Aloo Paratha (Potato Stuffed Flatbread)
Aloo Paratha are a simple yet delicious stuffed flat bread that can be eaten pretty much whenever you want. You can literally stuff your paratha with whatever you like. My family typically would eat them for breakfast or for lunch with a bit of plain yogurt, maybe some Indian pickles, and lots of butter!
1-2 Big Potatoes
1 Tbs of Ginger Paste
1 Tbs of Garlic Paste
1 Tbs of Green Chili Paste
1 Tsp of Garam Masala
1 Tsp of Red Chili Powder
1 1/2 Tsp of a Coriander & Cumin powder mix (Dhana Jeeru)
1 1/2 Cups of Roti Flour
1/4 Cup of Vegetable oil
Hot water to bind your dough
Salt to Taste
Start off by boiling your potatos just enough so they are cooked. It is important to not over cook your potatoes as they will end up breaking your parathas when you start to roll them out. Once your potatos are boiled, place them in a mixing bowl and add in your ginger paste, garlic paste, green chili paste, garam masala, red chili powder, dhana jeeru, and salt to taste. They break up the mixture using a potato masher or a fork until everything has been combined.
Now in a sperate bowl, make your roti dough. Combine your oil, and flour together until you have a crumbly dough. Then slowly add hot water, a little at a time until you form a soft but pliable dough. Your dough should not be sticky.
Divide your roti dough into 9 equal parts as this recipe will make 9 parathas. Then take one of the portions of dough and roll it out half way. Take a small portion of potato and place it in the center of the dough. It helps if you form a ball with your potato mixture and then place it on your rolled rotli dough. Then fold your rotli dough over your potato mixture and completely cover your potato mixture. You should have form a small coin-purse shaped ball. Once this has been done, roll it out into a circular shape. I like to keep mine slightly thick, but you can roll them out thin if you prefer.
Now its as simple as pan frying them with about a tablespoon of oil. You want to cook them on both sides until they are done. Once done, serve them up hot or store them in the fridge and warm them up later. You can also freeze these and heat them when you're ready to eat them. Parathas are great with yogurt or your favorite indian pickles. You can even stuff them with Paneer or your choice of meat.