15 August, 2008

Aloo-Methi Paratha: My Never Ending Love Affair

Aloo-Methi Paratha

Grocery shopping is never simple, at least in our case! Reason? Oh, the usual one!!! I feel like a kid lost in candy shop. I am one of those nut cases who spend more than required time gazing, touching, picking, thinking, re-picking, re-thinking, re-picking all those vegetables and fruits and even canned tomatoes till people waiting behind me start to throw darts from their eyes, fire from their mouth and are about to run their cart over me. Every time it’s a same story, go for just few ingredients and end up buying a cart load. I have no idea how we end up with bagful of things when we all wanted to buy was just a bar of soap or bag of potatoes!!! I say to myself, just last time but in the end we leave the supermarket with few extra bags and few extra pounds (wish it was weight!!!) lighter. Well, this is what being expected from me when you do weekly or fortnightly shopping at supermarkets. Well, Krish says he can’t take the high risk of taking me for grocery shopping on weekends when he can watch his favourite sports on telly. Men!!!

Few weeks back something different happened. I was looking for a bunch of indispensable coriander leaves at herbs sections and found out they were moved to different aisle. Just when I was about to get annoyed I spotted something which made me almost scream with joy. There it was, one whole shelf filled with Indian greens and vegetables. Bottle gourd, Okra, Bitter gourd, Plantains, Palak, Methi, Sugarcane and big bunches of Coriander and Mint leaves unlike the usual few stings. And to top it all they had even stocked Curry leaves. I did a virtual cartwheel with joy and pushed my cart at record speed towards them like a horse with a carrot dangling in front of it. And I did another virtual happy dancing when I saw 2 for a pound offer for all green leafy vegetables. 2 big bunches of palak, another two bunches of fresh methi leaves and big bunch of coriander, curry and mint leaves were picked at lightening speed.

For next few days we had marathon cooking series of Aloo Palak, Dal Palak, Aloo Methi, Methi Matar Malai, Methi Dal and still were left with half bunch of Methi. Not wanting to cook another curry we decided to make stack of hot and delicious Aloo-Methi Paratha. Oh yes! I am still in honeymoon period when it comes to stuffing and rolling parathas since I made first batch of Aloo-Peas Parathas few months ago. And every time I stuff and roll them I feel giddy with joy of getting evenly stuffed and perfectly shaped parathas.

This time I kept the filling very simple and minimal. Few green chillies for heat, amchur powder for tanginess, and cumin for fragrance is all I needed. Hing is added for digesting starchy potato. All these ingredients complimented little bitter fenugreek leaves and creamy potatoes. Served with a bowl of creamy Yogurt and spicy Garlic Pickle, it was one very fulfilling and delicious rainy and gloomy weekend brunch. Off my stack of Aloo-Methi Parathas go to dear Latha who is guest hosting this month’s WBB-Combi Breakfast initiated by lovely Nandita and also to dear Redchilli who is guest hosting Herb Mania-Fenugreek initiated by Dee.

Wishing all my fellow Indian bloggers a very Happy Independence Day... Jai Hind.

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Aloo-Methi Paratha (Indian Flatbread stuffed with mashed Potatoes and aromatic Fenugreek Leaves)
Prep Time: 10-20 mins
Cooking Time: 20-30 mins
Makes: 10 Medium Sized Parathas
For Dough:
3 cups Chapatti Atta/Whole Wheat Flour (I used Pillsbury Chakki Atta)
2 tbsp Yogurt
Salt to taste
Warm water to knead

For the Stuffing:
2 packed cups of Methi Leaves, picked, washed and chopped
2 large Potatoes, cooked, peeled and mashed well
2-3 Green Chillies, very finely chopped
½ tsp Amchur Powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds, roasted
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
Salt to taste

Other Ingredients Needed:
Oil/Ghee to brush while cooking the Paratha
Little Atta/flour for dusting
Aloo-Methi Stuffing

For the Dough:
Sieve atta and mix in salt, yogurt.
Slowly add warm water as and when required and make stiff dough.
Cover and keep it aside for at least half an hour.

For the Filling:
Mix in chopped green chillies, dry mango powder, roasted cumin seeds, salt to taste with chopped methi/fenugreek leaves and mashed potatoes. Make sure the filling is lump free as it will be easier to stuff and roll the paratha without the filling oozing from the sides.
Make equal lemon sized balls and keep them aside till needed.

For the Paratha:
Knead the dough again for a minute and make equal lemon sized balls.
Roll this dough ball in flour and roll them using a rolling pin into thick poories of 4 inch in diameter.
Place one aloo-methi ball in the centre. Cover and seal the ends and roll again, dusting flour if necessary, into ½ cm thick roties using rolling pin.
Mean while, heat a griddle at high flame and lower it to low-medium flame.
Gently dust off the excess flour and place Stuffed Paratha on hot griddle and cook on both the sides till its cooked well and brown spots start to appear on top. Apply little ghee/oil if desired.
Serve hot Aloo-Methi Parathas immediately with any curry or with plain yogurt and pickle of your choice and enjoy.

