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Any Time is Paratha Time
If asked to name one dish that can be had any time of the day, as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner, a South Indian would name Idli or Dosa while a North Indian would go for Parathas! Indeed, parathas have proven their mettle as a sumptuous, versatile and anytime snack, so much so that Indians all over the country and people across the globe too have given it their vote.
Parathas can be made with refined flour, whole wheat flour or a mix of multi-grained flours. They can be made in a tandoor, in an inverted kadai or in a simple tava. They can be made plain; with veggies and greens mixed into the dough; or with sumptuous, spicy fillings. Imagine – and you can implement it in a paratha. That is how versatile this dish is. In fact, it qualifies as a culinary category in its own right!
Once you get the basic paratha right, you can perk it up in endless ways. You can either add ingredients like grated veggies, blanched greens, herbs and seasonings to the dough, or you can stuff the parathas with dals, veggies, sprouts, and so on, to make yummy parathas like the Paneer Paratha and Chana Dal Paratha. While some parathas like the Aloo Paratha and the Gobi Paratha are traditional favourites, you can also make innumerable other exciting varieties like the Spinach and Paneer Paratha and Palak Paratha. Apart from flavoured and stuffed parathas, there are others like the Laccha Paratha and Lazeez Paratha, which are unique in their texture and flavour, by virtue of the proportion of ingredients or procedure used for preparing it.
From envelope-shaped Lifafa Parathas to dal-filled ones and tomato-flavoured ones, there are choices galore. The best part about parathas is that they taste great with simple accompaniments. A raita like the Pudina Raita or Cooling Cucumber Raita and pickles like the Tamatar ki Launji or Sweet Lemon Pickle are all that you need to make your meal complete. When you have time to make a delicious subzi like the Baby Corn aur Paneer ka Salan or Baingan Mussalam, add it to your menu, to make the paratha all the more delicious.
Surely, the journey with parathas is unending, but one that you will enjoy travelling!
Top 10 Indian Paratha Recipes
Aloo Paratha is a dish wish a universal appeal! While north Indians like to have it any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, South Indians too have borrowed this dish from the north and incorporated it into their supper and dinner menus.
What makes these whole wheat parathas so app ....
You are sure to have tried making Parathas
with varied fillings ranging from potato, green peas and other veggies to cooked moong dal and even spinach. However, you will find that this Chana Dal Paratha has a unique texture and rich fl ....
Gobi or cauliflower grows abundantly in the Punjab. This vegetable is enjoyed by people of all ages and is a specialty at most celebration and religious gatherings.
Here gobi has been combined with a cooked onion masala and used as a stuffing for a
A multi-layered, crisp paratha that is truly irresistible! The Laccha Paratha is generally considered tricky to make, and if you can prepare it well, you are considered an expert cook! Not to worry, the seemingly difficult plain flour paratha will be completely under your control after you try this ....
In this fast paced world none of us have the time to eat healthy. But here's an easy and quick recipe that combines great taste and healthy green vegetables to give you a parathas that's full wholesome goodness. Punjabi
food lives up to its reputation of being ver ....
Paneer also known as cottage cheese is used in a variety of dishes world over. It forms a part of salads, main course dishes and even desserts in the form of cream cheese.
Known as the Indian
cheese, paneer is one of the most versatile ingredients available f ....
Chana dal and broken wheat make unusual beginnings for a paratha. This combination of bengal gram dal (pulse) and broken wheat (cereal) forms a complete source of protein and also provides fibre. Apart from being rich in nutrients, these parathas are also rich in taste and flavour. Serve them hot an ....
Yum paneer and healthy carrot come together in the stuffing for these exciting green-tinged parathas made with a dough of wheat flour and spinach puree. Thanks to the softness imparted by the puree, these Stuffed Spinach Parathas stay nice and fresh in the tiffin box for around five hours. Your kids ....
This is quite a favourite dish with all Indians, and you just need to try it once to find out why! The goodness of mixed veggies in the succulent stuffing makes the Vegetable Paratha really satiating, while a dash of everyday spice powders makes it fabulously tasty.
A mix of plain flour and wh ....
With the refreshing green hue of spinach, these paneer and spinach parathas look and taste good! While spinach adds its goodness to the dough, a successful duo of cauliflower and paneer perked up with coriander, green chillies and ginger work their magic in the filling!
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