My son was playfully nicknamed “Chapati” (Chapathi) by my Indian friend, Mrs R because of his chubby face. Hearing her constantly calling out for my son’s “nickname” has led me wanting to learn how to make chappati from her. After some discussions, she suggested teaching me her kid-friendly paratha instead.
However, do not expect the paratha recipe featured here as authentic. Mrs R’s paratha is a simplified modified version created out of her 15 years of experience making her version of paratha for her family. The ingredients used in this recipe is based on Mrs R’s estimation. So you need to do some experiments when making them.
Today let me bring you to her kitchen to take a peek on how she makes her paratha. I always thought that making paratha at home would be difficult and time consuming. But after watching her making them, I realized that it is incredibly easy (and cheap) to make fresh, hot and nutritious parathas at home. All she did was mashed her cooked cauliflowers, and then kneaded it with flour before rolling them into a flat disc. According to her, this method produces paratha that has a smoother texture as compared to those original stuffed paratha without compromising the taste.
I love the way how she “sneaks” the vegetables into her parathas. It’s definitely a brilliant idea if you want your picky eaters to have some greens. The recipe is also very healthy as very little oil is used when pan-frying the paratha. Also, melted butter is used as a substitute for the greasy “ghee” commonly used in authentic paratha recipe as my Indian friend’s family members preferred the buttery taste of paratha. If you prefer a healthier choice, then you can use ghee or olive oil instead. Surprisingly, even though100% whole wheat flour (atta) is used to make the paratha, it’s texture is not hard at all, but a little bit chewy instead. As the recipe is without any Indian spices, I’m sure it will be well accepted by most toddlers. You can either eat it on its own or dip in any sauce or soup. It can even be used as a wrap like tortilla. Be creative and enjoy!
This post was featured in The Kitchn - Today’s Delicious Link (Top 4) 14 June 2010
>>> Click on PAGE 2 below for recipe and step by step photos for cauliflower paratha……………..
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