Sunday, July 25, 2010

Veggie Parathas

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I took my little monster to the doctor this Friday. Nothing major, just the same old reason which has been troubling every parent since eternity. My kid doesn't eat very well! She would eat anything in the world except her food and that's the reason she's not gaining weight so her doctor wants to keep a close eye. As it turns out, planning and cooking food for my 11 month old is way too difficult for me than planning a menu for a big party. She hates vegetables, wouldn't eat meat if not cooked in a certain way and her favorite thing to do with cheese is throwing it around. And did I tell you that the little one wouldn't touch food that could make her cute little hands dirty? Yup, we have a nosy princess in our house!

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So I have been experimenting a lot lately and the good part is I get some good recipes out of it. One of my friends gave me this paratha recipe and I sort of fell in love with it mostly because it has so many vegetables in it and ofcourse because it tastes wonderful.

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The part of India where I come from Roti/Paratha is kind of a staple. I have some fond memories of us sitting and drooling, holding our plates and staring at the tava (skillet) while my mom would cook each paratha on low heat until perfection. So you can say that we take our parathas a little too seriously. But now when I'm cooking I have a little problem with adding oil/fat to anything and probably that's also the reason why I loved this paratha recipe.

Ingredients:

1 bunch spinach
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup shredded paneer/cottage cheese
1/2 finely chopped onion
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp ginger paste
1-2 green chili minced (if you are making it for kids you have to go easy on it)
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1/2 tbsp ajwain seeds (this again is good for the kids as its very good for digestion so I added them, you can totally omit them if you can't find them)
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
3/4  cups Semolina/ Cream of wheat
Salt
Oil spray
You can grate and add as many vegetables as you want. I used what I had handy.


Method:

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Grate carrots and paneer and chop the rest of the vegetables. Mix them all together in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.

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Mix everything all together with your hand applying a little pressure and try to bind them all together. You don't want to add any water because vegetables themselves will leave a lot of water, enough to make a dough out of it. Then divide it into smaller balls about 2.5 - 3 inch in size.

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Using a rolling pin flatten them just like you roll a roti (if you want to see a step by step recipe for a roti you might want to go here). Vegetables lose a lot of water and that can loosen the dough fast so you must dust it frequently while rolling. This can be the part where you need to be patient because it can be a bit of a struggle!

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Nicely heat a tava or griddle. Put a paratha on the griddle. Do the first flip after 20-25 seconds. As soon as the first flip is done, spray a bit of oil on the top to spread well over the surface of the paratha. Flip again in 30 seconds and spray oil on this surface too. The paratha is done when both sides are crispy and golden brown. Try not to overheat the griddle or the parathas will brown from outside and stay undercooked, so once the griddle is hot enough turn the heat to medium.

Serve with chilled yogurt and your favourite pickle or chutney.

22 comments:

  1. Your vege parathas look lovely and fulll of goodness!

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  2. that looks awesome. When I think paratha, what comes to my mind is the tastiest thing ever but with lots of ghee. Even though I have come in terms with the fact that paratha's can be made healthier, I just can't seem to get into the kitchen and try it.

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  3. im such a fan of parathas and rotis of any kind..unfortunately i suck at the kneading and rolling nd still make do with store bought ones...ya sad!

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  4. wow....they look so yummy....is a good blend of vegetables....good for my junk lover hubby too :)

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  5. Lovely Parathas and as always lovely pics! I keep waiting for your posts to look at those b'ful pics! I'm def going to try these healthy parathas to feed my lil monster:)

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  6. Great work Prerna...please share some chicken recipes tooo :)

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  7. yum! and lovely pictures
    I'm having a giveaway at my blog and I would like to invite you to participate at http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/07/ximending-giveaway.html

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  8. Such a great idea to use grated veggies in these! A super way to get your 5-a-day in.

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  9. Wow, beautiful pictures and what a great way to get some veggies in! I'm inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I LOVE rotis and parathas but I can barely make plain ones, much less ones with vegetables. Alas, perhaps someday. And for what it's worth, I was an uber picky eater as a child and got past it over time :)

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  11. Oh wow.. these look amazing!! I love that you could add so many different types of veggies. Yum!!

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  12. I just came across your blog and I think it's amazing. Several recipes have been bookmarked. These parathas look amazing. Thanks for sharing. Will stopping by often from now on.

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  13. OH MY GOODNESS i am defintely making these. My husband is going to love me so much tonight..... Thnaks for the post. I have bookmarked this. :)

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  14. Thanks a lot you guys! You've made me happy :-)
    Joudie I'm happy to contribute for tonight ;-)

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  15. Prerna...You have a lovely blog and I have been visiting you often. When I read this post, I just had to comment...I have a 2yr old and he DOES NOT eat well, always the same issue at the doctor's office too. How is your daughter now, with her food?
    I'm always searching food blogs for good recipes to make for him...it feels as though my life revolves around cooking for him and feeding him. Will definitely try this one soon!

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  16. I just found this recipe after looking at your recipes, your pictures are beautiful. I just wanted to say that I'll be making these veggie parathas for dinner tonight. I'm spending Christmas at my parents house and this seems to be a great way to use all the veggies still in my fridge.

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  17. This is a great way to integrate more vegetables into my mom's standard aloo parathas. I've never seen the addition of cream of wheat/semolina. Can you tell me what this adds to the recipe? Thanks.

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  18. Oh, these parathas make me drool. I agree, stuffing the parathas is not always easy. But these look perfect! Paratha and Omlette- I used to have it for breakfast sometimes.

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  19. I am totally making this tonight for my daughter!

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  20. Hello,
    We love your recipes, especially when its on Parathas.
    These are so delicious.
    I have always looked at your blog for the various pictures and the way you write.Just Love it!
    You have shared some nice information about Veggie Parathas in this post.
    The points you mentioned are genuine and perfect.
    The content completely describes about the topic you wanted to portray with us.
    Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

    Regards
    VentairIndia Team

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  21. I like this type of healthy and instant recipes to make for the breakfast in the morning.

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