Potato / Aloo Paratha /Indian flatbread
Parathas are one of the most popular unleavened flatbread in the India part of the Indian Subcontinent and they are made by baking whole wheat dough on a tava, and finishing off with shallow frying, Parathas are thicker and more substantial than chapatis/rotis .
Hi friends!Here is the recipe of Parathas, whole wheat flour soft dough stuffed with a spicy mixture of boiled and mashed potatoes which is rolled out and cooked on a hot Tawa/griddle with butter or ghee. These are absolutely irresistible!!!
Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes
Cooking time : 10-15 minutes
Cuisine : North Indian / Punjabi
Servings : 6
- 6-7 Potatoes medium (pressure cooked for 5-6 minutes)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 2 Green chilli (finely chopped)
- 1″piece Ginger (finely grated)
- 1 tsp roasted and powdered jeera / cumin seeds
- 1 onion medium size (finely chopped)
- 1 tsp dry mango powder (amchoor)
- 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
- 2-3 tbsps pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying
Take atta (whole wheat flour) in a bowl and mix in water, little at a time. Add enough water to make a firm dough (not too soft not too hard). Keep aside, covered for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Peel and mash potatoes. Add finely chopped onions, coriander leaves, ginger, green chillies, cumin powder, mango powder, red chili powder and salt. Mix the ingredients well.
Divide the dough into medium-sized balls. Roll out each ball into a medium thick chapatti using dry flour for dusting.
Put two tablespoons of the potato mixture in the middle of the rolled chapatti and close from all sides. Press on your palm.
Sprinkle a little flour on top and roll the stuffed dough gently, taking care not to break it. Heat a tawa (griddle) and cook the paratha.
Shallow fry both sides to golden brown, using a little ghee. Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd/yogurt and fresh coriander chutney is a deliciously good accompaniment!
Health Benefits of potatoes:
1. Bone health
The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes all contribute to the building and maintenance of bone structure and strength.
Iron and zinc play crucial roles in the production and maturation of collagen. Though phosphorus and calcium are both important in bone structure, the careful balance of the two minerals is necessary for proper bone mineralization – consumption of too much phosphorus with too little calcium can result in bone loss.
Maintaining a low sodium intake is essential for maintaining a healthy blood pressure, however, increasing potassium intake may be just as important because of its vasodilatation effects.
3. Heart health
The potato’s fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health.
Choline is an important and versatile nutrient present in potatoes; it helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.
Potatoes contain folate, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing the formation of cancer cells from mutations in the DNA.
6. Digestion and regularity
Because of their fiber content, potatoes help to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
7. Weight management and satiety
Dietary fibers are commonly recognized as important factors in weight management and weight-loss by functioning as “bulking agents” in the digestive system. These compounds increase satiety and reduce appetite, making an individual feel fuller for longer and thereby lowering overall calorie intake.
Potatoes are a great source of vitamin B6, which plays a vital role in energy metabolism by breaking down carbohydrates and proteins into glucose and amino acids. These smaller compounds are more easily utilized for energy within the body.
Collagen, the skin’s support system, relies on vitamin C as an essential nutrient that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. Vitamin C also promotes collagen’s ability to smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
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