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Aloo Parantha – Potato Stuffed Flatbread






Aloo Parantha happens to be one of the most popular unleavened flat-breads in the Indian subcontinent – crisp and golden on the the outside, the bread is generously stuffed with spiced potatoes, cooked on the skillet and served right away! Aloo Parantha is rich, scrumptious and to some extent a comfort food.

A parantha/paratha is an Indian unleavened flat-bread, and is mostly consumed in the northern regions of India. The word Paratha (Parantha in Punjab) is an amalgamation of the words parat = layers and atta= flour and which obviously combines to mean layers of cooked flour. Paranthas are consumed with meal on a daily basis, crisped and browned on the outside, while the inside would surprise you with almost transparent, paper thin and soft layers.

The Aloo Parantha is merely a variation or deviation, (whatever way you may want to see it ) of a basic parantha. Here the parantha is stuffed with savory fillings of potatoes and herbs. Stuffed parathas are common in India and the stuffing may vary from vegetables like potatoes, cauliflowers, spinach etc  to paneer (Indian cheese) and even minced meat.

The traditional way to have the Aloo Parantha would be with a big dollop of fresh homemade butter on a stack and with some yogurt and spicy pickles on the side. And the best way to enjoy these paranthas are in good company, laughter and someone serving these hot on the plate straight from the skillet!


There are certain things one should keep in mind while making Aloo Paranthas. The spices and herbs I have used here may be substituted ; feel free to use herbs and spices you like to flavor the stuffing. The traditional way they are cooked on the skillet are my using ghee. But if you looking for a low fat version, you can cook them without any ghee/oil. I do these some times, and then smear a little bit of ghee/butter on the hot parathas right after they are done cooking. This way they are not dry and you are using 1/2 a teaspoon of fat in place of 2 teaspoons.

It is best to cook the potatoes in a way where they would be least watery. I steam mine in a pressure cooker, where there would be no direct contact with water. If you are boiling them directly, make sure to drain off as much water as possible. Boil them skin on and peel them later.



Aloo Parantha – Potato Stuffed Flatbread


Ingredients: (makes about 16-18 breads)

For the filling:

  1. 8-10 medium potatoes, boiled & drained, or steamed until tender
  2. 1.5 teaspoons fennel seeds, roughly ground with mortar and pestle
  3. salt
  4. red chili powder
  5. 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  6. green hot pepper,very thinly sliced
  7. 4 tablespoons fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon garam masala
  9. 1 tablespoon oil

For the dough:

  1. 3 heap full cups whole wheat flour or atta/chapati atta (available in Indian Groceries)
  2. 1 + 3/4 cups lukewarm water
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon oil

Ghee, butter or oil to fry the bread – about 2 teaspoons for each paratha

Flour/atta for rolling and dusting



Preparation:

Peel and mash the boiled potatoes as smooth as you can.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil and add the garam masala, ground fennel and thinly sliced hot peppers to the pan. Stir them around for about half a minute. Add the mashed potatoes, salt, ginger, red chili powder if you are using and toss everything together so that that fried spices combine with the potatoes. Mash the potatoes while cooking with the back of wooden spoon or potato masher. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Finish it off by adding the chopped cilantro/coriander and switch off the heat. Set aside and let cool completely.




To make the dough:

Combine the salt and the flour. Gradually add the water,and oil and make a dough (bread like) with the flour and knead for about 5-7 minutes.

If you need to adjust water, or add dry wheat flour, do so. It needs to be a not very sticky, but pliable and smooth dough.

Make a ball and coat the ball of dough with the teaspoon of oil. This prevents the surface of the dough to dry out and get hard. Store in a covered container or with a kitchen towel.

Filling, rolling and cooking:

Divide the filling to about 20 portions, each about 2 tablespoons. Divide the dough into 16-18 portions. Roll each portion into a sphere and gently flatten them between your palms.

Aloo Paratha

Dust the sphere with flour. Roll out a flattened portion into approximately 3 inch diameter circle.

Aloo Paratha

Place one portion  of the cooked potato in the center of the rolled out circle;

gather the sides of the dough to the top like a pouch. Press and seal the pouch just above where the filling is and tear off the extra dough of the pouch from the top. (Save these extra dough and later you can roll them out again and fill and make extra bread if you have filling left over.)

Aloo Paratha

Flatten the sealed dough, roll it  in ample flour and gently roll it out to 5-6 inch diameter. Use enough flour to prevent making holes. If a hole happens (which might), just take a pinch of the extra dough and fill it up as if it never happened. The smooth rolling without making holes takes practice as the cooked potato is soft and mushy inside and the parantha has to be rolled out as slim as possible. If the dough stick while rolling, sprinkle more flour.

Roll out, fill and re roll each dough in the same way as above.

Heat a skillet. A cast iron one works best. The skillet should be hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle and dry off right away.

Place a rolled parantha on the hot skillet. After  a few seconds, you will see the bread puff in different places and the side touching the skillet will have light brown spots. When this happens, flip the parantha over. Drizzle about 1-2 teaspoons of oil/ghee on the parantha and some on the skillet; you will see the bread puff up right away. Lower the heat a bit and press down on the parantha at different place with the spatula. Cook and flip if needed, till they bread is golden brown on both sides and has brown spots.

