Aloo Paratha – Potato Stuffed Flatbread

Aloo Parathas (Parantha) are a staple dish in many Indian households. Warm flatbread stuffed with a spicy potato mixture, Aloo Parathas can be enjoyed with yogurt, pickle or with any curry. The chapatti and vegetable “all in one” design of Aloo Parathas make them a great meal on the go all by themselves. Pack some in the kids’ lunchboxes or for you “soccer Moms”, take some in the car with you for a quick snack in between activities. Try this simple and healthy recipe!

Ingredients:

For Dough:

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cups
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 3 tsp
Water – 1/2 cup
Dry Flour in a plate – for rolling

For Filling: 

Potatoes – 2 large, boiled and peeled
Onion – 1/2 small, finely chopped
Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Salt – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Cilantro – 5 sprigs, finely chopped
Spray Cooking Oil – for pan frying

Method:

  1. Prepare dough according to Paratha/Chapatti recipe/video from ShowMeTheCurry.com and keep aside.
  2. Mash or grate boiled Potatoes.  Grating prevents lumps.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, add Potatoes with remaining filling ingredients and mix well.
  4. Keep a tava or skillet on the stove at medium to medium high.
  5. Divide dough into equal size balls (approximately 8).
  6. Divide Filling into equal size balls (approximately 8).
  7. Roll out one dough ball into a 3-4 ” disk.
  8. Place a Filling ball on the center of the disk and fold the dough around the Filling ball, completely enclosing it.  Pinch the dough ends together.
  9. Flatten the stuffed ball and dip it into the dry flour on both sides.
  10. Using a rolling pin, roll out the stuffed ball into a tortilla shaped disk. The paratha should not be too thin.
  11. Place the rolled paratha on the heated skillet and cook until bubbles start to appear.
  12. Start to roll the next paratha while one is cooking to get a process in place.  This is a great time saver.
  13. Once bubbles appear, flip the paratha over and lightly spray it with cooking oil.
  14. Allow this side to cook for 30 seconds and flip it over once more.  Again, lightly spray with cooking oil.
  15. Keep flipping and cooking the paratha until the look of raw dough is gone and it looks completely cooked.  It should have light golden/brown spots.
  16. Keep the paratha in a covered or insulated container and repeat process for remaining parathas.
  17. Serves 4.

Tips:

  1. Health tip — When rolling the paratha, we try to use minimal dry flour to prevent too much oil from soaking into the paratha.
  2. There can be many different stuffings for parathas.  Be creative and look out for more recipes coming soon.
  3. Parathas and Chapattis freeze well.  Just cook them without oil and freeze (placing wax paper in between each paratha).  When ready to use, defrost and re-heat the paratha using oil to freshen up the taste.
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