Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 2 large potatoes (2 inch diameter, 4-5 inch long Russet potatoes)
- 2 tsp ginger paste
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 4 tsp subrus
- 1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
- 2 tsp aamchur
- Salt to taste
- 2 cup chopped raw spinach
- 4 cups wheat flour for dough
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 4 tbsp oil
- Oil to shallow fry or Pam Original No Stick Cooking Spray
- Boil or microwave potatoes to cook them.
- Peel the potatoes, then mash them.
- Add ginger paste, cilantro, hing, subrus, aamchur and salt.
- Mix well. Make 8 balls of potato stuffing
- Mix spinach, flour, oil and salt to taste. Make a dough soft to touch but not sticky. Make 8 balls.
- Making the paratha ball: In left hand take a dough ball and with right hand thumb and fingers start making a bowl. Put potato stuffing ball on top. At this stage both hands work: the right one pushes the potato ball gently downwards and then the left thumb and fingers gradually cover it by dough. At the end, it looks like a big ball of dough. Pat it and make a patty.
- Using rolling pin on a clean surface covered with dry flour, make a circle of about 8 inches diameter. This is a raw paratha.
- Frying paratha: If afraid of lifting paratha without breaking by hand, use aluminium foil. Put on non stick gridle at medium hot temperature. Flip it when color darkens. Put some oil and cover whole surface. One can use brush. Alternatively use Pam Original No Stick Cooking Spray. Again flip and cover the surface with oil. In a few minutes, paratha starts showing bumps and developes few brown patches on the bottom surface. Flip the paratha over and cook it until both sides show brown patches.
- Put on cooling rack. After cooling briefly, the paratha is ready to serve.
I usually serve it with plain yogurt and mango pickle. Instead of potato stuffing, one can use grated paneer, grated cauliflower, grated raddish/mulee or any other combination to create your own variety of paratha. The only consideration is that the stuffing and dough should have similar dryness and soft texture. You may serve paratha as a full meal and dessert of pie or cake.
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