Cook  all the paranthas in the same way as above and cool them in a wire rack or serve them hot as you cook them!

Stack them up and top them lavishly with butter -

Aloo Paratha

Serve with raita/yogurt and/or pickle. Enjoy!

Aloo Paratha




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38 comments to Aloo Parantha – Potato Stuffed Flatbread

  • Oooohhhh, gorgeous! That kind of flatbread is so addictive.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Soma,

    Aloo parantha looks delicious. Tried your Poee/Poli bread it came out good. If you have some time take a look at this link.

    http://kitchenswathi.blogspot.com/2011/01/poeepoli-bread-with-spicy-black-eyed.html

  • Wah wah wah wah..Aloo parathaaaaaaaa droolinggg :) )

  • I just love them, I usually add cumin but I see you have added fennel, let me try it out next time.

  • Soma this looks so so delicious and love the way it is fetting pufffed up in your pictue, you know I have never made this at home, i always tell and my sis tell me to make them too.
    I should make this once and hope fully soon than later.

  • thts a delicious dish soma..really tempting with amazing presentation.i love to add little carom seeds in the dough…

  • Cham

    The stack of bread top with butter, gosh drooling shot!

  • I simply love aloo paratha and always have them with loads of butter :-) Yumm!!!!

  • Wow….the parathas look so yummy! Love the way your paratha puffed up in the picture.
    I am still learning to make a decent paratha. I always have a tough time rolling the dough without the curry coming out and finally give up. You pictures are now inspiring me to try again. Will try this very soon.

  • One of my favorites, but of course who doesn’t like potatoes and bread! I was wondering what kind of potatoes you use here the fluffy Russets or the creamier Yukons? And by the way, I am in love with that old wooden board and rolling pin you have :-)

    Sylvie, any potato will do as long as it is not sticky. If the boiled potatoes are sticky, they are very hard to roll. The mushy or flaky ones are good too. That board and rolling pins are indeed old.

  • wow, your pics are causing my mouth to water…I love aloo parathas but these pics are tempting me like crazy. I have posted a recipe for Frankie, do take a look (www.cookitupwithshwets.blogspot.com)

  • zahera shaikh

    looks yummy……..wanted to grab the Paratha from the tawa :)

  • I love this post! The photos are great and it really makes me want to grab my rolling pin to roll out some parathas!

  • My favorite memories of India are devouring aloo parantha after aloo parantha. I had no idea it was actually rather do-able!

    Wonderful recipe and photos!!

  • My ver fav and I often do it.. Beautifully captured and yummy butter on the top..oh my wish i can have that first paratha.

  • All time fave. breakfast, love it with green chutney and tomato sauce. Lovely click.

  • What a co-incidence! We had Aloo Parathas for breakfast and now I see them here. Love ur presentation and that bowl of tempting raita to accompany it. Yum!

  • Anh

    Absolutely delicious!!! My friend made them for me once and I adore them.

  • Ben

    I always learn something new in your blog my friend. This flatbread looks delicious and easy to make. I’d love to give it a Mexican twist:)

  • Ooooh .. look at those parathas dripping with butter. Love them. Ami kokhono pur ta cook kori na, ekbar kore dekhbo.
    Boondi raita amar khub bhalo lage … ektu chopped peyajar kancha lonka ote add kore.

  • Lovely as always Soma. Your book is on the way.

    Big hugs,
    Lisa

  • I love paratha!! Dipping in curry is a favorite and for breakfast, I fry these up and sprinkle sugar on top!

  • Fantastic instructions and to use a real cliche but it’s true…my mouth is now watering.

  • WOW! I just saw Prerna’s Naan and now these and I want them both! And both are easier than I ever imagined! Bookmarked for sure! Absolutely stunning and mouthwatering!

  • Wow….your parathas really do look picture perfect! Definitely bookmarked!

  • Deepa

    Made this with the fennel and am using the leftover aloo filling for masala dosa tonight. Soma do you have good vegetarian recipe ideas for a rice cooker/slow cooker? Just got the Aroma one from Costco and wish to try indian recipes with it.


    Deepa, I make almost anything in the rice cooker: pulavs, khichri, dal (masoor as it cooks faster), noodles and even cook while we are on vacation :-D Use it like a regular skillet. You can temper in it; add the ghee/oil and spices and let it sizzle while on, then add whatever you have to, cover to cook, open it again and add the dal/rice water etc and cover till cooking is done. Adjust time as per your kind of cooker.

  • Your bread really looks delicious and demands to be tried. I hope you had a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • These flatbreads are gorgeous! I love the potato and herb stuffing!

  • The potato filling sounds delicious! I’d love to try making these.

  • I love paratha and especially the stuffed ones! This reminds me of a tasty Indian restaurant in our college town where we used to get free aloo paratha because the creepy old waiter thought my Gujarati best friend (who perpetually looks 16) was cute. We didn’t complain because the bread was irresistible haha.

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  • OH MY GOD, these look so delicious!! I will try them as soon as possible, can’t wait!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  • Livia

    Thanks for the recipe, Soma.

    How did you get your paranthas to puff up? Mine did not rise up at all

  • Your way of explaining all in this paragraph is truly fastidious, all be able to without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  • Perfect pictures easy to try thank you for sharing

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