Aloo-Methi Paratha

Before mashing the potatoes let them cool completely. This way the filling will remain dry and filling will not ooze out from covering.
Make sure that the potatoes are mashed without leaving any lumps. This helps in rolling the parathas with even surface.
The leftover parathas can easily be frozen. To do this, cut few square sheets of butter paper or baking sheet of equal size so that it covers the paratha well. Place a paratha on one sheet and cover it with another square sheet. Place another on top of it and repeat till all the parathas are over. Place this in a large zip lock bag and store it in a freezer. It is better to write the date on which the parathas were cooked. I usually use them by one month.
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  1. Happy Independence Day to u dear.
    Paratha looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

  2. Ha ha... it wasn't Tesco by any chance was it? I wrote a very similar post earlier last week when I found a whole new shelf of Indian ingredients (like bhindi and curry leaves) at my local one. Hurrah!

  3. I too go crazy and experience all your emotions while shopping ...prefer to go alone, at my pace...Dinesh keeps dragging me away too!

    ...The parathas look lovely...one can never have enough of them...I have readied some to make for dinner tonight:-)

  4. Your shopping exp looks a lot like mine. V has told me now that he will never take me to any grocery shopping :(. And whenever he does shopping, he never even gets one item more than whats written in the list..hehe.Good for our budget ;).

    I too have an undying love for parathas. Its like a craze :). Beautiful pics as usual.

  5. WOW.... This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good. Nice picture. So tempting...

  6. hi... I can actually imagine you cartwheeling with joy at the sight of indian veggies! I am the same... and go all wobbly when I see fresh green leafs - I must've been a goat or something in my last life. Aloo methi parathas looks great I love the pic with the stages. nice shot.

  7. Such perfectly rolled parathas... its always a hit or miss with me :D

  8. Happy Independence day too also Sia.. i love all these parathas. didnt try this one.. nice one..

    Hey i too agree with you when i go for grocery shopping M just leaves me and tell me to buzz him when im finished....

  9. I am so happy to hear that you can get all the Indian Leafy Vegetables now:-) Aloo-Methi Paratha is new to me, I mean I never thought of combining the two, I only made them separately Aloo Paratha, adn Methi Paratha. This is deinitely a combo breakfast! Love the notes, never thought of making more and saving for later, or the fact about the potatoes being completely dry. Thanks and great pics to drool at..

  10. The parathas look out of the world...i always end up with some stuffing playing peeka boo out of paratha layer....Well the last line almost gave me a heart attack..one month storage of parathas.....i cud not even imagine one day storage with refrigerators working for name sake....8 hrs without electricity per day...my lovely fresh veggies which i get almost on daily basis..die a mournful death every day.....

  11. pics are mouth drooling and its a good recipe!

  12. Hey sia,
    Something in my rasoi is waiting for u:-)

  13. I make this with leftover aloo-methi ki sabzi, which means that it is a rare treat! As for the shopping saga - women are from Venus, I guess! I am the same too, but then most of us ladies love the shopping part where we buy everything else but what we have in mind!!

  14. am yet to achieve an evenly stuffed shapeful paratha...loved reading about your shopping spree of methi and the remaining....

  15. hmmmm... now, which is this supermarket? brit palates are much more 'evolved' than amru ones. that's why they stock more 'unusual' ingredients in supermarkets.

  16. Hello Sia,really enjoyed ur post and it is exactly same with me also.I just love to browse the aisle of Supermarket and when I realize that my hubby will be paranoid with this,I see both my son and my hubby happily browsing the toy section without any guilt.
    The paratas looks awesome and nice presentation.

  17. I could imagine you running with your load with eyes popping out happily towards the shelf!..heheheh...lovely as usual!

    I thought of asking you to send this to WHB..but you seem to have reserved this already...:)

  18. I made parathas for the first time after checking your Gobi Paratha recipe.Surprisingly,it turned out great.So now i am confident to try this aloo-methi combo.In fact,I want to try every recipe on Monsoon Spice.

  19. Delicious combination. Am linking it to the 1001 Parathas one page cookbook.

  20. Thank you very much for this entry dear Sia. the parathas look very yummy!

  21. hehe something very very similar happens to me at my grocery shop ... hahahaa i feel so good that to hear this from you..... even i love aloo methi paratha... and aloo pyaaz

  22. Hi Sia,Catching up on ur blog!!! Those parathas look so mouthwatering! hehehe!! I can picture u in my minds eye doing that (virtual) cartwheel!!!

  23. your parathas looks so yummmmmyyyyy. I really want to try it today. The photo is also so good. It is mouth watering dish. I have seen a similar recipes in a website called hungryzone also. I suggest you all also can have a visit to it. Its, http://hungrybangalore.com

  24. Thanks for commenting on my blog Sia. Your presentation is too good. They look so yummy!

  25. That picture made my mouth water... I'm so hungry!

  26. That is it! I've been reading your blog like a book and I am going nuts with the wonderful foods you are posting here.! I am going to bookmark you and link you to my site. Gosh...even if you don't post frequent you have a wealth of great recipes AND photos here girl!

  27. Yummy parathas...Juts love these..Will definitely try this out!


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