Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Avocado Paratha with tomato-prune chutney

Avocado Flat breads

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This is going to be a picture heavy post. I have not blogged a recipe in the last two weeks so my hands were really itching to create something, on set with camera and in the kitchen.

It was cold today (sigh!!!) and I was yearning to eat something warm and hearty - I had seen this recipe in the book - Pure vegetarian By Lakshmi. The book itself is absolutely spectacular, both images and recipes.  I will definitely be blogging about the book, but in a different post. The images using working hands are inspired from classical chiaroscuro painters, who have used rich textures and vibrant colors with deep contrasts, dating back to the time of Jusepe de Ribera, Gerrit Dou, Bigot and of course the master artist Rembrandt and many others. This kind of photography is popularly know as moody. A lot of photographers use actions shots with this concept. Thanks to all the artist who constantly inspire me. My Pinterest board has a lot of these moody action shots, that have inspired me to try this style with my own  creative flavor. Thanks to all the inspiring artist and Nik from A Brown Table. 

The flat bread or paratha is the softest paratha I have ever had and stays soft for 4-5 hours. It can definitely be made ahead of time.

I love to eat my parathas with chutneys and this one is my favorite. With home grown tomatoes, this was a real treat - yum !! Don’t my tomatoes look amazing.  ( home grown pride)

Two weeks away from blogging and I am struggling to write…I wanted to share so much with you guys and now am short of words. ..Well luckily am really not short of images and I kind of over did that. I had a hard time picking images for this post .


You will love the recipe!

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Avocado Paratha (Adapted)

1 ripe avocado mashed
1 1/4 cup wheat flour
1 tsp ajwain (carum seeds) or jeers ( cumin seeds)
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
salt to taste
5-6 tsp ghee
water to mix the dough

Mash the avocado and mix all the dry ingredients. Add water a little bit at a time and form a smooth dough. Refer to images below. Let it rest for 10-20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6-8 balls and keep covered.

Roll the dough with a rolling pin to make flat bread about six inches in diameter.

Place the flat bread on a preheated pan, when small bubbles appear turn it. When bubbles appear on the other side. Add 1/2 tsp ghee and roast on both sides.

You can make these ahead of time and store it wrapped in a soft cloth. For best results eat fresh.


Tomato-prune chutney

3-4 tomatoes (ripe)

1 ripe prune (preferably fresh)
1/2 inch ginger
1 tsp jaggery powder or brown sugar
1 tbsp chaat masala
1 tbsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp jerra (cumin seed) powder
Salt to taste

Wash the tomatoes and prune and dice it. On high flame let it cook with jaggery and salt, till it is reduced to a thick consistency. I love the condensed flavors from reducing the sauce.

Add the chaat masala, cumin, and red chili powder and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.

Serve with paratha. It can be refrigerated for 5-7 days.


Edit: I have removed a few images from this post because they have been the cause of unnecessary frustration for one of my fellow members in this community. Even though I have tried to understand why, I have worked very hard on those pictures and don’t agree with it in principle, I have made the decision to save myself unwanted mental distress and heartburn. I don’t want to forget that I am in this only because I love the art form, and nothing else. 

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  1. Gorgeous clicks Simi. Can't take my eyes off of the tomatoes and the avocado skins (in the first click) :-) Visual treat. Avocado Parathas look soft & yummy!!

    1. The parathas were awesome. Thanks - I love taking pictures of tomatoes and must have at least 100 images ;)

  2. Gorgeous pictures and mouth watering recipe.

  3. such a lovely shots simi ..i totally love your work

  4. Such pretty pictures! Can never get enough of them... the avocado parathas look amazing!

  5. Superb clicks Simi..I have never tried Avocado Paratha. But after seeing yours, I thinking I will be making this very soon :)

  6. Mouthwatering parathas and gorgeous shots!

    I love the picture of the tomatoes.



  7. What a beautiful post simi. Who would have thought of using avocados in paratha, simply brilliant. I'm in love with that tomatoes in the basket.

    1. I just got it printed and love it on my kitchen wall ! Thanks

  8. Gorgeous set of images Simi .. Nik's pics are fabulous and so is yours.... I can stuff anything in the name of paratha home and the family just enjoys it...

  9. I especially like the simplicity and one-pointedness of your action pictures. It makes such a difference when there is interaction between a person and the subject - it brings everything alive.

  10. Simi, I am speechless! Let me gaze at these stunning images and drown in your words for some more time before I say anything about this post.

  11. I am joining the chorus .....stunning images and am going back again and again to admire everything!! Simply beautiful :)

  12. beautiful pics,Simi..I felt was scrolling down a story book,soft parathas :)

  13. I can just see how soft these parathas are! And such beautiful styling!

  14. I liked and loved your version more! Now i never have to trash avocado again!

  15. IOh my goodness your photography is stunning!

  16. Your photography is as amazing as your story telling..the pictures draw you in and take you along on a journey.

  17. Amazing photographs! I love your mastery of light and shadow.

  18. Maitreyi, absolutely stunning pics with a super duper yummy recipe..definitely i'm trying this one soon..

  19. Simi, I loved your post and the pictures. I tried the paratha last evening and they turned out fabulous!!


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