Friday, May 14, 2010

Aloo Paratha / Indian Flat bread

         Hot aloo paratha with cold home-made yogurt  was a treat from our neighbor’s Punjabi kitchen… !! Always palette scalding hot and fresh with aloo in every bite, it has till date been our favorite version of paratha…
For old times sake.....our take on Aloo Paratha.....!

Ingredients: serves 2-4

Wheat flour: 4-5 cups
Potatoes: 2-3 medium size, boiled, peeled and mashed
Salt: to taste
Jeera/cumin: 2 tsp
Red chili flakes: 1 tbsp or
Green chili: 2-3 finely chopped
Ginger: grated- 2tsp
Cilantro: handful finely chopped

For the dough: mix wheat flour, salt and warm water and knead to form a smooth dough. Keep aside, covered.

Mix the mashed potatoes with salt, cumin, red chili flakes, ginger and cilantro….this tastes sooo good!!

Roll the dough into a 5 inch circle and scoop (use an ice cream scooper) a generous helping of the potato mix into it. Well generous coz we do not want to wonder what happened to aloo in aloo paratha…taste of aloo edge to edge!! ;-) Slowly lift the edges and bring together in the center to form a pouch. Press the ends together to close the pouch. Remove any extra dough and seal. Press down so you have a flattened pouch. Flour the rolling surface and roll the flat pouch to a 7-8 inch circle. Now!! Don’t obsess about the round shape!!:)

Heat a pan and toss the paratha on it, cook till bubbles start to pop on the surface. Flip and cook about one more minute. Now add oil/ghee and let it roast on both sides to a crispy crunchy golden brownness. Parathas have to be eaten hot and straight from the pan so, serve hot with butter, yogurt and achar…ummmm!! Sooo good!!

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