Monday, May 18, 2009

Lip smacking Alu paratha!

Weekends are the best.. and the run up to the weekends... even better!
And so of course ... it is time for leisurely talks ,a particularly engrossing game of Scrabble and late dinners!
And this Friday.. what a dinner it was..!And the smile on C's face made my day...
All my previous attempts at making Alu paratha have not been very successful... maybe the dough was too soft, maybe the filling was was not right and of course while rolling out the parathas ... the fillings were everywhere but inside the paratha...
This time however I was very careful... and VOILA!.... it was perfect...

You need:(for 5 parathas)

flour and atta:2 and 1/2 cups (mixed equally)
flour for dusting
ajwain: 1 tsp
salt:a pinch
oil :1 tsp

For filling:
potatoes-2 large peeled
green chillies bits(optional)
pearl onions:2-4 chopped finely

Add the ajwain ,salt and oil to the flour. Mix well and take care that the oil does not form lumps.
Next add water and amke a soft dough form the flour/atta mix.
Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.
Meanwhile boil, cool and mash the potatoes.
Add salt,onion and green chilli bits.
Mix well.
Now pinch a medium sized ball from the dough and roll it into the size of a roti all the while dusting with flour.(about 6" diamater)
Carefully spoon in 2-3 tbsp filling in to one half of the paratha and fold the other half over it.
Tightly seal the edges and flatten by ppressing gently by hand.
Heat oil in a pan and fry until golden brown.
Serve hot with cold onion cucumber raita and hot mango pickle....YUM!

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