step.

Place the tawa or pan on the flame. Make small ball out of the dough. Roll it gently into a 3 inch flat circle. Place a spoonfull of mash and keep it in the centre. Pick the edges of the circle and join it from the top to make a sack like structure. Press it gently and start rolling it.

Roll it to form a 5 inch diameter circle.

Carefully pick the rolled paratha and place it as it is on the heated 'tawa' or pan. Please make sure side which was downwards while rolling is still facing down only i.e. it is touching the tawa. 

After 1-2 minutes, flip the paratha. You will notice small brown golden dots on it. Let it cook from other side also for 1-2 minutes.

 Now drizzle spoonful of oil or ghee on the top of paratha.

 Turn over it with the help of spatula. Press it gently.

Again, pour some oil (about 1 tsp) on the top and turn it over. 

Repeat the turning procedure till you get desired browning.

Tasty Aloo Parathas are ready!!!

Serving Suggestion:
Serve it with curd/mango pickle/coriander chutney.

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