Methi Alu Parathas


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In the rural areas of Punjab, where the farmers get up very early to go to work in their fields, cold alu parathas with some lassi are a popular breakfast. I have added some fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves to the classic alu paratha to make this delightful recipe. You can use any leftover potato vegetable to make tongue-tickling stuffed parathas.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 5 parathas.
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For the dough
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

For the methi alu stuffing
1 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
2 tsp chaat masala
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Other ingredients
oil for cooking


    For the dough

    1. Combine all the ingredients and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
    2. Divide the dough into 5 equal portions. Keep aside.

    For the methi alu stuffing

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek leaves and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
    2. Add the ginger-green chilli paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chaat masala and salt and mix well.
    3. Add the potatoes and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Cool completely and divide the stuffing into 5 equal portions.

    How to proceed

    1. Roll out one portion of the dough into a circle of 75 mm. (3") diameter.
    2. Place one portion of the methi alu stuffing in the centre of the circle.
    3. Bring together all the sides in the centre and seal tightly.
    4. Roll out again into a circle of 150 mm. (6") in diameter, using flour to roll the paratha.
    5. Cook on a hot tava (griddle), using a little oil, until both sides are golden brown.
    6. Repeat with the remaining dough and stuffing to make 4 more parathas.
    7. Serve hot.

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